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Public Participation

To learn more about opportunities and upcoming activities for public participation, including receiving a personal tour of the facilities call or write:

Laural Ruggles
VP Marketing and Community Health Improvement

Summary of Process for Openness and Public Participation

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital achieves openness, inclusiveness, and public participation in our strategic planning and decision making continually through the Northeastern Vermont Regional Corp. (NVRC) Corporators.

The Corporators are an invaluable source of wisdom and perspective for hospital leadership. They are key links in the essential communication system between members of our community and the hospital.

The Corporators consist of members of not less than 50 and not more than 225 persons nominated by the Board of Trustees and elected by the Corporators, and members of the NVRH medical staff who have served as members of the medical staff for at least six months.

Basic characteristics of Corporators include:

  • Recognize and represent the diverse communities and people served by NVRH.
  • Attend the Annual Meeting and any special meetings of the Corporators.
  • Attend and participate in the quarterly Corporators meetings.
  • Be informed about the mission, services, policies, and programs of NVRH.
  • Seek to learn about developments with the healthcare field.
  • Work for the good of the community hospital and those it serves.

NVRH also gives and gets input on a continual basis by participation from staff in ongoing committee and board meetings, events, and activities of local organizations including Umbrella, Inc., Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Area Agency on Aging, the Community Coordinating Council, Northeast Kingdom Youth Services, Rotary, Area Health Education Center, NEK Chamber of Commerce, Northern Counties Health Care, schools, and many more. Representatives from many of these same organizations also serve on NVRH committees.

Other activities available for community members are numerous volunteer opportunities. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at NVRH call the Volunteer Coordinator at 802-748-7310. Volunteers of all ages provide support services in almost all departments in the hospital.

NVRH continues to hold open public meetings at least annually, and as interest in specific healthcare issues arise.

To learn more about opportunities and upcoming activities for public participation or to get a tour of the facilities, call Laural Ruggles at 802-748-7590.

NVRH joined OneCareVT the state-wide Accountable Care Organization (ACO) on January 1, 2019 for Medicaid only.

NVRH mailing address:
PO Box 905, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819

NVRH Administration
802-748-7400, 802-748-7398 (fax)

Shawn Tester, CEO
Betty Ann Gwatkin, VP Human Resources
Robert Hersey, CFO
Julie Schneckenberger, CNO
Michael Rousse MD, CMO
Colleen Sinon, VP Quality Management
Laural Ruggles, VP Marketing and Community Health Improvement
Laura Newell, VP Medical Practices
Shawn Burroughs, CIO

If you interested in reaching a Department Manager, please find the appropriate department under the Services tab, call the number listed and ask for the manager. Or call the main hospital switchboard at 802-748-8141 and ask for the department manager.

Description of Hospital Governance

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Inc. is a public benefit corporation organized and existing under the laws of the State of Vermont. The sole member of Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, Inc. is Northeastern Vermont Regional Corp. (NVRC).  NVRC is governed by a Board of Trustees. NVRC has members as set forth in the Bylaws of the Corporation: members of not less than 50 and not more than 225 persons are nominated by the Board of Trustees and elected by the Corporators, and members of the NVRH medical staff who have served as members of the medical staff for at least six months.

A complete list of current Corporators can be found in the Annual Report each year.

Board of Trustees for fiscal year ending September 30, 2019

Jane Arthur; Danville; Retired
Catherine Boykin, Lyndonville; Retired
Martha Davis, St. Johnsbury; Branch Manager, Community Bank NA
Judythe Desrochers, St. Johnsbury; Accountant, J.A. McDonald
Steve Feltus, Lyndonville; Retired
Kim Gilding; St. Johnsbury; Senior Paralegal, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
John Goodrich; St. Johnsbury; Retired
Barbara Hatch, St. Johnsbury; Marketing and Business Development Consultant, Self-employed
Terry Hoffer, Danville; Retired
Deborah Hunt, Danville; Retired
Joe Kasprzak, East Burke; Assistant Town Manager, Town of St. Johnsbury
Darcie McCann, Lyndon; Executive Director, NEK Chamber of Commerce
Steve McConnell, Danville; Retired
Jeff Moore, St. Johnsbury; Owner and President, Quest Transportation
Steve Nichols, Lyndon; Managing Director, Vermont Broadcasting Associates
Ken Norris, Barnet; Retired
Mary Parent, St. Johnsbury; Attorney, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC
Thomas Robinson, Waterford; Retired
Michael Rousse, MD; Danville; Physician; Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
Ryan Sexton, MD; Montpelier; Physician; Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

Amanda Chapman, Secretary to the Board of Trustees; Executive Assistance, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital

All NVRH Trustees volunteer their time; no one is financially compensated for their service on the NVRH Board of Trustees. The exception is the Secretary to the Board who is compensated for this service as part of the Executive Assistant position at NVRH.

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PO Box 905
1315 Hospital Drive
St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819

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