Recognition and Milestones

Molly Grismore, RN, Honored with NMC’s Community Service Award

In May 2023, the NMC Board of Directors recognized Molly Grismore, RN, posthumously as the recipient of NMC’s 2023 Community Service Award in recognition of her devoted service to the NMC and our patients.

The award was presented by Board President John Casavant who remembered Molly as a lifelong friend, and influential personality at NMC. Molly served as an Emergency Department nurse leader for over 40 years, and passed away this February.

Molly began her nursing career in 1966 at Kerbs Hospital where she started on the maternity floor. When she started in NMC’s Emergency Room, there were two nurses on duty during the day, two in the evening, and none at night, with no physicians staffing the room. Through her stewardship, the Emergency “Room” became a true Emergency Department. She led the establishment of a highly professional group of health care providers, recruiting full time physicians, nurses, ED Techs and Unit Secretaries. She advocated strongly for the ambulance bay to be built, and in 1996 it finally happened. She shepherded these changes with strength and confidence.

In 1995 she collaborated with the ED team to develop the “THINK” signs that are placed state-wide at sites where deaths associated with drinking and driving occurred.

Molly became certified as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) in 1996 and was in the first class offered in Vermont. She established one of the first SANE programs in Vermont hospitals and was instrumental in developing and maintaining services to sexual assault victims in the Emergency Department.

Molly had a strong partnership with the Northwest Unit for Special Investigations where she worked closely with law enforcement, DCF, victim advocates and prosecutors to ensure that all victims of sexual violence and child abuse were dealt with compassionately and fairly.

In 2011, she stepped down from her Nurse Manager role and continued to work in the ED as a triage nurse. She was a charter member of the VT Emergency Nurses Association and held the position of President for 5 years and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NMC in 2018.

The NMC Community Service Award was established by NMC’s Board in 2013 to recognize an individual or organization residing in Franklin or Grand Isle Counties who exhibits enthusiasm, integrity, and perseverance beyond the ordinary to help fellow citizens and the community through selfless giving to improve the overall health of the community. Nominations are taken from NMC’s Board, staff, medical staff, volunteers, and Incorporators. The NMC Board makes the selection from the nominations.

The NMC Community Service Award is presented each year at a meeting of the NMC Incorporators. Recipients are presented with a crystal maple leaf commemorative award and have their name added to a plaque which hangs in the NMC Conference Center. Prior recipients of the NMC Community Services Award include: Dr. Thomas Howrigan; Marcia Perry; Helene Biggie; Dr. Frank & Judy Zsoldos; Retired Rear Admiral Warren and Barbara Hamm; Emerson Lynn; Kathleen Keenan, RN, Pam Cross, RN, Janet McCarthy, RN and Leon Berthiaume.

Dr. Louis Dandurand Earns the 2022 Deogracias “Deo” P. Esguerra, MD Service Award

Dr. Louis Dandurand accepted the “Deo” P. Esguerra, MD Service Award from last year’s honoree, Dr. Laura Bellstrom as well as Chief Medical and Quality Officer, Dr. John Minadeo, and past Deo Award honoree, Dr. Robert Beattie.
Dr. Louis Dandurand, Emergency Department Medical Director, was honored with the Deogracias “Deo” P. Esguerra, MD Service Award at NMC’s Medical Staff Appreciation event held in November.

The award was created in 2011 to honor a provider with a “passion for excellence and dedication to the patients of our community.” Its namesake, Dr. Esguerra, was known as a caring, passionate and inspirational physician who loved both the science and art of medicine.

“I have been so fortunate to live and work in the community in which I grew up and love, to help neighbors, friends and community members in their times of highest need and develop trust and therapeutic relationship in a wide variety of emergency situations. More recently, rising to the challenges of an epidemic and supporting our community as a whole, have led my focus of care towards colleagues and our organization. I am deeply humbled and honored by the ‘Deo’ award and will use it as a catalyst to continue creating systems of medical care that are effective, safe, and provide ease of access to anyone in our community.” Dr Dandurand says.

