Nassau University Medical Center has settled a lawsuit by its former chief financial officer who alleged he was fired for blowing the whistle on an effort to overstate the number of patients with COVID-19 that NUMC treated in 2020, court records show.
John Maher, who had held his post since January 2012, was terminated in June 2020.
The hospital’s consultant hired to help in the CARES Act submission confirmed to Maher he had calculated the number correctly, the suit said.
Hospital officials declined to disclose the terms of the settlement.
Maher’s attorney, Jason Solotaroff, declined to comment on the litigation or disclose a settlement amount.
Newsday filed a Freedom of Information Law request seeking the amount NuHealth, the public benefit corporation also known as Nassau Health Care Corp. that operates NUMC, paid Maher to settle the case.
The suit alleges that Ryan, “informed Mr. Maher, per the hospital consultants, that the number of COVID-19 positive patients should be increased to 900.”