Hospital board member met with employees to criticize CEO's pay, report finds

An investigative report found two Iberia Medical Center board members took actions and made statements that were "detrimental" to hospital success, according to The Daily Iberian.

The board of the New Iberia, La.-based hospital voted immediately and unanimously to accept the report on Oct. 9. The report will now be reviewed by the Iberia Parish Council on Oct. 23. The parish council will decide if the board members in question — Frederick "Bozo" Metz and David Benson, MD — will be removed, according to The Daily Iberian.

The investigation found the pair had engaged in disruptive activities and violated the confidentiality of the board. In particular, the report found Mr. Metz made false allegations against the hospital CEO, including that he misappropriated hospital property, and criticized the CEO's pay in discussions with hospital employees. He also made false statements that a patient died during a hurricane evacuation, and he ordered a golf cart to the hospital for patients after repeatedly being told not to do so, according to The Daily Iberian.

The report found Dr. Benson was publicly unsupportive of nurses in certain units at the hospital and that the medical staff did not support his appointment to the board, according to The Daily Iberian.

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