Sharon Helman is another incompetent, non-Christian, radical, second-wave feminist, female, “Director” who was in over her head and, rather than admit it, chose to “cook the books” to hide her failings, and in this case, men died.
Phoenix wasn’t Ms. Helman’s first scandal. As Director of the Spokane, Washington VA she lied to the public, stating that there had been nine suicides within the hospital’s service area, when in fact, there had been at least 22. LIES!
Unfortunately, rather than discipline this bitch, U. S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Chief Gen. Eric Shinseki transferred her, as Director, to the Edward Hines, Jr. VA hospital, outside Chicago, in Hines, Illinois. She spent two years in this position before being moved to Phoenix, Arizona in February of 2012. Helman was made the first female Director/CEO of the Phoenix VA Medical Center, where she continued her trail of lies and deceit.
In 2013, Ms. Helman had purportedly done such a wonderful job of reducing wait times for vets at the Phoenix medical center that she was awarded a $9,345 bonus. This was in addition to her annual, taxpayer paid, salary of $169,900. LIES!
Her “house of cards” began to topple when on April 23rd CNN interviewed a recently retired, Phoenix, VA doctor named Dr. Sam Foote. Foote claimed that Ms. Helman had a “secret list” for patients waiting to be seen by doctors that differed from the official list. When questioned, other Phoenix VA officials acknowledged the existence of the list and provided evidence as well. They also admitted to the fact that many of the documents related to that secret list were shredded when CNN broke the story.
In response to the accusations Ms. Helman told CBS5 News in Phoenix, “We look at those cases every day and we have not found that they are linked to any delays in care.” During that same interview Helman’s chief of staff Dr. Darren Deering stated, “We have never instructed our staff to create a secret list, to maintain a secret list, to shred a secret list — that has never come from our office as far as instruction to our staff.” LIES!
On May 1st, despite having first denied the allegations against Ms. Helman, Shinseki placed her on administrative leave . Ms. Helman’s assertions that vets were indeed being seen by doctors promptly proved to be a lie. And, just as Dr. Foote had stated, Ms. Helman did indeed have a “secret waiting list.” It showed that 1600 vets had been waiting up to five months to see doctors, rather than seeing them within the 28 days she claimed. After further investigations, it was also shown that 44 veterans had died while they languished on her “secret list.”
Upon reflection, Pete Hegsbeth, the CEO of the Concerned Veterans of America is quoted as saying, “This is not the first time that Sharon Helman has been involved in an incident involving manipulation of patient data. She fudged the number of veterans suicides at a previous job — and was never fired. She just moved.” This is beyond deplorable.
Twenty-two men unnecessarily died in Spokane, forty-four died in Phoenix and who knows how many died in Hines, Illinois while Helman cut ribbons, went to luncheons and gave speeches.
Sixty-six Christian men died while this idiot lied, partied and deliberately denied help to these American heroes. Men who were Helman’s unquestionable responsibility. Men who she swore to support, assist and aid during their final days.
In the end, Helman’s despicable behavior would expose, not her admiration for these men, but her contempt. Heads should roll and Helman’s should be the first one kicked overboard.