Dr. Dandurand joins a list of “Deo Award” honors that that includes Dr. Fred Holmes, Dr. Frank Zsoldos, Dr. Mike Corrigan, Dr. Chip Chiappinelli, Dr. Robert Zelazo, Dr. Stephen Payne, Dr. Toby Sadkin, Dr. John Minadeo, Dr. Robert Beattie, Dr. Lowery Sullivan, and Dr. Laura Bellstrom.

This year’s Medical Staff Appreciation event was held in person at the Barn at Boyden Farm in Cambridge. During the meeting, new providers were recognized, and physicians and advance practice providers who achieved milestones in length of service were also honored.

Three additional physicians were recognized for their leadership during the presentation. Dr. Leonard Tremblay earned the Distinguished Achievement Award, Nicole Stone, CRNA earned the Clinical and Cultural Excellence Award, and Dr. Marc Kutler earned the Leadership Award.

Volunteer Recognition Dinner

NMC is incredibly appreciative of our Volunteers who support our hospital operations specifically in the Medical Office Building, Main Lobby, Surgical Services, Gift Shop, Courier, Café, Cobblestone Reception, Enosburg PT and Pet Therapy. Earlier this year, we were able to recognize with an in-person event and thank them for the special contribution they make to our community hospital.

Hospital Week BBQ

In May, NMC celebrated Hospital Week with fun activities that include a free staff BBQ. Our Restaurant and Catering team cooked amazing food and members of our Leadership Teams helped serve. It was a beautiful day to come together and celebrate one another.

Community Partners Classic Raises Nearly $30,000

This year’s Community Partners Classic golf tournament raised $29,197.79 for Northwestern Counseling & Support Services and Northwestern Medical Center. In its 15th year, the collaborative tournament was a great success with 29 teams enjoying a round of golf at the Champlain Country Club and 32 sponsors supporting the tourney.

“Many thanks to our supporting sponsors, AN Deringer, Peoples Trust Company and NFP as well as the many other sponsors who are such faithful supporters of the missions of our two healthcare organizations,” said tournament chair Joe Halko of NCSS. “The fact that people come out in support year after year shows the strength of our community.”

Funds raised from the event are split between the two organizations and help support the physical and mental health of the Franklin and Grand Isle communities. Next year’s tournament will be on Friday, June 21.

2023 Board Directors 

Jake Holzscheiter

Immediate Past President

John Casavant


Barb Toof

Vice President

Dawn Bugbee


Corey Parent


Erin Creley


Nick Hadden


Karyn Rocheleau


Meredith L Roberts, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD


Donny Khela, MD

Medical Staff President

Coleen Kohaut


Matthew Habedank


2023 NMC Medical Directors

Vacant, Medical Director, Orthopaedics 

Greg Brophey, MD, Medical Director, Physician Services 

Louis Dandurand, MD, Medical Director, Emergency 

Tracy Hagerty, MD, Medical Director, Cardiology 

Joshua Kallen, MD, Medical Director, Radiology 

Katie Montagne, MD, Medical Director, Anesthesia 

Colleen Moran, MD, Medical Director, Inpatient Pediatrics 

Sharon Stoll, MD, Medical Director, Urgent Care

Haitham Nsour, MD, Medical Director, Pulmonology 

Vacant, Medical Director, Hospitalist

Lowrey Sulivan, MD, Medical Director, OBGYN/FBC

Thomas Suppan, MD, Laboratory Services

2023 Medical Executive Committee

​​R. Donny Khela, MD, President of the Medical Staff

Anna Royer, MD, Vice President

Colleen Moran, MD, Secretary (Chief of Pediatric Service)

