Delaware County Attorney Reviewing RMC Investigation Report

The Delaware County Attorney says he is reviewing the special investigation report into Regional Medical Center in Manchester.

Last Wednesday, the State Auditor released a report of their investigation into nearly 300-thousand dollars in hospital money that was misspent. Auditor Rob Sand says the spending was linked to former hospital CEO Lon Butikofer and former Development Director Mike Briggs.

He says the two were reimbursed for mileage, travel and meal costs for events that were supposed to be linked to the hospital.

The investigation identified around 192-thousand dollars of improper payroll costs for unrecorded paid leave used by Butikofer and nearly 53-thousand dollars for Briggs. Briggs was fired from his position on February 23, 2017, with Butikofer resigning several days later. Sand says his office made recommendations to Regional Medical Center on how to prevent future issues.

Copies of the report have been filed with the Division of Criminal Investigation, the Delaware County Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office.

Delaware County Attorney John Bernau says his office received the report at the same time as everyone else on Wednesday. He says he will need to see and review much more than just the report to determine whether or not criminal charges are warranted. Manchester Police Chief Jim Hauschild says all the evidence gathered up to this point has been referred to Bernau.

Regional Medical Center will hold a community meeting tonight to listen to feedback and answer any questions about the report, as well as their healthcare system. Tonight’s meeting will begin at 6 pm at the hospital’s Veterans Education Center.