James P. Reuschel – Burlington

James P. Reuschel died as he lived – with a smile on his face surrounded by family. He waged his 15-year battle against Parkinson’s disease with charisma, always steadfast and with a sparkle in his eye, and the love of his life, Bernadette, by his side. He died peacefully at home at sunrise on Friday morning, May 1, 2015. Jim was born on July 17, 1942, in Burlington, the son of the late Leona (Hammond) and Carl Reuschel. Jim is a graduate of Rice Memorial High School and the University of Vermont. He received a Kellogg Fellowship which allowed him to complete a master’s degree in health services management at UCLA. Following his graduation, Jim moved to Missouri where he worked for the FDIC. Shortly thereafter, he returned to Burlington and was hired by Dr. John Davis as the Administrator of the Surgical Associates’ Foundation. Dr. Henry Tufo, along with Dr. Davis, became Jim’s lifelong friends and mentors as they worked together in the formation of the University Health Center. Jim marked his way through operations to become a Senior Vice President. University Health Center grew from eight people to Vermont’s largest healthcare system employing thousands, including over 350 physicians. Jim was integral in the collaboration between University Health Center and the University of Vermont College of Medicine. From an early age, Jim had a vision of building a premier healthcare institution in Burlington. He was a key driver in the merger of University Health Center, Medical Center Hospital of VT and Fanny Allen in the formation of Fletcher Allen Healthcare, now the University of Vermont Medical Center. Throughout Jim’s 27 year career in healthcare, Jim became one of the most respected figures in American practice management and a major leader in the Medical Group Management Academy, serving as President. He was on the board of the American Association of Medical Colleges, The United Way of Vermont, King Street Youth Center, and he was one of the original founders and President of MCIC captive insurance, which now covers over 12,000 physicians nationally. Jim’s tremendous dedication and work ethic resulted in great contributions to healthcare in both Vermont and nationally. Jim was a man of integrity, honesty, commitment and humor, all carried with consummate modesty. He was an avid sports fan and athlete – whether ranked one of the top racquetball players in the nation, enjoying the Yankees or watching his grandchildren play sports. He was a great man, great teacher, and great friend. Mostly, he was a great dad, husband and grandfather. Jim had an unsurpassed love for adventure. You would find Jim in his spare time in the summer boating with family and friends. His years on Lake Champlain were indelible. Jim had an extraordinary group of friends which were a big part of his life. The roars of laughter had by all are the essence of Jim’s spirit. Among Jim’s survivors are his children Lori Choiniere and husband, Paul, of Shelburne, Curtis Reuschel of Shelburne, and Nicole Vincent and husband, Jason, of Shelburne. His eight surviving grandchildren lit-up his every day – Tyler, Ryan, Tanner and Oliver Choiniere, and Collin, Courtney, Zachary and Quinn Vincent. Jim’s family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Robert Hamil and Dr. Peter Gunther for their compassionate personal care and guidance. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Christ the King Church in Burlington, beginning at 12pm, with burial to follow in Resurrection Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to support Parkinson’s disease can be made to Robert W. Hamil, MD, Green & Gold Professorship in Parkinson’s Disease, UVM College of Medicine, 89 Beaumont Ave., Given Building S-160, Burlington, VT 05405.