Philadelphia Children's fires general counsel

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia fired its longtime general counsel and executive vice president last week due to financial irregularities, report Healthcare Finance News and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The matter involving Roosevelt Hairston, Jr. has also been referred by the hospital to the U.S. Attorney's office in the eastern district of Pennsylvania for investigation, according to a hospital spokesman.

Hairston was dismissed following an internal investigation. However, hospital officials have declined to discuss the matter leading to the dismissal or disclose any details. The administration did note that any alleged misconduct by Hairston did not impact hospital care or services.

"The leadership of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to the highest ethical behavior of all our employees, and our action in this matter affirms that commitment," said hospital CEO Steven Altschuler in a statement.

Hairston has been with the hospital since 1997. In addition to that job, he teaches at Temple University's law and business schools. A 1990 graduate of Temple's law school, he had previously worked at several top-flight law firms in Philadelphia. He currently chairs the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board and is active in other community organizations.

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