Brenda Stewart, Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, is practicing at St. Johnsbury Pediatrics. Stewart has been a nurse since 1979, and her experiences have been many. She attended The University of Vermont, where she received her nursing degree. She returned to Simmons College in 2000, where she received her degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Stewart's interest in the health care field developed while taking a course at St. Johnsbury Academy as a nurse's aide. The nurse who taught the course, Shari Ross, is currently a nurse in Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital's birth center.

Stewart has most recently worked at Weeks Medical Center, where she worked with Dr. Elaine Stasny, currently a pediatrician at St. Johnsbury Pediatrics. Stewart has worked as a pediatric office nurse, a mentor for care coordinators, a case manager for children with chronic illnesses, and an ICU nurse. She has been a nurse practitioner for the past 11 years and had worked at St. Johnsbury Pediatrics on a per diem basis four years ago.

"Brenda is a great asset to our practice, and we feel extremely fortunate to have her," said Cheryl Stahler, Practice Manager at St. Johnsbury Pediatrics.

Said Stewart, "It's a busy practice and everyone gets along very well. I enjoy promoting health and guiding parents and children in making healthy choices, but, I'm also here for every type of health issue."

St. Johnsbury Pediatrics is located at 97 Sherman Drive.

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Linda Ward, who has been at St. Johnsbury Pediatrics for the past 14 years, has taken on the role of Care Coordinator. In 2011, St. Johnsbury Pediatrics was awarded recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home Program and is one of the first pediatric practices in Vermont to become part of the Vermont Blueprint for Health. The Patient Centered Medical Home Standards emphasize the use of systematic, patient-centered, coordinated care that supports access, communication and patient involvement.

Ward's role as Care Coordinator provides assistance to patients and parents, including referrals to specialists and other care providers, as well as facilitating communication between the primary care provider, patients, parents, the Community Health Team and other service providers, including schools and mental health facilities.

According to Ward, "I love my position; it's very rewarding. I feel like I can make a real difference in people's lives, and they are so grateful. I'm fortunate to be working with great people and community organizations outside of our office as well, like Community Connections."

St. Johnsbury Pediatrics Practice Manager Cheryl Stahler said of Ward's new role, "Linda knows the families really well, so it's been virtually a seamless transition. She loves to help, is super organized and is good at following through. She's great in this role, and it's beneficial for our patients and the providers."

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Littleton Regional Healthcare announced the appointment of Jeffrey T. Reisert, DO, Internist to LRH.

Dr. Reisert joins LRH with more than 15 years experience in internal medicine. After undergraduate training at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Dr. Reisert earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine in 1994 at the University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated Cum Laude and placed 26th in his class of 146 graduates. He completed his Internship at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich. in an American Osteopathic Association approved specialty track internship in internal medicine. Subsequently, he completed his Residency in Internal Medicine also at Botsford in 1997. Botsford General Hospital is part of the Michigan State University system.

Following completion of his residency, Dr. Reisert moved back to New England and began practicing at Speare Medical Associates in Plymouth, N.H. as part of a five physician general internal medicine and primary care practice. Dr. Reisert founded the Tenney Mountain Internal Medicine, PLLC internal medical practice while serving as an Active Medical Staff Member at Speare Memorial Hospital. Most recently, Dr. Reisert joined Speare Memorial Hospital and continued practicing internal medicine at Tenney Mountain Internal Medicine and Family Practice, also in Plymouth.

Dr. Reisert is experienced in both in-patient (hospital based) medicine as well as out-patient (office based) medicine. His expertise and experience is in chronic disease management, especially in caring for complex medical patients. He also performs other services for his patients that include primary disease prevention, office based procedures, osteopathic manipulation, and FAA flight physicals for pilots.

Warren West, CEO at LRH stated, "We look forward to Dr. Reisert joining our medical staff and growing our primary care practice. This recruitment will help LRH continue to meet the needs of patients seeking internal medicine practitioners at LRH."

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Littleton Regional Healthcare announced the appointment of Russell Gary Sarver, MD, Urologist to LRH's Littleton Urology Associates.

Dr. Sarver joins LRH with more than 15 years experience specializing in general and pediatric urology. Dr. Sarver earned his medical degree at Rutgers /Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, graduating in the top third of his class. He completed his General Surgery Internship and PGY II Residency at Arizona Health Sciences Center, and subsequently completed his Urology Residency PGY III-VI at Arizona Health Sciences Center. Dr. Sarver served as the Chief Resident in Urology at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center in Tucson, Ariz., and completed his Fellowship in General Urology and Renal and Pancreatic Transplantation at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. He is Board Certified in Urology, and is a member of the American Urological Association.

Following completion of his training, Dr. Sarver practiced initially at South Coast Urological Medical Group in Laguna Beach, Calif., followed by Billings Clinics in Billings, Mont. He relocated to New England to practice at Central Vermont Medical Center and Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital specialty clinic in St. Johnsbury. Most recently Dr. Sarver served as a solo practitioner at Central Vermont Medical Center at Mountainview Urology where he played an active role on the medical staff during his tenure.

Warren West, CEO at LRH stated, "Dr. Sarver is an excellent addition to our medical staff. This recruitment will help LRH expand its urology services for patients as this is an area that continues to grow."

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