Elizabethtown Community Hospital President Announces Plans for Retirement

Elizabethtown, NY - John Remillard, president of the University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital, will retire next spring after five years with the organization and over three decades in health care leadership.

In February 2016, Remillard joined Elizabethtown Community Hospital and the UVM Health Network. As president of Elizabethtown Community Hospital, he led the transformation of the former Moses Ludington Hospital into a medical campus and model for sustainable rural health care. Today, the Ticonderoga campus includes a completely redesigned 24-hour emergency department and brand new primary care center, as well as imaging, physical therapy, and outpatient specialty services.

During his tenure, Remillard has been committed to building on Elizabethtown Community Hospital’s reputation for exceptional care, and helped recruit physicians to expand the emergency department care team at both campuses. He also helped grow the hospital’s network of primary care clinics throughout Essex County by adding a new practice in Crown Point and new facility in Wilmington.

Before joining Elizabethtown Community Hospital, Remillard served as president of A.O. Fox Hospital in Oneonta, New York for 27 years. He retired from A.O. Fox Hospital in 2015.

“It has been a tremendous honor to be a part of the ECH team, especially as we have tackled the unprecedented challenges of caring for our community during a pandemic,” said Remillard. Until his departure, Remillard says he will continue to focus on safely providing care during COVID and on implementing Epic, an electronic health record used across the UVM Health Network.

John Brumsted, MD, CEO of the UVM Health Network said, “Thanks to John’s leadership over the past five years, high quality health care will be available for years to come in Essex County.” Remillard successfully led the merger of Elizabethtown Community Hospital and the former Moses Ludington Hospital; the expansion of primary care in the region; and more fully integrated the organization with the UVM Health Network. “Elizabethtown Community Hospital and all the UVM Health Network affiliates have come together like never before during the pandemic to serve the needs of our communities,” said Dr. Brumsted, “and it has become increasingly clear that, together, we are stronger and more resilient.”

“We are looking for a strong leader who will guide Elizabethtown Community Hospital through the ever-changing health care landscape and carry forward the momentum John Remillard has built up over the past five years,” said Dominic Eisinger, PhD, chair of the hospital’s board of directors. “The search committee’s goal is to have the next Elizabethtown Community Hospital president take the helm by June of next year.”

Steve Cacchio, chair of the search committee and ECH Board of Directors members, said a search for the next president of Elizabethtown Community Hospital is now underway. Al Gobeille, executive vice president for operations at UVM Health Network; Jerald Novak, chief people officer at UVM Health Network; and ECH board members Dominic Eisinger, Rolly Allen, Susan Allot, Megan Murphy, and David Shelmidine serve with Cacchio on the search committee.

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About Elizabethtown Community Hospital

The University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital is a designated The University of Vermont Health Network - Elizabethtown Community Hospital is a designated critical access hospital and the primary health care provider serving the 39,000 people who live, work and vacation in Essex County, NY and the surrounding region.

Elizabethtown Community Hospital is transforming rural health care at its main campus in Elizabethtown, NY, at a new emergency department and outpatient center in Ticonderoga, NY, and at six community-based primary health care centers located throughout the region. The hospital is one of the community’s largest employers with 350 employees.

Across the Elizabethtown and Ticonderoga campuses, the hospital maintains two 24-hour emergency rooms, a 25-bed inpatient unit, physical therapy, laboratory, and digital radiology departments, and a variety of specialty physician clinics on a weekly and monthly basis.

Elizabethtown Community Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is licensed and certified by the New York State Department of Health and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

About The University of Vermont Health Network
The University of Vermont Health Network is an academic health system that is comprised of six affiliate hospitals, a multi-specialty medical group, and a home health agency. We serve the residents of Vermont and northern New York with a shared mission: working together, we improve people’s lives. Our partners include:

Our 4,000 health care professionals are driven to provide high quality, cost-efficient care as close to home as possible. Strengthened by our academic connection to the University of Vermont, each of our hospitals remains committed to its local community by providing compassionate, personal care shaped by the latest medical advances and delivered by highly skilled experts.