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Shumlin dips into negative approval numbers, VTD/Castleton poll shows

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:05am -- tim

by Tom Brown For the first time in Governor Peter Shumlin’s tenure, more Vermonters disapprove of his job performance than approve of it. A new VTDigger/Castleton Polling Institute survey shows that 47 percent of those surveyed disapprove of the job Shumlin, a Democrat, is doing as governor and 41 percent approve. The poll of 700 Vermonters was conducted February 9-24 (see methodology below).

UVM Health Network collaborates on ICU

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 4:33am -- tim

Two members of the University of Vermont Health Network, Central Vermont Medical Center and the University of Vermont Medical Center recently kicked off an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) Collaborative at UVM Health Network – CVMC. Phil Brown, DO, UVM Health Network –CVMC chief medical officer and Gilman Allen, MD, medical director, adult critical care at the University of Vermont Medical Center made the announcement in early February. 

University of Vermont Research on Innovative Treatment for Number-One Heart Rhythm Disorder Earns Patent, Industry Agreement

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:00am -- katie

University of Vermont (UVM) cardiologist and heart rhythm specialist Peter Spector, M.D., is on a mission to improve the cure rate for a form of the most common heart rhythm disorder – atrial fibrillation (AF) – and has already earned a patent as he works towards this goal.

Windham County hospitals launch community health needs assessment survey

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:07pm -- tim

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Brattleboro Retreat, and Grace Cottage Hospital are launching a new community health needs assessment (CHNA) to engage the communities they serve and learn more about the most pressing health care concerns and needs. Based on the data that the hospitals gather, each hospital will develop an implementation strategy to address prioritized health care needs. This CHNA is also an opportunity for hospitals to maintain compliance with federal regulations.

National Consumer Protection Weeks starts March 1

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 4:56pm -- katie

March 1-7 is National Consumer Protection Week. Use this week as a reminder to stay informed about current issues facing consumers and to share your knowledge with friends, family, and neighbors. Protect yourself from scams. Here is the list of the Top 10 Scams of 2014, as reported to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office Consumer Assistance Program: 


Blake Hill’s Marmalades take GOLD at The World’s Original Marmalade Awards

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:03pm -- katie

Blake Hill Preserves, specialist producer of chutneys, conserves, marmalades and preserves in Vermont is excited to announce its “Orange, Lime & Ginger” marmalade and “Seville Orange” marmalade have both won GOLD from over 2,000 entries at The World’s Original Marmalade Awards held at Dalemain Mansion, England. In 2014 Blake Hill became the 1st US producer to win Gold at the Awards, and to win another two Gold Medals in 2015 is a remarkable achievement for this young company.

Burlington College and Vermont HITEC announce the Institute for American Apprenticeships

Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:20am -- katie

Programs provide opportunities for education and guaranteed jobs 

Burlington College and Vermont HITEC have partnered to create the Institute for American Apprenticeships. The partnership combines workforce education, an apprenticeship, and a liberal arts education. Programs in information technology, advanced manufacturing, allied health, and business services are the initial focus due to employer needs.