Search Site

Former Ontario Hospital Executive Accused of Ethics Violations

A hospital executive in charge of a large redevelopment project in Ontario, Canada, is accused of several ethics violations, according to a report in The Globe and Mail.

Suman Bahl, a former vice president at Markham Stouffville Hospital, allegedly used contractors from the hospital’s redevelopment project to help in the renovation of her personal home. She is also accused of becoming a paid consultant for one of the contractors and of securing paid work for her family members and friends.

Records show repeated violations

Hospital officials say that they have substantial evidence that shows Bahl abused her position of power and broke hospital rules regarding conflicts of interest and ethics.

The Globe and Mail uncovered the possible violations in an investigation last year, leading to Bahl’s termination in October 2015. According to reports, she had approved invoices from flooring companies that her husband controlled, along with invoices from window-covering companies that other family members owned. She did not declare a conflict of interest before approving the invoices.

Bahl has denied any wrongdoing, and her attorney has stated publicly that the work done on Bahl’s home was competitively priced and unrelated to the hospital redevelopment project. She also claims that she was not involved in communicating with the contractors who worked on her home, even though recovered emails show that she had exchanged messages discussing pricing with them.

Unfortunately, ethics violations like these are fairly common, and those in power sometimes need to be held accountable for their wrongdoing. If you are aware of these types of violations happening with your business, organization or agency, you may have options for becoming a whistleblower. For more information, speak with an experienced attorney at Whistleblower Law for Managers in Dallas, Texas.

Awards & Honors
Our Office
  • Dallas Office
    4514 Cole Ave
    Dallas, Texas 75205
    Phone: 214-306-8045
    Fax: 469-729-9926
As Seen In
In his new book, "Standing Up to China: How a Whistleblower Risked Everything for His Country," former client & Author, Ashley Yablon, quotes Attorney Steve Kardell about Whistelblower Law.
  • "Steve Kardell was terrific in representing me in some very adversarial discussions with Citigroup and also later represented me in my testimony before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission."  -Richard Bowen, Citigroup Whistleblower

  • "Incredible knowledge of employee related concerns and equally brilliant knowledge of health care regulations, standards of practice. I would recommend this firm to anyone."  -V.B.

  • "Reaching out to Steve Kardell was the best decision I made. His ability to provide immediate insight and direction was very powerful, and a huge relief during a very stressful time period. For anyone struggling with a whistleblower situation, I would highly recommend at least speaking with Steve. After a 10 minute call with him, I had a better understanding of what I was dealing with. Even better, he gave me some immediate hope. In the end Steve did a better job than I thought was possible. Steve was able to get in contact with people in my organization, that I didn’t have access to. Because of his years of experience, he already has contacts in many organizations in Dallas. The entire situation was handled peacefully. I was impressed by his ability to “keep the peace”–rather than creating a battle with the organization. The reason I didn’t reach out to a lawyer initially, was because I thought it would mean an immediate end to any hope of a positive relationship with the company. Steve was able to address my concerns, and in the end I was able to continue to work for them."  -KS

  • "Never thought my career would end like it did after 30 years of service. I was part of the first round of the so called reduction of force. I asked myself how can I be part of this with 30 years of seniority. How did they pick these 90 plus employees? Now, the culture of this organization made you question every decision they made. It wasn’t what you knew it’s was a culture of who you know. Nonetheless, I did not accept their severance package. I immediately starting looking for an attorney who would take on my case. After the initial call to Steve I had hope again. He was open and honest about everything and reassured me he would do his best for me, and he did. I had an awesome outcome. Thanks Steve you’re the best."  -S.S.