Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center released a statement on the Nov. 6 firing of John Paul Funes, president and chief executive officer of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation.

“John Paul Funes, president of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation, has been terminated,” the statement said. “This termination is the result of a third-party investigation that found a pattern of forgery and embezzlement of funds by Mr. Funes. We have notified law enforcement.”

“We are shocked and appalled at what we have learned,” the statement added. “Our Lady of the Lake Foundation is integral to our healing ministry and helped us reach so many important goals that would have been unattainable otherwise. We have engaged Deloitte, a leading third-party financial audit firm, to review our process and procedures to evaluate the safeguards we have in place to protect our ministry.

“Mr. Funes’ actions in no way represent the values and mission of Our Lady of the Lake and the Foundation, and the hundreds of volunteers and donors who have given so much over the years.

“Because this matter is the subject of a criminal investigation, we cannot disclose any further detail about Mr. Funes’ actions.”