(Feb 14, 2013) On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, the Brattleboro Retreat officially put its new electronic health record (EHR) into operation following months of intensive planning, preparation and staff training.

“This is a truly auspicious and critically important event for the Retreat,” said Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr., president and chief executive officer. “An electronic health record is a crucial component in modernizing patient...»»

by Dr. Robert E. Simpson, Jr.

(January 30, 2013) As I listen to the national gun control debate following the tragic shootings in Newtown, I know in my heart this is not the right strategy. While I do favor a multi-pronged approach to the problem of violence in our society that includes gun controls, as a clinician and the CEO of Vermont’s psychiatric hospital for children, I feel that the emphasis ought to be on providing...»»

(December 18, 2012) We are all in shock. How could this be? We call our children just to hear their voices, no matter their ages. We remember letting them walk from us into their first school, seeing them look back over their shoulders as we smiled giving them the gift of our wave of love and support as they moved into the care of new teachers as their surrogate parents.

The loss of a child brings incomparable grief. The...»»

(November 12, 2012) Brattleboro Retreat President & CEO Dr. Rob Simpson was invited by the Brattleboro American Legion to speak at the Marine Corps Ball on Saturday evening, November 10th. Simpson, who is the son of a WWII veteran, told the gathering: “Today my father would be proud of all of you in this room tonight. On Veterans Day we will honor those who have fought for our freedom and we must always remember that freedom is not free....»»

(November 1, 2012) The Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation (BDCC) Board of Directors named Brattleboro Retreat President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Rob Simpson as this year’s recipient of the corporation’s Founders Award in an announcement made after the Windham County business group’s annual meeting in October.

Dr. Simpson was recognized for his role in leading the Retreat through a period of growth and facility...»»

(October 2, 2012) The Brattleboro Retreat is now in the process of conducting an online Community Health Needs Assessment Survey as required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Professional health care providers and members of the larger community are encouraged to participate. The survey’s purpose is to help identify community needs, concerns and issues along with:

  • public perceptions of mental illness, and barriers...»»

(September 17, 2012) The Lawton Hall 100th Anniversary Gala held on Saturday, September 15, raised more than $80,000 to help seed the Brattleboro Retreat's new endowment fund. Also that night, former Board of Trustees member Larry Cassidy was honored with the 2012 Anna Marsh Award for advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness and addiction.


(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,...»»

(June 5, 2012) When Retreat President and CEO Dr. Rob Simpson graduated from the Simmons College School of Social Work in the mid-1970s he probably had no idea that his daughter Maura would follow in his footsteps more than 30 years later. But follow she did, and that caught the eye of folks at the Simmons College Alumni Magazine.

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(May 18, 2012) Members of the Brattleboro Retreat's Department of Outreach and Education, along with representatives of the hospital's agency of record Communicators Group, were honored on Thursday, May 17, with five Lamplighter Awards from the prestigious New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo).

The awards were announced in Boston during NESHCO's annual Spring Symposium before a crowd of several hundred marketing and...»»