NMC Commentary

Who are NMC’s Incoming Board Members?

At the annual meeting of the NMC Board of Incorporators, nine new members of the Incorporators were elected. In addition, two new members of the NMC Board of Directors were elected: Barbara Toof and Senator Corey Parent.

Barbara is a resident of St. Albans and works at People’s Trust Company. She has 30 years of experience in financial services and has served as a Patient & Family Advisor at the University of Vermont Medical Center. In her application to serve on the Board, she identified major issues facing NMC in the coming years: “engaging our community in health improvement strategies; focusing on revenues and expenses in the ever-changing landscape of healthcare; and attracting and retaining quality employees.”

Corey and his family live in St. Albans and he works at Hickok & Boardman while representing Franklin County and Alburgh in the Vermont Senate. Corey has served in the legislature for five years and has served on the Boards of Franklin County Home Health Agency and Samaritan House. In his application, he spoke to this as “a critical juncture” for healthcare and the importance of helping “shape healthcare reform moving forward” given the “continued pressure of cost savings” and the need for “employee retention, recruitment, and satisfaction.” We look forward to having Barbara and Corey join the NMC Board in January.

Transitioning off the NMC Board, after each serving three three-year terms (the most allowed under the NMC bylaws), are Kevin Manahan of St. Albans and A.M. Peisch and Bill O’Connor of St. Albans, retired from Food Science Corporation. Re-elected to second terms on the NMC Board were Jake Holzscheiter of A.N. Deringer and Dawn Bugbee of Green Mountain Power. Board service is particularly challenging within healthcare as hospitals are complex organizations and healthcare is in active transformation. Our Board works very hard to keep our organization moving forward so as to best serve our community. We deeply appreciate all that Kevin and Bill have brought to these efforts during their years of service. We are also grateful to Jake and Dawn for continuing to serve alongside the other NMC Board members: Leon Berthiaume of Swanton and the St. Albans Co-operative Creamery; Janet McCarthy of Georgia and Franklin County Home Health Agency; Dr. Donny Khela, interim President of the NMC Medical Staff; Dr. Lorne Babb of Enosburg and Cold Hollow Family Practice; John Casavant of St. Albans and NFP; Attorney Nick Hadden of Fairfax; retired consultant Karyn Rocheleau of St. Albans; and Dr. Marietta Scholten of St. Albans.

The NMC Incorporators are an integral connection between NMC and our community: electing our Board, approving our bylaws, and serving as local advocates and ambassadors. Joining the Board of Incorporators are Karl Cunningham, St. Albans City; Martita Giard, Fairfield; Matthew Habedank, Bakersfield; Joyce Judy, Waterbury; Betsy Liley, St. Albans Town; Tami St. Marie, St. Albans Town; Michael McCarthy, Georgia; Carrie Johnson, St. Albans Town; and Jacqueline Boudreau, St. Albans City.

As a community hospital, NMC is built upon a foundation of local involvement and leadership through our Incorporators and Board and we truly appreciate the willingness of our newest members to serve, the continued service of our existing members, and all the contributions of our out-going members!

— Jill Berry Bowen, RN, NMC’s Chief Executive Officer