For the awards, SVHC sought nominations from the public, the physician community, health system employees, and SVHC's board of trustees. SVHC will present the awards at the Third Annual Harvest Ball, sponsored by the SVHC Foundation, on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the 1768 Hubbell Homestead at Colgate Park. All proceeds benefit Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). For tickets or more information, call (802) 447-5017.
"Dr. Ghosh and Mr. Pembroke are truly deserving of these honors," said Thomas Dee, the health system's president and CEO.
"Both men chose to dedicate their lives to others and their generosity has positively reached out to many people. For this, we are truly grateful for their time and talents."
Manindra N. Ghosh
Dr. Ghosh has been a part of the SVHC health system for 40 years. He received multiple nominations for the award and is noted for his humility and selflessness. Said one nominator, "His patients leave feeling like a person, not a number Safety for his patients is a priority."
Dr. Ghosh also knows what it's like to be on the other side of the
"Having been on both sides of the health care system," wrote one nominator, "[Dr. Ghosh] knows how important it is to have the support a person needs to not just survive an illness, but to overcome it "
Born and raised in India, Dr. Ghosh received his medical degree at Calcutta Medical College and did medical training at the Tata Maine Hospital in Jamshedpur, India, before coming to the United States in 1968. Dr. Ghosh then studied at Bristol Hospital in Bristol, Ct., and completed a residency in pediatrics with a special interest in allergy medicine at Saint Vincent's Hospital in New York, N.Y., where he was chief resident.
Dr. Ghosh became a fellow in neonatal with work in allergy services at the Brooklyn Jewish Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. In 1972, he joined the SVHC community.
Dr. Ghosh originally joined SVMC as an emergency room physician, but the need and his talent quickly led him to begin a family medicine practice for the health care organization.
Since those beginnings, Dr. Ghosh has served the health system with his expertise in emergency medicine, family medicine, allergy medicine, medical needs for foreign travel, and occupational health.
Richard "Dick" Pembroke
A native Vermonter, Richard "Dick" Pembroke grew up on a farm in Montpelier, served in the Korean War, returned to New England and, even when transferred to New Hampshire by his company, never gave up his desire to live in and serve the state of Vermont.
When his Navy service was completed in 1955, he managed several stores for First National Grocery Stores, Inc., before finally making his way to a brand new store in Bennington in 1962. He began his own landscaping business in 1973 and, on any given day, you can still find him driving a Pembroke Landscaping truck or tractor.
"No matter where life took me," he said, "I always wanted to return to Vermont. Living here has given me so much, I've always wanted to give back in some way."
And give back, he surely has. Mr. Pembroke has coached little league and helped to build the Bennington little league park; he was a member of the Mt. Anthony Union High School Booster Club for seven years; joined the Lion's Club 55 years ago; was a member of the University of Vermont Extension board from 1980 to 1986; served as director of the Red Cross; and has been a member of the Knights of Columbus since 1963.
He served on the Bennington Zoning Board of Adjustment from 1975 to 1987, where he was in the role of chairman.
In 1986, Mr. Pembroke was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives, a role he would continue in for 14 years. He served as chairman of the House Transportation Committee for 12, championing the creation of the bypass in Bennington and many other projects designed to improve Bennington's infrastructure. From 2002 to 2011, Mr. Pembroke was a member of the SVHC board of trustees, serving on the Development and Marketing Committee.
While in the Navy in Pensacola, Fla., Mr. Pembroke met and married his wife of almost 57 years, Maryann, which he still touts as "the best thing I ever did." Together they have four children, Russell, Ronald, Sharon, and Richard, Jr., and nine grandchildren. Ronald now owns the family landscaping business, but Dick has yet to find the desire to retire.
"I've always thought of myself as a 'true Vermont farmer," he said recently. "I have no regrets. Vermont and its land and people have been very good to me. What I've done in my life has been a way for me to give back what I can."