Donahue said the hospital would like to make the changes as quickly as possible but must go through the proper approval process with the Department of Health, which she suspects will take a matter of months.
“I don’t know how many months, but it won’t be years,” she said.
It is also unclear what will become of the CVPH program’s staff.
Some will definitely stay here and work in general, non-cardiac surgical procedures or take on other positions in the hospital, according Wolkowicz.
Others are looking to see if they can get positions at Fletcher Allen, he said, and some of the physicians could potentially leave the area.
The hospital’s cardio-thoracic surgeon, Dr. Anne Cahill, said she is very proud of the work she and her team have done at CVPH.
She said her goal is to continue to provide service to the community.
“My family has appreciated great friendships and community support,” she told the Press-Republican on Thursday. “We will reside in this community.
“I’m in negotiation with CVPH on how I can best continue to provide education, wellness and clinical service.”
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