Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital held its annual meeting on December 2. The event was held at Lyndon State College and was attended by 150 NVRH Corporators, Trustees and members of the public. NVRH Board Chair Jim Newell, welcomed the group and gave a synopsis of highlights at the hospital in the past year.
Outgoing trustees Deanna Howard, Tracey Holbrook, Richard Showalter and Susan Zucker were thanked for their years of service on behalf of the hospital. New trustees Kristen Michaud, Michael Rousse, MD, Terry Hoffer and Martha Davis were unanimously elected. Trustees Steve Nichols and Tom Robinson were each elected to another three year term. Andrea Harris, daughter of Ben and Rosalie Harris accepted a special plaque on behalf of her parents, thanking them for their dedication and years of service to the hospital. They were made Honorary Corporators.
Twenty-eight NVRH Corporators were reelected to a five year term, and twenty new Corporators were also elected. The NVRH Corporators represent all the towns in the hospital’s service area.
Vice President of Professional Services and Chief Nursing Officer Seleem Choudhury, who is from England, spoke about working at “The Jewell of the Kingdom” and the special qualities at NVRH.
CEO Paul Bengtson thanked the group for attending, and spoke about the 2014 Annual Report, titled On the Frontline of Health Care Reform, which was handed out at the meeting. Successful health care reform happens regionally and is based on the elements of the Triple Aim: improving the health of populations; enhancing the patient experience of care (including quality, access and satisfaction) and reducing the per capital cost of health care. These three objectives are at the core of the hospital’s mission and its commitment to the people in the region.
Susan Cherry, Director of The Community Restorative Justice Center and Tin Barton-Caplin, Prevention Specialist at the Vermont Department of Health, St. Johnsbury District Office spoke to the group about the Drug Abuse Prevention Team’s (DART 2.0)work with opiate addiction in the community. DART 2.0 is a community-based group of representatives from the hospital, state agencies, local organizations and community members, which is addressing the issues of prescription drug and other substance abuse at multiple levels, including prevention, treatment and recovery.
The meeting was concluded with a special thanks to all those in attendance and for their continued involvement in the life and success of NVRH.
The Annual Report can be found at www.nvrh.org, or please call Hilary De Carlo at 802-748-7303 to request a copy.