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Brattleboro Retreat achieves accreditation from The Joint Commission

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Behavioral Health Care Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective care.

KSV recertifies as B Corporation

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine KSV, a marketing and advertising agency with considerable expertise in sustainable energy marketing, recently won recertification as a B Corporation, meaning the Burlington-based company voluntarily meets a higher standard of public transparency, legal accountability and verified performance. Certified B – the B stands for “Benefit” – Corporations use the power of business to solve social, environmental and economic problems. Benchmarking and measuring the company’s social impact lets consumers, clients and employees know that a company is serious about doing good and doing well.

Governor’s Education Summit moved to Norwich University Plumley Armory

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:43pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Due to considerable interest, Governor Phil Scott has moved the location of his, Monday, December 18 Education Summit to Plumley Armory at Norwich University in Northfield. The venue was changed to accommodate the large number of registration requests, and the capacity of Plumley Armory ensures everyone who RSVP’d will be able to participate.

National Life Foundation doubles budget to $2M, launches Main Street Grants

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:47pm -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine National Life Group announced Tuesday that the annual budget of its charitable foundation will double to $2 million next year, reflecting the company’s strong sales and earnings growth over the past decade. Part of the National Life Group Foundation’s increased funding will go toward launching Main Street Grants, a new project designed to support revitalization of downtowns. Another new initiative targeting ways to combat childhood hunger is currently being developed and will be announced in coming weeks.

Tennessee contractor selected to assess Lake Carmi phosphorus management options

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:53am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is pleased to announce the selection of a contractor to conduct the first phase of the Lake Carmi In-Lake Phosphorus Management Project. The objective of this phase is to identify the most cost-effective strategy to reduce in-lake phosphorus. The three-phase project is a key part of the larger strategy to reduce phosphorus-laden runoff in the watershed. The selected contractor will evaluate a variety of options for management of the phosphorus that has accumulated in sediment in Lake Carmi, which has been plagued by extensive and prolonged cyanobacteria blooms that limit recreational use.

Community Bank donates $2,500 to Vermont Foodbank

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Community Bank NA recently presented Vermont Foodbank with a $2,500 donation to help restock their partner food shelves after the heavy rain and windstorm in late October. With each $3 buying five meals for a family, the donation will provide more than 4,100 meals to local families in need. A member of Feeding America, Vermont Foodbank is the state’s largest anti-hunger organization.

Lund gets $3 million federal grant to support families in recovery

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

Vermont Business Magazine Lund, the family assistance agency in South Burlington, has been awarded a five-year, $3 million Regional Partnership Grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families. Over the next five years, Lund will use this funding to develop and implement the Vermont Family Recovery Project (VTFRP), to provide intensive home-based services for at-risk families in Burlington and Newport.

E4H’s 2018 predictions for healthcare facility design

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 6:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine E4H Environments for Health Architecture, an architecture firm focused exclusively on healthcare, today released seven predictions for healthcare facility design trends in 2018. “From Emergency Departments to micro-hospitals, to the amenities in and locations of hospitals, the year ahead will see continued changes in how healthcare providers are designing and equipping their facilities to meet both patient and market needs,” said Jason Carney, AIA, E4H Partner.

Vermont women will not have to pay out-of-pocket for preventative mammograms

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After months of working on a solution to a breast cancer screening impediment, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) wants all Vermont women to know that a state law passed in 2013, which eliminated out of pocket cost sharing for screening mammograms and any “call-back” mammograms, is now fully operational.

Blue Cross Vermont offers highly ranked Medicare Part D drug plan

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBSVT) reminds Vermonters of its high-ranking Medicare Part D prescription drug plan options. BCBSVT, in a joint venture with three other New England Blue plans, contracts with the federal government to offer prescription drug coverage, called Blue MedicareRxSM (PDP).

New chapel dedicated at Gifford Medical Center

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 2:13am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine On December 1, 2017 community members, chaplaincy volunteers, and staff gathered to celebrate the dedication of the new Chun Chapel at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. The original chapel, created in 1996 to honor the memory of beloved Gifford Surgeon Kwang Ho Chung, was relocated during hospital renovations in 2015 that created new private patient rooms.