A special grand jury in Rome, Ga., has found "blatant" conflicts of interest among members of Floyd County's hospital authority, some of whom own companies with which the not-for-profit county hospital does business.
The jury, which studied Floyd Medical Center and its governing board for more than two months, recommended that some board members be removed and that members be limited to no more than two three-year terms.
The authority also should revise or end its agreements with several subsidiaries, the jurors said in a report issued late last month.
The jury found that some board members are partners in Rome Imaging Center, a for-profit diagnostic business, and others own shares in First Rome Bank, where 80% of the hospital's money is deposited.
Among the board members recommended for removal was Sam Burrell, a county commissioner who owns 1,110 shares in the bank.
"I can assure you I have not tried to influence where the (hospital) money has gone," Burrell said. "If I'm removed, OK. It's no problem to me."
Earlier this month, the same grand jury indicted Floyd Medical Center's president, Bill Waters, and top attorney, Wade Monk, on charges of false writings and falsifying a public document. They were accused of giving the jury falsified copies of the hospital's annual reports.