Case Caption: Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital, et al. v. Titan Medical Group, LLC, et al.Case Number: S. Ct. Civ. No. 2015-0074Date: 10/25/2018Author: Cabret, Maria M. Citation: Summary: In a breach of contract and quantum meruit action by medical staffing entities filed against a hospital, summary judgment for the plaintiffs is reversed. The defendant hospital adequately raised in the Superior Court its argument that it is not an entity subject to suit. Reviewing de novo the governing statutory framework of the Virgin Islands Government Hospitals and Health Facilities Corporation Act, 19 V.I.C. §§ 240–249, it is clear that the Legislature did not intend to subject this hospital to suit in its own name, which it could have done by recognizing it as a “public corporation” under 5 V.I.C. § 1142(b). Because the hospital is part of the larger entity, the Virgin Islands Hospitals and Health Facilities Corporation—against whom legal recourse can be sought—and is not a distinct entity broadly recognized in law in its own right without limitations on its powers, the proposition that the Legislature implicitly granted the hospital the right to sue and be sued in its own name is rejected. The Superior Court erred by entering the July 14, 2015 judgment order awarding summary judgment against the hospital. That judgment order is vacated and the case is remanded for further proceedings with directions that the Superior Court dismiss the hospital from this case.Attachment: Open Document or Opinion