(October 27, 2015)—Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr., president and chief executive officer of the Brattleboro Retreat, was presented with the hospital’s 2015 Anna Marsh Award before 200 guests who attended a gala event in Simpson’s honor on Saturday, October 24 at the Hilltop Montessori School’s Arts Barn in Brattleboro.

Named for the woman who founded the Brattleboro Retreat, the Anna Marsh Award is an annual recognition established in 2009...»»

(October 26, 2015) The Brattleboro Retreat is now in the process of conducting a statewide online Community Health Needs Assessment Survey as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. People of all professions and backgrounds are encouraged to participate, particularly individuals who utilize mental health and addiction services, advocates, health care providers, human service providers, leaders in the nonprofit sector,...»»

(October 14, 2015) In an afternoon ceremony held Wednesday, October 14 on the center green of the hospital’s campus, Brattleboro Retreat officials, staff, and supporters gathered to dedicate a new bronze statue, created and donated by sculptor Susan Read Cronin, to outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Robert E. Simpson.

The whimsical sculpture entitled “XXO” depicts an elephant writing the word “Courage” into the...»»

(August 17, 2015) The 6th Annual Ride for Heroes netted a record breaking $29,000 to benfit the Brattleboro Retreat's Uniformed Service Program (USP), a partial hospital program for men and women in law enforcement, military, fire, and other uniformed professions who are dealing with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, and other duty-related mental health issues.

More than $14,000...»»

(August 11, 2015)—The Red Sox Foundation has announced that Red Sox fans from across Vermont have voted for the Brattleboro Retreat as the state’s favorite nonprofit, which qualifies the hospital to receive the Foundation’s IMPACT Award. The award will be presented during an on-field ceremony on Sunday, August 16th, which is Vermont Day at Fenway Park.

As Vermont’s top vote getter, the Brattleboro Retreat will receive a $10,000...»»

(July 10, 2014) The Brattleboro Retreat is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael Kahn has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Teaching Award for Excellence in Medical Education, an honor that is given out jointly by the Retreat and Albany Medical College (AMC).

Since 2013 The Brattleboro Retreat has served as a teaching hospital where third and fourth year medical students from AMC can complete their required clinical...»»

(June 17, 2015)—The Brattleboro Retreat Board of Trustees has announced that outgoing President and CEO, Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr., will be presented with the hospital’s 2015 Anna Marsh Award this fall.

Named for the founder of the Brattleboro Retreat, the Anna Marsh Award is an annual recognition that was established in 2009 to honor individuals for their advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness and addiction.


(May 27, 2015)  In ceremonies held in Boston, MA, on Thursday, May 21, The New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) presented the Brattleboro Retreat with a Gold Lamplighter Award in the category Cause/Social Marketing Campaign for the hospital’s Stand Up to Stigma public awareness campaign.

For the past 25 years NESHCo has served as the New England region's premier professional development organization for...»»

(May 12, 2015) The death by suicide of Walter Cronkite's grandson, Peter, moved Dr. Fritz Engstrom, chief medical officer at the Brattleboro Retreat, to author this poignant piece on men, suicide, and the dangers of hidden depression. It was published in the Brattleboro Reformer on May 12th.


(April 28, 2015)—The Brattleboro Retreat’s Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Robert E. Simpson has decided not to renew his contract offer and will step down from his position as President and Chief Executive Officer on December 31st.

In his announcement to the Board, Simpson said, “It has been a privilege to lead the transformation of the Brattleboro Retreat over the past eight years. I have focused on being a good steward...»»