Marc Bouchard, MD

–At the Helm of NCH Med­i­cal Staff

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Nancy Gunn Spe­cial col­lab­o­ra­tion Newport, VT

No­body be­comes a doc­tor be­cause they are look­ing for an easy job to make quick money. But it takes some­one ex­tra spe­cial to work in the Emer­gency Depart­ment (ED) of a hospi­tal where sit­u­a­tions can change at a mo­ment’s no­tice.

One of our ED physi­cians at North Coun­try Hospi­tal, Marc Bouchard, is in the mid­dle of an ad­di­tional chal­lenge. He is the cur­rent pres­i­dent of the hospi­tal’s med­i­cal staff. He took over the po­si­tion Oc­to­ber 1st af­ter Dr. Peter Stu­art ful­filled his year­long com­mit­ment as pres­i­dent.

“I am flat­tered to have been cho­sen for the po­si­tion,” Dr. Bouchard said. “I en­joy work­ing with the med­i­cal staff and hospi­tal ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

He ex­plained a bit about the du­ties of his po­si­tion, one he jug­gles with his work in the ED.

“I am here to rep­re­sent the views and needs of the

med­i­cal staff and re­port on them to the board and CEO,” he said. “I also re­port on Med­i­cal Staff com­mit­tee ac­tiv­i­ties, such as the Qual­ity As­sur­ance and Cre­den­tial­ing com­mit­tees. This in­cludes work­ing as a day-to-day li­ai­son on med­i­cal mat­ters. My per­sonal goal, how­ever, is to try to make the hospi­tal a pleas­ant place to work for the med­i­cal staff and ev­ery­one else, along with pro­mot­ing safe and ef­fec­tive med­i­cal care for the pop­u­la­tion.”

A na­tive of Stanstead, Que­bec, Dr. Bouchard earned his doc­tor­ate’s de­gree from the Univer­sity of Mon­treal. He com­pleted his res­i­dency at the Univer­sity of Sher­brooke (Que­bec) in Fam­ily Medicine and Emer­gency Medicine. He is also the nephew of one of the re­gion’s most beloved physi­cians, Giles Bouchard of Stanstead. At one time Dr. Giles Bouchard cared for pa­tients on both sides of the bor­der, in­clud­ing at North Coun­try Hospi­tal.

Join­ing the North Coun­try Hospi­tal fam­ily in 1997, first as a pri­mary care physi­cian at Fam­ily Prac­tice (FPN), then join­ing the staff in the ED on a per diem ba­sis in 1998 and full-time in 2003, Dr. Marc Bouchard has earned the re­spect of pa­tients and peers alike. He is known for his gen­tle, kind pro­fes­sion­al­ism and his out­stand­ing di­ag­nos­tic skills.

He and his wife, Laura, are the par­ents of two chil- dren, nine year old An­drew, and seven-year-old Justin. Laura is a laser tech­ni­cian at North Coun­try Sur­gi­cal As­so­ciates.

North Coun­try’s pres­i­dent and CEO, Clau­dio Fort, praised Dr. Bouchard and said he likes work­ing with him in his med­i­cal staff pres­i­dent ca­pac­ity.

“Dr. Bouchard is a re­spected doc­tor and he is great to work with,” Clau­dio said. “He is un­pre­ten­tious, very kind, caring, and a com­pas­sion­ate physi­cian. He is also well re­spected for his clin­i­cal abil­ity and for his ap­proach to solv­ing prob­lems and other is­sues.”

You’re half­way through the year al­ready Dr. Bouchard!

Photo cour­tesy

Dr. Marc Bouchard, is pres­i­dent of the med­i­cal staff at North Coun­try Hospi­tal and leads med­i­cal staff ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, L to R, Dr. Robert Primeau, Dr. Rachel Di Santo, Dr. Bouchard, and Dr. Jen­nifer Ladd.

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