Estes says hospital expansion is on time and on budget

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(Host) Fletcher Allen CEO Doctor Melinda Estes says she’s confident there will be no more cost overruns with the hospital’s Renaissance Project.

The $364 million expansion received state approval in November after an investigation revealed that the hospital had misled regulators about the true cost of the project.

(Estes) “The good news is the Renaissance Project is on track and on budget. We slipped a little bit in time over January and February. As a new Vermonter I’ve learned that you can’t pour concrete in -20 weather, but the last several weeks we’ve really made up ground and we expect the birthing center is the first piece that will open and that will open in May.”

(Host) Speaking Thursday night on VPR’s Switchboard, Estes said staff morale at the hospital is improving but the organization is still recovering from the effects of the scandal surrounding the Renaissance Project.

Estes also said that a number of medical transcription jobs the hospital had previously outsourced to India are being given to a Vermont company. She said Fletcher Allen has no plans to outsource overseas any jobs in the future.

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