Ex-Erlanger interim CEO paid less severance than other officials, lawyers say

Board member Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson listens during a budget and finance committee meeting in this file photo.

A high-ranking former colleague told a court Thursday that Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson was paid for unused vacation time when Erlanger hospital terminated the interim chief executive officer in summer 2013.

Moments later, the colleague, Gregg Gentry, was handed a file for another former employee, Mitchell Mutter, and asked how much the cardiologist got paid when he left Erlanger the year before.

"Six months severance pay," Gentry said, "and $225,000."

"What in the world," scoffed Jennifer Lawrence, one of two lawyers representing Woodard-Thompson in a $25 million lawsuit against the hospital. Lawrence asked Gentry again, "how much was it?"

During cross-examination Thursday, Lawrence continued to argue that Woodard-Thompson was fired more than two summers ago after she investigated a financial mishap which involved Mutter, a cardiologist who had personal relationships with members of Erlanger's board of trustees.