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Home Health & Hospice President Judy Peterson retiring after 8 years

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 1:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Judy Peterson, president and chief operating office for the University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice, today announced her plans to retire in January 2021 after eight years of leadership in the role. Peterson, a registered nurse and native Vermonter, began her role as president and chief operating officer at UVM Health Network Home Health & Hospice (then the VNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties) in July 2012. At that time, she committed to remaining in the position for five years, but stayed on to guide the organization through affiliation with The UVM Health Network, formalized in October 2018.

Tropical Storm Isaias changes course, state could be hit with strong winds

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 11:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The forecast for Tropical Storm Isaias continued shifting overnight, putting Vermont squarely in its path, and Green Mountain Power (GMP) is alerting customers to prepare. Forecasters say as the storm track moves to the west, the heavy rain threat is reduced for parts of southeastern Vermont, and the threat of strong winds has increased, bringing the stronger possibility of statewide impacts including outages due to downed trees and power lines, though the full impacts are difficult to predict with the continued changing track of the storm. 

National review reveals positivity rates and nursing home PPE

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A state-by-state review of COVID-19 testing positivity rates in the general population and data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages for nursing homes shows that Vermont has the lowest positivity rate in the nation but does not have as much available PPE in nursing homes as several states. The chief concern is in those state where there is high-positivity and low PPE.

Tieman: Supporting hospital budgets

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 10:17am -- tim

by Jeff Tieman, VAHHS President and CEO The global pandemic has been difficult for all of us – individuals, families, parents, students, employers, employees, the list goes on. Health care providers too have faced new challenges and stepped into new roles. Hospitals incurred significant unexpected expense as they planned for a possible surge in Vermont COVID-19 patients. We retrofitted space, created new staffing models, set up testing regimens, purchased expensive and hard-to-find protective equipment, and adopted new policies and guidelines to respond to rapidly changing conditions.

White River Junction VA hospital introduces chaplain service

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 9:50am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Chaplain Lorna Graham has joined the White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System as Chief of Chaplain Services.  Dr Graham is a proponent of chaplain leadership that promotes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to Spiritual Care. Lorna has served at Massachusetts General Hospital, Care Dimensions Hospice & Palliative Care Services, Recovery Centers of America, and VA Boston Medical Center. Her primary focus at VA Boston was the Women in Treatment Recovery Program. During that time, she initiated a spiritual care curriculum, facilitated groups and presented at seminars on spirituality & trauma, alcohol/substance use disorder and factors related to relapse.  

Bennington College expands offerings to learners around the world

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 7:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Bennington College announces the launch of Bennington+, a suite of new offerings that will allow learners at every stage—from high school students to working adults to retired professionals—access to Bennington courses. Initial offerings includes Bennington Unbound, new creative and critical writing courses offered by renowned faculty members of the Bennington Writing Seminars; courses on urgent social and environmental issues offered by faculty at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA); and greater access to a range of courses across the broader Bennington undergraduate curriculum.

New Helix by OnLogic brings GPU computing to the Edge

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 6:32am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Global industrial and IoT computer hardware manufacturer, OnLogic, has announced immediate availability of their new Helix Series of industrial computers, powered by Intel's latest 10th generation processors. Intended for use in Edge Computing, Industrial IoT, Smart City, Smart Manufacturing, AI and Automation applications, the Helix Series includes both a small form factor fanless system (the HX500), as well as a unique "hybrid fanless" system (the HX600) that can be configured with discrete graphics cards, additional storage, I/O or expansion cards.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center ranks 4th in nation for value

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 5:55am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), ranked fourth out of 3,282 hospitals nationwide for value of care, according to the Lown Institute Hospitals Index. The hospital also earned an A+ overall, highest among Vermont’s 10 hospitals. According to the Lown Institute website, some hospitals provide health care services that are unnecessary, expensive, and even harmful. Unneeded or ineffective procedures, tests, scans, and medications can cause physical harm and waste resources. This overuse is known as low-value care. The practice increases healthcare costs and puts patients at risk. The index evaluates how often hospitals deliver 13 commonly overused services, including over prescribing, over screening, and unnecessary procedures. It grades the hospitals based on the likelihood that they are delivering care appropriately.

GMCB Board Meeting Schedule August 2020

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 3:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the August schedule is more susceptible to change. Please check the GMCB website for the updated press release and agendas.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020: Board Meeting (1:00 pm)

  • GMCB Geographic Reporting: The Use and Cost of Health Care Services for Vermonters and Access Patterns for VT Hospitals
  • Hospital Sustainability Plans – Potential Vote

*Presenters and Board Members will be participating by phone and web presentation. Call-in number: (802) 828-7667 Dial-in number: 264 725 72#. To join the meeting via the Microsoft Teams application, click here: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting. Please remember to mute yourself when you are not speaking.

Honor the health care heroes in your neighborhood

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 3:38am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine We’ll be shining a light on the health care heroes during National Health Center Week August 9-15, said Jill Jesso-White, Community Health community relations specialist. Community Health is spotlighting the dedication and inspiration provided by the clinical and non-clinical workers who make high quality health care accessible to everyone in the community.