Frederick “Fritz” Engstrom, MD, medical director of the Brattleboro Retreat, has formally announced the appointment of three new physicians to the hospital’s medical staff. “These three outstanding psychiatrists represent tremendous additions to the Brattleboro Retreat’s exceptional core of medical talent,” said Engstrom.


by Geoffrey Kane, MD, Chief of Addiction Services

I’m often asked by concerned parents and other individuals who have regular contact with young people: “Is it possible to recognize when a teen, or even a younger child, has a drug or alcohol problem? What should I look for?” The short answer is yes, it is possible; but the longer answer can be much more complicated. That’s because it is not unusual for older people to be...»»

A feature story about the Retreat's recent success and plans for the future appears in the June 2011 edition of Business West, a leading business publication in western Massachusetts. In the article, Retreat President and CEO Dr. Rob Simpson is quoted extensively as he discusses our streamlined admissions process, innovative new programs and full continuum of inpatient, outpatient and residential services.


In response to increasing demand for our mental health and addiction treatment services the Retreat has undertaken a significant hiring campaign aimed at attracting experienced psychiatric nurses, mental health workers, and other clinical staff.

In particular, the Brattleboro Retreat wil be expanding its inpatient services to meet the specialized needs of young adults (ages 18 to 30). This program is slated to begin accepting patients...»»

In a press release dated May 31, 2011, leaders from the Brattleboro Retreat and Grace Cottage Hospital announced a new partnership agreement to provide outpatient mental health services at Grace Cottage Family Health in Townshend, VT. 


The Brattleboro Retreat's Department of Outreach & Education proudly took home six awards at the 2011 Spring Symposia of the New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCO). NESHCO is New England's premier professional association for individuals and organizations working in the field of healthcare marketing and communications

The Retreat's monthly e-newsletter (Benchmarks), our bi-annual Development Office...»»

The Brattleboro Retreat is excited to announce that it will field a team of runners in the 2011 "Run to Home Base" in Boston on Sunday, May 22. This 9K race, which ends at home plate in Fenway Park, is a project of the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital designed to help provide much needed services to local veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Retreat also has a strong commitment to veterans and other...»»

The Brattleboro Retreat's Uniformed Service Program (USP) has been featured in the latest online edition of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). In it, the program's Medical Director Dr. Jennifer Fyler is quoted extensively and a number of the program's innovative clinical features such as mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and trauma-informed yoga are discussed.

This is a very informative piece that gives...»»

The American Hospital Association (AHA) in conjunction with the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS) has named Brattleboro Retreat President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Robert E. Simpson as its 2010 Grassroots Champion.

Each year this award recognizes one health care leader from each state who has effectively delivered the hospital message to elected officials; helped broaden the base of community support...»»

Tammy A. Richards, AVA, CMAP, has been elected to the Brattleboro Retreat Board of Trustees effective March 1, 2011. Ms. Richards is a summa cum laude graduate of Hamilton College where she earned a bachelors degree in mathematics. She is currently working as the Manager of Business Valuation and Consulting Services for Pieciak & Company, a certified public accounting firm based in Brattleboro, VT.