Re­port shows for­mer CEO of IWK still owes more than $22,000

Truro Daily News - - PROVINCE -

A re­view has found the for­mer CEO of At­lantic Canada’s big­gest chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal still owes more than $22,000 for po­ten­tially per­sonal ex­penses charged to her cor­po­rate credit card.

The in­de­pen­dent re­view of Tracy Kitch’s ex­penses was or­dered by the IWK Health Cen­tre’s board of di­rec­tors af­ter dis­crep­an­cies were iden­ti­fied by the CBC and the hos­pi­tal’s fi­nan­cial depart­ment.

Kitch re­signed Aug. 23 for what the chair­woman of the hos­pi­tal’s board of di­rec­tors de­scribed as per­sonal rea­sons.

She joined the IWK in Au­gust 2014 and was earn­ing an an­nual salary of $296,289 at the time of her de­par­ture.

The ex­ec­u­tive’s cor­po­rate credit card state­ments re­port­edly in­cluded thou­sands of dol­lars charged by the Bay last Novem­ber, mul­ti­ple charges from iTunes and Net­flix and more than $2,000 for a li­mou­sine ser­vice.

Be­fore join­ing the Hal­i­fax hos­pi­tal, Kitch was ex­ec­u­tive vicepres­i­dent of pa­tient care and chief nurs­ing ex­ec­u­tive at Mount Si­nai Hos­pi­tal in Toronto.

The re­view by Grant Thorn­ton cov­ers ex­penses re­ported be­tween Aug. 2014 and June 2017.

Grant Thorn­ton said its re­view of cor­po­rate credit card trans­ac­tions, ex­pense claims and other costs iden­ti­fied $47,273.32 of po­ten­tially per­sonal ex­penses, of which $25,009.28 has been re­im­bursed.

“In many in­stances, the sup­port for these ex­penses was not suf­fi­cient for us to de­ter­mine the busi­ness rea­son, or ap­pro­pri­ate ap­proval may not have been doc­u­mented,” the re­port said.

It said there were “sig­nif­i­cant de­lays” in the sub­mis­sion of claims, which lim­ited the hos­pi­tal’s abil­ity to iden­tify po­ten­tial is­sues.

Dr. Krista Jan­gaard, vicepres­i­dent of medicine and aca­demic af­fairs, has been named in­terim CEO. The Izaak Wal­ton Kil­lam Health Cen­tre, known lo­cally as the IWK, pro­vides care for women, chil­dren, youth and fam­i­lies from the Mar­itimes and be­yond.

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