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.
Over time, Rutland Regional has adapted to the growing and changing needs of the greater Rutland community by expanding our scope of services to cover many aspects of health including diabetes, heart, kidney, infectious diseases, cancer, addiction recovery, joints, and women’s health. Case in point is that after 18 months and three construction phases, the $6 million expansion and renovation of Rutland Regional’s Emergency Department is finally complete. Part of the upgrades included a behavioral treatment area with five new behavioral treatment rooms and a more secure lobby area for the safety of patients and visitors. Additionally we have piloted a new Hepatitis C Treatment Program, and celebrated a successful twenty-year partnership with the UVM Dialysis Unit which is located at Rutland Regional.
Rutland Regional’s focus is on helping patients get better, as well as supporting them in staying healthy. When a community is healthy and engaged it results in a stronger and more vibrant economy. Rutland Regional understands that wellness impacts workforce productivity and to support that the hospital offers multiple wellness classes to be enjoyed by the community. Several times a month the hospital offers these free or low cost classes and workshops on weight loss, nutrition, heart health, chronic pain management and tobacco cessation, all designed to improve the overall health of the region’s population. We’ve also introduced various exercise programs like chair aerobics and tai chi for individuals seeking a less rigorous form of activity. All programs are led by physicians and other practitioners who are resident “experts” on these topics. The majority of these classes take place on our hospital campus or in other locations as far north as Brandon and as far south as Manchester. To further champion our wellness initiatives, Rutland Regional produces a TV program, Window on Wellness, that airs weekly on the local public access station, PEG TV. The show covers an assortment of themes which include tips and advice for wellness, healthy recipes, staying fit, conversations with health care professionals and focus on well-being.
Outside on the hospital campus, the community is welcome to enjoy bucolic gardens, outdoor gazebo, and the ¼ mile walking/jogging path called “the loop”, with exercise stations along its pathway. And, as a way for the hospital to further support the importance of outdoor activities, we have partnered with Come Alive Outside, an organization dedicated to encouraging children to be more physically active. Using several acres of hospital land, local elementary schools have gathered to plant squash and sunflowers in June, and return to harvest their bounty in September. Coming this winter, in mid-February, a Winterfest Celebration will be presented for the entire community to enjoy. We are grateful to our local partners Carpenter & Costing, Come Alive outside Vermont, Marble Valley Grows, Rutland Recreation & Parks Department and Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum for helping us to sustain this vital program.
We have public spaces inside the hospital as well. Our gift shop and retail pharmacy remain important centerpieces of our organization and a place where visitors can find “just the right gift” for a friend or family member. It is not unusual to see community organizations utilizing our free conference space in the CVPS/Leahy Community Education Center or gathering in our popular Food Court enjoying fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
Rutland Regional has an impressive resume of national awards and recognitions, over 20 in the past three years, including being named a “Best Regional Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report for 2017-2018, the only one in the state of Vermont. This underscores their commitment to being the best community healthcare system in New England. Rutland Regional believes that taking care of the people in the greater Rutland region is a privilege and they present that care while adhering to the their promise to listen, to respect, and to care…always.
Learn more about Rutland Regional at www.rrmc.org