Al Gobeille has been named Executive Vice President for Operations (EVP) at the University of Vermont Health Network following a national search. He will begin his new role on September 1. This is a newly-created role designed to lead integration efforts to improve efficiencies and quality of care provided by its eight affiliated organizations.
As EVP, a position common in integrated health care systems, Mr. Gobeille will identify opportunities and develop innovations to achieve major advancements in the integration of operations across the six hospitals, medical group and home health and hospice agency in the Network.
Network-wide collaboration has resulted in clinical improvements for patients including expanded use of telehealth and access to specialists, along with a Regional Transport System that is improving outcomes and saving lives. Financial improvements have been achieved as well, including more than $100 million in savings due to group purchasing and restructuring of debt.
“We are an aging and rural region and need to find innovative solutions that ensure our long-term ability to meet the needs of our communities,” said John Brumsted, MD, president and CEO of the University of Vermont Health Network. “Al has an uncanny ability to quickly understand and master some of the most complex health care challenges we face. He is also someone who listens, learns and then brings people together toward a shared goal. I am excited to have Al join our talented team and build on what we have accomplished so far.”
Mr. Gobeille most recently served as Secretary of Human Services under Governor Phil Scott. In this role, he managed a workforce of over 3,600 state employees and transformed the agency’s $2.6 billion dollar budget to improve programs and reduce spending growth by over $100 million dollars annually. As Chair of the Green Mountain Care Board, Gobeille played a leading role in negotiating Vermont’s first-of-its-kind All-Payer ACO Waiver with the federal government. He is also an entrepreneur with a family-owned hospitality company based in Burlington.
“Hospitals and health care providers across the region are laser-focused on how best to serve their communities, and the UVM Health Network in particular is doing some of the most innovative and creative work in the country to ensure access to care and remain viable into the
future. I am honored to join the team and eager to do my part to ensure all the people in our region have the care they need as close to home as possible,” said Gobeille.
Mr. Gobeille is charged with working across all UVM Health Network Affiliate organizations in Vermont and Northern New York.
“I look forward to working with Al in supporting our teams as they continue to provide exceptional patient care to the communities we serve. His experience in both the public and private sectors, I’m sure, will be a real asset to our organization as we develop an integrated health care system for Northern New York and Vermont,” said Alice Hyde Medical Center and CVPH President Michelle LeBeau.
Mr. Gobeille served as an officer in the United States Army. He lives in Shelburne, Vermont with his wife, Kim and they have three grown children.
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.