February 2011 :: People in Focus/Awards


Published Sunday Jan 30, 2011

Corrigan Tapped to Lead Retreat’s Human Resources Department

Jeffrey Corrigan

Jeffrey Corrigan

Brattleboro, VT – Jeffrey Corrigan has accepted the position of Vice President of Human Resources at the Brattleboro Retreat. Corrigan had filled the role on an interim basis since October while the Retreat conducted a national search to replace Kathleen Brooks who retired in September.
Corrigan has nearly 30 years of experience in leading human resources in healthcare settings. A Connecticut native, Corrigan and his wife currently reside in Maryland and are launching plans to relocate to southern Vermont in the coming year.
“We are delighted that Jeff has accepted the position as VP of our Human Resources Department,” said Robert E. Simpson, president and chief executive officer of the Retreat. “He comes to us with an exemplary knowledge of human resource processes, and has shown an excellent ability to relate to our employees in a compassionate and professional manner.”

Hospital has a New Urologist


Dr. Cengiz Esenler, is a new urologist at North Country Surgical Associates.

Newport, VT – It’s bad enough to be sick, but it’s worse to have to travel when you need medical care. No longer will most area people need to venture outside the region for their urological needs. North Country Surgical Associates is pleased to announce the arrival of Cengiz Esenler, MD.

Dr. Esenler joins three other surgeons at the Newport practice which is located on Medical Village Drive on the North Country Hospital campus. The other surgeons are Drs. Larry Sisson, Mark Meredith, and Randall Zuckerman. Dr. Esenler, who will be seeing patients in his Newport office on Wednesdays, is now accepting patients.
“The people here have been great to work with,” Dr. Esenler said. “They have been very accommodating.” He has also enjoyed meeting his new patients.

His colleagues at North Country Surgical Associates can’t say enough about their new doctor.
“We’re happy to have him here,” Linda Quarmby said. “Dr. Esenler is very easy to work with and he is filling a very important need in the area.” Linda is the practice manger.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery & Urology, the doctor brings with him a wealth of experience in healthcare to North Country. In addition to working here, he is on staff at Fletcher Allen Medical Center. He is also an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

Dr. Esenler earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec followed by a graduate degree in biology from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio.  That was followed by a residency in urology at McGill University.
Dr. Esenler, who was born in Chicago but grew up in Ohio, was literally born into the world of medicine. His father was a doctor of internal medicine and his mother was a pediatrician. “They were a big influence on me,” he said.  “I was never told or forced to become a physician, but because I lived with it I was drawn to it. It was a natural progression.” He became interested in urology in medical school.
 Urologists diagnose and treat disorders of the urinary system including issues relating to the bladder, kidneys, prostate, including urological cancers.  Dr. Esenler also performs vasectomies.

As with other health problems, Dr. Esenler emphasized that early diagnosis and treatment of urological disorders is important. And early detection of cancer can mean the difference between life and death.

Pediatrician Joins Gifford Medical Center


Dr. Pamela Udomprasert

RANDOLPH, VT – Pediatrician Dr. Pamela Udomprasert has joined Gifford Medical Center’s Randolph pediatric practice full-time.

Born in New York, Dr. Udomprasert grew up in New Jersey and also spent time in her parents’ native country of Thailand. Dr. Udomprasert went on to attend Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., studying music and then did some postgraduate study in biochemistery at Columbia University in New York City.

She was living in New York and working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a physician’s office assistant when she decided medicine was for her. “Observing physician/patient relationships and seeing how fulfilling that can be made me want to pursue medicine, that and the intellectual challenge,” Dr. Udomprasert said.

She went on to attend medical school at SUNY Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn and then a three-year residency at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford, Conn.

She’s since worked at Alliance Medical Group in Middlebury, Conn., as a pediatrician and at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center at St. Mary’s Hospital and at Waterbury Hospital, all in Waterbury, Conn., as an attending physician seeing hospitalized children and newborns.

She was also an advising physician to the Bolshoi Ballet Academy at the prestigious Westover School in Middlebury, Conn.

Dr. Udomprasert is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and also by the National Board of Medical Examiners. She’s a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Her clinical interests include providing lactation support in the primary care setting, treating asthma and allergies, and caring for children of all ages.

She comes to Vermont, and to Gifford, to practice medicine in a community setting.

“We were looking for a small town, rural atmosphere and a close knit community,” says Dr. Udomprasert, who has found that in Randolph and at Gifford, where she says “everyone is really warm and welcoming.”

Dr. Udomprasert, her husband, Chris Dueker, and their young children, ages 1 and 6, are now living in Randolph and plan to make it their permanent home. In her free time, an easy-going and friendly Dr. Udomprasert plays the piano, knits and spins yarn.