Eight of 17 board members at 510-bed Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt., resigned yesterday in the latest development in the ongoing controversy over the hospital's more than $370 million expansion. Only three trustees remain who were on the board at the start of Fletcher Allen's troubles last August. Six trustees are new appointees, and one of the board's 18 seats was already vacant. On Wednesday Gov. Jim Douglas asked all but the newest trustees to resign, but the board's chairwoman said his request did not play into yesterday's decisions. The project has exceeded its state approvals by $146 million, and trustees have been criticized for lax oversight of former executives who withheld information from state regulators and encouraged luxurious construction. The hospital's CEO, COO and senior vice president for planning and business development have resigned since the scandal began. The hospital also announced it has hired Witt/Kieffer to help in its search for a new CEO. -- by Tony Fong
Vt. system dealt new blow as half of board resigns
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