New and welcoming faces at Brattleboro Memorial

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It’s amazing to look back and realize how much Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has grown since I came on board in October of 2012.

In the past two years, the hospital has opened centers for wound healing and cardiovascular health. The Radiology Department has a new, state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging suite. Rehabilitation Services and Oncology have teamed up to provide the Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) program to patients getting cancer treatment. The BMH Physician Group has added an orthopaedic and sports medicine practice to its multi-specialty offerings.

If you have been on campus, I’m sure you’ve noticed the new face of BMH with the impressive renovations to the main entrance and the emergency department.

New facilities and technology get a lot of media attention, and deservedly so. But every new center, service and practice also needs individuals with the medical expertise to provide care for members of the community.

Twelve new clinicians have joined the Brattleboro community in the past year. Some have been hired to replace retiring physicians, others have helped the hospital increase the number of new patients we’re capable of seeing in a timely manner.

In case you missed their hiring announcements, here’s a brief introduction to each of them.

Heather Ferreira, CNM (Brattleboro OB/GYN and Four Seasons Midwifery) is a graduate of Ohio State University. She will provide both full scope midwifery services as well as gynecologic services.

Sarah Fulham, MD (Brattleboro Internal Medicine) comes to our community by way of New York City, where she earned her medical degree from Columbia University. She also has local ties to the area, having earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Heather Lesage-Horton, MD (Just So Pediatrics) is a University of Vermont graduate. She has been at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich., since completing her pediatrics internship and residency at in the University of Michigan Health System.

Meredith Merritt, CNM (Brattleboro OB/GYN and Four Seasons Midwifery) began her nursing career at University of Vermont before getting her master’s degree at Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky.

Fred Landes, MD (BMH Center for Wound Healing) brings a wealth of knowledge from his time as the Medical Director for the North Adams Hospital Wound Center just down the road in western Massachusetts.

Emily Kolpa, MD (Brattleboro Primary Care) is the latest addition to the medical staff community. She is another alumna of University of Vermont, and returns to the Green Mountain state after practicing adolescent medicine in Northborough, Mass.

Maureen Mahoney, PA-C, ATC (BMH Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine) completed the Physician Assistant Program at Cornell University Well Medical College. Her experience includes working as a physician assistant at Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Grace Cottage Hospital.

Eric Pofcher, MD (Post-Acute Care Services) has been a medical professional in our community for over 25 years, most recently at the VA’s Community-Based Outpatient Clinic in Brattleboro and Brattleboro Primary Care. He is a University of Vermont graduate and is board certified in internal medicine.

Nancy Redfield, NP (Post-Acute Care Services) has more than 17 years of experience providing healthcare with experience in Hospice, palliative care, oncology and recently coordinated care at United Health Group. She received her Master’s in Nursing from the University of Massachusetts. Redfield started her nursing career in Brattleboro and we are pleased to have her back in our community.

Paul Stanchfield, PA-C (Brattleboro Internal Medicine) has more than a decade of experience as a physician assistant, including working at the Brattleboro Retreat, Brattleboro Primary Care, and Mount Anthony Primary Care. He completed the Physician Assistant Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Wayne Temmen, PA-C (BMH Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine) may already be a familiar face to some of you. His 30-plus year career providing care for orthopaedic patients includes a previous stint at the practice. We were happy to welcome Wayne back in September.

John Todd, APRN, FNP (Putney Family Healthcare/Brattleboro Internal Medicine) received his Family Nurse Practitioner license from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He has practiced medicine in a number of settings since that time, most recently in the Brattleboro Retreat Admissions Department and Medical Clinic.

These men and women join more than 100 physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and midwives in our community, providing nearly every kind of medical service imaginable, from primary care to vascular surgery. You can click on the Find-A-Doctor link at www.bmhvt.org to search the medical directory by name, location, and areas of specialty, as well as which ones are accepting new patients.

Bonnie McKellar is the vice president of Physician Services and Business Development at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.


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