A top Chicago hospital executive resigned Wednesday after it was discovered he improperly distributed COVID-19 vaccines to Trump Tower and other companies with which he had close ties.
Block Club Chicago reported that the Loretto Hospital board accepted the resignation of Anosh Ahmed, the conflicting director of operations, after the outlet reported his links to the wrong doses.
The board said it continues to investigate “each and every deviation from the rules and regulations” for vaccines.
“If our review reveals anything else that indicates that our processes were compromised, additional consequences will be imposed on those responsible for these actions,” Board Chairman Edward Hogan said in a statement.
Ahmed’s departure comes after the outlet reported that the hospital misused city-supplied vaccines to inoculate the restaurant, hospital and other support staff at the Trump International Hotel and Tower downtown, where Ahmed owns a condo valued at 2 million dollars.
The event was reportedly orchestrated under the city’s Protect Chicago Plus campaign, which is aimed at residents living in 15 areas on the south and west sides affected by COVID-19. The downtown area, where the luxury skyscraper is located, was not included, reported Block Club Chicago.
Block Club Chicago also reported that Loretto held other suspicious vaccination events, including one at the hospital president’s suburban church and a high-end watch store that Ahmed frequently visited.
Ahmed’s resignation also came hours after the outlet reported that Ineligible people who work in a steakhouse where Ahmed eats regularly he also got vaccinated early.
More than a dozen Cook County Circuit Court judges were reportedly vaccinated early through Loretto as well.
Last week, the city health department decided to withhold the shipment of more first doses of vaccines to Loretto pending an investigation. Those who also received one dose through the hospital will be able to receive the second.
Mayor Lori lightfootLori LightfootMary Trump Joins Group Supporting LGBTQ + Illinois Candidates to Expand Vaccine Eligibility to All Adults on April 12 Here’s How the Republican Party Can Get Its Mojo Back: Take On Teacher Unions MORE (D) said she was concerned about the hospital related reports.
“Unfortunately, in the last few days, stories have emerged alleging that providers who were required to follow guidelines (from the Chicago Department of Public Health) ignored those restrictions and instead allowed well-connected people to jump the line to get the vaccine instead of using it for service people who were most in need, “Lightfoot said in a statement.
Loretto Hospital is a 122-bed facility serving primarily Black and Latino residents in the surrounding West Side neighborhoods.
The hospital was chosen last year to administer Chicago’s first ceremonial COVID-19 vaccination.