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Vermont Business Conditions Survey results show neutral outlook

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:39pm -- tim

While the latest statewide survey of Vermont CEOs shows continued optimism in the state's economic future, that optimism has waned. Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced today the 1st Quarter results of their joint initiative, the VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey. The survey, which is conducted quarterly, provides both a look back at the previous quarter and a predictive index going forward.

Republican Governors Association will pay $40,000 penalty for Vermont campaign finance law violations

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 1:17pm -- tim

The Republican Governors Association will pay a penalty of $40,000 for campaign finance law violations during the 2010 gubernatorial campaign and file corrected campaign finance reports listing contributions it received and expenditures it made in connection with the 2010 gubernatorial election, according to a settlement announced today by Attorney General Bill Sorrell.

Study: Vermont’s very small school districts experience higher costs, lower academic opportunities

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 11:27am -- tim

Bruce D Baker, Professor in the Department of Educational Theory Policy and Administration in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Wendy I Geller, Data Administration Director at the Vermont Agency of Education, jointly published a research brief exploring efficiency and equity in Vermont public schools, the Agency announced today. in part, the brief states that, "Very small Vermont school districts face both elevated costs & elevated tax rates."

Vermont manufacturing jobs declined 1.3 percent in 2014

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 10:48am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont manufacturing employment declined slightly in 2014, according to Illinois-based Manufacturers’ News, Inc. According to data collected by MNI, Vermont lost 605 industrial jobs, or 1.3 percent, from December 2013 to December 2014, in contrast to the 1.7 percent national average gain reported by the Labor Department for the same time period. Manufacturers’ News reports Vermont is now home to 1,363 manufacturers employing 43,777 workers.

BioTek nominated for Department of Defense’s top employer award

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 9:27am -- tim

BioTek Instruments been nominated for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award (commonly referred to as the "Freedom Award") by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given by the DoD to employers for their support of National Guard and Reserve members.

On behalf of the Secretary of Defense, ESGR runs the annual award program, which has presented the honor to 205 employers since 1996.

Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth redesignated as NCI 'Comprehensive Cancer Center'

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 8:04am -- tim

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has renewed its Cancer Center Support Grant to Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) at Dartmouth, continuing NCCC's designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center. "Comprehensive Cancer Center" is the top designation given by NCI for the highest quality patient care, cancer research, cancer prevention, and education of oncologists and researchers. NCCC is one of only 41 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States and is the only such center in New Hampshire or Vermont.

Mt Ascutney Hospital celebrates Doctors’ Day by giving to the community

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:38am -- tim

March 30, 2015 marked the annual observance of National Doctors’ Day, a day to recognize the contributions, dedication, and care of physicians around the country. This year, Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) celebrated Doctors’ Day in their own way — by making a donation to the Windsor food shelf in honor of their physicians.

Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing gets its fifth star

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 6:08am -- tim

Woodridge has consistently been rated at four stars by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in their Five Star Nursing Home Quality Rating System. In November 2014 Woodridge was raised to five stars, according to Ursula Margazano, Administrator for Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently made three significant improvements to the Five Star Nursing Home Quality Rating System:

*Incorporated the two nursing home quality measures for antipsychotic use into the Quality Measure Rating.

BCBSVT CEO Don George recognized for health and wellness leadership

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:58am -- tim

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont President and CEO Don George has been recognized for his leadership in developing a culture of health and wellness at BCBSVT and, by example, for other workplaces in Vermont. George received the Business Leadership Award from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports at the annual Worksite Wellness Conference in Burlington on Wednesday, March 25.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Board of Trustees names three new Members

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 5:43am -- tim

Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Board of Trustees elected three new members at the Board’s spring meeting on March 20, 2015. Troyen A (“Troy”) Brennan, MD, MPH; M. Brooke Herndon, MD, MS; and Charles G (“Charlie”) Plimpton were unanimously elected to the 20-member volunteer board, joining colleagues from around the nation as well as from the Upper Valley in the leadership of New Hampshire’s largest health system.

Brattleboro Retreat receives Worksite Wellness Award

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 4:06am -- tim

The Brattleboro Retreat received a Governor’s Excellence in Worksite Wellness award at the 2015 Worksite Wellness conference held on Wednesday, March 25, at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center in Burlington. The award, which is presented by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, was given in recognition of the Retreat’s efforts to promote employee health and wellness.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock launches Conaty Institute for Health Care Leadership

Tue, 03/31/2015 - 3:55am -- tim

With an initial gift from Board of Trustees member Bill Conaty and his wife, Sue, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health care system proudly announces the formation of a new institute dedicated to developing health care leaders who can help create the future model of care - a sustainable health system. The Conaty Institute for Transformational Health Care Leadership will deliver programs aimed at current and future executive leaders to learn about the constantly evolving state of health care delivery,  and how to inspire and manage teams with vision, inspiration, and emotional and social respect fo