RANDOLPH, Vt.—Gifford Health Care President and CEO Dan Bennett is one of six new members recently appointed to the OneCare Vermont Board of Managers, which serves to provide oversight and strategic direction for the statewide accountable care organization (ACO).
The ACO’s mission is to “enhance the effectiveness of patient- and family-centered care for all Vermonters.” More than 172,000 Vermont residents receive care from a provider in the OneCare network. Gifford joined OneCare in January and participates in the Vermont All-Payer Model for Medicaid.
“I view my role on the OneCare Vermont Board of Managers as an opportunity to contribute to the goal to make Vermont the healthiest state in the nation,” said Bennett, a longtime proponent of primary care and preventive health services and community outreach.
“As the OneCare community of providers grows, it is important to include new voices and perspectives at the table to represent the full continuum of care from across the state,” said Dr. Stephen Leffler, chair of the OneCare Board of Managers.
Bennett has served as president and CEO of Gifford Health Care since September 2016. He previously worked for 11 years at Waldo County Healthcare in Belfast, Maine, where he served as director of community services for three years and chief operating officer for eight years. Prior to that, he was the executive director and chief financial officer at the Mid-Coast Mental Health Center in Rockland, Maine. Raised in Brandon, Vt., Bennett received a bachelor’s degree from St. Michael’s College and held staff-level accounting positions at Gifford Medical Center and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont before accepting a management-level position with Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in Windsor, Vt. He later received his Master of Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. He has held many board and volunteer positions with not-for-profit, trade, and service organizations in Maine and Vermont.
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Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph, Rochester, and White River Junction; and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and inpatient unit; many surgical services; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.