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Former Outpatient Medical Center CEO Carl Walters stated Thursday he “left on good terms” and it was “mutually consentual that we parted ways.”

The story Walters is responding to is below. It appeared in the Thursday, May 14 print edition.

The Chief Executive Officer of Outpatient Medical Center in Natchitoches was ousted from that position after three years on the job during a board meeting May 1
  Outpatient Medical Center Board of Directors president Tommy Roque confirmed Tuesday that CEO Carl Walters’ contract was not renewed. His contract actually expired on March 1 of this year and he had been working without a contract since then.
“The board did not renew the contract and Mr. Walters is no longer with OMC,” Roque said. “He had a three year contract and he had served the contract.”  Roque added the decision to not renew his employment contract was made Friday, May 1.
Roque stated Dr. Mark Guidry was named interim director and “he would be interim until such time that we get ready to do a national search for a permanent director.”
The Times has learned from a person with close ties to the facility but not authorized to speak on their behalf, that there were funding and spending issues. The source stated Walters was given free reign with no checks and balances in place.
It was also alleged the clinic at 1640 Brazeale Springs was already tagged by the utility department (for non-payment). Their Administrative Offices are located on Jefferson Street.
In addition to the Natchitoches Outpatient Center, Natchitoches Outpatient also operates clinics in Mansfield, Leesville and Tallulah.
The Outpatient Medical Center was a federally funded program. The OMC offers Family Medical Care, GYN, pediatrics, dental pediatrics/adults, behavioral health, 340 (B) pharmacy services, Medicaid, Medicare and Marketplace Counseling, urgent care, patient prescription assistance, CYL2, podiatry, physical therapy and internal medicine.
According to their mission statement, they are “to provide affordable, accessible, comprehensive, primary health care services, dental care and behavioral services to our under served and uninsured patients regardless of their ability to pay.”
The Outpatient Medical Center was established in 1977 from a grant written by the late Abigail Hahn, Administrator/Executive Assistant of the Natchitoches Area Action Association, Inc. The official name was Natchitoches Outpatient Medical Center, Inc.
They began providing services on Bossier Street, Natchitoches, under the direction of Ted Hernandez, provided only medical care and operated on a sliding fee scale along with Medicaid/Medicare.
In the 1980’s, OMC constructed a new building at 1640 Breazeale Springs St. and relocated from the Bossier Street location.
On Nov. 18, 1997, Natchitoches Outpatient Medical Center, Inc. became self-sufficient and changed the name to Outpatient Medical Center, Inc.
The current OMC Board of Directors includes Roque, John Winston, Doris Hullaby, Melvin Holmes, Diane Blake and Travis Barnum, all of Natchitoches; Fannie Williams and Bertel Rogers of Tallulah; and Arthur Ward and Fletcher Cheatham of Leesville.
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