LBJ board bogged down with admin issues says Lolo
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has stepped into the chaos at the hospital regarding the eight leadership positions terminated two months ago.
In July, Samoa News obtained a copy of the letter signed by Fleming and sent to one of LBJ's top officials which stated that due to the hospital’s 'continued and pervasive financial difficulties', the hospital board has been forced to take drastic actions, including mandating a reorganization of hospital operations to ensure future visibility of the only hospital in American Samoa.
“This reorganization requires elimination of your current position," Fleming wrote. The board later moved to suspend this action.
It appears, however, that the action was not suspended given that the governor has written his recent letter in reference to this “controversial action”.
The positions in question are Chief Operating Officer/Vice President of Professional Services, Director/President of Nursing, Vice President/Human Resources Director, Quality Insurance Director, Vice President of Plant Services/Chief Engineer, and Director of Care Services.
According to the letter sent last week to the board, the governor noted it was his understanding after the last meeting that the board would keep him abreast on the progress of the organizational changes being implemented.
“While I have been very concerned with the bits and pieces of information reported in the newspaper regarding controversies connected with the decision of the Board, relating to the treatment of eight leadership employees and to whom termination letters were sent… these actions deviated from my recommendation to you… that you first focus on revising your organizational chart to reflect the vision of the board with the assignment of the new salary reclassifications to each of the positions incorporated in the Organization Chart,” said Governor Lolo.
He further noted that the revised job descriptions and assigned salaries would form the basis for negotiation with the eight employees and all other employees would be slotted into this revised organizational chart.
“I had also strongly recommended that the eight employees be slotted in these revised positions, and not to advertise them."
“The hospital could not afford to disrupt its services if new employees were recruited. Since I deem these eight employees to be the most qualified on-island employees, given the many years they have served in these positions, I would assume the new recruits will be from off-island.”
The governor further the pointed out that it appears there is no solution on this matter, and “I would like to know the actions taken by the board to bring an end to this controversy.”
He wrote, “It appears that the board has been bogged down with these administrative issues, with less attention placed on finding solutions to the hospital’s sub-par quality of service.”
Lolo also recommended that the hospital board reinstate Emau Amosa. “I had recommended consideration of reinstating Mr. Emau Amosa, who was dismissed from his position, not from incompetence, but because he refused to march to the cadence of the previous Chief Financial Officer’s administrative drum. Mr. Emau Amosa started at the hospital at the onset of the establishment of the authority hence, he is financially well versed with the operation of the hospital.”
The governor also noted that nothing has materialized and yet financially technical and experienced professionals are sorely needed at the hospital.
Samoa News understands Amosa has not started working again at the hospital.
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