A Top Exec At Chicago’s Loretto Hospital Resigns Amid Vaccine Misuse

Loretto Hospital
Vaccinations take place at Loretto Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP
Loretto Hospital
Vaccinations take place at Loretto Hospital in Chicago on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune via AP

A Top Exec At Chicago’s Loretto Hospital Resigns Amid Vaccine Misuse

The chief operating officer of the embattled Loretto Hospital has resigned after the facility’s vaccine supply was cut for giving doses to well-connected people who weren’t eligible for them.

The hospital’s board said Wednesday evening that it accepted the resignation of Dr. Anosh Ahmed, who also served as the hospital’s chief financial officer.

The board also said that it is continuing to investigate any “deviances from the rules and regulations guiding their vaccination policy.”

Loretto has given more than 16,000 shots at the hospital, the board pointed out in a statement.

Block Club Chicago was the first to report that Loretto Hospital offered vaccinations to employees at Trump Tower, where Ahmed owns a condo, in early March when many eligible residents struggled to find appointments.

WBEZ later reported that some Cook County judges got early access to the vaccine from Loretto. Block Club reported also that a high-end watch store where Ahmed was a customer and a steakhouse he frequented got early vaccine access from Loretto.

The scandal has swiftly unfolded in the past week as allegations of improper access to the vaccination piled up for the hospital, a safety net facility on the city’s West Side. The majority of Loretto’s patients are Black and low-income, and the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected Black people and Latinos in Chicago and elsewhere.

In December, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot held an event at Loretto, where health care workers were the first people in Chicago to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

But the allegations against the hospital centered on Ahmed and George Miller, Loretto’s president and CEO, whose church also received hundreds of vaccinations, according to Block Club.

Democratic State Rep. LaShawn Ford, whose district includes the hospital, resigned from the hospital’s board of trustees due to his disappointment with the incidents, and with how the hospital handled undisclosed reprimands against those involved.