Brattleboro Memorial Hospital today announced that Kathleen McGraw, MD, FHM, has been hired to serve as Chief Medical Officer, taking the place of David Albright, MD, who officially retired from this position in mid-August. She will begin work on January 15, 2013.

Kathleen McGraw, MD, FHM
Kathleen McGraw, MD, FHM

McGraw comes from Baystate Franklin Medical Center, where she developed the Hospital Medicine program and served as its Medical Director. Under her leadership, the program became the provider of all internal medicine services for BFMC hospitalized patients. Her Critical Care Rounds program won the health system’s presidential safety award, and her team-based approach to stroke care earned both Gold Star and Gold Star Plus awards.

“Dr. McGraw’s experience as a hospitalist and her understanding of the patient population in this region will serve her well at BMH. She is a strong addition to our leadership team and we are very excited to welcome her to BMH and the community,” says BMH President and CEO, Steven R. Gordon.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, Massachusetts, McGraw completed both her Internship and Residency at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. She began her academic career studying geography, earning a bachelor of science from University of Minnesota. A master of science in Industrial Geography from University of Massachusetts, Amherst predated her enrollment in Premed courses at Westfield State College and Greenfield Community College.

In addition to her directorship at Baystate Franklin, McGraw had taken on several others staff leadership roles, including Chair of the Department of Medicine, Chair of the Credentials committee, and member of the Hospital Leadership’s Quality Council. In 2008, she was given the Medical Staff Leadership Award in acknowledgement of her efforts.