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May 30, 2012

Is the K.H.M.H. whistleblower case D.O.A.?

Francis Gary Longsworth

In late December of 2011, a former employee of the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital collected over ten thousand files that contained potentially damaging information about procurement practices and purchases made with K.H.M.H. credit cards. Delroy Herrera made the allegations and much was expected of the potentially explosive documents. That prompted the administration to send out a press release, inviting the Auditor General and the Contractor General’s Office to launch full investigations into the management of the financial and material resources of the hospital.  The hospital also said that if any impropriety was uncovered, firm and appropriate action will be taken against any implicated individuals Since there was a media event at the K.H.M.H. morgue today, News Five asked C.E.O. Longsworth if the Herrera case was pronounced dead on arrival.

 

Jose Sanchez

“Was that issue ever clarified with the former employee who supposed was sending out documents taken from a computer? Was that resolved? Did that make it into a legal issue?”

 

Francis Gary Longsworth, C.E.O., K.H.M.H.

“No it hasn’t reached the courts yet, but it may still may.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Specifically, it’s the K.H.M.H. who would be taking charge, if any, against that former employee?”

 

Francis Gary Longsworth

“Oh yes. The K.H.M.H. has the authority to take matters to court that relate to the business of the authority.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“”In regards to the information that that former employee may have divulged to the media, are you also considering the media as a part of that potential suit?”

 

Francis Gary Longsworth

“No, not at this time. No.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“The issues that were brought up were regarding who did what, who had authority to do what. Were there those things that were actually real or just interoffice arguing that was really what was brought up?”

 

Francis Gary Longsworth

“I wouldn’t go into any of the details of the case because if it goes to court, I wouldn’t want to have said anything out of court that could be used in court against the authority.”

 

Since the records were breached, the K.H.M.H. said it would increase the security of its computer network.

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