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|FMC terminates attorney Kramer|
Franklin Medical Center legal counsel Michael Kramer's services were discontinued Monday by the hospital's board of commissioners to stave off possible ethics problems.
The action was taken Monday during the board's regular monthly meeting.
While there have been no ethics complaints filed with the state against the hospital or Kramer, Hospital officials said they decided to terminate Kramer's services as a preemptive strike to prevent anyone from using his relation to Franklin Medical Center's new CEO, Blake Kramer, as a volley against the hospital.
Blake Kramer, who took the helm at the hospital in November is Kramer's son.
The younger Kramer said the move was strictly precautionary and should not be construed as a sign of impropriety at Franklin Medical.
"There hadn't been any complaints. No one had filed any ethics complaints, but I represented public bodies for a long time and I didn't want it to be a problem for (Kramer) or the hospital," said Blake Kramer, who previously served as the hospitals compliance officer and is an attorney.
Kramer has served as the hospitals attorney of record since 1979, said officials.
The decision was made during an executive session concerning the ongoing mitigation between Franklin Medical and former hospital administrator Robert Boullion.
Boullion's lawsuit claims of wrongful termination and violation of state open meetings law.
The suit contends the board meeting at which the decision was made to fire him was held in violation of the open meetings law, which requires proper notice of items to be discussed.
Monroe attorney Bill Bouregeois will now handle the Boullion lawsuit, said hospital officials.
In other business at the board meeting, Commissioner Paul Price was reelected chair and Mike Wright was reelected vice chair.