At the Hospitals: Nov. 24, 2013



HCRS Leader to Retire

Springfield, Vt. ­— After 17 years at the helm, Judith Hayward, CEO of Health Care and Rehabilitation Services, will retire, effective June 30, 2014. Allen Dougherty, board president, announced the retirement at HCRS’ annual meeting on Nov. 6. At the meeting, the mental health agency also honored a local retirement care community and several employees with length of service and other awards.

Under Hayward’s leadership, HCRS experienced significant growth and some of the most innovative programming in Vermont, Dougherty said at the meeting. “Her legacy, which has been developed piece by piece and layer by layer, will hold the agency in good stead for many years to come.”

To ensure a smooth transition, Chief Operating Officer George Karabakakis will become CEO on Jan. 1, 2014, with Hayward to serve as CEO Emeritus until the end of June. Karabakakis has been with HCRS for 19 years and has held a variety of management positions during that time.

The HCRS Community Partnership Award was presented to Kendal at Hanover. “They have gone above and beyond to carve out positions to fit the strengths and skill set of HCRS clients for the past seven years,” the agency said in a recent news release.

Two employees received Common Denominator Awards.

Robert Burdette, received the award “for going above and beyond in his efforts to make sure that every client who wants to work is given the opportunity,” and Steven Klein, director of the Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services Program, was recognized for his “persistence, drive and dedication to the integration of services.”

A list of staff service awards follows:

Awards for 35 years of service were given to Ritva Burton, senior administrative assistant, and Frank Silfies, crisis consultant.

An award for 30 years of service was given to Paula Collins, senior community outreach specialist.

An award for 25 years of service was given to Anne Clark, bookkeeper.

Awards for 20 years of service were presented to Loriann Darrell, community outreach specialist; Susan Hennessey, case manager II; and Edmund Piper, clinician II.

Awards for 15 years of service were given to Cheryl Forrest, community outreach specialist; Drew Gradinger, Kindle Farm assistant director; Maris Noble, clinician II; and Alida Shriber, clinician II.

Awards for 10 years of service went to Cheryl Cleveland, area office manager; Benedict Dolan, community outreach specialist; Richard Doucet, clinician II; Karl Eno, employment specialist; Billie Jo Fairbrother, clinician I; Katie Gilcris, waiver manager; Joan Hooke, insurance specialist; John Italia, janitor; Sarah Jones, housekeeper; Jamie Loura, behavioral interventionist; and Susan Stoodley, community outreach specialist.

Awards for 5 years of service were given to Brenda Bailey, payroll specialist; Desiree Biesheuvel, psychiatrist; Teresa Blake, community outreach specialist; Pamela Cheney, generalist I; Susannah Colby, case manager II; Connie-Dee Conant, administrative assistant; Diane Day, billing specialist; Rosemary DeCamp, clinician I; Kathryn Duncan, vocational coordinator; Charles Fiske, employment specialist; Mark Gebo, care coordinator II; Gary Graff, clinician II; Jennifer Hallock, community outreach specialist; Kathleen Lamphere, crisis program coordinator; Jennifer Lariviere, behavioral interventionist; Christi Martin, residential specialist; Margaret McAndrews, employment specialist; Jennifer Merrill, senior employment specialist; Irene-Marie Navin, employment specialist; Brigitte Poulin, residential specialist II; Lisa Rucker, Kindle Farm business manager; and Elizabeth Smith, Intake/resource coordinator.

Mt. Ascutney CEO Elected to Council

Windsor — Kevin W. Donovan, CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, has been appointed to the Council of Regents, the legislative body of the American College of Healthcare Executives. The Council of Regents serves as the link between ACHE and members by approving governance and membership regulations as well as promoting ACHE programs, services and activities within their respective areas.

As a Regent, Donovan will represent ACHE’s membership in Vermont.

“Our state is a leader in health care reform and the ACHE plays a key role in helping professionals create an integrated, affordable and high-quality health care system,” Donovan said in a recent news release.  “I am honored to be a part of the Council of Regents and look forward to representing Vermont.”

For the past three years, Donovan has served as CEO of Mt. Ascutney Hospital. His previous experience includes serving as senior vice president at the Elliot Health System in Manchester, N.H., as a director at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, and as a hospital and physician practice leader in various organizations in Massachusetts.

He board roles with Northern New England Association of Healthcare Executives, the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, and the Windsor Rotary Club. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and a Fellow of the American College of Medical Practice Executives.

Donovan holds a master’s degree in health services administration from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in information systems from Syracuse University.

New Staff Joins HCRS

Springfield, Vt. ­ Several new employees recently joined health care and rehabilitation services. interns Gloria Zahka and Kimberly Estes have joined the agency’s Hartford office, and Mary ruffing, community outreach specialist, has joined its Windsor office.

N ew employees in the Springfield office include Lindsy Mack, case manager, and Robert Redfield, residential specialist. In a recent news release, the Springfield, Vt.-based nonprofit said it is recruiting staff members for new and expanding programs “in response to unprecedented growth.”

Holiday Treats Bazaar Includes Raffle

Claremont —The Ladies Union Aid Society will hold its annual holiday treats bazaar on Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the main lobby of Valley Regional Hospital.

This annual event includes homemade baked goods and raffle tickets for items that could serve as holiday gifts, such as a $100 gift certificate to North Country Smokehouse, two hand blown Simon Pearce Christmas bulbs, a handmade quilt, a wall hanging, a Sweet Grass Farm gift basket, and a print by local artist Dolores Blish.

The proceeds will benefit the Medical/Surgical Department and the purchase of a new bariatric scale. Bariatric scales have a large base to stand on and are helpful in weighing patients who are unsteady or obese.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or $5 for a book of six. They are available at the main reception desk at Valley Regional Hospital or by calling LUAS at 603-543-5690.

The drawings will take place at noon, immediately after the bazaar. Winners need not be present to claim a prize. ­

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso