The wife of radio legend Casey Kasem has won her fight to secure her late husband’s medical records from Tacoma-based CHI Franciscan Health System.
Records filed in Pierce County Superior Court show that Franciscan turned over the records to Jeannie Kasem last month.
It took the action after receiving authority to do so from Casey Kasem’s daughter from a previous marriage, who had authority over her father’s health-care decisions at the time of his death.
Jeannie Kasem went to court in December to try to force Franciscan to turn over the records. Her lawyer, Lance Hester, said she was entitled to them and wanted all the information you could get about her husband’s last days alive.
Casey Kasem was 82 when he died June 15 at St. Anthony Hospital in Gig Harbor. The facility is run by Franciscan.
Franciscan initially resisted turning over the records. Its lawyer wrote in court pleadings that because Casey Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, had authority over his health-care decisions, it was required by law to release the records only to her.
Lawyer Mark Hilliard said the health system took it upon itself to contact Kerri Kasem to get the authorization.
Franciscan was entitled to attorney’s fees and reimbursement of costs for its trouble, Hilliard said. Superior Court Judge Garold Johnson disagreed, instead awarding fees and costs to Jeannie Kasem, court records show.