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ST. JOHNSBURY – Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) CFO Bob Hersey has received the Dr. John Elliot Community Service Award for 2020. This award, in memory of Dr. John Elliott, is awarded annually to an employee of NVRH for volunteer service to the community.

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ST. JOHNSBURY — Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital survived the first wave of the pandemic and has emerged with solid financial footing, hospital administrators say.

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital representatives recently presented the 2019 Budget to the Green Mountain Care Board in Montpelier. Presenters were (front row, left-to-right) Seleem Choudhury, Chief Nursing Officer/VP Professional Services; Bob Hersey, Chief Financial Officer; Dr. Cynthia Swartz, Board Certified Psychiatrist; Paul Bengtson, Chief Executive Officer. Back row: Dr. Ryan Sexton, Medical Director Emergency Department, Laura Rooker, VP Physician Practices; Laural Ruggles, VP of Community Health Improvement and Marketing

Steve Nichols, Chair of the Board of Trustees, opened the June Corporator meeting with a brief synopsis of plans to search for CEO Paul Bengtson’s replacement; Bengtson plans to retire at the end of 2018.

Bob Hersey, Chief Financial Officer, gave a presentation to the Corporators at their March 13 meeting. He gave a brief overview of the three projects slated for improvement: Renovations on the Birth Center will start around Nov. 1, which is a complete re-design of the unit. The current MRI will be replaced by a fixed-site unit; this project involves new construction and renovation with the goal to start this fall, provided all prerequisites are approved and in place. The Emergency Department seeks an improved design siting changes in patient population, changes in the way patients are processed, and changes in patient acuity. Corporators meet quarterly, and represent the communities in the hospital’s service area; they are important links in the essential communication system between members of our community and the hospital. Due to snow, Corporator meetings originally scheduled for this week have been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 21, at 6 p.m. and Tuesday, March 28, at 7:30 a.m.

Dr. Eugene Dixon, Urologist; Megan Haygood, Family Nurse Practitioner; Holly McKeon, RN, Clinical Nurse Coordinator; Richard Degreenia, Director of Plant Operations; Dr. Elaine Paul, OB/GYN; Bob Hersey, Chief Financial Officer; Tammy Wilkins, Practice Manager; John Goodrich, Building a Healthy Future Together Campaign Chair; and Steve Nichols, Chair of the Board of Trustees at NVRH, prepare to cut the ribbon at the entrance of the new waiting rooms for Women’s Wellness and the Specialty Clinics. The waiting rooms have a completely new and welcoming look. Additional exam rooms, new carpet, fresh paint and reconfigured spaces provide more privacy for patients and staff. Anea Lelong, long-time Certified Nurse Midwife, spoke on behalf of the departments, thanking the staff and administration for the improved space. Steve Nichols spoke on behalf of the Trustees, while noting a deep appreciation for all staff.