May 18th, 2010 at 2:39 pm
Evidence is surfacing that a major cover-up is in progress at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC). Allegations surfaced months ago that San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Second District Supervisor Paul Biane and Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales received extensive free medical care at ARMC. A complaint has been filed with the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) alleging Form 700 violations due to the fact that these supervisors, along with former County Administrative Officer Mark Uffer, received free medical care, which constitutes a gift of public funds, and did not report said gifts as required by law on their Form 700s.
Today, iePolitics learned that ARMC Chief Executive Officer Patrick Petre at the behest of ARMC Medical Director Dr. Dev Gnanadev, has ordered privacy statements be signed and backdated by ARMC employees in regard to anything they witnessed in reference to members of the Board of Supervisors or other elected and appointed officials who may have been given free medical care at the facility. It appears that this process has been put into place to interfere with a criminal and/or Grand Jury investigation into practices at ARMC.
iePolitics has been contacted by employees who have been threatened with HIPAA violations if they discuss the wrongdoing at ARMC. It appears every effort is being made to sweep the current scandal under the rug.
Additionally, iePolitics has learned that ARMC staff has been directed to enter previously off-the-chart doctor visits and medical procedures provided to elected officials into the hospital’s Medi-Tech system in what also appears to be an attempt to cover-up past unethical practices. Past practice has been for elected officials to make arrangements with Dr. Gnanadev for personal treatment that often is not charted so that there is no computerized record of their procedures and no billing.
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