CEO Gregg Davidson’s resignation comes amid an investigation that could cost Skagit Regional Health its Medicare funding after a Department of Health inspection in May found deficiencies in procedures.

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MOUNT VERNON — Skagit Regional Health President and CEO Gregg Davidson announced his resignation Friday, immediately relinquishing his duties to Vice President Mike Liepman.

“I now look forward to taking some much-needed time off and to rebalance my life towards family,” Davidson said in a news release. He could not be reached for comment Friday.

Davidson’s 37-year tenure at the hospital will officially end Dec. 31, according to the release.

Davidson’s resignation comes amid an investigation that could cost Skagit Regional Health its Medicare funding after a Department of Health inspection in May found deficiencies in Skagit Valley Hospital’s emergency-room triage process and its grievance documenting procedures. Skagit Regional Health officials said they’ve taken steps to correct the deficiencies and await another inspection.

Davidson said recently that Medicare and Medicaid account for 70 percent of Skagit Regional Health’s revenue, so losing Medicare would be devastating.

Davidson, who started in the hospital’s accounting department in 1979, became superintendent of Skagit Valley Hospital in 2003.

Skagit Valley Hospital Commissioner Jim Hobbs said Friday that Davidson stepped down on his own volition after an “exhaustive” career.

Hobbs said the hospital will now work on officially promoting Liepman to the top administrative position at Skagit Regional Health.

He said he’s looking forward to further establishing Skagit Regional Health as a regional system.