Seven executives, physicians and employees of Nassau Health Care Corp. agreed to pay thousands of dollars to settle charges brought by the New York State Ethics Commission that they violated ethics laws by taking gifts totaling $10,300 from competing vendors while deciding on the purchase of a $7.2 million information system. The ethics commission leveled the charges in April 2003 after a yearlong investigation that chronicled the wining and dining involved in landing lucrative contracts for clinical computer networks. Though officials argued that accepting the trips, sporting events and restaurant tabs were standard practice in the system selection process, state investigators said the principal figures in the selection of the Nassau system were public officers and thus prohibited from accepting gifts -- which according to the commission can be in the form of money, loans, travel, meals, refreshments or entertainment. The biggest fine, $4,369, was assessed on Christine Forman, vice president and chief information officer. Also settling were: Richard Turan, president and chief executive officer, for $2,250; Paul Moh, chairman of the radiology department, $2,005; Joan McInerney, chairwoman of the emergency medicine department, $1,375; Judith Eisele, a registered nurse, $1,094; Gary Bie, chief financial officer, $883; and Lawrence Honold, director of information systems, $216. The East Meadow, N.Y.-based health system also agreed to provide ethics training to all employees. The agreements ended litigation between the commission and hospital. -- by John Morrissey
Hospital employees settle alleged ethics violations
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