Kettering misconduct complaints not tied to donor funds, health system says

Kettering (Ohio) Health officials said their ongoing internal investigation into misconduct allegations is not tied to donor funds, the Dayton Daily News reported April 5. 

"These allegations do not include funds received through donation to any one of the four Kettering Health foundations, and our internal investigation has confirmed this to be accurate," the health system said in a statement, according to the report. "Our foundations have stringent policies to ensure that all donated funds are appropriately accounted for, used in line with the request of each donor, and in compliance with applicable laws."

The specific focus on Kettering's internal investigation is unknown, according to the report. Kettering announced March 27 it hired an outside firm to conduct an internal investigation into allegations of inappropriate fiscal and operational management.

A pair of anonymous complaints were filed with the Ohio attorney general's office alleging abuse of charitable funds. The complaints reference former CEO Fred Manchur and former board Chair Dave Weigley. Among other things, the complaint accuses Mr. Manchur of expensing trips and using hospital network funds to remodel his home. The complaints also involved Mr. Weigley's alleged car expenses.

Mr. Manchur retired at the end of 2022 and Mr. Weigley left the board in January. 

Kettering said in its March 27 statement that while the investigation is ongoing, it is taking steps to address wrongdoing and shortcomings it identifies. 

"These steps include making necessary personnel changes — inclusive of employees and members of the board — to ensure both individual accountability and strict compliance with updated and comprehensive governance practices," the statement read. 

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