Lowrey Sullivan, MD, Immediate Past President

Aaron Brillhart, MD, Chief of Emergency Service

Heather Shenk MD, Chief of Inpatient Service

Kahren Aydinyan, DO, Chief of Surgical Service

Haitham Nsour, MD, Chief of Outpatient Medicine Service

Katherine Shattuck, PNP, Pediatric Service Representative

Audrey von Lepel, MD, Physician Member at Large

Lucas Carter, PA, APP Member at Large

2023 Employee Leadership Group

2023 Senior Leadership Team

Peter Wright, Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie Breault, Chief Financial Officer
John Minadeo, MD, Chief Medical Quality Officer
Jonathan Billings, Chief Operating Officer
Ryan Hamel, Chief People Officer
Dawn Kregel, Chief Nursing Executive
Wayne Hobbs, Chief Administration Officer

2023 Leadership List

Abbie Neville
Manager Informatics

Adam Thompson
Manager Facilities

Alisha Sawyer
MSO Supervisor-Corp Compl Officer

Amanda Wilson
Manager Case Management

Anna Gabaree
Director of FBC

Anneke Merritt
Dir of Quality-Risk-Regulatory

Bobbie Billado
Clinical Operations Supervisor

Bridget Thompson
Supervisor DI

Carrie Consentino
Manager Food Service

Chelsey Lawyer
Mgr Materials Management

Christina Beck
Supervisor Laboratory

Christopher Bouchard
Manager Environmental Services

Corey Rivers
Nurse Manager Med Surg

Courtney Leduc
Dir Clinical Operations

Danielle Boudro
Director of PCU

David Blin Director
Laboratory Services

Dawn Kregel
Chief Nursing Executive

Denise Smith
Director Population Health

Dennis Boucher
Dir Information System

Devin Bachelder
Budget Manager

Emily Allen
Nurse Manager ICU

Erica Coburn
Director Diagnostic Imaging

George Gattullo
Director Facilities-Support Svcs

Gregory Brophey
Executive Medical Director

Heather Cutting
RN Shift Administrator

Jacob Ashline Jr
Informatics Supervisor

Jaime Raymo
Supervisor Patient Access

Jennifer Howrigan

Jessica Aboelezz
Director Pharmacy

Jill Torrey
Dir Business Operations

JoAnn Manahan
Director Emergency Services

Joel Banazek
Manager Patient Access

John Minadeo
Chief Medical & Quality Officer

Jonathan Billings
Chief Operating Officer

Karen Staniels
Dir Business Operations Medical

Kate Merchant
Director Patient Care Services

Katelyn Essex
Supervisor Pt Financial Svc

Katharine Laddison
Director of Communications

Katherine Winchester
Manager Volunteer Services

Keith Ellery
Safety Emg Prep Manager

Kelly Campbell
Dir Professional-Organizations Develop

Kristin Barwin
RN Shift Administrator

Kristy Cushing
Director Rehab Services

Louis Dandurand
Medical Director Emergency Dept

Megan Smith
Manager Revenue Cycle

Megan Harvey
Supervisor Patient Access

Michael Johnson
Supervisor Environmental Svc

Michelle Schaap
RN Shift Administrator

Nicole Albarelli
Clinical Admin Supervisor

Nicole Johnson
Supervisor HIM

Peter Wright
Chief Executive Officer

Rachael Shepardson-Rudden
Nurse Manager

Ryan Hamel
Chief People Officer

Stephania Fregeau
RN Shift Administrator

Stephanie Breault
Chief Financial Officer

Stephanie Koldys
Manager Respiratory Therapy

Susan Couture
Director Surgical Services

Thomas Suppan
Medical Director Laboratory Services

Trevor Lachapelle
Manager Central Sterile

Wayne Hobbs
