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Published on February 26, 2016

Rutland Regional Names 2016
Providers of the Year

Rutland Regional Medical Center announced today that Harvey S. Reich, MD, FACP, FCCP has been named Rutland Regional Medical Center’s 2016 Physician of the Year and Laura M. Cohen ACNP, ANP-BC, has been named Rutland Regional Medical Center’s inaugural Advanced Practitioner of the Year.

The annual announcement is one of the community’s most prestigious honors bestowed upon providers because of its acknowledgment from colleagues and medical peers.

Harvey S. Reich, MD, FACP, FCCP

Harvey ReichDr. Reich, a Critical Care physician, was named the medical staff member who best personifies the hospital’s core values and patient-centered model of care.

Dr. Reich began his career at Rutland Regional in 1994 and serves as an Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont providing students with in-depth clinical knowledge of the intensive care unit. As the former Medical Director of the Rutland Free Clinic, Dr. Reich provided countless hours of medical care to patients unable to pay for services.

Throughout his career, Dr. Reich has established himself as a highly respected, clinically adept and dependable source of care for thousands of patients.

“It is an honor to recognize Dr. Reich,” says Tom Huebner, CEO, Rutland Regional Medical Center. “Over and over again, Dr. Reich was recognized by his peers and staff for his inspired leadership and his commitment to his patients. We are fortunate to have physicians of his caliber at Rutland Regional and are proud to recognize such an outstanding physician.”

In the nominations submitted Dr. Reich was praised for his compassion. “Whether practicing at Rutland Regional or at the Free Clinic, his humanity is apparent in his dealings with all people – whether they are patients, their families, medical and nursing colleagues, housekeeping or volunteers,” noted one colleague. “For the patients and families he has met, often at the most difficult times, they have expressed tremendous respect and confidence in his treatments, his bedside manner, his clinical abilities and his tenacity in finding an answer.”

Dr. Reich received his medical degree at the New Jersey Medical Center in Newark, NJ and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Berkshire Medical Center, Pittsfield, MA and was a fellow in Critical Care at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Reich is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.

Laura M. Cohen ACNP, ANP-BC

Laura CohenLaura M. Cohen, ACNP, ANP-BC was selected as the inaugural Advanced Practitioner of the Year. The award was created to honor and recognize the increasingly important role of advanced degree nurses and physician assistants to healthcare.

Cohen, a nurse practitioner with the Rutland Heart Center was nominated by a physician for her excellence in patient care and education, expertise in her field and her dedication to continuing her education. Cohen is enrolled in a Doctorate of Nurse Practitioner program at Chatham University, with an anticipated completion in spring 2016.

In the nomination submitted Cohen was praised for her clinically excellent care. “Since many of Laura’s patients have significant disease, it is not uncommon that they are admitted to the intensive care unit,” noted Harvey Reich, MD and Medical Director of the Critical Care Unit. “Laura’s clinical notes are detailed, complete and display an in-depth knowledge of the patient’s disease. She is a role-model for her profession, respects physicians and is respected by them.”

Cohen, part of the team at the Rutland Heart Center since 2013, is a member of the American Association Critical Care Nurses, American Association Heart Failure Nurses and American College of Nurse Practitioners. She has extensive education and experience in caring for critically ill inpatients and outpatient cardiac patients. Cohen volunteers at the Rutland Free Clinic, the American Lung Association and is a member of the Community Collaboration Committee at Rutland Regional.

“Advanced practice nurses contribute greatly to the way we deliver high quality, patient-centered care at Rutland Regional,” says Tom Huebner, CEO, Rutland Regional Medical Center. “We are honored to have such dedicated professionals like Laura practicing here.”

Cohen received her BSN from Norwich and her Adult, NP-BC and Acute Care NP-BBC at Sage Graduate School in New York.

About the Physician of the Year Award

The Emelie Munson Perkins Physician of the Year Award was created in 2004 in memory of the late Dr. Perkins who served the community in a variety of roles. Past recipients include: Allan Eisemann, MD, David A. Austin, MD, Peter D. Upton, MD, John F. Dick, MD, David Keller, MD, Gordon R. Kelly, MD, Kirk Dufty, MD, Michael Robertello, MD, Daniel Foley, MD, Victor J. Pisanelli, MD, W. Gordon Frankle, MD, Todd Gregory, MD, Roshan Siva, MD, and Henry DiMuzio, MD.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Established in 1896, Rutland Regional is the second largest healthcare facility in Vermont. With a strong patient focus, consistent quality performance, nursing excellence, and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County.

Recently recognized in US News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals to receive common care, Rutland Regional was the first hospital in Vermont to receive both the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence and Magnet Recognition® for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovation. Rutland Regional has also been recognized by the Joint Commission as a Top Performer in Key Quality Measures, honored with an “A” grade by The Leapfrog Group in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score and was named by Healthgrades among the top 10% in the Nation for Outstanding Patient Experience and Patient Safety, and is the recipient of the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Experience Award and a 3-year recipient of the Patient Safety Excellence Award.


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