Templeton departs Foundation Hospital

In his last board meeting as Franklin Foundation Hospital chief executive officer, Parker Templeton bid farewell Thursday to Hospital Service District 1 commissioners.

Templeton’s last day will be Sept. 6 before he leaves to become the CEO of Iberia Medical Center. He’s been on board at FFH since May 2009.

“We’ve made some remarkable accomplishments under my leadership,” he said. “But it wasn’t me. It was effective governess and really progressive leadership of our senior management team.

“I truly believe that the flywheel is spinning and the train has left the station and it’s not going to stop when I leave this organization,” Templeton said. “It’s been a wonderful journey and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

He received a standing ovation from the board who then heard from Chief Nursing Officer Jennifer Wise.

Recent recognitions for excellence in patient care and best places to work “speak for themselves,” Wise said. “We’re getting tons of recognition and it’s great.”

She added though that “the results don’t belong to Parker. They don’t belong to me, they belong to the employees out there doing the work.”

Details on the search for a new CEO were discussed in executive session.

In other discussions the board heard from Studer Group coach Vikki Choate who is visiting the hospital to conduct workshops with several patient care departments.

“Of all of the hospitals that I coach, Franklin Foundation Hospital has by far achieved the best results,” she said.

The board also heard from Chief Financial Officer Ron Bailey who said the hospital realized a $86,851 profit in the month of July. The year-to-date bottom line through the 10th month of the fiscal year is just over $2 million.

In other business the board approved the 2014 business plan and budget.

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