Leland Dampier Jr., the father of and business manager for local cosmetic surgeon Loucinda Dampier, and Heritage Medical Center CEO Dan Buckner, in separate presentations, took Bedford County School Board to task Thursday night for using a mobile unit associated with a Murfreesboro hospital to provide screenings and vaccinations during kindergarten registration earlier this month.
A total of 21 incoming kindergarten students who were unable to pay traditional doctors were screened during the event.
Dampier angrily condemned Butrum for going out of town, calling it a "slap in the face" to the local medical community.
"We buy magazines," said Dampier. "We buy candy. We buy ads in school programs."
At last month's board meeting, when some school board members questioned the project, Butrum said he'd discussed it with Buckner.
He said last month that Buckner (who wasn't present then) was supportive and on board, and that a Heritage banner would be displayed at the site during the event. On Thursday night, however, Buckner said he had a disagreement with Butrum over the issue.
Butrum, after the meeting, repeated to the Times-Gazette his understanding that Buckner had been on board with the project at the time of last month's board meeting.
Butrum said the use of the mobile unit was based largely on the physical facility itself -- a trailer with two fully-equipped examination rooms which could be set up in the school parking lot -- and wasn't meant as any sort of slap at the local medical community.
Shelbyville Housing Authority now plans to host the mobile unit at some of its sites, according to Butrum.