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Governor says it's up to him to fix Vermont Health Connect

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 6:10am -- tim

by Morgan True vtdigger.org In the wake of further revelations about the extent of problems with Vermont Health Connect this week, Governor Peter Shumlin called the situation “unacceptable” and said it’s his responsibility to fix. “There’s been nothing more frustrating for me in my tenure as governor than the Vermont Health Connect website,” Shumlin told reporters at a news conference last week in Barre. Thousands of Vermonters have had difficulty verifying that th

Groundbreaking heart valve procedure tested at Fletcher Allen/UVM approved by FDA, added to national cardiology guidelines

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:36am -- tim

A procedure tested during a clinical trial at Fletcher Allen Health Care and the University of Vermont to replace heart valves using catheters instead of open heart surgery has received approval from the Food and Drug Administration for use in two categories of patients. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology have also added Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) to their guidelines.

BMH celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 7:00am -- ayla

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital's Birthing Center, the Windham County Breastfeeding Coalition, and the BMH Ten-Step Committee to Empower Mothers and Nurture Babies are joining forces to celebrate the 2014 World Breastfeeding Week during the first week of August.

This year's theme, as established by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), is "Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal - for Life!"

Loan fund awards $64,770 in grants to Vermont’s child care programs

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 5:57am -- tim

The Vermont Community Loan Fund has awarded $64,770 in the most recent round of Building Bright Futures Facilities Grants to nine child care programs throughout Vermont. Building Bright Futures Facilities Grants (BBFFG) are funded by a consortium of private foundations, legislative appropriations, donations and sales of special issue BBFFG license plates. VCLF administers the grants on behalf of the Department of Children and Families’ Child Development Division, to promote facility improvements in physical environments for children and youth in Vermont.

State to conduct Vermont household health insurance survey

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 5:36am -- tim

Susan L Donegan, commissioner of the Department of Financial Regulation (DFR), announced today that the department will again conduct a confidential survey of Vermonters asking about health insurance practices beginning in early August. The Vermont Household Health Insurance Survey will be completed in November with preliminary results expected in early 2015.

State launches Windham County Economic Development Program

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 4:19pm -- tim

The Windham County Economic Development Program is up and running and looking for applications with creative ideas that will help Windham County grow jobs and bolster the region’s economy. Applications are due September 23, 2014. On July 28 the Agency of Commerce and Community Development released a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and the application for the first round ($2 million) of the funding made available by an agreement between the State of Vermont and Entergy.

Vermont Law School mourns Professor Cheryl Hanna

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 2:23pm -- tim

Vermont Law School on Monday announced the death of well-known and well-regarded Professor Cheryl Hanna. She is perhaps best known to the public for her Vermont Public Radio commentaries. Hanna died Sunday. The cause of death has not been released. She was 48. The entire VLS statement follows: "It is with the most profound sorrow that we announce the untimely death of our dear colleague Professor Cheryl Hanna. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Hanna was an expert in constitutional law, the United States Supreme Court, and women and the law.

GMP expands heat pump pilot program in support of Net Zero Montpelier

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 9:07am -- tim

Green Mountain Power is expanding its groundbreaking heat pump pilot program to Montpelier as part of the city’s major initiative focused on making Montpelier the first net zero capital city in the country. Green Mountain Power has been running what is believed to be the first utility-sponsored heat pump rental program in the country today, a pilot effort centered in Rutland and intended to save customers money and demonstrate the comfort air-source heat pumps can provide in a cold-weather climate.

Over 725 to attend Dartmouth-Hitchcock education program orientation Monday

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 7:45am -- tim

Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Vermont HITEC have announced that the two institutions have registered over 725 New Hampshire and Vermont candidates to attend one of two information orientation sessions scheduled on Monday, July 28th.  Attending an orientation session is the first step in the applicant selection process to becoming one of 20 medical assistants or 10 pharmacy technicians to work at Dartmouth-Hitchcock.

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PC Construction gets $61.2 million contract to expand facilities at Bath Iron Works

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 9:30pm -- tim

PC Construction, based in South Burlington, has been awarded a $61.2 million contract to build and modernize facilities at Bath Iron Works in Maine. The expansion at the historic shipyard on the banks of the Kennebec River marks the third major contract with General Dynamics Bath Iron Works for PC Construction, which also has offices in Portland, ME. The project includes the construction of an outfitting hall measuring 311 feet long, 165 feet wide, and 110 feet high; a state-of-the-art blast and paint facility; and a new boiler building designed to increase energy efficiency.

VTDigger: Jay Peak loses trust of first EB-5 investors

Sun, 07/27/2014 - 7:45pm -- tim

by Anne Galloway and Hilary Niles vtdigger.org A group of immigrant EB-5 investors are incensed that Bill Stenger, president and CEO of Jay Peak Resort, seized ownership of the Tram Haus Lodge and turned their half-million dollar equity stakes in the property into IOUs. Investors had no knowledge of Stenger’s actions until five months after they were executed.

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