BMH meeting features special guests and key topics

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BRATTLEBORO — The Annual Meeting of the Southern Vermont Health Services Corporation and its subsidiary, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, held on December 6 featured special guests, an overview of 2019 hospital initiatives and achievements, as well the election of new board members.

Keynote speaker Cheyanne Warren, DDS, MS is the Dental Therapy Program director at Vermont Technical College. Dr. Warren provided an overview of the role of dental therapists and the growing national need for the profession. Vermont Technical College has been a longtime supporter of dental therapy in Vermont and is said to have played a critical role in the passage of legislation.

Carmen Derby, executive director at United Way of Windham County, and Eilidh Pederson, vice president of Medical Group Management & Population Health at BMH, also presented to the hospital's corporators. They shared updates on the Windham County Dental Center, a partnership between BMH and United Way of Windham County that came together to meet the unmet needs of the community. The center accepts all insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare, as well as those with no insurance. To date, 607 patients have been seen, 75 percent of those were adults and 82 percent of patients were enrolled in Medicaid.

Stephen Phillips, an attorney at Phillips, Dunn, Shriver & Carroll, PC was elected as incoming chair of the Board of Directors, and two new members joined the board - Tony Blofson, MD, a clinician at Maplewood Family Practice, and Sarah Swank, an attorney at Nixon Peabody, LLP.

"We are happy to welcome these two outstanding members of our community to our Board of Directors," Phillips said in a statement." Their experience, talent, expertise, and commitment will be a wonderful addition to our current membership of exceptional individuals."

Special recognition was given to Patty O'Donnell for her three years of dedicated service as chair of the BMH Board of Directors.

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