ST. BERNARD PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A former hospital administrator said he wined and dined doctors with hospital funds, but everything was above board.
"I think we've given them every document in the hospital so far. Financial information, policy and procedure information - just a lot of various documents," said former administrator Wayne Landry.
Leaders of the St. Bernard Parish Hospital are at the center of a district attorney investigation, and some of them are vacating their positions, leaving a void in leadership.
The St. Bernard Parish Hospital Service District had to swear in a new board member prior to a Tuesday night meeting because without him, there wouldn't have been enough members to hold the meeting.
The uncertainty of who's leading the hospital comes just a week after the CEO resigned amid the ongoing DA investigation.
"I think they're looking into the management of the hospital," Landry said. "There's a complex structure between the hospital board and foundation board."
Landry said he believes he could be indicted when the investigation is over. During an interview with FOX 8, Landry admitted that he used hospital funds to recruit doctors to join the public hospital's staff.
"I spent about ten or fifteen thousand of my own money taking physicians to dinner to recruit them, and if I've spent in four years ten thousand of the hospital's money taking doctors to recruit to a dinner or to have a Christmas event, and that's a problem," Landry said. "Well, you see, I have difficulty comprehending that, because obviously I wouldn't do those things for the benefit of a meal or some kind of event gathering."
As the hospital service district's three board members met to discuss the hospital's future, Landry, who said he is no longer employed by the hospital, often guided the meeting and went into executive session with board members and hospital attorneys to discuss the investigation of which he is a part.
Landry said he's an unpaid liaison between the board and the administration. And throughout the investigation, Landry said his best interests remain with the hospital.
"I want this thing to succeed," he said. "I live here. That's what I want to see. All of the who it is or what are their qualifications - all of that doesn't matter to me. What matters to me is they take it from where it is and keep it going in the right direction."