Montpelier, VT - The UVM Health Network is pleased to announce board member and Montpelier resident Mike Dellipriscoli has joined the American Hospital Association’s (AHA) Council for Small or Rural Hospitals.
“I am honored to serve on this council and share the important perspective of our region with colleagues across the country at this important time in health care,” said Dellipriscoli. “Our non-profit system of hospitals and providers are a model for the country with our efforts to preserve access to health care services our communities need while at the same time changing the way we deliver and pay for care to improve care and control costs.”
The American Hospital Association is a national organization that serves nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, and networks. The Council for Small or Rural Hospitals guides the AHA’s rural advocacy agenda of updating federal policies and regulations for 21st-century care delivery, and investing new resources in rural communities to protect access.
“We are appreciative of Mike’s leadership in this area and grateful for his national leadership,” said John Brumsted, MD, president and CEO of the UVM Health Network. “Vermont hospitals are not immune from the impacts of the national health care landscape as more and more for-profit companies merge to create massive, multi-billion dollar conglomerates. The UVM Health Network has chosen a path that preserves care and local leadership and we hope that through Mike’s participation on the council, this can be a possibility for more rural communities.”
Dellipriscoli retired from the National Life Group in Montpelier with over 35 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined CVMC’s board in 2012 and served as chair from 2015-2017. He also serves on the UVM Health Network board and is the chair of the UVM Health Network Audit Committee.
“As a board member for both CVMC and the UVM Health Network, Mike brings many years of experience in healthcare governance and policy decision-making to the role,” said Anna Tempesta Noonan, president and COO of Central Vermont Medical Center. “This is a critical time for small and rural hospitals as many struggle to weather the incredible disruption in health care across the country.”
According to the American Hospital Association, approximately 30 hospitals close each year and many more are eliminating important services such as obstetrics. UVM Health Network is collaborating to maintain access to care that is needed as close to home as possible.