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Times Details Widespread Corruption at Brooklyn Hospital

The New York Times reported on Monday the results of a three-month investigation into the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, the financially troubled Bushwick hospital that straddles the Brooklyn/Queens border.

The article, citing internal hospital records and employee interviews, paints a culture of insider deals, under-qualified employees and extravagance on the part of the medical center's leadership, particularly in the case of Wyckoff's former CEO Rajiv Garg.

Wyckoff was also addressed by a state Health Department panel last year that was convened to help solve the financial problems of several of the borough’s hospitals. In December, Garg was quietly replaced by Ramon Rodriguez, who served on the panel.

Wyckoff, according to the Times, offered jobs as favors for political and social connections, made exclusive deals with companies owned by hospital staff, appointed its landlord as a board member and took out a multimillion dollar loan from another board member at a 12 percent interest rate.

The hospital is currently under investigation by the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, the Times reports.

March 26, 2012 - 10:44am


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