Paul Harrington announces retirement from VMS

Vermont Medical Society Executive Vice President Paul Harrington has announced his retirement from the state’s largest statewide physician organization, effective at the end of this year. 

“It has been an extraordinary honor and privilege to have served the Society and its dedicated members for 15 years,” said Harrington.  “I will always be grateful for the counsel and support Vermont’s doctors have provided in helping me and my colleagues carry out our work on behalf of the state’s physicians and the people they care for.” 

Harrington has led VMS since 2002, guiding the organization’s public policy efforts during the administrations of four governors and three presidents.  Advocating on behalf of physicians and their patients, Harrington used his vast knowledge of the health care system to influence a number of major health care reform efforts, including the creation of Catamount Health Plan, Blueprint for Health, Vermont Health Connect, and Green Mountain Care Board, as well as Vermont’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

“There hasn’t been an important health care issue in Vermont in the last 20-plus years that hasn’t benefitted from Paul’s extraordinary expertise and insight,” said Wendy Davis, M.D., VMS president and former Vermont commissioner of health.  “The practice of medicine – and indeed the health of all Vermonters – is better because of Paul’s contributions.  We thank him for his service and wish him the happy and fulfilling retirement that he so richly deserves.”  

Prior to joining the Society, Harrington served Sen. Jim Jeffords in Washington, D.C., as the majority health policy director of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.  His previous positions include serving as the deputy commissioner of the Vermont Department of Labor and Industry, as a board member of the Vermont Health Care Authority and three terms as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, serving two of the terms as chair of the Commerce Committee.  Additionally, Harrington has served as a board member and former chair of Vermont Information Technology Leadership (VITL), an executive committee member of the Vermont Blueprint for Health and a director of the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care.  

“Paul Harrington is a man of incredible knowledge, high integrity and unparalleled work ethic,’ said Vermont Agency of Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille.  “When Paul spoke, you knew he had done his homework and that you could trust his analysis.  I will miss him.”

The Society has retained the services of Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP of South Burlington to conduct a nationwide search for Harrington’s replacement. 

“Paul has set a high standard for this position,” said Frank Sadowski, the Gallagher, Flynn & Company partner who will be leading the search.  “We look forward to helping the Society find a worthy successor.” 

View the job description and additional information about the search here.  For more information on the search or to express interest in the position, please contact Sadowski at fsadowski@gfc.com or (802) 651-7216.  

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