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Iberia Medical Center board accepts investigation into members; forwards to parish government

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Posted at 4:56 PM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 23:57:16-04

The Iberia Medical Center board accepted an investigative report it ordered into the conduct of two of its members, and voted to forward it to parish government.

The hospital is funded by a millage, meaning its meetings and operations fall under Louisiana's public meetings and records laws.

The board was in session for just a few minutes, then voted to forward the report to the Iberia Parish Council.

The report is the result of an investigation ordered by the board into the conduct of members Frederick "Bozo" Metz and David C. Benson. There has been much controversy surrounding those two members this year, including the resignation of a top hospital official, and requests from various groups that the two resign.

The Daily Iberian reports that the report includes "multiple witness accounts of statements each has made that the report calls "detrimental" to the hospital's success."

Each member of the board received a copy of the report. Another 18 copies were boxed and sent to the Iberia Parish Council, where it is expected they will be distributed during tonight's regular council meeting, the Iberian reports.

The newspaper provides the following summary from the report:

"Thus, there is evidence summarized earlier in this section, showing that Mr. Metz has engaged in conduct that has, according to the witnesses, produced 'results detrimental or prejudicial to the efficiency' of Iberia Medical Center. There is also evidence that the hospital staff believes that Dr. Benson was incorrectly placed on the board and that they believe that Dr. Benson's disruptive nature interferes with his team work, and is generally harmful to the hospital."

To read the Iberian's full story click here.