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Published on April 07, 2022

Governor Phil Scott Delivers Keynote Address at Rutland Regional Annual Meeting

RUTLAND, VT – Governor Phil Scott praised the efforts of healthcare workers Wednesday during the keynote remarks for Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Annual Meeting. The governor, who addressed a crowd at the Paramount Theater, said that healthcare workers stepped up to care for patients and their communities throughout the two years of the pandemic.

More than any other area, healthcare across Vermont has been tested. And I can assure you, as someone who has been watching over the whole field, you rose to the challenge and met that test and served us well,” said Governor Scott. “You were also key to our success in vaccination where we consistently led the nation with the highest vaccination rates across the country.

None of this could have happened without your frontline staff,” he added. “They went above and beyond to help Vermonters keep healthy, all while facing workforce shortages, wearing pounds of protective gear, pulling double and triple shifts, comforting patients and families … and doing all of this while managing the same stress in their own lives as the people they serve.

The Wednesday meeting was the first time Rutland Regional has held an Annual Meeting in person since the pandemic took hold early in 2020. Roughly 100 members of the hospital corporation, called “corporators,” as well as the public turned out to hear from hospital leadership as well as the governor.

In addition to Gov. Scott's address, the corporators at the annual meeting also elected new members of the corporation and new members to the hospital's Board of Directors. They also heard from hospital leadership including President and CEO Claudio Fort, the president of the medical staff, Dr. Phil Lapp, and Joan Gamble, the chair of the Bowse Health Trust.

In his remarks, President and CEO, Claudio Fort recognized the staff and hospital leadership for meeting the needs of the community everyday but especially during the past two years of COVID.

Despite the fact that we are done with COVID, it remains to be seen if COVID is done with us,” remarked Claudio Fort. “We stand ready and willing to do our part. I remain inspired by the grit and selflessness of our employees. As we move forward from the crisis stage of the pandemic, they continue to show up to do what is needed to be done.

Mr. Fort concluded his remarks by introducing a video trailer of the “19 Stories” project which is a compilation of stories from Rutland Regional staff, physicians and nurses. The short video as well as longer, individual stories are available here>>>

Recognized at the meeting were Dr. Michael J. Kenosh and John W. Casella, both of whom retired from the Board after many years of service.

The meeting concluded with a special presentation in honor of longtime board member and outgoing Board Chair, Joe Kraus, whose tenure at the helm of the Rutland Regional Board of Directors coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic. Incoming Board Chair, Mark Foley, Jr., remarked on the impact Joe Kraus has had on the hospital.

During the past two years, Joe’s been instrumental in helping the Board and hospital respond to and recover from the pandemic,” Foley said. “His collaborative spirit, direct and thoughtful communication skills and the ability to bring teams to consensus have been critical components of his successful leadership.”

View the interactive annual report>>>

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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