BURLINGTON — Changes have been made to the Fletcher Allen Partners Board of Trustees, including reducing the number of members from 27 to 19 to improve operational effectiveness.
Fifteen board members have been elected from the boards of the four affiliated hospitals: CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, Elizabethtown Community Hospital in Elizabethtown, Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin Vt., and Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Upon expiration of their terms, replacements will be elected by the Partners Board and do not need to be trustees of any subsidiary board.
Two seats are for ex-officio members: the president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen Partners, Dr. John Brumsted; and the dean of the University of Vermont College of Medicine, Dr. Rick Morin.
Two seats are vacant and reserved for possible future affiliations.
Fletcher Allen Partners was founded in January 2012 to create an integrated health-care delivery system in Vermont and northern New York “that provides appropriate care as close to a patient’s home as possible,” according to a news release.
It has governing powers over its four member hospitals.
Partners’ governing powers include rights of approval over significant matters within each organization, such as the budget, strategic plans, major financial decisions and selection of the chief executive officer.
“We adjusted the membership size to enable the board to be more responsive and efficient when addressing issues at the system level,” Fletcher Allen Partners Board Chairman Tom Robbins said in a statement.
“In comparing Fletcher Allen Partners to similar organizations, a 19-member board is well suited to provide effective governance for a health-care system of this size.”
Other board officers include Donald Gilbert, vice chair, and Jane Preston, secretary.
Here are the 15 people elected to the Partners Board from the member hospitals, with terms that began Jan. 1:
Two-year terms: Bob Perkins, retired executive, New York State Electric & Gas; Marta Marble, president, Marble Consulting, a web-based content management systems and ecommerce company; John Powell, home designer/builder; and Gretchen Morse, retired executive director, United Way of Chittenden County.
Three-year terms: Paul Sands, retired general manager, WPTZ-TV; Greg Voorheis, retired, former senior grant manager, Vermont Department of Labor; Stephen Marsh, president, Community National Bank, Derby, Vt.; and Dr. Phillip Mead, retired OBGYN specialist.
Four-year terms: Dr. Soham Patel, retired neurosurgeon; Tom Robbins, vice president of finance, chief financial officer, Vermont State Colleges; Donald Gilbert, president, Vermont Gas; and Scottie Ginn, retired vice president, IBM Engineering.
Five-year terms: Jane Preston, director, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Mike Dellipriscoli, second vice president, Strategic Analysis, Financial Management Group, National Life Group; and Lawrence DeShaw, retired president, Peoples United Bank.
Also, Debra Whitson, an attorney with a private practice in Elizabethtown, was elected to the Elizabethtown Community Hospital Board of Trustees.