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Doctor's license revoked for role in kickback scheme

GREENVILLE — The Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville is looking for a new emergency room doctor after Dr. Robert Corkern’s medical license was revoked.

Corkern was sentenced last fall to two years’ house confinement and three years’ post-release supervision for his role in a medical kickback scheme. Corkern pleaded guilty to bribing a former Panola County administrator to use public funds as part of his earnest money to buy Tri-Lakes Medical Center in Batesville in 2005.

The Delta Democrat Times reports the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure revoked Corkern’s license on Jan. 24.

Corkern had worked as an independent contractor in DRMC’s emergency room since February of 2012.

DRMC CEO J. Stansel Harvey says Corkern is no longer on the staff.

“DRMC has been fully aware that this outcome was likely, and we have made adjustments to continue the progress that has been demonstrated over the past year,” Harvey said.

Harvey previously said the hospital administration was aware of Corkern’s personal legal matter when they chose to hire him but said Corkern’s personal legal issues had no bearing on his practice of medicine.

Prosecutors say Corkern used Kaizen Inc., a nonprofit consulting entity owned by then-hospital administrator Ray Shoemaker, to facilitate the purchase in 2005.

Cockern testified last year at the trial of Shoemaker and co-defendant Earnest Levi Garner, a Batesville businessman, that then-Panola County Administrator David Chandler informed him of $400,000 of hospital-owned money in county custody and agreed to transfer it to the hospital but that Chandler threatened to ruin the hospital unless Corkern paid him $25,000.

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