Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (NVRH) announces Michael Rousse, MD, MPH, as its new chief medical officer (CMO).

“As CMO, Dr. Rousse will continue to serve on our organization’s administrative team, work collaboratively with our providers, support initiatives important to the success of the hospital and improve collaboration between clinical teams,” NVRH CEO Shawn Tester said. “We are appreciative to Dr. Rousse for serving NVRH and our communities in this new role.”

Dr. Rousse has been the chief of hospital medicine for 12 years, and vice president of medical affairs at NVRH for the past two and a half years. Prior to that, he worked as a primary care physician at NVRH Corner Medical from 2004-2006 before transitioning to his hospitalist role in 2007. Prior to joining NVRH, Dr. Rousse practiced full spectrum family medicine in Worcester, Mass., for 15 years. He has spent much of his career advocating and advising in public health both as an advisor to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Vermont Vaccine Advisory Board. Born in Barre, Vt., Dr. Rousse trained at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed his residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester, Mass.

“This is a great opportunity for me to apply my career knowledge to medical operations here at NVRH. I find there are key medical decisions every day that can help make things run more smoothly,” Dr. Rousse said. “We now employ 80 providers over a broad spectrum of care settings. Coordinating all of this while maintaining high quality standards requires someone keep their ‘eye on the ball’ at all times.”

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital is located in St. Johnsbury in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We are a community, not-for-profit, acute care, critical access hospital. NVRH is one of two Vermont hospitals designated as a Baby FriendlyTM hospital by the United Nations. The organization provides primary and preventive care, surgical and specialty services, inpatient and outpatient care and 24-hour, physician-staffed emergency services. NVRH serves more than 30,000 people in the Caledonia and Southern Essex Counties in Vermont and employs 600.