Family Center thanks remodeling firm, volunteers; SMCS names new CEO; River Artisans opens

The Chester-Andover Family Center, 908 VT Route 103 S. in Chester, is extending a special thank you to Brown & Sons Remodeling of Bellows Falls for its installation of the center’s new siding at a discounted price. Center volunteers say they have received many compliments on the beautiful appearance of the building. The center would also like to thank the Kooky Cleaners, aka center volunteers Jane Davis, Sandy Walker, Nonie Spaulding, Carol Hake and Georgia Ethier, who clean the center on a regular basis and have fun doing it.

Springfield Medical Care Systems names new CEO

Springfield Medical Care Systems’ Board of Directors has named Timothy Ford president and chief executive officer of SMCS and Springfield Hospital effective Nov. 4.

Timothy Ford

Timothy Ford

Ford will oversee all clinical and fiscal operations of SMCS, including the community health center network and the critical access hospital.

Ford comes to SMCS from Blowing Rock, N.C., where he was CEO of Blowing Rock Hospital, and senior vice president of corporate services for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System Inc. in Boone, N.C., which includes Appalachian Regional Medical Associates, Blowing Rock Hospital, Watauga Medical Center,and Cannon Memorial Hospital.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I am pleased Tim is joining us to continue the great work SMCS has accomplished,” said Steve Birge, chairman of the board of SMCS.  “Tim’s combined experience, leadership skills, and broad understanding of the healthcare industry stood out among several excellent candidates,” continued Birge.  “I am confident our healthcare system and our community will benefit from his leadership as we navigate the changing healthcare environment.”

Ford has extensive experience in healthcare administration, strategic planning, regulation, clinical operations, physician relations, finance and facilities management. He has served as adjunct associate professor at Appalachian State University, Walker College of Business and the College of Health Sciences for over 20 years.

“I am looking forward to joining the SMCS team. The unique organizational structure, its progressive approach to health services, and its strong track record for quality of care and improved health outcomes offers a great opportunity to shape the future of healthcare,” said Ford.

Ford earned his Bachelor of Science degree in public administration from the University of Arizona, in Tucson. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he earned a master of science degree in public health.

He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and a professional member of the American Diabetes Association.

River Artisans Cooperative members cut the ribbon for its grand opening. Photo by Linda Carlsen Sperry

River Artisans Cooperative members cut the ribbon for its grand opening. Photo by Linda Carlsen Sperry

River Artisans Cooperative opens

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the members of the River Artisans Cooperative celebrated the grand opening of its recently relocated shop at 26B Main St. in Saxtons River. Artisans, friends and neighbors stopped in to enjoy food and drink while exploring the new store.

The old-fashioned storefront, located in the center of the village, displays the works of about 40 craftspeople, which include wooden ware, rugs, pottery, baskets and painted furniture. The stock is constantly changing and offers unique items for holiday gift giving. The cooperative is staffed entirely by members, which keeps prices at a competitive level.

The River Artisans welcomes new members and invites those interested to pick up an information packet. Shop hours are weekdays, noon to 5 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekends. For more information, visit 26B Main St., call 802-869-2099, or email

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