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Vt. Governor Cites ‘Serious Situation’ at Springfield Hospital, Appoints Monitor

  • Tom Huebner (Courtesy photograph)

Published: 12/19/2018 2:56:11 PM
Modified: 12/19/2018 3:10:43 PM

Springfield, Vt. — Vermont Gov. Phil Scott today said he has appointed former Rutland Regional Medical Center CEO Tom Huebner to “monitor and assist” financially troubled Springfield Hospital.

“This is a very serious situation that requires immediate attention, experienced leadership, the oversight and collaboration of state government, and a competent and fully transparent response,” Scott said in a news release. “Tom will work with officials in Springfield and ensure that they complete a thorough assessment and communicate fully, clearly and regularly to patients, employees, the community and the state as they determine what went wrong and how to fix it.”

The 65-year-old Huebner was CEO of the Rutland hospital for 20 years, and also has served on the board of directors for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and the American Hospital Association.

The chief executive officer and chief financial officer of Springfield Hospital both abruptly resigned this month, and VtDigger reported today that the head of the Green Mountain Care Board believes Springfield administrators may have failed to include important information in their latest budget presentation to the regulatory board.

“The picture was painted to be a little bit more rosier than it actually was,” Kevin Mullin, a former state senator from Rutland who is now the chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, told the Valley News last week.

Springfield Medical Care Systems administrators this summer projected a $2.5 million deficit for the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, following a loss of $3.8 million in 2017.

Posted at 2:55 p.m. Wednesday



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