MIDDLEBURY >> The president and chief executive officer of Porter Medical Center has resigned, the board of directors announced Friday afternoon.
Lynn Boggs started her job in April 2015 after James Daily retired. She holds a master's degree in business administration and science of nursing, according to a news release when she assumed the new position.
Boggs most recently presided over two controversial personnel moves designed to save the hospital money: a rewrite of doctors' contracts that made part of their compensation performance-based, and the layoff of nurses combined with an increase in low-level medical assistants.
Maureen McLaughlin, the chair of the board of directors at Porter, responded to inquiries from VTDigger with a news release. "Lynn has led the organization at a time of great change for small community hospitals like Porter," she said in the release. "We appreciate her dedication and commitment to the organization."
Later, McLaughlin said in an interview: "We accepted Lynn Boggs' resignation today. Porter has been having a difficult time lately, and we're just ready to accept her resignation and take the next step forward."
"This is not about any specific incident," she added. "This is just about Porter trying to move forward. We have a lot of work to do to stay healthy in this environment, and we just want to focus on that."
Boggs said in the news release: "Thank you for the opportunity to serve as President and CEO of this great institution. I wish the Porter community well as they continue the important work of providing exceptional patient-centered care in our community."
The board has appointed Dr. Fred Kniffin to serve as acting president and CEO.