These are uncertain and troubling times. Here at the University of Vermont Health Network, we have seen the resulting anxiety reflected in the faces and words of the people we encounter every day. While we can’t change the world, we can welcome everyone who comes through our doors with respect, curiosity and understanding. We are committed to making that kind of care available to everyone.

The UVM Health Network Medical Group, made up of hundreds of health care professionals throughout Vermont and Northern New York, embraces an uncompromising approach to health care based on quality, science and each person’s essential humanity.

We aim to provide the best care available – and to continue to step up as leaders in our communities – in a way that reflects our core values of compassion, collaboration, altruism, inquisitiveness, respect and diversity. We work hard to tailor that care to the individual needs of each patient.

Across our network, we believe that health care is a human right, and that healthy, diverse and robust communities are characterized by universal access to health care.

We are reminded daily – whether by the joy of a new life or the anguish of one extinguished – of just how intertwined we health care providers are in the lives of the people we care for. To continually improve the care we provide and make sure that we sustain that excellence, we need feedback. We welcome your input, engagement and partnership as we continue building strong, healthy communities.

Thomas Peterson, MD, a family physician, and Claude Deschamps, MD, a thoracic surgeon, are, respectively, chair of the Board and the president/CEO of The University of Vermont Health Network Medical Group.

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