Wheeling Hospital has filed a lawsuit against one of the hospital’s former executive vice presidents.
According to a release from the hospital, Wheeling Hospital is suing Louis Longo for an alleged breach of fiduciary duty and abuse of process.
Longo first filed a lawsuit against Wheeling Hospital in December of 2017 alleging that the institution committed various forms of fraud over several years, including allegedly defrauding Medicaid and Medicare out of tens of millions of dollars, and improperly compensating physicians. In January, the federal government joined in the suit.
A release from Wheeling Hospital called the suit “baseless.” They subsequently filed a countersuit against Longo, who they described as a “disgruntled ex-employee,” claiming he filed false claims against Wheeling Hospital in order to obtain a settlement.
“As a Catholic Hospital, we expect every member of our staff, as well as our partners, to conduct themselves with honor and integrity,” said Bruce Archer, general counsel for Wheeling Hospital. “We are pursuing action against Mr. Longo for his purported dishonest conduct, and we will vigorously defend our hospital and physicians against the fraudulent claims he filed against us.”