SANTA FE – The former CEO of Rehoboth McKinley Christian hospital in Gallup on Wednesday challenged the findings of a special audit of finances and contracts at the taxpayer-supported hospital in Gallup.
David Conejo and attorney Luis Robles called the audit report “shoddy,” and said it “misrepresents the true financial picture” at Rehoboth under Conejo’s tenure.
The audit, commissioned initially by McKinley County and released by the state auditor’s office on Tuesday, alleges that Conejo’s hospital management company, Healthcare Integrity, circumvented proper oversight by hiring hospital executives as its employees and requiring the hospital to pay their salaries.
Conejo condemned the audit as “grossly inaccurate” and denied its assertion that his salary was not approved by the hospital board of trustees, saying that a board attorney and a bond counsel to the hospital agreed the compensation was appropriate. The audit says Conejo was paid as much as $645,000 one year, while Robles says yearly pay was about $450,000 after related tax payments.