On April 17, 2024

Denise Clark to lead RRMC board of directors

Rutland Regional Medical Center (RRMC) held its 2024 annual meeting of the corporators, on Tuesday, April 9. The meeting took place at the hospital in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center.

In addition to receiving a variety of updates, corporators at the meeting elected new members of the corporation and voted to renew existing director terms and elect new directors to serve on the hospital’s board of directors. The meeting also marked a transition in board leadership as Mark Foley, Jr. completed his two-year term as volunteer board chair. Longtime board member, Denise Clark, who served most recently as vice chair, will succeed Foley to lead the board of directors for the next two year term.

“I have appreciated the opportunity to work closely with Mark in my role as Vice chair. We have enjoyed a strong partnership, and I am grateful to Mark for his steady and thoughtful leadership,” said Clark. “The board of directors, the leadership team, and staff at Rutland Regional, gratefully thank Mark for the hours and extraordinary support he has dedicated to keeping our community hospital strong and focused on the future.”

Speakers at the annual meeting included Dr. Phil Lapp, vice president of medical affairs, who introduced the providers who joined RRMC in in 2023. Joan Gamble, volunteer chair of the Bowse Health Trust also presented and shared information about the non-profit organizations selected last year to receive Bowse Health Trust grants. 

President and CEO Judi Fox shared information about the hospital’s 2024 strategic plan, including the organization’s new vision and mission. Fox outlined the plan’s five strategic priorities, or pillars, identified as long-term focus areas with clear impacts on Rutland Regional’s success.

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Pictured: Incoming RRMC Board Chair Denise Clark (left) with outgoing chair Mark Foley, Jr. (seated) and RRMC President and CEO Judi Fox (right).

The five pillars came out of the strategic planning process that began last year to engage the hospital’s board of directors, leadership, medical directors, staff, and community members. Each pillar has specific priority areas that will be measured to demonstrate the effectiveness and success in meeting the hospital’s goals.

“From the beginning of this process, our objective was to develop an aspirational, multi-year strategic plan that focuses our work, is easy to broadly communicate, and links to specific, measurable outcomes,” said Fox. “Our work resulted in a plan focused on five strategic pillars: Access to care, quality care delivery, financial & resource stewardship, transformation, and employer of choice. Each of these pillars will help guide our organization in the months and years to come.”

Rutland Regional Medical Center is the largest community hospital in Vermont and is supported by a medical staff of 256 physicians, nurse practitioners and advanced practice providers trained in 37 specialty areas. The 144-bed hospital is supported by 1,700 employees.

Volunteer board member Joe Kraus was recognized as he completed his nine-year term on the board of directors. Kraus served as board chair from 2020-2022. Joan Gamble was also acknowledged for her nine years of service to the Bowse Health Trust Committee, spending the last six years as committee chair. Renee Bousquet, Public Health Services district director at the Vermont Dept. of Health, will succeed Gamble as volunteer chair of the Bowse Health Trust Committee. 

RRMC’s 2023 annual report is available at: rrmc.org/about/annual-reports.

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