SVMC Names Two Members to Board of Trustees


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17 March 2011
BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has named a long-time area physician and an accomplished attorney as the newest members of its board of trustees. Both Dr. Philip Martinez and David J. Meiselman, Esq., bring an exceptionally high level of professionalism and experience to the SVHC board.
Martinez is a well-known family medicine physician who practiced for more than 40 years in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. Meiselman is a founder and senior partner for the firm Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz in White Plains, N.Y. His areas of expertise include health law, risk management and medical liability.
Martinez is a past vice president and president of the staff at SVHC’s Putnam Memorial Hospital (now Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC)), past chief of Putnam’s medical staff and past president of Putnam’s family medicine department. Dr. Martinez is also a past board member of Mary McLellan Hospital (MMH), formerly in Cambridge, N.Y.
“Medicine at SVMC was very different forty years ago,” said Martinez. “We were a small group of doctors who met regularly for lunch to discuss patient needs. We chipped in whenever and however we could, to best treat our patients. I am very proud of what I helped to accomplish throughout my years on the hospital’s medical staff.”
And Martinez has much to be proud of. Besides his achievements mentioned above, he helped to establish SVMC’s comprehensive medical library and he actively promoted quality medical care in Hoosick Falls; aiding in the organization of the Hoosick Falls Rescue Squad and designing a medical clinic in town that was affiliated with MMH. He was also Chairman of Hoosick Falls’ Little League, acting as a catalyst for the growth of that program.
“I hope to contribute a long-term perspective to the SVHC board,” he stated. “People who know me know that I am not afraid to speak my mind when it comes to discussing how the hospital can offer the best medical care. This is where my family and I have lived for more than 50 years and I care about the people here deeply.”
Martinez and his wife, Gloria, a registered nurse, have six children, all active in various fields including medicine, teaching and banking. Martinez’s commitment to the local community seems to have made an impression on his children, as all but one are working and involved in the Hoosick Falls community.
Gloria actively ran Dr. Martinez’s practice for more than 40 years as the office manager and she continues to help their son, Dr. Marcus Martinez, who established a Hoosick Falls family medicine practice of his own. His brother, Jeffrey, works with him. Their daughter, Denise, is a teacher at Hoosick Falls Central School; daughter, Maureen, is the activities director at the Hoosick Falls Health Center; and son, Jamie, is president of the Hoosick Falls Federal Credit Union. Their daughter, Michele, teaches in Atlanta, Ga.
Meiselman served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam from 1968 to 1970 and founded his law firm in 1975. He is a member of the New York Bar Association, American Bar Association, New York State Trial Lawyers’ Association, the Westchester County Bar Association, and American Trial Lawyers’ Association.
His list of accomplishments is also impressive. He was selected by his peers to be included in Super Lawyers in New York State; Best Lawyers in America; and Top Trial Lawyers in America and he was a member of the Health Law Advisory Board at Pace University School of Law in White Plains, N.Y., from 1995 to 1999.
Meiselman acted as vice president and general counsel for the Sabine Institute at Georgetown Medical School in 1998 and is approved as a lecturer by the American Medical Association. He was chairman of the Westchester County Sports and Entertainment Commission from 2000 to 2002 and is a certified contract advisor for the National Football League. Locally, he is a committed member of the Dorset Field Club.
Meiselman was attracted to the board position at SVMC for several reasons.
“I’ve known Thomas Dee, SVMC’s CEO, for more than 30 years and have always been impressed with him,” he said. “He is conscientious and responsible, a man who knows how to run a hospital.”
The second reason is a bit more personal. “I was in Vermont and had a need to go to the emergency room,” stated Meiselman. “The treatment I received at SVMC was exceptional. Everyone made me feel so comfortable and the medical treatment I received was of the highest quality. I was really amazed and very pleased that a smaller, rural hospital could provide such high-level service.”
“When I was asked to be on SVHC’s board,” Meiselman continued, “I really felt that I could offer my experience to the organization. For me, the board appointment provides me with a way to usefully give back to the community I’ve enjoyed for so many years.”
Meiselman stated, “I know it is very hard to have a profitable hospital in this day and age. I am excited to join SVHC’s board because I believe in their core mission and values. I want to contribute to the commitment everyone involved with SVHC has to provide the best care possible to the communities they serve.”
Meiselman has been married to his wife, Myra, for 37 years and they have an adult daughter, Becky, who is in real estate. All of them enjoy spending time with the good friends they’ve met and kept in Vermont.
“It’s like an extended family for us,” said Meiselman. “We’re proud to now consider SVHC part of our family too.”
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is Vermont’s first Magnet Hospital for Nursing Excellence. SVMC is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, an integrated health system providing care for patients in Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes the VNA & Hospice of SVHC, the Centers for Living & Rehabilitation, and the SVMC Northshire and Deerfield Valley Campuses. To learn more about SVHC, visit