BRATTLEBORO, VT (April 7, 2011) ‘ www.brattlebororetreat.org(link is external) Dr Robert E Simpson, president and chief executive officer of The Brattleboro Retreat, has been chosen by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as the hospital leader in Vermont who did the most in 2010 to help broaden the base of community support for hospitals, to advocate on behalf of patients, and to deliver the hospital message to elected officials. ‘In just a few years, Rob has become a state and national leader on mental health issues,’ said M. Bea Grause, president and chief executive officer of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. ‘His commitment to providing compassionate, effective healing to adults and children has helped to both transform the Brattleboro Retreat and shape state and national policy in many arenas. We are lucky to have him here in Vermont.’ Simpson will be recognized on Tuesday, April 12th in Washington, D. C., at the AHA’s 6th annual ‘Breakfast of Grassroots Champions’ at the Washington Hilton Hotel. The breakfast will take place during the AHA’s annual meeting. ‘I am honored that advocacy for mental health and addiction services is being recognized, and I see this award as the reflection of our true team effort at the Brattleboro Retreat,’ said Simpson. ‘Everyday we are inspired by the courage of our patients. Our employees are committed to providing excellence in care while advocating for those who may need a voice. At a time when hospitals everywhere have to be more innovative and efficient due to decreasing reimbursements at all levels, our grassroots efforts have never been more important.’ Under Simpson’s leadership, the Brattleboro Retreat saw a 23 percent growth in admissions in 2010. As a result, the hospital has added beds and jobs. This growth surge was well ahead of similar hospitals in the country that grew by an average of three percent in 2010. ‘Dr. Simpson earned this special recognition through his dedication to the hospital mission, on both the local and national level, and we are looking forward to thanking him and sharing our deep appreciation for his work,’ said Rich Umbdenstock, president & chief executive officer of the AHA. Dr. Simpson says as a result of the increased patient demand and his hospital’s ability to manage growth, the Brattleboro Retreat is also adding more programs for different groups of patients ranging from returning soldiers and veterans to young adults who are in need of more treatment and services. In 2010 the Brattleboro Retreat provided care for approximately 5,250 adults, children and adolescents and experienced as many as 20’24 admissions per day during peak periods. Simpson has been serving the Retreat’s President and CEO since December 2006. For more information, go to www.brattlebororetreat.org(link is external) The Brattleboro Retreat, founded in 1834, 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. Nationally recognized for its premier treatment in behavioral healthcare, the Brattleboro Retreat offers a high quality, individualized, comprehensive continuum of care including inpatient, partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient treatment.