No stranger to North Coun­try

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stranger to North Coun­try Hospi­tal or the world of medicine. One of three daugh­ters born to Dr. Peter and Louise Har­ris of Derby, her fa­ther has been a long­time in­ternist/pe­di­a­tri­cian at CMA. The fa­ther and daugh­ter are now co-work­ers. Dr. Batchelder’s mother is a teacher at Derby El­e­men­tary School.

In ad­di­tion to join­ing her fa­ther at the prac­tice, Dr. Batchelder joins Drs. Maria Fati­gati, Ay­din Lathari, Frank Provato, Christopher Rick­man, and Robert Trem­b­ley. Also mem­bers of the Com­mu­nity Med­i­cal team are physi­cian as­sis­tant Vi­vian Calo­brisi as well as nurse prac­ti­tion­ers Rory Carr and Betsy Hartman.

We are happy to have Dr. Batchelder join our prac­tice; she is a great ad­di­tion to our team.” Gina Amyot said. “We re­ceive daily re­quests from pa­tients wish­ing to have Dr. Batchelder as their pri­mary care physi­cian. She has been more than happy to ac­com­mo­date these re­quests, as we con­tinue to build her pa­tient panel.” Gina is the Ad­min­is­tra­tive Man­ager of the prac­tice.

A Derby na­tive, the doc­tor praised her par­ents for in­spir­ing her to do her best in what­ever she did. For a time, she con­tem­plated fol­low­ing her mother into teach­ing, but even­tu­ally de­cided to pur­sue medicine. While she in part cred­its her fa­ther’s love of be­ing a doc­tor for help­ing her de­cide to be­come one her­self, she said her per­sonal bat­tle with can­cer had a tremen­dous in­flu­ence on her decision. She was di­ag­nosed with non-hodgkin’s lym­phoma dur­ing her fresh­man year in col­lege.

“I de­cided to go into medicine be­cause I wanted to help peo­ple,” Dr. Batchelder said. “My ex­pe­ri­ence with can­cer taught me that there is lit­tle more pre­cious than one’s health and the health of loved ones. At a time when I felt scared and help­less, my doc­tors pro­vided com­fort, sup­port, knowl­edge, and treat­ment. Once my own health was re­stored, my goal was to pro­vide that com­pas­sion for oth­ers.”

Dr. Batchelder earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Bi­ol­ogy and an­other in French from Mid­dle­bury Col­lege. She then at­tended Mills Col­lege in Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia, where she stud­ied Pre-med, af­ter which she went on to earn her doc­tor­ate’s de­gree from the Univer­sity of Ver­mont Col­lege of Medicine. That was fol­lowed by a res­i­dency at Dart­mouth Hitch­cock Med­i­cal Cen­ter.

Then it was time for Dr. Batchelder and her hus­band, Ja­son Batchelder, who is a Ver­mont Fish & Game war­den and also a Derby na­tive, to be­gin con­sid­er­ing where they’d like to raise their baby son, Hale.

“From the on­set of train­ing, I have wanted to take care of Ver­mon­ters,” she said. “I in­ter­viewed around the state and saw many types of prac­tices. I ul­ti­mately chose Com­mu­nity Med­i­cal As­so­ciates be­cause I found it to be ahead of most other prac­tices in terms of its team ap­proach to caring for pa­tients. This prac­tice looks to the fu­ture and an­tic­i­pates the com­ing changes in health care. I feel in­cred­i­bly for­tu­nate to be a part of such an in­no­va­tive prac­tice. Ad­di­tion­ally, I hope that my fa­mil­iar­ity with the area will al­low me to serve my pa­tients with an un­der­stand­ing of the chal­lenges that they face. My fa­vorite part of be­ing a doc­tor is get­ting to know peo­ple and hear­ing their unique sto­ries. It is such a priv­i­lege to learn about the de­tails of pa­tients’ lives. The jour­ney of pre-req­ui­site classes, med­i­cal school, and res­i­dency is a long road, so I am thrilled to fi­nally be caring for pa­tients.”

Dr. Batchelder is cur­rently ac­cept­ing pa­tients. To sched­ule an ap­point­ment, call 334-3520.

Meet North Coun­try Hospi­tal’s New­est Phar­ma­cist Brent De­labruere

A team of phar­ma­cists and phar­macy tech­ni­cians work in North Coun­try Hospi­tal’s phar­macy dis­pens­ing med­i­ca­tions and work­ing with the hospi­tal’s med­i­cal staff to pro­vide out­stand­ing med­i­cal care for the pa­tients the hospi­tal serves. The new­est phar­ma­cist with this team is Brent De­labruere, Pharmd.

