Eileen Whalen, who was the public face of UVM Medical Center during months of contentious negotiations over a new nurses’ contract, will retire as the hospital’s president a few months.
Whalen will retire in June after four years at UVM Medical Center and 35 years in the health care industry altogether.
Whalen spoke for hospital administrators during contract talks last year and was often the target of the union’s frustrations. At one point last July, 1,800 nurses walked off the job for two days to express their displeasure with the administration’s failure ot meet their demand for higher wages and safer working conditions.
Dr. Stephen Leffler, chief population health and quality officer for UVM Health Network, will take on the role of interim president. Leffler is also an emergency medicine physician who works regularly in UVMMC’s emergency department.