Grace Cottage Welcomes New CMO
Dr. George Terwilliger recently joined Grace Cottage as chief medical officer (CMO), emergency department medical director and hospitalist director. He assumed these positions after the July 30 retirement of former CMO Dr. Christopher Schmidt and the decision of former Emergency Department director Dr. Kimona Alin to dedicate her time exclusively to her role as a hospital physician. As a member of the senior leadership team, Terwilliger oversees the medical care of all patients and the functions performed by medical staff. He may be called upon to help assess and diagnose needs and plans of actions for individuals and families. He is responsible for setting medical policies and guidelines, and for ensuring strict safety and quality programs and procedures. He serves as leader, mentor and team builder.
Formerly medical director of Chelsea Family Health Center and chief resident at UMass Family Practice, Terwilliger was an emergency department physician at Gifford (Randolph), Cheshire (N.H.), and Porter (Middlebury) Medical Centers, prior to becoming Brattleboro Memorial Hospital’s emergency department site director in 2013. A lifelong Vermonter, he is a graduate of UVM with a BA in Biology and the UVM College of Medicine. He did his postgraduate training at the University of Massachusetts. “I came to Grace Cottage because of the people who work here – they all put the patient first,” said Terwilliger. “I’ve long been aware of the great care given here … Everything I’ve seen since I started has validated that perception.”