Guam - Concerns have been raised about the Guam Memorial Hospital's
recent hiring of a pathologist. A complaint was filed with the Attorney
General's Office alleging the hospital had paid the director of the lab before
he even officially started working at GMH.
Hospital administrator Joseph Verga says the new pathologist was
never paid before his first day on the job, which was March 4. Dr. Mohamad Hani
Alsabban, however, was technically hired at the hospital since his contract was
signed back in January and approved by the board and the AG's Office.
Verga explains that was done because the previous acting lab
director quit when he was denied a $40 an hour raise and a complaint was made
to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which then gave GMH 30 days
to find a replacement or risk losing the lab's certification. The administrator
adds the hospital has already responded to the complaint.