Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Health Network announced today that longtime General Counsel Spencer Knapp will step down at the end of September. Deputy General Counsel Eric Miller will take over the position at the start of the new fiscal year on October 1. Knapp has served in various roles including outside counsel and board member for more than 40 years. Knapp first began work on behalf of the hospital in the 1970s. He was instrumental in helping the organization through the rough seas of the Renaissance Project in the early 2000s, as well as helping to lead the formation of the UVM Health Network six years ago.
Eric Miller served as US Attorney under President Barack Obama and as principal and managing partner at local law firm, Sheehey Furlong and Behm, PC. He joined the UVM Health Network in May 2017 as deputy general counsel and senior advisor.
“I am enormously grateful to Spencer for his decades of commitment and service to the UVM Medical Center and to the UVM Health Network,” said John Brumsted, MD, president and CEO of the UVM Health Network. “Spencer has helped guide the organization through its brightest and darkest days with integrity and character. I’ll greatly miss working with him day in and day out.”
“It won’t be easy to leave a job I’ve loved, a place I cherish, and a group of people I respect enormously but it’s the right time for me to do it and I know the organization is in capable hands,” said Knapp. “So much has changed in health care over the years but the values and commitment of the UVM Health Network have not. It has been a great honor to be a part of positioning the UVM Health Network to meet the needs of our communities in New York and Vermont for generations to come.”
Knapp joined the hospital following the financial scandal involving former Fletcher Allen Health Care CEO William V Boettcher. Boettcher and others were fired during the Renaissance Project scandal in 2002. Boettcher eventually landed in jail and interim CEO Edwin Colodny brought in Knapp to help him clean up the mess, which they did.
After stepping down, Knapp said he intends to focus professionally on regional and national health law while doing more of what he loves best, cycling, traveling with his wife Barbara and enjoying time with their girls and three young grandchildren.
“Eric brings an incredible amount of experience to the position leading some of our toughest challenges including mental health and substance use initiatives, as well as our work with our regulators,” Brumsted said. “Eric will be a great fit as general counsel and we appreciate his willingness to step into this important role.”
Source: UVMHN 8.29.2018