BY KELLI PEACOCK DUNN
Former Calhoun-Liberty Hospital Administrator Phillip Hill is being investigated by state and local authorities after an internal audit at the facility raised red flags.
The County Record questioned the hospital’s interim administrator, Ruth Attaway, who confirmed a criminal investigation is underway and Phillip Hill is the subject of that case.
“While reviewing the financial records of both the hospital and the ambulance service on September 30, we found significant inconsistencies and troubling evidence that led us to believe there was an elaborate criminal scheme to defraud the hospital of a large sum of money,” Attaway stated. “Upon discovering this, we immediately notified law enforcement and have been working with various authorities since the first of October to confirm the extent of these misdeeds.”
Sources indicate a vendor known as Southeasteren Medical Supplies - yes, the “Southeastern” in the company name is misspelled on all materials seized - came under scrutiny during the hospital’s internal audit. No record of the company’s existence could be found despite the hospital and EMS being billed thousands by this “supply company” on a monthly basis for years. The trail eventually led to a post office box in Tallahassee. More details about what was discovered from this point in the case will be released after the investigation is completed.
Hill resigned from the hospital back in August. Attaway confirmed the hospital "ended its relationship" with Hill over "management differences." She emphasized board members had no idea about the financial inconsistencies until after Hill was gone and they began auditing.
Attaway’s full statement and more details will be in this week’s print edition. No arrests have been made at this time as the investigation continues.
The County Record will reach out to Hill today to see if he wishes to comment.