Vermont State Hospital Grand Opening In Berlin!

VSEA President Shelley Martin, Executive Director Steve Howard and Union Representative David Van Deusen were guests today at the grand opening ceremony of the new Vermont State Hospital in Berlin. Governor Shumlin, AHS Secretary Racine and other invited dignitaries provided remarks and then officially cut a ribbon outside the hospital’s main entrance.

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VSEA President Shelley Martin, Executive Director Steve Howard and Union Representative David Van Deusen were guests today at the grand opening ceremony of the new Vermont State Hospital in Berlin. Governor Shumlin, AHS Secretary Racine and other invited dignitaries provided remarks and then officially cut a ribbon outside the hospital’s main entrance.

Longtime VSEA member and VSH employee John O’Brien (pictured here in blue shirt at microphone) spoke on behalf of the new facility’s employees, telling the crowd that the employees are excited to finally be in the new, state-of-art building and that “Vermonters will be well served by the dedicated employees here.”

VSEA thanks each and every VSH employee for the courage and commitment you showed to your patients after Tropical Storm Irene devastated Vermont in 2011. You have labored for three years now—in sometimes less-than-ideal conditions—to keep Vermont’s critically important mental health system operating for some of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. Congratulations on finally being able to go to work in an environment that is safe and healthy for the patients and for you.

Following today’s ribbon-cutting ceremony, people were invited to tour the new facility, and President Martin broke off from the tour to talk with frontline workers. She’s pictured here with some of the employees who were helping to conduct tours today.