Alice Hyde Medical Center President Doug DiVello resigns, soon after staff layoffs: 6 things to know

Doug DiVello, president of the University of Vermont Health Network-Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, N.Y., stepped down, effective May 3.

Here are six things to know:

1. Mr. DiVello resigned to "pursue other opportunities," an emailed hospital statement notes.

2. He has served at the helm of the hospital for almost five years.

3. The medical center announced last week that 32 full-time positions have been eliminated. The move aims to improve the organization's financial stability.

4. Mr. DiVello had told the Watertown Daily Times that they did not take the layoffs lightly. He said the organization will do "everything we can to assist the affected employees during this time, including facilitating assistance through the local career center and unemployment application assistance. Additionally, we will make every attempt to place these employees in other available positions in either our organization, or at one of our partner organizations in the UVM Health Network where possible."

5. It is unclear if Mr. DiVello's resignation announcement this week is connected to the staff layoffs in any way.

6. Stephens Mundy, president and CEO of the UVM Health Network-Adirondack Region will step in to lead the medical center on an interim basis.

"Doug has led AHMC through almost five years of unprecedented changes in health care, culminating in his successful effort to have AHMC join the UVM Health Network," said Daniel Clark, chair of AHMC's board of trustees. "With that connection completed, Doug felt it was the right time to make a transition and on behalf of the AHMC Board of Trustees, I want to acknowledge his leadership."

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