(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, Brattleboro Retreat President and CEO Dr. Rob Simpson said, "It is not without symbolism that today we open our new beautiful Outdoor Courtyard for our patients. Let’s remember that freedom is a precious value that we support in our patients, allowing them the opportunity to feel the breeze of the possibility of a new life as they do the work of recovering from the pain of the lives they led before they came to us."
Shown here at today's ribbon cutting are, from left: Joe Fortier, construction manager for GPI Construction, Adam Hubbard of Stevens and Associates (designers of the project), Rob Simpson, president and CEO of the Brattleboro Retreat, Gerri Cote, vice president of Operations at the Brattleboro Retreat, and Anthony Girard, Director of Facilities at the Brattleboro Retreat.