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Hospital administrators come and go and as far as hospitals go, Franklin Medical Center has had its share of overseers in the past. As of Dec. 21, 2007 Leon Belila resigned his position as CEO of Franklin Medical Center (FMC) for reasons not disclosed to the public.
"Mr. Robert Boullion, current CFO will serve as interim CEO until the board can convene and begin the process of finding someone for the position," said Blake Kramer, head legal council at FMC.
Boullion stated that the near future of the hospital under his management would involve meeting with physicians, administrators and the medical community to determine exactly what needs to be done to move the hospital forward.
"We're optimistic about the future of the hospital," said Boullion. "There is an excellent staff of doctors, nurses and committed employees in place that have contributed to the success of this hospital for many years."
Boullion stated that the loss of two physicians and a chief surgeon in the last two years has impacted the overall admissions to the hospital, while recruiting efforts continues to be a priority of the board.
The process of selecting a new CEO begins with a personnel committee appointed by the board that will review all of the applications.
"The plan is to find someone who can bring unity and longevity to this position and this community," said board member Michael Wright. "Some-one who will work with all parties involved."
Nick Poulos, chairman of the board said the requirements for chief executive officer are set by the state. The current board members ill meet with physicians to discuss a hiring plan for applicants seeking the position.
"This process can be lengthy because it's not just about finding someone who's qualified for the job. There are several characteristics that should be matched between the applicant and a particular medical environment," said Poulos. "As for the future of the hospital, we will continue working with the medical community and the staff at FMC to provide the best possible health care to the community we serve."
In accordance with R.S. Title 46: 1053 et. seq., a hospital district must be governed by a five-member board of commissioners appointed by the police jury / parish governing authority for six-year staggered terms. A commissioner must be a registered voter and resident of the district.
Volunteer members of the Franklin Medical Center Board of Commissioners are appointed by the Franklin Parish Police Jury and include Nick Poulos, chairman, Dr. Jan Hicks, Paul Price Jr., Michael Wright, and Danny Warner.
$1 million for rural clinics
Franklin Medical Center will receive some $1,050,000 as part of a "Memoran-dum of Understanding" grant awarded to 16 hospitals in Louisiana. The grant money is part of a $9 million purse, with FMC to receive the largest portion.
"We received word from the state that we would be awarded the money through the grant, though they have not sent us the requirements for how the funds can be spent," said Blake Kramer, head legal council of FMC. "We know it's specifically allocated for the rural health clinics, but are unsure of whether the money will be received in a lump sum or increments."