BANGOR — The head of a Maine mental health hospital that was cited for not providing a safe workplace for its employees has resigned.

David Proffitt resigned Friday as president and CEO of The Acadia Hospital in Bangor. He had headed the 100-bed facility since the fall of 2008.

Proffitt had come under fire from employees who said his “no restraints” policies had led to an increase in patient assaults and worker injuries. The federal Occupational Health and Safety Administration in January cited the hospital for a number of worker safety violations and fined it $11,700.

According to the Bangor Daily News, Proffitt has also been criticized for an autocratic leadership style that allegedly led to morale issues.

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