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Fort Resigns as President and CEO of RRMC
Rutland Regional Medical Center Board Chair , Mark Foley , Jr . announced today that president and CEO Claudio Fort has resigned his position and will leave the hospital at the end of December . Fort joined Rutland Regional in April 2018 and led the hospital and the Rutland community through the unprecedented response to the Covid-19 pandemic .
In an internal email to staff , Claudio Fort said , “ I have come to a personal decision that I need to make some definitive changes , which includes stepping down from my role as CEO to take some extended time off and focus on my health .”
Judi Fox , Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at Rutland Regional has been named the interim president and CEO . Fox has been employed at Rutland Regional for more than 32 years , serving the last six years as the CFO . In addition to her role at Rutland Regional , Fox is a member of the Board of Directors for Brattleboro Retreat and the United Way of Rutland County . She also represents Rutland County serving on the Finance Committee of OneCare Vermont . She is a member of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems and participates in several workgroups to support Vermont ’ s vision to transition to fixed payment systems . Fox also serves as an advisory member for the American Hospital Association . During the transition , Fox will lead collaborative efforts with physicians and the leadership team as they work to continue to improve the health of the local community through the delivery of high-value care . A search committee has been formed , and the board will engage a firm to recruit a permanent CEO .
Hallenbeck Joins SVMC Pownal Campus
SVMC , part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care ( SVHC ), is pleased to welcome Grace Hallenbeck , DNP , FNP , a family nurse practitioner , to the SVMC Pownal Campus , SVMC Cardiology , and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians . Hallenbeck will divide time between the Cardiology practice and the Pownal practice .
Hallenbeck completed her undergraduate studies at the University of New Hampshire and her graduate studies at Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Maryland . She has worked as a nurse in the SVMC Emergency Department since 2019 and previously in the Pediatric Emergency Department and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Ann and Robert H . Lurie Children ’ s Hospital in Chicago . Other clinical experiences include nursing in the Pediatric Emergency Department and in the Transplant Surgical Care Unit at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Tennessee .
SVMC Pownal Campus offers comprehensive medical care for the whole family . Its services include care for children and adults , obstetrics , health promotion and wellness programs , and on-site blood draw and x-ray services . The office is located at 7237 Route 7 in Pownal . The practice is not accepting new patients at this time .
SVMC Cardiology ’ s patient-centered approach to care helps patients maximize their quality of life . Services provided by the practice and its physicians include cardiac consultation and education ; tests including echocardiogram , transesophageal echocardiogram , stress testing , carotid ultrasound , and calcium scoring ; Holter and event monitoring ; and cardiac rehabilitation . The office is located in suite 211 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington .
14 Vermont News Guide December 5 , 2022