Brattleboro hospital chief to lead board for state association

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MONTPELIER — Steven R. Gordon, president and CEO of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, has been named chair of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

VAHHS is the statewide advocacy association representing all of Vermont's non-profit hospitals and health systems. Gordon has served as president and CEO of BMH since 2011. A lifelong Rotarian, Gordon has always been actively involved in his local community, serving on such boards as the Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire, and Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation.

"Steve is a well-respected health care leader who

understands the challenges of our hospitals large and small," said Jeff Tieman, president and CEO of VAHHS. "With Steve's support and guidance, VAHHS will continue its important work with legislators, administration officials, partners and regulators to inform and shape policies to improve the health of the people we serve and strengthen our communities."

VAHHS and its member hospitals are key contributors to initiatives that address Vermont's most challenging public and social health issues such as mental health and substance use treatment and access to health care services in rural communities.

"Our hospitals are facing some really big challenges and we have to work harder than ever to stay financially sustainable and recruit to keep a strong workforce so we can be there when our patients and communities needs us," added Gordon. "I look forward to this leadership role at VAHHS because when we work together, our hospitals make a positive difference for our patients, communities and our state."

VAHHS' member board consists of hospital CEOs as well as clinical leaders. VAHHS also leads committees designed to collaborate and support continuous improvements in state policies and clinical care.

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