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Springfield Medical Care System Gets Interim Leadership Team

  • Halstead

  • Dufresne

  • Scholz

Published: 1/17/2019 9:48:26 PM
Modified: 1/17/2019 9:48:35 PM

Springfield, Vt. — Springfield Medical Care Systems’ Board of Directors has appointed three interim leaders as the system attempts to find its way out of a difficult financial position.

The health care system, which includes Springfield Hospital, announced the appointments of Michael Halstead as interim chief executive officer for Springfield Hospital; Joshua Dufresne as acting chief executive officer for SMCS, and Wayne Scholz as interim chief financial officer for SMCS, in a Thursday news release.

Both Halstead and Scholz are employees of Quorum Health Resources, a Tennessee-based health care consulting firm that SMCS has contracted to review its finances in the wake of the departures last month of its CEO Tim Ford and CFO Scott Whittemore.

SMCS also has faced difficulties paying its bills and maintaining employee morale. These challenges have inspired concern from state officials, including a letter from Gov. Phil Scott earlier this month asking SMCS’s board to provide the state with its plan for improvement.

In response, SMCS’s board last week informed Scott of Scholz’s appointment and said it was seeking ways to find $8 million to $10 million in annual savings. The hospital has an annual operating budget of about $60 million.

Dufresne’s new role will include leading the operations of the system’s community health center network — which includes clinics in Charlestown and the Vermont communities of Ludlow, Londonderry, Bellows Falls and Springfield. Dufresne, who holds a master’s of business administration from Franklin Pierce University, has been with SMCS for 14 years, according to the release.

He has served as SMCS’s chief operating officer, director of practice operations, director of Rockingham Health Center and director of patient financial services.

Halstead, who holds a MBA from the University of Southern Maine, previously has led other hospitals out of difficult positions, the release said.

He recently served as vice president of the Quorum’s East division, providing guidance to nearly 50 hospitals and health systems throughout the eastern United States.

Scholz, who holds a MBA from University of Texas at San Antonio, has provided support to more than 24 non-profit and governmental hospitals around the country during his nearly 30 years with Quorum, according to the release.

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