Dr. Scott K. Stanley has found a good home at Centura Health.
Centura’s website features numerous videos profiling the work of the well-known orthopedic surgeon.
“Dr. Stanley is an experienced and trusted orthopedic spine surgeon that treats a broad spectrum of spinal disorders,” according to his online profile.
His profile on WebMD includes only five-star reviews.
He also happens to be a Facebook friend of Adrian Panther. His public Facebook page includes a picture of him and Panther golfing.
In the picture, both Panther and Dr. Stanley are wearing matching pink outfits.
That alone doesn’t suggest much more than a friendship, but records obtained by 9Wants to Know suggest their relationship, years ago, turned into a professional one as well.
According to the company’s website, BHLH also does business as South Downing, LLC. Panther runs that company as well, according to the Colorado Secretary of State.
South Downing appears to be the financial tie between Panther and Dr. Stanley. It’s not clear what, if anything, Dr. Stanley might have collected with regards to Tunnell’s $144,650 insurance payment, but it’s also quite apparent he has made money from South Downing, LLC in the past.
Dr. Stanley’s 2011 tax return shows he made $490,788 from a partnership with South Downing, LLC. Court records reviewed by 9Wants to Know also highlight a 2013 business interest in the IOM company.
Dr. Stanley has repeatedly denied our requests for an on-camera interview to help us better understand the nature of his current involvement with the IOM company he elected to use during the surgeries for Mary Tunnell, Deb Altman and Linda Delaura.
9NEWS has asked him repeatedly if he ended his business relationship with South Downing, LLC prior to working on those three patients. He has declined to answer.
He also refused comment when we approached him outside his office near Lone Tree last month. He did provide the following email to 9NEWS:
“Despite my request that you not interfere with my ability to treat patients, last week you accosted me in the parking lot of my place of work for the second time and literally beat on the door of my truck window. I have a difficult time believing that these tactics are intended to create dialogue, but rather drama for your broadcast.
Like many physicians, I have business interests outside my practice of medicine. Regarding my income from South Downing, you are misinformed. I do not know your basis for the claim that I reported an income of more than half a million dollars from South Downing seven years ago, but that is false. I am familiar enough with legal concepts to know that publishing false information is illegal. I do not defraud insurance companies and I do not defraud patients.
Regarding the patient you claim to have interviewed, I am not at liberty to discuss her care in detail. However, if she agrees, I am willing to provide proof that she did in fact receive excellent care from me. Additionally, I did address any concerns regarding payments made by her insurance company. Again, providing excellent care to my patients is my utmost concern and that concern is holistic, regardless of that patient’s situation.
I do hope that if you chose to publish my comments, the public can recognize the attempts you have made to disparage me and my reputation have nothing to do with the rising cost of healthcare, which I agree is a matter of public concern. I neither possess the information you believe I do nor am I guilty of the wrongdoing you suggest. I’m sorry I could not be more helpful.”
An earlier email from Dr. Stanley also said the following:
"Like many physicians, I have business interests outside my practice of medicine. Those too, have always been focused on one thing - providing excellent care to patients. Those business interests were disclosed to Centura and no concerns have ever been raised with me regarding those business interests by Centura, by any insurance company, or by any patient. In fact, no concerns have ever been raised by any current patient, former patient, hospital, health entity, credentialing body, or otherwise regarding my ability to provide excellent patient care."
Mary Tunnell said she was not informed before her surgery of Dr. Stanley’s financial ties to the IOM company used during her surgery.
“It makes me angry. I feel like I was deceived,” she said.
Mary and Glen Tunnell speak with 9Wants to Know reporter, Chris Vanderveen regarding $144,650 insurance payment for IOM during Mary's 2016 back surgery.
“It’s pretty obvious, something is going on behind the scenes,” her husband Glen Tunnell told us.