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Investors hope to save Burlington Labs

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 5:03pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine  Led by James Crook, the former CEO of IDX Systems, a group of investors is trying to save Burlington Labs, its 180 employees and its "critical" role in statewide opiate testing. The University of Vermont Health Network will also be a minor investor if the Green Mountain Care Board approves an emergency Certificate of Need and the new entity is able to purchase the facility. The GMBC will hold a hearing Wednesday on the CON. Supporters say the CON needs to be approved quickly in order for the testing lab to continue operating.

GMP and Efficiency Vermont announce eVolve Panton

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont are partnering on a community-wide rapid energy transformation project in Panton to reduce energy costs, lower fossil fuel use and improve comfort. Known as eVolve Panton, the effort will put Panton at the forefront of energy innovation in Vermont as the first town to know its total energy use, cost and carbon impact, giving it the ability to track energy and carbon-saving improvements.

Mark Redmond of Spectrum named Champlain College's 2016 Distinguished Citizen

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:19pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Mark Redmond, the executive director of Spectrum Youth and Family Services will receive the 2016 Distinguished Citizen award from Champlain College. President Donald J. Laackman and the Board of Trustees will make the presentation during Convocation on Friday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. at Roger H Perry Hall. Champlain College will welcome the members of the Class of 2020 on Friday morning as new students move into their first-year residence halls in the morning and then begin a full weekend of orientation events.

Final PFC testing site in Shelburne shows results below limits

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Peter Shumlin today shared the last set of results from a statewide plan to test for perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) at sites where the harmful chemicals may have been used. The former location of Harbour Industries in Shelburne was the final site tested for PFCs. Three out of four groundwater monitoring wells showed the presence of the chemicals PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid), which are types of PFCs.

ShamRockin’ for a Cure VT raises $35,000 for the Party with a Purpose Legacy for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:20pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine August of last year,  Jon and Pam Baker of Roswell, GA celebrated a moment they were not sure would ever come. Their sons, Gavin and Jake Baker took their first dose of Orkambi, a drug recently approved by the FDA to help control their cystic fibrosis. At this “First Dose Party,” the Bakers were surrounded by hundreds of family and friends that helped make this special drug possible.

Nasal spray flu vaccine not recommended for next flu season, shots only

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 11:41am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Following new recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nasal spray flu vaccine will not be available in the U.S. for the upcoming flu season. Instead, all flu vaccinations will be given as a standard shot. The nasal spray flu vaccine has been offered in recent years to healthy individuals ages 2 to 49. This past June, the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices voted to recommend that it not be used during the 2016-17 flu season.

Vermont Army National Guard announces Minuteman Scholarship Initiative

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:04am -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine "The Minuteman Scholarship Campaign was introduced in 2015 with the intent to enhance the National Guard's ability to recruit highly qualified Cadets on a recurring annual basis. All of the qualified applicants for Reserve Officers Training Corps scholarships were eligible to for consideration for the 4-year Minuteman Scholarship.

NMC earns distinction as a 2016 ‘Most Wired’ hospital

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine NMC was recently named one of the 2016 “Most Wired” Hospitals, using technology to improve the efficiency of care delivery and  create a new dynamic in patient interactions. Most Wired hospitals are redefining the way they provide care in their communities, using technology to build patient engagement with the individual’s lifestyle in mind, which includes electronic access  to their care team. These innovations are shown by the results of the annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. 

Mortgage delinquencies up slightly as recovery continues

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 5:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont is recovering more slowly than most states from mortgage failures as part of the Great Recession. Vermont had fewer foreclosures than most states, but is also working through the process of reconciling non-current mortgages more slowly. Vermont now is at about the national average for non-current mortgages after having been on the low or very low end of the range for most of the period starting in 2008.

UVM ranked among Top 50 nursing programs

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Top RN to BSN (, a leading nursing school search resource, has published its 2016 ranking of the best residential BSN programs in the United States. The University of Vermont program ranked 46th in the nation. The reviewers cited UVM's clinical program and in particular its practicum in conjection with the UVM Medical Center as one of its strengths.

Public Service Dept recommends 5.68 percent rate decrease for Vermont Gas Systems

Mon, 08/22/2016 - 1:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, the Vermont Department of Public Service filed expert testimony in the Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) rate case recommending a 5.68 percent rate decrease. Vermont Gas had requested a rate decrease for its customers of 3.3 percent. The testimony filed today with the Public Service Board recommends that no more than $112.5 million of the Addison Expansion Project costs be allowed in rates at this time.