William Boettcher resigned as CEO of 510-bed Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., six weeks after being placed on paid administrative leave. Boettcher was placed on leave by the Fletcher Allen board the day before state and federal officials opened an investigation involving "regulatory compliance" issues related to hospital construction. In conjunction with a $173.4 million expansion and renovation, the hospital began construction on a $55 million underground parking garage without a certificate of need, arguing CON approval wasn't needed because the garage was being built and financed by a third party. After a long dispute with the state, Fletcher Allen applied for and was granted a CON for the garage this summer and also agreed to pay the state $320,000 for administrative fees and reimbursement costs. The investigation also involves a $9 million software upgrade by Fletcher Allen halted by the state this summer for lack of a CON. Boettcher will receive $750,000 in retirement benefits but will not receive a severance package, said the hospital in a written statement. -- by Susanna Duff
CEO of controversial Vt. hospital resigns
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