Erlanger lawsuit heats up after first week of arguments

Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson speaks to the Chattanooga Times Free Press after she was announced as the interim CEO for Erlanger hospital following Jim Brexler's resignation.

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Erlanger chief administrative officer Gregg Gentry testified Friday that he worked side-by-side with his longtime friend Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson to investigate Dr. Mitchell Mutter, a cardiologist who left Erlanger in the summer of 2012.

As the hospital's former interim chief executive officer, Woodard-Thompson looked into allegations that Erlanger was paying the traveling expenses for Mutter's Haiti foundation.

But on the fourth day of testimony in her $25 million wrongful termination lawsuit against the hospital, Gentry testified that Woodard-Thompson approved Mutter's hefty severance - even though she was paid only for unused vacation days when she was fired.

A long moment passed before one of Woodard-Thompson's attorneys, Jennifer Lawrence, replied.