Nurse joins Vermont Green Mountain Care Board

MONTPELIER (AP) - Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed a nursing professor at the University of Vermont to the five-member panel that is working to develop Vermont's new health care system.

Betty Rambur, a registered nurse and professor of nursing and health policy at the University of Vermont, will fill out the term of Al Gobeille, who is replacing the departing Anya Rader Wallack as chair of the Green Mountain Care Board.

The board is working to craft policies for containing costs in health care and moving Vermont as close as possible to a single-payer health care system beginning in 2017.

"Betty brings two critical skills to the board," Shumlin said in a statement released by his office. "As a nurse she has the hands-on health care experience of those who deliver care in our hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices. But she is also an expert in health policy, understanding the complex financing of care, as well as the special challenges of delivering health care in rural areas."

Rambur has worked as a family nurse practitioner, physician assistant, health services researcher, and nurse educator.

"I am honored to serve and look forward to adding my expertise to this endeavor that is so vital to Vermont families, businesses, and health professionals," she said.

The five-member Green Mountain Care Board's mission is to reduce the rate of growth in health care costs, regulate hospital spending and capital expenditures, and curb the growth in health insurance rates.

In addition to Gobeille, a Burlington businessman, other board members are Colchester physician Allan Ramsay; Karen Hein of Jacksonville, an adjunct professor at Dartmouth Medical School; former Human Services Secretary Con Hogan of Plainfield; and Georgia Maheras, the former deputy commissioner of health care administration at the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care.


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