Newport, VT – The Search Committee, with the approval of the Board of Trustees, is happy to announce Claudio Fort as North Country Health System’s new President and CEO.Claudio grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire. His parents are both deceased but his in-laws and siblings live in southern New Hampshire. He and his wife, Brenda, have two children. Gabriela “Gabby,” is age 12 and in the sixth grade and their son, Camden, age 10, is in the fourth grade. Prior to having children, Brenda worked full-time as an insurance underwriter. She was a stay-at-home mom until their children began school. She now works part-time at a local insurance agency.Claudio attended the University of New Hampshire and graduated in 1988 with a double major in Economics and History. He earned an MBA from New Hampshire College in 1997.The summer before his senior year in college Claudio got a job at Bon Secours (now Holy Family Hospital) in Methuen, Massachusetts as a summer intern, which was his introduction to healthcare. The same summer his father passed away very suddenly of a heart attack and the outpouring of support he received from the Sisters and other staff at the hospital are what motivated him to pursue a career in healthcare administration. After he completed college, he accepted an industrial sales position for a defense subcontractor, but quickly knew that was not the direction he wanted his career to take. He applied for a marketing position with North Country Associates, a chain of nursing homes in Maine. Instead he was offered a nursing home administrator training position, filling in at a couple of their locations before receiving a permanent assignment as Administrator of a facility.After four years, Claudio was recruited by the Hillhaven Corporation as Administrator of their 83-bed skilled nursing facility in Maine. He enjoyed a very successful tenure with Hillhaven, but in 1996, the organization was sold.In 1997, Claudio was contacted by the CEO of the Main Veterans Homes, a five-facility system. After one year as administrator there, he was recruited as Vice President of Facility Operations as well as Nursing Home Administrator for Inland Hospital in Waterville, ME. In this role, he had responsibility for the 76-bed skilled nursing facility, as well as hospital responsibility for Facilities, Rehabilitation Services, Food and Nutritional Service, Housekeeping, Plant Operations, and Security. This gave Claudio the opportunity to move into acute care management, as well as providing him with Board and medical staff experience. In his role, he managed nine direct reports with responsibility for 140 employees, including seven physicians and three mid-level providers.In 2004 Claudio felt ready to move into a CEO role and was recruited to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland, Illinois, where he has enjoyed success for the last five years. Though they have enjoyed living in Illinois, Claudio and Brenda have missed their families and life in New England. The opportunity to become North Country’s CEO and also live in VT was the perfect combination for Claudio, both professionally and personally.Claudio enjoys being professionally active and feels it is important to contribute to the communities in which he has lived. He is currently a member of the American College of Health Care Executives and the president-elect of Region 4 of the Illinois Hospital Association. He is a member of the Highland Rotary Club and serves on the Board of Directors of the Highland Chamber of Commerce. Claudio is also on the Strategic Planning Committee of the local school district. He is looking forward to making Newport his home and becoming an active member of our community.In his leisure hours Claudio enjoys spending time with his family in a variety of recreational activities including camping, hiking, skiing, boating, traveling, and supporting his children in their various academic, cultural, and athletic events.The Forts plan to move over the holidays and Claudio will assume his role as CEO in early January.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“The ball is coming off my hand good, and I’m in a great rhythm,” he said. “I’m out there, you know, trying to play in the flow of the game, and try to find open spots where my teammates can find me and just not thinking – just shoot the ball.”Wait, is this the KCP who started out 0 for 11 for the season? Who was openly booed by the Staples Center crowd at home games as he flubbed layups and missed 3-point attempts? KCP’s reputation with Lakers fans was so bad, Dwight Howard – who was an absolute Los Angeles villain before this season started – had to stick up for him to get critics off his back.You couldn’t have designed a more fitting metaphor for Caldwell-Pope’s early season than a November play that had NBA observers in stitches: When he went for a putback, point-blank layup at the rim against the Warriors, KCP wedged the ball between the rim and the backboard. There was a cosmic air to his frustration. He wasn’t just struggling – he was cursed.But look now: KCP’s season-long 3-point average is at 43 percent, which puts him at No. 8 in the entire league among shooters who have taken at least 100 attempts beyond the arc. The Lakers put a premium on 3-point shooters this offseason, but arguably the most effective spacing wing is the one they brought back – and the one a lot of fans (and maybe some media members) counted out too quickly. