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Smith: Copley could be punished for its success

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 8:21am -- tim

by Mike Smith Nearly two years ago, as an April Fool’s joke, I announced on my radio program that I had to take two weeks off because in Vermont if your ratings are better than your competition then you must throttle back on your success to allow other stations to catch up. “It’s a regulatory requirement imposed by the state,” I told the audience in jest. Since I was taking the next two weeks off for vacation it was a perfect time to try to pull off this prank.

But in health care this isn’t a prank.

NY investor buys Georgia Mountain wind farm for $25 million

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC of New York City has acquired Georgia Mountain Community Wind LLC, located in Chittenden and Franklin Counties, for approximately $25,100,000. GMCW was the first commercial-scale wind project in these counties. This four-turbine, 10 MW project, which was originally developed by David Blittersdorf, owner of AllEarth Renewables, and a partner.

After slashing fuel tanks and lighting fuel oil on fire, Milton fuel supplier fined $18K

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 10:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Agency of Natural Resources has announced that Rowley Fuels of Milton was fined $18,600 for illegally cutting open fuel oil storage tanks and lighting the fuel on fire. These actions violated multiple Vermont Hazardous Waste Management and Air Quality Regulations.

Health Care: All-Payer will change how you get health care

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 7:24am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston, Vermont Business Magazine Starting in the new year, an estimated 120,000 Vermonters, or about 20 percent of the population, will find out what the All-Payer health care model is all about. All-Payer begins January 1, 2018, as an effort to make people healthier while ultimately making health care cheaper. All-Payer is where capitalism meets socialized medicine. Health care providers are paid a flat fee to keep patients healthy. OneCare Vermont, based in Colchester, will coordinate the process with payers and providers. If the health care providers manage the care well, they get to keep any left over money as a profit.

Bolgioni: Caring for our community

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 4:41am -- tim

by Peg Bolgioni, Communications Specialist, Rutland Regional Medical Center Rutland Regional Medical Center, established in 1986, has grown to be Vermont’s largest community hospital. Our 37 specialty clinics are supported by 290 dedicated, expert medical staff and 1600 additional employees delivering compassionate and skillful care to over 250,000 patients annually. We are proud to be the largest employer in Rutland County and the largest community hospital in Vermont.

SVHC honors employees with 2017 Putnam Awards

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) leaders and staff gathered Wednesday, October 18 at the Mount Anthony Country Club to honor employees for their service to the organization’s mission. One award every year is presented for each of the organization’s five core values: quality, empathy, safety, teamwork, and stewardship. The employees who received the awards are noted standard bearers and role models within the organization.

PCC partners with American Academy of Pediatrics on childhood obesity study

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Physician's Computer Company (PCC), the leading EHR vendor for independent pediatricians nationwide, has announced a collaboration with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and 18 pediatric practices throughout the country to research childhood obesity. The BMI 2+ Study, funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHBLI), will involve the AAP's Pediatric Research in Office Settings (PROS) research network and will measure the effects of Motivational Interviewing on obesity outcomes in children 3-8 years of age.

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region named a top home health agency

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 2:47am -- tim

by Bernadette C Robin, Director of Marketing and Business Development, VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region The Visiting Nurse Association &  Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) has been named as a Top 100 and a Top Agency of the 2017 HomeCare Elite®, recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. For 12 years, HomeCare Elite has annually identified the top 25 percent of agencies and highlighted the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

Profile: Paul Bruhn and the Preservation Trust of Vermont

Mon, 12/25/2017 - 5:26am -- tim

by Joyce Marcel. Photos by Randolph T Holhut. Vermont Business Magazine When you think about Vermont's economic destiny, do you first think about a crumbling old barn? Probably not. But Paul Bruhn does. “Vermont is really defined by its historic resources, its downtowns and village centers, the barns that dot the countryside – these define Vermont's character and are a very much part of Vermont's brand,” insists Bruhn, who has been the executive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont since its founding in 1980. “And, as a result, they are the real foundation of our economic well-being.”

Finding new workers crucial to the economy

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 5:23am -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston and Charlotte Lyman Vermont Teddy Bear President Bill Shouldice doesn't take a break from his shift on the packing line at the Shelburne plant to explain the dilemma his company faces. On the one hand, sales are great. You couldn't play Pandora before Christmas without hearing about PajamaGram, another VTB brand. On the other hand, he needs seasonal workers in a region of the state in which the unemployment rate hovers around 2 percent. You couldn't listen to local radio without hearing Shouldice in an ad looking for employees.

Scott awards grants for replica schooner and Civil War general’s farmhouse

Sat, 12/23/2017 - 5:51am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott has announced matching grants will be awarded to the Schooner Lois McClure and the General George Stannard House. The grants, totaling $80,000 and funded by the state legislature, support the restoration and rehabilitation of two important resources that are vital to the telling of Vermont’s maritime and Civil War histories.

Weekly unemployment claims up over 100

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 3:18pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims increased last week as holiday hiring fluctuated. Volatility is typical this time of year. Claims remain lower than at the same time last year, as they have been for most weeks in 2017. Holiday hiring will see a reverse after Christmas, when claims typically spike again. For the week of December 16, 2017, there were 688 claims, 102 more than than they were last week but 93 fewer than they were a year ago. Altogether 4,371 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 210 from a week ago, but 978 fewer than a year ago.