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.


The Brattleboro Retreat is fortunate to have been extremely successful in the past two years with inpatient admissions increasing by 12.8 percent in 2009 and by a tremendous 23.6 percent in 2010. In fact, our inpatient admissions have increased by 53 percent since 2006. This success comes at a time when psychiatric hospitals nationally are growing by just about 3.5 percent a year.

The Retreat's recent growth trend...»»

If your unfullfilled New Year's resolutions already seem like a promising friendship that just didn't work out, you're not alone. By this time in late February, lots of us have already lost track of the noble intentions we embraced just six or seven weeks ago. In this article, Sandra Campbell, Psy.D., of the Retreat's Anna Marsh Clinic, explains why making meaningful change is so difficult. The good news is you...»»

A taped interview with Brattleboro Retreat CEO Dr. Rob Simpson was aired on Vermont Public Radio (VPR) on Monday, Feb 7. In it, Simpson talks with VPR reporter Susan Keese about the tremendous boost in admissions experienced by the Retreat in 2010. He offers some analysis as to causes behind the surge in people seeking mental...»»

Following a jump in census in 2010 of more than 20 percent, the Brattleboro Retreat has announced plans to add 14 inpatient beds to the 95 beds it currently operates. According to Dr. Robert E. Simpson, president and cheif executive officer, the increase in patient admissions at the Retreat is a result of several factors including increases in depression and stress related to the down economy coupled with a jump...»»

Due to the expected severe winter weather, the Anna Marsh Clinic, the Birches Treatment Center and Starting Now Intensive Outpatient Programs will be closed on Wednesday, February 2.

This applies to all outpatient, partial hospital and intensive outpatient meetings and appointments.

We urge all our clients to take appropriate safety precautions during the next 36 to 48 hours and to stay off the roads unless driving becomes...»»

Following a national search, the Brattleboro Retreat is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Corrigan as Vice President of Human Resources. Jeff has held the position on an interim basis since October following the retirement of Kathleen Brooks. Jeff comes to the Retreat with some 30 years of experience in healthcare-related human resources processes. A native of Connecticut, he currently resides in Maryland and will launch...»»

The Brattleboro Retreat honored outgoing Board of Trustees member Julie Peterson on Tuesday, December 7, at a reception held at the Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, NH. Ms. Peterson recently announced her decision to retire from the Retreat Board effective at the end of December. This follows 20 years of continuous service on the Board that began in 1990.

Ms. Peterson was the first woman elected to the Retreat Board of Trustees,...»»

December seems the perfect time for clinicians to examine the concept of compassion fatigue. The culture’s eye-popping and deafening comfort-and-joy machine is a stark contrast to the increased hardship, stress, loneliness, and desperation that clinicians are witnessing in their agencies, hospitals and private practices.

In advance of his ...»»