The St. Gabriel Health Clinic's chief executive officer is asking the Iberville Parish Council to increase funding for its services, but parish officials say that won't happen until they complete an audit.


The St. Gabriel Health Clinic's chief executive officer is asking the Iberville Parish Council to increase funding for its services, but parish officials say that won't happen until they complete an audit.

“We need to revisit the proposed agreement for the health center,” CEO Victor C. Kirk said in an email to Iberville Finance Director Randall W. Dunn in April 2010 and again in April 2011. “Our medical costs alone are at $179.63 per visit, and the proposed parish contribution of $10.00 per person would barely cover 10 minutes of registration time.”

The email to Dunn was one of more than a dozen email exchanges and/or attachments Kirk forwarded to the POST/SOUTH apparently to press his case for the increase.

“That ain't [sic] the way to handle business,” Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso Jr. said. “He really has an issue now.”

The parish has been funding the clinic for $10 per patient visit up to $15,000 a year for services that include pregnancy and newborn services, cancer screening, pediatric medical and dental services, immunizations, family planning services, and mental health and substance abuse services at a community clinic located at 5760 Monticello Drive.

Kirk provided one invoice showing the clinic billed on October 27, 2010 for $15,000 for 2009 services and showed $2,340 as “uncompensated encounters,” and another dated February 7, 2011 for $11,260 for 2010 that showed “uncompensated care” at $1,62,312.90, or a cost of $154.15 per visit for 1,126 visits.

Ourso said the service also is supported by state and federal funds, so the clinic could treat anyone. He and Dunn said they initiated an audit to assure that the parish funds are used to serve Iberville Parish residents, not residents of Ascension or other parishes, as that would be illegal. Dunn said they had asked Kirk on several occasions to show who is receiving the services.

“He's never been able to produce that evidence,” the finance director said. “If he can't justify the $15,000, how can he ask for an increase.”

“We want to make sure the money we have put into that over the years is going to Iberville Parish residents,” the parish president said.

Both parish officials said the St. Gabriel Clinic has had unfavorable audit findings in the past, particularly before Kirk took over.

“We thought it only reasonable that we audit the St. Gabriel Health Clinic,” Ourso said.