November 21, 2002 – News at a glance

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Interview: poetry award winner
Steve Delaney talks with Vermont poet Ruth Stone. Stone received the prestigious National Book Award for poetry Wedensday night in New York City. (Listen to the interview online.) (VPR)

FAHC trustees place blame
Trustees at Vermont’s largest hospital blamed their management for misleading regulators about the true cost of a multi-million dollar expansion project. In an internal report on the problems at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, the trustees also said they were ultimately responsible. They also announced Wednesday that two top hospital officials have stepped down. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Douglas concerned over trust in FAHC
Governor-elect Jim Douglas says the most important issue facing Fletcher Allen is the restoration of public confidence in the hospital. Douglas is concerned that the ongoing problems at Fletcher Allen will undermine public confidence in the hospital and will badly damage the morale of the hospital’s staff – a development that could affect patient care. (Listen to the story online or read the transcript.) (VPR)

Six new troopers added to state budget
Governor-elect Jim Douglas says he’ll propose the addition of at least six new state troopers when he submits his budget to the Legislature in January. (VPR)

Sanders upbraids FAHC board
Congressman Bernie Sanders has called for the entire Board of Trustees at Fletcher Allen to resign. He says the mismanagement at the hospital has had an impact on federal funding for health care. (VPR)

New administration secretary
Michael Smith of Essex will be Vermont’s new Administration Secretary. Smith is the former deputy state treasurer and in his new job will be the top financial adviser to incoming Governor Jim Douglas. Smith already is helping Douglas prepare budget recommendations for the Legislature. (AP)

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