“It’s great to have Brent back in the North­east King­dom,” Sh­eryl Wash­burn said. “Hav­ing an­other clin­i­cal phar­ma­cist on staff brings our fo­cus on med­i­ca­tion safety to a whole new level. Brent is do­ing a ter­rific job in work­ing with the physi­cians, nurses, and other clin­i­cal staff on the in­pa­tient units.” Sh­eryl is the Vi­cePres­i­dent of Pa­tient Ser­vices.

Born at North Coun­try Hospi­tal on Fe­bru­ary 14, 1984, to Ray and Tina De­labruere, Brent grew up only yards away from the high school where he was a mem­ber of the hockey, soc­cer, and track teams. He leaves lit­tle doubt he loved grow­ing up in this ru­ral sec­tion of the world.

Some peo­ple know from an early age ex­actly what they want to do with their lives. Brent was not one of them. He con­sid­ered fol­low­ing in his fa­ther’s foot­steps and be­com­ing an elec­tri­cian. Although he said he knows he would have en­joyed the pro­fes­sion, his life’s jour­ney took a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion when his high school chem­istry teacher, Jean Maxwell, planted an idea in his head. Be­cause he was good in chem­istry, and there was such a need for phar­ma­cists, she sug­gested he con­sider purs­ing that ca­reer op­tion.

“I took her ad­vice,” Brent said. “I give Mrs. Maxwell a lot of credit for di­rect­ing me into phar­macy.”

He ap­plied and was ac­cepted to the Univer­sity of Con­necti­cut in Storrs, Con­necti­cut, where he first earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Stud­ies. He then went on to earn his doc­tor­ate’s de­gree (Pharmd) in phar­macy from the same univer­sity.

Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion he worked in a small, in­de­pen­dent re­tail phar­macy in Con­necti­cut. Dur­ing the same pe­riod he worked in an in­ner city health care clinic in Hart­ford, Con­necti­cut, which of­fered free and/or low cost health­care for an un­der­served pop­u­la­tion.

When some young peo­ple leave the North­east King­dom, they vow to never re­turn, at least to live. They want more ex­cite­ment than the King­dom can of­fer. Brent was not one of those peo­ple.

“I knew I’d even­tu­ally re­turn,” he said. “I have al­ways con­sid­ered this my home, even when my li­cense plates said I was a res­i­dent of an­other state.” How­ever, he said he never con­sid­ered he’d re­turn to the hospi­tal where he was born. Although he grew up a short walk from the hospi­tal, and oc­ca­sion­ally uti­lized its ser­vices, he said he had no idea all the hospi­tal of­fers for its pa­tients and em­ploy­ees. When he learned what it of­fered he knew it was where he wanted to work.

“I love it here,” Brent said. “Not only is it a great place to work, but I also get to use my clin­i­cal skills, and ev­ery­body knows ev­ery­body.” Mr. will be 90 years young on Fe­bru­ary 12th. If you would like to shower him with cards, please send them to :

29 Maple St. Stanstead, QC J0B 3E0

We love you,


With love,

– Passed away at the C.H.U.S. on Jan­uary 30th, 2012 at the age of 72. Beloved wife of Ti­mothy Craw­ford and lov­ing mother of Robert (Ginette), the late Diane (Bob), Jeanie (Bert), Terry (Lor­raine), Tammy (Richard), pre­cious grand­mother of Nancy, Steve, Vicki, Ash­ley, Mark, Na­then, Joshua, Johnathon. Jessie will also be sadly missed by her great-grand­chil­dren Rachel, Chloe, Kadence and Eli­jah, along with her brother, sis­ters, many nieces, neph­ews, other rel­a­tives and friends. There will be visi­ta­tion in the pres­ence of her ashes on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 1st, 2012 where friends may visit from 7 to 9 p.m. at the

Cass Fu­neral Home 545 Duf­ferin, Stanstead 819-876-5213/ The ser­vice will be held in the chapel on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 2, at 2 p.m. with Rev­erend Bar­bara Win­tle of­fi­ci­at­ing. As a trib­ute to her mem­ory, do­na­tions made to the Heart and Stroke Foun­da­tion, 2630 King St. West, Suite 100, Sher­brooke, Qc. J1J2H1 would be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by the fam­ily.

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