West Jefferson Medical Center CFO resigns amid scrutiny

Marrero, La.-based West Jefferson Medical Center CFO Madeline Browning has resigned as county officials and auditors scrutinize the hospital's deal with New Orleans-based LCMC Health, according to The Times Picayune.

Officials have said mistakes in financial calculations used to craft the $200 million deal with LCMC may have included West Jefferson overstating its earnings by $9 million. In April, Jefferson Parish President Mike Yenni called the mistakes "unacceptable," and assigned a team to investigate, according to the report.

Ms. Browning's resignation comes just as the hospital's undergo closer examination. On Wednesday, the Jefferson Parish Council agreed to pay Ernst & Young as much as $500,000 to audit the lease deal.

The hospital didn't offer specifics about Ms. Browning's departure and said a search to fill the CFO position is underway.

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