BVHC shakes up leadership team

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ARLINGTON — Grace Gilbert-Davis, who oversaw the Battenkill Valley Health Center as its chief executive officer since it opened four years ago, has stepped down.

In an email to staff and colleagues, Gilbert-Davis said, "I believe it is a time for change for me personally and professionally. I wish the board, and especially the team of BVHC, all my best as you grow this small but mighty health center in the years to come."

"It was a mutual decision," said BVHC Board Chairman Dr. Brian Cunningham in a statement. "The Board would like to thank Grace for her years of dedicated service which involved many significant accomplishments. Grace's expertise, experience and vast network of FQHC colleagues was instrumental in securing capital grant funding and service expansion grants, like our renovation project and dental clinic which opened this past May."

Cunningham said that one of the board's recent focuses has been on leadership reorganization. "The Board's recent focus has been on the leadership reorganization. "One of the ways BVHC is adjusting to a new environment is by adopting organizational and leadership structures that support patient needs," he said.

Two current employees have stepped up to lead the administrative and medical teams following Gilbert-Davis' departure. Dr. Anje Van Berckelaer, former chief medical officer now leads the medical team as clinical director, and Kayla Davis, former community relations and development director is now the interim project director will lead the clinical and administrative teams.

Van Berckelaer joined BVHC as chief medical officer in March of 2017. She received her early education at Universit Paul Val ry in Montpellier, France, and then received a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Yale University. She earned her doctorate of medicine from Harvard Medical School in 2004 and completed her residency in family medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She later received her master's degree in health policy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. She previously worked in Philadelphia in two federally qualified health centers, most recently as senior director of informatics and quality at Delaware Valley Community Health.

Kayla Davis was raised in Arlington, Vermont, where she attended both primary and high school. She earned her baccalaureate of social work with a second major in sociology from Castleton State College in 2006 and her masters of science in social work from Columbia University in 2007. Davis began working for BVHC in April of 2014 and transitioned into the role of executive and operations administrator, where she, according to a release from BVHC, "helped develop the administrative infrastructure of BVHC as part of the management team. In that role, Ms. Davis managed human resources, facilities, credentialing, and board management, along with other responsibilities."

"Dr. Van Berckelaer and Ms. Davis are committed to building a strong and sustainable future for BVHC and have the skills and support they need to do so. BVHC is dedicated to providing compassionate and comprehensive healthcare to all," said Cummington.

The center opened in February 2014, and is a federally qualified health center whose mission is to "provide accessible, quality health care to those who need it, especially the underserved and under-insured." The center provides primary and preventive medical care, general dentistry, mental health, substance abuse counseling, nurse case management, and nutritional counseling services. In 2017, according to the center's website, www.BattenkillValleyHealthCenter.org, the Center saw 2,305 people who generated over 6,500 visits.

Derek Carson can be reached at dcarson@benningtonbanner.com, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.

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