Franklin Foundation Hospital board retains contentious commissioner

Franklin (La.) Foundation Hospital board will retain a practicing physician due to the inability to pass a vote to retain or remove him, according to The Daily Iberian.

The commissioner at issue is Roland Degeyter, MD, who is now serving past his term limit, according to the report. Dr. Degeyter is controversial among St. Mary's Parish Council, which oversees the board, because he and other commissioners attempted to remove the hospital's general surgeon and internist in October 2014, but later voted to reverse that decision and offer the physicians fresh contracts based on their patient activity, according to the report.

In December 2014, 100 Franklin residents protested that the commissioners were "creating ill will in the community and destroying morale at the hospital," according to the report.

On Wednesday, the parish council voted 5-4 to replace Dr. Degeyter, with one member abstaining, according to the report. A majority vote was required for removal, however, so Dr. Degeyter remains on the board.

Those who support Dr. Degeyter told The Daily Iberian he is part of the hospital's success in achieving fiscal stability.

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