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Vermont Veterans Outreach works to distribute winter jackets to veterans

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 4:08pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Veterans Outreach Team worked in conjunction with the Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation and Massachusetts Military Support Foundation. Locally, the Vermont Veterans Outreach Team worked with several organizations to organize and distribute winter jackets to include; VA Homeless Teams, West Canal Street Transitional Housing, Veteran's Place, Bradford House, Open Door Mission, Dodge House, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion.

National Grid commits $20 million to the NEK as part of new Power Link line

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 3:50pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine Granite State Power Link (GSPL) and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association (NVDA) today announced a partnership and benefits package to support economic growth and opportunities to the Northeast Kingdom. The proposal to transmit power to Massachusetts faces fierce competition, however, from at least one other project in New Hampshire and another in Vermont. That other Vermont project is favored by Governor Phil Scott.

Commission votes in favor of statewide teacher health plan

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A statewide teacher health plan first proposed last spring and which ultimately led to a budget veto has now received the blessing of a statewide commission that was formed as a compromise resolution last summer. In April, Governor Phil Scott presented a proposal for a statewide health benefit for school employees designed to save taxpayers up to $26 million a year while investing nearly $50 million to keep school employees out-of-pocket healthcare costs level.

Northeast Kingdom Fund provides $63,000 in grants

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 10:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Northeast Kingdom Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation made $63,668 in grants to 21 organizations in Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia Counties this year. The Fund was established in 2011 by the Community Foundation and local partners as a permanent philanthropic resource to support the people and communities in the region. This year’s grantmaking was supported in part by donors from across Vermont.

Vermont scores a 6 out of 10 for health emergency preparedness

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 10:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In Ready or Not? Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters and Bioterrorism, 25 states scored a 5 or lower on 10 key indicators of public health preparedness. Alaska scored lowest at 2 out of 10, and Massachusetts and Rhode Island scored the highest at 9 out of 10. Vermont, along with several other states, received a 6 out of 10. New Hampshire received a 4.

Magic Mountain, Vermont resorts get fan-favorite awards from Liftopia

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 9:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Honoring ski resorts from Vermont to West Virginia and Colorado to California, Liftopia -- the largest online and mobile marketplace for lift tickets and mountain activities -- has unveiled the 2017-18 Best in Snow Awards, Powered By Liftopia, recognizing the most beloved ski areas in North America. Unlike other ski awards, the Best in Snow Awards is the only ranking that calculates survey feedback from thousands of skiers and snowboarders and incorporates the largest dataset in the industry to determine the ski areas consumers are most passionate about. The Best in Snow Awards bring uber-local, relevant and must-know intel to beginning skiers as well as ski and snowboard aficionados.

CDC national diabetes prevention program offered at Gifford

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 9:18am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Gifford Health Care’s Community Health Team is partnering with Vermont Blueprint for Health to offer the CDC-approved PreventT2 diabetes prevention program, which can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes (when blood sugar levels are higher than normal) puts people at risk for developing serious health conditions, including Type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. 

UVMMC earns adult and pediatric trauma center reverification

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 8:17am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The UVM Medical Center has earned reverification as a Level I Adult Trauma Center, the highest category of trauma services, by the American College of Surgeons (ACS). The hospital has also been reverified as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. The UVM Medical Center is the only Level I Trauma Center in Vermont, and shares this status with just 102 of the 5,000 hospitals in the United States.

Wulfman: Vermont healthcare system changing for the better

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 7:14am -- tim

by Dr Carrie Wulfman My career as a family practice physician working in Vermont spans nearly two decades. I have been a practicing physician at Porter’s Brandon Primary Care Office (formerly Neshobe Family Medicine) for 18 years and I have seen many changes in medical practice over these years. One of the most positive changes I have seen is the creation of OneCare Vermont, a collaborative initiative between the University of Vermont Medical Center and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s Jingle Bell raises $130,000

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 2:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The 4th Annual Jingle Bell on December 2 at the Hermitage Club in Wilmington, VT, hosted a sold-out crowd of more than 200 people and raised $130,000 for Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). The evening began with a cocktail reception and a raffle for a pair of Von Bargen’s Jewelers diamond hoop earrings. The excitement continued with an elegant dinner and a live auction of eight premium packages, including court-side VIP box seats for the U.S.

Hallquist: Changes and challenges facing the electric grid in 2018 and beyond

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:29am -- tim

by Christine Hallquist With smart grid improvements and the increasing penetration of renewables, Vermont’s electric grid continues to transform in exciting ways. Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), Vermont’s largest not-for-profit, member-owned electric distribution utility, will continue to embrace these changes and challenges in the New Year. But before we look at 2018, let’s take stock of some of 2017’s highlights.