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Published on July 01, 2020

Rutland Regional names its 2020 Physician and NP/PA of the Year and the 2020 Rutland Community Primary Care Physician and NP/PA of the Year

Each year, Rutland Regional Medical Center recognizes a Physician and a Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant, or other Advanced Practice Provider whose contributions to our community, staff, and patients represent the highest ideals in health care. This year, Rutland Regional has expanded these awards to include two Rutland Community Primary Care Providers.

We are pleased to announce that the Rutland Regional 2020 Physician of the Year is Suzanne Redden, MD, and NP/PA of the Year is Jacki Becker, APRN.

We are equally pleased to announce that the 2020 Rutland Community Primary Care Physician of the Year is H. Peter Diercksen, MD, Community Health Castleton, and the NP/PA is Michael Dashnaw, PA-C, Community Health Mettowee.

Following a nominating process, the awardees are selected based on the following criteria around respect, clinical excellence, professional credibility, involvement in public service and the community, and demonstration of the vision and values of Rutland Regional Health Services.

About our Winners

Suzanne Redden, MDSuzanne Redden, MD joined Rutland Regional as a Hospital Medicine Specialist in 2003. Dr. Redden earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Georgetown University and Medical Degree from Georgetown School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed her residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary/critical care medicine with the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont. Dr. Redden serves on the Rutland Regional’s Credentials, Bylaws, and Cancer Committees.

Redden’s colleagues have shared the following: “Dr. Redden consistently delivers exceptional patient care. Known for her thoroughness, great skill, and dedication, she is always accessible to patients and their families, taking great care in answering any of their questions. Dr. Redden often stays late to follow up on patient care issues and is always supportive of the staff. She is a tremendous asset to our organization and is very deserving of this recognition.

Jacki Becker, APRNJacki Becker, ARPN, started with Rutland Regional Medical Center in 1998, and began working as Director of Employee Wellness in 2014. She received her Associates in Nursing from Castleton University, Bachelor’s in Nursing from Norwich University, and Masters in Family Nurse Practitioner from Russell Sage College. She completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine from the University of Arizona in 2012 and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Jacki serves as Chair of the Organization Wide Wellness Committee, Co-Chair of the Provider Wellness Committee and member of the hospital’s Infection Control Committee.

Jacki’s co-workers had this to say: “No one sets a higher standard for Jacki Becker than the one she sets for herself every day. She is a Wellness Ambassador and has advanced the culture of whole employee wellness at Rutland Regional. Jacki is empathetic, attentive to the needs of others, and a genuine source of support and inspiration. She has integrated many meaningful programs like VeggieVanGo® and Habitat for Humanity into the hospital that not only benefit our staff, but the entire community. Jacki has made Rutland Regional Medical Center a healthier place to be.”

H. Peter Diercksen, MDH. Peter Diercksen, MD, Family Medicine Specialist, came to Community Health Castleton in 1982. He received his Bachelor of Science with honors in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York and Medical Degree at State University of New York, Syracuse. He did a residency in Family Medicine at Conemaugh Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and is board certified with the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Diercksen is a member of the Castleton Lion’s Club, Community Health’s Diabetes Advisory Committee and played an integral role in the partnership between Castleton University and Community Health.

Those who nominated Dr. Diercksen, said that “throughout his 30 years as a physician he has exemplified total compassion and selflessness. He strives to continually deliver personalized, quality medical care to his patients, still doing home visits on his days off. He has followed the care of many of his patients over several generations. To Dr. Diercksen, medicine is a true calling. He treats everyone from patients, family, staff and peers with genuine respect and equality.”

Michael Dashnaw, PA-CMichael Dashnaw, PA-C became part of Community Health Mettowee in 1995. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Gannon University and Master’s in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska. He completed his Doctorate in Public Health from Nova Southern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Michael is board certified through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Many praised Michael for his “strong relationships with patients, impeccable character, and jovial personality. He has successfully mentored many PA’s during his tenure, and always demonstrates great leadership skills.

Philip Lapp, MD, Medical Staff President, Rutland Regional Medical Center had this to say, “On behalf of the entire Rutland Regional medical staff, I want to congratulate these four award recipients. I have had the opportunity to work with each of them over the past several years and I cannot imagine a more deserving group of professionals. They consistently demonstrate the highest levels of compassion, caring, clinical judgment and collegiality and serve as positive role models for us all.

Private events to honor Dr. Redden and Jacki Becker will take place on July 13 and July 16 for Dr. Diercksen and Michael Dashnaw.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and 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 and beyond.


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