Breaking the Ice Campaign Donates $9,000 for RRMC Mental Health Services

Vermont Business Magazine On Tuesday, June 7, members of the Castleton University men’s hockey team presented vendors, administrators and staff at Rutland Regional Medical Center with an oversized check representing proceeds from the first-ever Breaking the Ice on Mental Health to benefit behavioral health programs and services offered by Rutland Regional.

Over $9,000 was raised during the first event on February 4, 2022 at Spartan Arena. Castleton University men’s hockey coach Kyle Richards and team member Grady Birk, a Castleton University junior, presented the check to Claudio Fort, President and CEO of the Rutland Regional Medical Center, along with providers and staff from the Rutland Regional Behavioral Health Clinic.

“It was important for the team to give back to the community this year,” said Spartan head coach Kyle Richards. “The team recognized that mental health issues have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, so we are proud to partner with Rutland Regional Medical Center to raise awareness and support mental health services.

“We are grateful for the strong partnership and collaboration with Castleton University and appreciate the leadership of the men’s hockey team which focuses on the importance of mental health services in our community,” said Claudio Fort. “The team’s commitment to this important cause has been exceptional.

For more information about the Breaking the Ice on Mental Health event, please contact the Rutland Health Foundation at 802.747.3634. For more information about Rutland Regional Behavioral Health Services or to schedule an appointment, please call 802.747.1857.

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About Behavioral Health Services

Rutland Regional Behavioral Health Services provides comprehensive mental and behavioral health services, from individual and group therapy to inpatient intensive care. Treatments can include psychiatry, psychotherapy, group therapy, drug therapy, family therapy, support group meetings, relapse prevention and more. The expert team of behavioral therapists use the latest therapies to treat a variety of conditions, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, ADD and trauma caused by a brain injury. Behavioral Health Services is located at 1 Commons Street, Rutland, VT 802.747.1857.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center, founded in 1896, is the largest community hospital and the second largest health care facility in Vermont. Rutland Regional is supported by a medical staff of 271 physicians trained in 37 specialty areas and over 1,600 employees. With a strong patient-centric focus, consistent quality performance, Magnet® Recognizing award-winning nursing and care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.

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