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Talk about Redeem Team: KCP hasn’t just changed his reputation from before this season, when his name was followed by Lakers fans groaning about his salary. He’s changed it from how this season started, on a completely wrong foot. After starting the year cold, now Kenny’s range is roasting.While the endorsement of James’ passes on the fast break speak highly to the credibility KCP has re-established, teammates and coaches are willing to speak up as well. Frank Vogel joked that “his coach is drawing up really good plays for him,” but on a serious note added that he thought KCP has stood out in weathering those early issues.“It’s a credit to his mental toughness and character,” he said. “At times guys can go in a shell if they’re facing heavy criticism and he didn’t do that. He responded by remaining confident, being true to himself, believing in himself.”Remember: KCP’s rise has come during December, when the Lakers have played vastly tougher opponents. He had good shooting nights in Miami, Milwaukee and even on Christmas against the Clippers. He also had a larger role (which might have helped him find a rhythm) as the typical point guard defender when Avery Bradley was hurt.The Lakers were proud of going 9-5 in December, given the tougher competition, given the injuries and absences and given the distractions a team on the road can face.“I know we just have a resilience about ourselves.” KCP said. “We’re always in the fight, regardless of the outcome. I feel like just the toughness that we have, we’re here to fight, we’re with each other, and we have each other’s back.”KCP in the same sentence as “resilience” might feel like a bit of a shock to the system, but given the groove he’s been in, maybe Lakers fans should start getting used to it.IN THE ZONEIt’s time for opponents to get a taste of their own medicine. In a 108-95 dismantling of the NBA’s No. 1 offense, the Lakers used a weapon that’s been used against them a lot this year: the zone.It’s tripped them up at times, and it seemed to have the same effect on the Mavericks, who hit just 30 percent of their 3-point attempts against the Lakers. With 17 assists to 19 turnovers, they also struggled to swing the ball through it and around it with their usual efficiency. It might have had something to do with Luka Doncic coming off an ankle injury recently, it might have had to do with missing relatively open shots, it might have had something to do with playing on consecutive nights – or all three.Davis was a notable proponent of the zone, saying Dallas’ stars struggled to figure it out. In the NBA, the zone is generally considered a junk scheme because players are generally skilled enough to shoot over it or pass through it. But sometimes the rhythmic skip is enough to put even an elite offense off its game.Vogel said playing zone made him “nervous,” but he wanted to see how the Mavs took the curveball.Facing the No. 1 offensive team in the league (by a large margin), “sometimes you’ve got to junk the game a little bit, throw them just a different look,” he said. “Teams do it to us and usually we end up prevailing but it can just change the game up a little bit. I presented it to our team as an option, ‘How do you guys feel about it?’ And guys liked the idea and I think it was pretty effective tonight.”— Kyle GoonEditor’s note: Thanks for reading the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.Last links of the decadeDeposing Dallas – The Lakers impressively humbled Luka Doncic and company.Breaking the Blazers – A four-game losing streak ended in Portland after the Lakers got angry about how they’ve played.Minutes balancing act? – Kyle Kuzma and KCP have made a push for bigger roles.Athlete of the decade – No one in sports was bigger than LeBronSocial media goes rogue – Explaining the weirdness of an Internet conspiracy theory featuring Kyle Kuzma’s trainer.Fighting through adversity – Mirjam riffed on how the Lakers would show their mettle in the rough patch. Editor’s note: This is the Dec. 30 edition of the Purple & Bold Lakers newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your inbox, sign up here.In a 3-on-1 featuring three of the Lakers’ Klutch clients, who are you taking: LeBron James, Anthony Davis or Kentavious Caldwell-Pope?James was the leader on the break, and he made the surprise decision in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s win over the Blazers. He spotted Caldwell-Pope spacing out to the corner and tossed it over for an open 3-point look. Given the reputation he’s developed over the last few years, it was almost more of a surprise that KCP’s shot went in.But look who is the hottest shooter on the Lakers right now: As Mike Trudell pointed out Sunday night, he’s hit 11 of his last 15 attempts from long range in the last four games. It’s exactly the number of games he’s played since being moved back to the bench.