Walter Pierce

Ethics board: no double duty for hospital boss

by Walter Pierce

The Louisiana Board of Ethics is telling an Acadiana hospital one of its top executives cannot serve as both an administrator and moonlight as a bill collector for the hospital.

The case centers around F. Peter Savoy, director of Acadia-St. Landry Hospital. The hospital requested an opinion on whether Savoy, who is an attorney, could be hired to operate the hospital’s collection services through his private law firm. The board said no, but did leave open the option of bill collector being added to his Savoy’s job description and his salary increasing accordingly. On whether Savoy could be paid on a contingency fee basis, the board punted, directing the hospital to seek an opinion from the attorney general’s office.