As a board member of the Brattleboro Retreat, I have had the opportunity to attend medical staff meetings several times a year.
What has always impressed me at these meetings is the dedication of the psychiatrists as physicians, their commitment to providing excellent clinical care for their patients, and their willingness to share ideas in the service of improving patient care.
Equally impressive is how much they appreciate working in a collegial, professional environment, where not only they, but the social workers, the nurses, and the mental health workers see patient care as a team effort.
At a recent joint board and medical staff meeting, board members asked the psychiatrists to share their experiences with the psychiatric care they deliver at the Retreat. While protecting individual patient confidentiality, they spoke so compassionately about the courage of their patients struggling with profound mental illness seeking a path back to health.