Miami Herald, May 19, 2011

Auditors for the Palm Beach County Health Care District have found the district has no written policy requiring disclosure of any family relationship between district employees and its vendors. During an internal audit of its contracted services, auditor Eugene Porter reported that he had discovered a medical records contract for the Healey Center went to the unidentified mother of an unidentified Finance Department employee. The relationship was not disclosed in the $40,000 annual contract or its accompanying documentation, Porter found. Last year the contractor billed the district $11,000. Porter, who joined the district a year and a half ago, is the sole internal auditor on staff to watch all hospital billings and 1,145 contracts. For his external contracts audit, he told finance committee member Dr. Michael Dennis that he was able to review just 33 of them.
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