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(April 9, 2013) Governor Peter Shumlin joined legislators, community leaders, consumers, advocates and staff members at the Brattleboro Retreat on Monday, April 8, for a ribbon cutting reception to mark the opening of the Retreat’s new Adult Intensive Unit. The renovated 14-bed unit is one component of a statewide strategy for replacing acute psychiatric services that were provided by the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury before Tropical...»»

(March 1, 2013) Jeffrey J. Morse, president and chief executive officer of River Valley Credit Union, has been elected to serve as the new Chair of the Brattleboro Retreat’s Board of Trustees. Jeff has served on the Retreat’s board since 2009, and is past chair of the Finance Committee. His tenure as Board Chair will run through 2016.

"For the past three years, Peter Sherlock has done a tremendous job of guiding the organization...»»

(Feb 14, 2013) On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the Brattleboro Retreat officially put its new electronic health record (EHR) into operation following months of intensive planning, preparation and staff training.

“This is a truly auspicious and critically important event for the Retreat,” said Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr., president and chief executive officer. “An electronic health record is a crucial component in modernizing patient...»»

by Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr.

(January 30, 2013) As I listen to the national gun control debate following the tragic shootings in Newtown, I know in my heart this is not the right strategy. While I do favor a multi-pronged approach to the problem of violence in our society that includes gun controls, as a clinician and the CEO of Vermont’s psychiatric hospital for children, I feel that the emphasis ought to be on providing...»»

(December 18, 2012) We are all in shock. How could this be? We call our children just to hear their voices, no matter their ages. We remember letting them walk from us into their first school, seeing them look back over their shoulders as we smiled giving them the gift of our wave of love and support as they moved into the care of new teachers as their surrogate parents.

The loss of a child brings incomparable grief. The...»»

(November 12, 2012) Brattleboro Retreat President & CEO Dr. Rob Simpson was invited by the Brattleboro American Legion to speak at the Marine Corps Ball on Saturday evening, November 10th. Simpson, who is the son of a WWII veteran, told the gathering: “Today my father would be proud of all of you in this room tonight. On Veterans Day we will honor those who have fought for our freedom and we must always remember that freedom is not free....»»

(November 1, 2012) The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) Board of Directors named Brattleboro Retreat President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Rob Simpson as this year’s recipient of the corporation’s Founders Award in an announcement made after the Windham County business group’s annual meeting in October.

Dr. Simpson was recognized for his role in leading the Retreat through a period of growth and facility...»»

(October 2, 2012) The Brattleboro Retreat is now in the process of conducting an online Community Health Needs Assessment Survey as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Professional health care providers and members of the larger community are encouraged to participate. The survey’s purpose is to help identify community needs, concerns and issues along with:

  • public perceptions of mental illness, and barriers...»»

(September 17, 2012) The Lawton Hall 100th Anniversary Gala held on Saturday, September 15, raised more than $80,000 to help seed the Brattleboro Retreat's new endowment fund. Also that night, former Board of Trustees member Larry Cassidy was honored with the 2012 Anna Marsh Award for advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness and addiction.

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(September 13, 2012) After months of planning and hard work, the project to complete the new patient secure courtyard at the Brattleboro Retreat was officially pronounced "finished" in a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday afternoon, Sept 11. The outdoor space, designed and landscaped to provide the look and feel of an English garden, will be open to inpatients on Wednesday, Sept. 12. In remarks recalling the anniversary of September 11,...»»