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|FMC hospital chief resigns post|
Acting chief executive officer of Franklin Medical Center, Robert Boullion, became the second top official to leave the hospital in the past 18 months with his resignation Monday.
Boullion, named acting CEO in December 2007 and recommended for the job permanently by the medical center's board of commissioners, said Monday afternoon his resignation was requested.
A board spokesman said the resignation was received by close of business Monday.
Boullion followed Leon J. Belila, who resigned from the same position on Dec. 21, 2007.
Boullion assumed the role of chief executive in addition to his normal duties as chief financial officer.
In a discussion Monday, Boullion said he was notified Friday June 13 while traveling to Shreveport to visit his ailing father that he needed to return to Winnboro.
He said a member or the hospital staff then told him his resignation had been requested in a special executive session of the hospital board.
"I thought I'd done a pretty good job," Boullion said Monday. He referenced the increase in both income and profits for the hospital over the past 18 months and predicted pending audits will show even greater financial success.
The hospital board of directors, with Paul Price serving as chairman, issued a statement on the resignation:
"Bobby Boullion resigned as administrator of Franklin Medical Center on Monday, June 15.
"We thank him very much for his service here, and wish him the best in all his future endeavors.
"Terri Spence, LCSW, has tank on the role of interim administrator while the board and medical staff conduct a full and through search for a permanent replacement.
"We appreciate the cooperation and understanding of our patients, physicians and other business partners as we move forward with this transition. This situation does nothing to alter Franklin Medical Center's commitment to delivering the highest quality service and patient care."
A copy of Boullion's resignation was not available close to deadlines for The Franklin Sun.
Boullion was recognized for his performance as administrator in January of this year when the board of commissioners passed a resolution recommending he be named permanently.
However, the board's recommendation was subject to an approval vote of seven physicians, all associated in some manner with the hospital. It is unclear if the vote of physicians was taken.
Administration of the hospital has been a frequent topic of discussion in Police Jury meeting since the first of the year. Several jurors have said the presence of a physician was needed on the board of commissioners.
Boullion made a presentation to the jury earlier in the year where he was questioned about treatment of staff personnel.
Historically, the Franklin Parish Police Jury appoints members of the hospital board of commissioners who over see an administrator with the administrator in charge of physician recruitment and daily operations.