Chief Administrative Officer

2023 Employee Leadership Group

Kevin King
Registered Nurse

Kelly Connolly
OR Scheduling Assistant

Ruth Kane
340b Program Manager

Hunter Bean
Licensed Nursing Assistant

Jessica Frost
Coordinator Med Staff Recruitment

Emiley Ledoux
Medical Assistant

Jonathan Newhard

Adham Kelley
Maintenance Mechanic II

Dan Shedrick
Support Analyst II

Katheryn Guerino
Physical Therapist

Kayleigh Jacox
Registered Nurse

Kayla Demeritt
Radiologic Technologist I

Elizabeth Johnson
Certified Coding Specialist

Robyn LaRose
Coordinator Patient Access

Jessica Scanlon
Lead Laboratory Assistant

NMC Auxiliary Board Members

Maris Rock, President
Linda Rowden, Treasurer
Pat King, Recording Secretary
Bev LeClair, Secretary and Sunshine Cards/flowers
Bonnie Evans, Hospitality and Fundraising
Shirley Duso, Gift Gallery
Kate Laddison, Publicity
Katherine Winchester, Hospital Liaison

Board of Incorporators

The NMC Incorporators is a group of up to 128 local residents from throughout northwestern Vermont who serve as a formal connection between the hospital and the community we serve. The Incorporators meet twice a year with primary functions being electing the Board of Directors, approving the corporate bylaws, and acting as ambassadors and advocates.  

Janis Appel
Judy Ashley
Lorne Babb
Reginald Beliveau
Leon and Anne Berthiaume
Robert Bessette
Steven Broer, Psy,D
Gregory Brophey
Jacqueline Brosseau-Cyr
Lawrence Bruce
Dawn Bugbee
John Casavant
Jane Catton
Sandra Chagnon
Paul Clark
Donald Collins
Vaughn Comeau
Coleen Condon-Kohaut
Michael Corrigan
Erin Creley
Karl Cunningham
David and Erica Debellis
Dustin Degree
Christopher Dermody
Lynn Desautels
Richard Dickinson,
Grace Dickinson-Branon
Catherine Dimitruk
Hibbard Doe
David Ducham
Jeffrey Eaton
John Edwards
Nancy Fiske
Elaina Fontes
Bradley Gabree
Andrea Gagner
Steven Gagner
Thomas Gallagher
Elizabeth Gamache
Peter Garceau
Valdemar and Bridget Garibay
Clement Gervais
Uwe Goehlert M.D.
Nilda Gonnella-French
Leon Graves
Monica Greene
William Greenwood
Matthew Habedank
Nicholas Hadden
Joe Halko
Christina Hamel
John and Lisa Hango
Rett Heald
Hector Hill
Jacob Holzscheiter
Jacqui Hood
Bridget Howrigan Rivet
Paula Kane
Celeste Kane-Stebbins
Kathleen Keenan

Dana Kittell
Michelle Lawrence
Chelsey Lawyer
Jeffrey Levesque
Betsy Liley
Sally Lindberg
Danielle Lindley-Mitchell
Deborah Loughlin
Adam Luneau
David Mahoney
James Manahan
JoAnn Manahan
Kevin Manahan
Steve Marshall
Marshall & Marshall
Janet and Michael McCarthy
Michael R. McCarthy
Mike McCarthy
Ralph McNall
John Minadeo
Sheri Moore
Dr. Joseph and Judy Nasca
William O'Connor
Corey Parent
Pamela Parsons
Steve Payne
Peter Perley
Albert and Marcia Perry
Keith and Sylvia Ploof

Susie Posner Jones
Kristin Prior
William Roberts
Donna Roby
Karyn Rocheleau
Kevin and Karen Scheffler
Marietta Scholten
John Schreindorfer
Sherry Scott
Kristina Senna
Albert and Sally Severy
Heather Skilling,
Tami St. Marie
Stephen Stata
Molly Stata Comeau
Kathy Tabor
Patrick Talcott
Barb Toof
Thomas Traber
Paula Tremblay
Edward J. Tyler, III
Lynn Vallee
Howard Van Benthuysen
Daniel Vanslette
Albin Voegele
James Walsh
Penny Wright
Frank and Judy Zsoldos

