Board members at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, are wondering how they missed several warning signs that something was wrong with the conduct of former executive John Carroll.
Carroll pleaded guilty earlier this month to taking more than $600,000 in bribes over nearly 10 years in exchange for inflated construction contracts that the board approved.
According to Rick Wade, a spokesman for the American Hospital Association’s Center for Healthcare Governance, communities in the USA have raised their expectations of hospital boards and expect them to demand the necessary information from management so the trustees can properly oversee operations. “Overseeing and managing a hospital has become ever more complex,” Wade said. “You are in command of a huge amount of community resources that have to be spent wisely.”
As reported on www.cleveland.com a few of the trustees of the board of MetroHealth Medical Center are grappling with how they missed the signs. “You depend on one another. What you don’t know, you hope that somebody else can figure out,” said Polly Clemo, who has been on the board since 1995. “I don’t know that we knew what to ask,” she added.
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