(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...»»

(April 22, 2015)—The Joint Commission (TJC), the nation’s leading accreditation and certification organization for hospitals and healthcare organizations, has renewed the Brattleboro Retreat’s Accreditation status for a period lasting up to January 2018. Accreditation from TJC is recognized as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting or exceeding a variety of performance standards.

The Joint...»»

(April 14, 2015)—Representatives from Enterprise Rent-A-Car visited the Brattleboro Retreat on Wednesday, April 1, to present a $1,500 donation to the Retreat’s Uniformed Service Program from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company that, through its regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental, and Alamo Rent-A-Car brands.

The Retreat’s Uniformed Service Program...»»

(March 26, 2015) The Brattleboro Retreat received a Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness award at the 2015 Worksite Wellness conference held on Wednesday, March, 25, at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington, VT.

The award, which is presented by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, was given in recognition of the Retreat’s efforts to promote employee health and wellness.


(Feb. 23, 2015) Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat, and Grace Cottage Hospital are launching a new community health needs assessment (CHNA) to engage the communities they serve and learn more about the most pressing health care concerns and needs. Based on the data that the hospitals gather, each hospital will develop an implementation strategy to address prioritized health care needs. This CHNA is also an opportunity for...»»

(January, 2015) A grant-funded collaboration between the Brattleboro Retreat and Morningside Shelter is now providing 12 hours a week of onsite clinical mental health services for residents of Morningside Shelter in Brattleboro.  The $20,000 grant from the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF) was made through that organization’s Innovations and Collaborations Grant Program. It will provide funding for a period of one year through the end...»»

December, 2014, The Candles of Kindness project was initiated by the Retreat's Jes Stolpp (pictured) who teaches the “Building Blocks” class for adolescents in the BRIDGES therapeutic day school program at the Meadows Educational Center.

Building Blocks focuses on recognizing strengths, with an eye toward building a strong and healthy educational community.  Over time, the goal is to take those very skills and principles out...»»

(Nov. 3, 2014) The Brattleboro Retreat presented its 2014 Anna Marsh Award to Vermont State Representative Bill Lippert on Saturday, November 1st, at the Latchis Theatre in downtown Brattleboro.

Lippert accepted the award during the intermission of a sold-out performance of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus, which was held as a benefit on behalf of the Retreat's LGBT inpatient program. The event raised more than $25,000 for LGBT services at...»»

(Sept. 23, 2014) The Brattleboro Retreat marked the opening of its redesigned Admissions Department and Medical Clinic on Tuesday, September 23, with an afternoon ribbon cutting ceremony and formal dedication of a new bronze sculpture situated outside the Admissions Department entrance.

The six foot tall, 350 lb. bronze sculpture, entitled “A Matter of Balance,” is the creation of Vermont artist Susan Read Cronin of Manchester Center,...»»