The Brattleboro Retreat Board of Trustees has announced that outgoing President and CEO, Dr Robert E. Simpson, Jr, will be presented with the hospital’s 2015 Anna Marsh Award this fall. Named for the founder of the Brattleboro Retreat, the Anna Marsh Award is an annual recognition that was established in 2009 to honor individuals for their advocacy on behalf of people with mental illness and addiction.
Past honorees include Representative Bill Lippert, Governor Peter Shumlin, former Retreat Board members Larry Cassidy and Julie Peterson, the late Senator Robert Gannett, and film and television actor Ken Howard.
“I can’t think of a more deserving recipient for the Anna Marsh Award than Dr. Simpson,” said Elizabeth Catlin, chair of the Brattleboro Retreat Board of Trustees. “The focus of his entire professional life has been on expanding and improving services for people suffering from mental illness and addiction. His extraordinary skills as a hospital leader, combined with his background as a mental health clinician and his drive to include psychiatric and addictive illnesses in healthcare policy debates, make Dr. Simpson a truly remarkable advocate.”
Dr. Simpson will be presented with the award at the Anna Marsh Award Gala to be held on Saturday, October 24th, at the Hilltop Montessori School’s Arts Barn in Brattleboro.
Invitations and ticketing information are forthcoming. People interested in attending the gala can request an invitation online at www.brattlebororetreat.org/gala.
Dr. Simpson recently announced his plans to step down as the Brattleboro Retreat’s President and CEO at the end of 2015 in order to pursue other professional opportunities. The Retreat has engaged the firm Phillips DiPisa & Associates to facilitate a national search for a new chief executive that the hospital plans to have on board by January 1, 2016.
Source: BRATTLEBORO, VT (June 17, 2015)—The Brattleboro Retreat. Founded in 1834, the Retreat is a not-for-profit, regional specialty psychiatric hospital and addictions treatment center, providing a full range of diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitation services for individuals of all ages and their families. Recognized as a national leader in the treatment mental illness and addiction, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment.