ARLINGTON >> Battenkill Valley Health Center, Inc. (BVHC) has announced that Brian Cunningham, MD will temporarily step out of retirement to see patients at BVHC beginning the first week of May. Dr. Cunningham practiced medicine in Bennington from 1978 to 2014, specializing in internal medicine, geriatric internal medicine and rheumatology. Since his retirement, Dr. Cunningham has been an instructor of internal medicine at Berkshire Medical Center in the Medical Residency Program. Dr. Cunningham has been an active board member at BVHC since the fall of 2014, investing his time and clinical expertise as the chair of the Clinical Practice Committee of the Board, which oversees BVHC's Quality Improvement and Assurance Program. Making the temporary move from board to staff, Dr. Cunningham's constant commitment to BVHC ensures that the mission to provide quality healthcare will continue.

In addition, Walter John Griffiths, MD, a well-known family practice physician from Bellows Falls, will be joining Kim Tulloch, ANP, providing care to patients beginning Monday, April 18, bridging the gap until Dr. Cunningham's arrival. Transition in medical staff was necessitated when BVHC terminated Dr. Leigh LoPresti's employment agreement, effective April 12.


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"Providing high quality healthcare to our patients continues to be the most important factor for the BVHC board of directors, management team and staff. BVHC is fortunate to have the support of members of the local medical community during this transitional period," Chief Executive Officer, Grace Gilbert-Davis stated. Adding, "As BVHC grows, recruiting efforts have continued and discussions are currently taking place with several strong candidates. Patients should know that their care and medical needs are always the central focus of BVHC's healthcare team; that will not change during this transition."

BVHC's office hours will be modified effective immediately, open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until further notice.