Ex-Monsour CEO will fight charge that he bit brother
By Paul Peirce
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012
The former chief executive officer of Monsour Medical Center will fight an allegation that he bit his brother's nose during a New Year's Eve scuffle at a family gathering in Unity, his attorney said Monday.
Duke George, who represents Michael A. Monsour, 59, of Pittsburgh, maintains his client is innocent of a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and a summary charge of harassment. The charges were levied against him by his brother, Dr. William J. "Boon" Monsour of Ligonier.
"My client certainly was not the aggressor here. He was defending himself," George said after Monsour waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges before Unity District Judge Michael Mahady.
The case will be tried in Westmoreland County Common Pleas Court.
The alleged assault occurred in the home of the Monsours' father, Dr. Howard Monsour, one of the founders of the defunct medical center along Route 30 in Jeannette.
According to court documents, the brothers were in the home with several relatives when they got into an argument. Michael Monsour walked around a coffee table, and stood in front of William Monsour "nose to nose" before Michael bit William's nose, the documents state.
William Monsour, a physician, told police he treated the wound and took antibiotics. He later went to Excela Health Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, where he was admitted for treatment.
The wound will require plastic surgery, William Monsour claims in court documents. He obtained a protection from abuse order against his brother.
Michael Monsour remains free on a signature bond. State police at Greensburg filed the complaint after William Monsour reported the alleged assault.
William Monsour is affiliated with Excela Health. He practices internal medicine and geriatrics at Pri-Med Care Inc. in Ligonier, according to the health system's website.
Michael Monsour became the Monsour Medical Center CEO in 2005 and was at the helm when the hospital closed in 2006 after it failed a series of state inspections and received a restricted operating license.
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