No stranger to North Country
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,
– 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/www.casshomes.ca 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.