Gifts from Our Community: Annual Donors


Trish Adams
Ronald Anstey
Brian Barratt
Jill Berry Bowen
Grace Billings
Jonathan & Marilyn Billings
Brian Bouchard
Patricia and Richard Bourbeau
Kiersten Bourgeois
Steve Bourgeois
Shaun Bowen
Adam Branon
Stephanie Breault
Gregory and Dale Brown
Kevin Brown, DMD
Susan Bruce
Scott Burleson
William Cain
John Chesarek
David Chevalier
Eric Ciemniewski
Peggy Coon
Julian Desnoyers
Eileen Dickinson
James Dickmann
Natalie B Dishaw
David Ducham
Desarae Gabree
Carolyn Gadouas
Peter Garceau
Valdemar and Bridget Garibay
Gary Gilmond
Wallace and Natalie Good, MD
Lena Gordon
Leon Graves
Tyler Greene
Alee Greeno
Nicholas Hadden
John and Lisa Hango
Peter Hofstetter
Jacqui Hood
Paula Johnson
Kristin Kindred
Patricia King
Shaun King
David Knightes
Dawn Kregel
Adam Kunin
Darla Lothian
Randi Lynch
JoAnn Manahan
Steve Marshall
Bonnie Mayhew
Janet and Michael McCarthy
Rene Meilleur
Mandy Michel
John Newton
Susan Palmer
Miller Pearsall, MD
Dean Pelkey
Albert and Marcia Perry
Dan Petherbridge
Randall Pratt
Maris Rock
Tammy Rudden
Dennis Sanders, MD
Chip Sawyer
Rachael Shepardson-Rudden
Shirley Smith
Becky Stebbins
Carol Streeter
Heather Streeter
Thomas Suppan, MD
Kathy Tabor
Edward J. Tyler, III
Alan Valenca
Leo West
Homer Wetherby
Caitlin White
Katherine Winchester
Peter Wright
H. Taylor Yates, MD
Robert Zelazo, MD
Frank and Judy Zsoldos, MD

Businesses & Organizations

A.N. Deringer
Allegiance Benefit Plan Management
Bellows Free Academy Student Activities
CBA Blue
Club Pilates
Coca-Cola Northeast
Collins Perley - Zumba Crew
Connor Contracting
Cross Consulting Engineers
Dickinson & Branon Dental Care
Dominion and Grimm
Haddad Subaru of St. Albans
Handy Toyota / Handy Chevrolet
Hannaford Bloomin' 4 Good Program
Heald Funeral Home
Jeff's Maine Seafood
Kinney Drugs Foundation
Kittell Branagan & Sargent
M&T Bank
Maple Capital Management
Missisquoi Valley School District
Northeast Delta Dental
Northwestern Medical Center Auxiliary
Nucar Vermont
Open Approach
Peoples Trust Company
Run for Jim Event
St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, Inc.
Sticks & Stuff
Tenth Crow Creative
The Bottomless Toy Chest
The Richards Group
The Tyler Place
Tula Wellness, LLC
Union Bank
Versatile Communications

In Memory Of

In Memory of Bill Considine
Sharon Corologos
In Memory of Doris Boardman
Sherry Scott
In Memory of Jean Fairchild
Eunice Fairchild
In Memory of Jeannette Elaine Hviid
Amy Biggie-Ward
In Recognition of Julie Rivers
Stephen Rivers
In Recognition of Lorraine Lanoue
Bridget Howrigan Rivet
In Memory of Michael Malboeuf
Rich & Tasha Dickinson
In Memory of Molly Grismore
David Ovitt
Edna Chagnon
Ione Reissing
Jay and Francine Perkins
Jennifer Gaudreau
Kathy Tabor
Kevin McGinn
Larry Bouchard
Lawrence Bruce
Mary Groff
Peter Hofstetter
Sandra Morin Robinson
In Memory of Mary Durfee
Daniel and Kathryn Berlin
John and Donna Manley
Judith Johnston
In Memory of Ralph O. St. Peter, Sr.
Bernard Couture
In Memory of Shirley Joyal
Ricky & Marie Burleson
Therese Begnoche
In Memory of Sonny Towle
Mark Wagner
In Memory of Wellington "Sonny" Towle
Grice Brook Garden Association
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