According to a story in the Miami Herald, HCA is accusing a former pharmaceutical supply-chain provider of scamming one of its hospitals out of millions of dollars.
A complaint filed against the supplier, Pharmed, back in June alleges that two employees at HCA’s Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, Fla., were given kickbacks for ordering supplies that were never received.
The employees, Victor Garcia and Joanna Delfel, placed some $3.5 million worth of orders with Pharmed between 2003 and 2007. Those supplies never found their way to Kendall Regional, according to HCA.
The filing goes on to state that Pharmed executive vice president Ericka Urquiza provided thousands of dollars in kickbacks to Delfel and Garcia through a company she and her husband owned.
These allegations have come to light as part of Pharmed’s bankruptcy proceedings, currently underway in Florida.
Shortly before filing the complaint, HCA ended its relationship with the company.
Attempts to reach Andrew Herron, HCA’s attorney in the matter, have thus far been unsuccessful. A spokesman from Kendall Regional declined to comment saying “we’ll let the court filings speak for themselves.”
Pharmed’s attorney could not be reached.
NashvillePost.com continues to seek copies of court filings in this matter, and will update this story with any further developments.