Ex-CEO says he was 'scapegoat' for Vermont hospital's financial ills

Former Springfield (Vt.) Hospital CEO Tim Ford filed a lawsuit against the hospital board, the current CEO, the interim CEO and operator Quorum Health Resources, alleging he was the board's "scapegoat" for the hospital's financial issues, VT Digger reports.

The lawsuit alleges Mr. Ford has been unable to find work because the forced resignation ruined his professional reputation, according to the report. In the lawsuit, Mr. Ford alleges two board members, George Lamb and Richard Dexter, gave him 15 minutes to resign or be fired in a meeting last December. The suit also alleges he was not paid the salary and benefits allotted in his contract.

The allegations against Quorum say it has mismanaged the hospital since Mr. Ford left. The hospital filed for bankruptcy on June 26.

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