WPD release details about investigation into hospital

Detective Quentin Hayes

As the investigation continued, information was brought forth connecting a member of Winslow Memorial Hospital’s administration with possible misconduct at Mount Graham Hospital in Safford.

Subpoenas were issued for the investigative lead’s disciplinary records, as well as work history. Detective Hayes received these documents recently and is currently in the process of sorting through them for information.

WPD also subpoenaed financial records from WMH, but has yet to receive those documents.

“When I talked to Mrs. [Anita] Warboys (then Chief Executive Officer of WMH) about those records, she said it would not take long,” he said.

Authorities also began investigating a hospital contractual employee for possible misconduct. They are still looking into actions by this employee.

Hayes said the investigation is currently looking at how the money that was brought in was being dispersed.

“We are looking at the internal financial mechanism, what the money went to and through whom.”

During the informational town meeting that was held in December, board member Loran Hardy informed the community that an audit had been done and no money had been found missing.

Hayes said that audit would not have uncovered any misconduct with funds.

He then went on to say another audit was scheduled to be done by a health-care auditor recommended by the hospital’s legal counsel. But, due to the lack of funds to pay for the audit it was never done.

A forensic auditor, which is used by law enforcement agencies and is trained to look for the misappropriation of funds, could not do the audit due to comments made by the hospital’s Board of Directors that the hospital had not been victimized.

He added the ultimate goal of the investigation would be for those people who have possibly misappropriated funds to be tried by the state attorney general’s office.

“We plan on meeting with the attorney general’s office for assistance,” Hayes said. “That is definitely a resource we’re going to use.”

He added the people of Winslow deserved to be thanked for stepping up with their support when the hospital was in its darkest hours.

“If you have to go through a situation like this, you want to be in a town with as supportive people as Winslow.”

Winslow Police Chief Stephen Garnett stated the investigation will continue as long as necessary to complete it.

“We are going to do what we hae to do to complete this investigation,” he said.

He added the main purpose of the investigation is not to find criminal misconduct, but to prove there was none.

“We are looking to clear the hospital administrative staff of any misconduct,” he said, “but in the event we can not clear them, the approriate action will be taken.”

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