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Lack of enthusiasm revealed in 'Neutral Outlook' for Business Conditions Survey

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont business leaders were neither positive nor negative in their assessment of the economy. But their indifferent opinion is actually lower than the actual performance of the economy.  The forward-looking index, in fact, has been trending down for nearly four years. Today, Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the Q3 2016 results of their joint initiative, the VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey.

Champlain College applies systems and design thinking to new Online MBA

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 3:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Master of Business Administration (MBA) – long considered the higher education stamp of readiness for corporate success – has been struggling to fill that call, as many business leaders find that MBA programs fail to impart the skillsets required by modern day enterprises. But what distinguishes a modernized MBA that is equipped to prepare today’s professional for tomorrow’s quagmires and opportunities?

Merchants Bank donates $8,000 to Dragonheart Vermont

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 2:05pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine Merchants Bank donated $8,000 to sponsor the Athletes Village at the Lake Champlain Dragon Boat Festival on Sunday, August 7th. This is Dragonheart Vermont's eleventh year holding this event and Merchants Bank is overjoyed to have been involved each year. Funds raised during the Dragon Boat Festival stay in Vermont to benefit cancer programs. They have raised over $1.65 million since starting the annual festival in 2005.

Norwich Bookstore wins Independent Spirit Award

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 1:55pm -- Denise Sortor

Vermont Business Magazine The Norwich Bookstore has won the Book Publishers Representatives of New England Independent Spirit Award. The Independent Spirit Award is given annually at the NEIBA fall tradeshow to recognize the excellence in a bookstore member of the New England Independent Booksellers Association. Our rep members nominate bookstores for this award, and then we vote on the store we most believe stands for all that is great in New England bookselling. 

NH the best state for families to live a 'Richer Life,' Vermont 16th

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 1:41pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Low taxes and good public education rarely go hand-in-hand, but a national rating firm is using those two key measures to help find family "richness." GOBankingRates surveyed all 50 US states and the District of Columbia on 12 different factors to find the places families can get the most out of life. Is there a place in America where families can have it all– high income, job security, safe neighborhoods, affordable child care job and a good education? New Hampshire ranked first and Vermont 16th. California was last.

VITL and OhMD to deliver secure texting service for Vermont patients and providers

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 1:03pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. (VITL) and OhMD announce a partnership that will bring a secure, HIPAA compliant text messaging service to Vermont health care providers and their patients.  Smartphone use is nearly universal, so secure text messaging in health care makes sense as a fast and easy communication option, and offers patients more opportunities to engage in their own care.

BMH, CVMC, Porter earn CMS four star rating for quality

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The federal government has released its first overall hospital quality rating last week, similar to the long-standing 5-Star CMS rating used for nursing homes. In Vermont, no hospital achieved a five star rating, and only Porter Hospital, Central Vermont Hospital and Brattleboro Memorial Hospital achieved four-star ratings. Most of the remaining Vermont hospitals earned either a three star rating, with three receiving a two sar rating (two were not rated).

Porter Medical Center considers joining UVM Health Network

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Interim CEO Dr Fred Kniffin shared with Porter Medical Center employees on Monday that the PMC Board of Directors has identified the University of Vermont Health Network as its potential partner, should the Middlebury hospital system choose affiliation at the conclusion of Porter’s ongoing strategic planning process. The UVM Health Network was selected from among four institutions that responded to their affiliation request for proposals.

Claudio Fort: Hospital budgets about patient care, not profits

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 11:23am -- tim

by Claudio Fort, CEO of North Country Hospital in Newport At North Country Hospital in Newport, improving the health of our community is our greatest responsibility. Every aspect of running this hospital – from budgeting, to planning for improvements, to deciding what services we can or should offer – is in service of helping the people of our region get and stay healthy.

Health officials warn of deadly strain of heroin

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 6:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont health officials are warning street drug users about an especially deadly strain of heroin that is circulating in several parts of the state, including central Vermont and the Northeast Kingdom. According to reports from emergency responders over the weekend, at least 10 people have overdosed, taking more than one dose of naloxone (Narcan) to be revived. While naloxone can reverse an overdose, it must be given quickly and followed up with a 9-1-1 call for an ambulance.

Vermont's Child Care Financial Assistance Program gets $1 million more

Tue, 08/16/2016 - 5:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine During the spring of 2016, the Vermont Legislature approved an additional one million dollars in funding for the Child Care Financial Assistance Program in State Fiscal Year 2017. This increase will allow the Department for Children and Families' Child Development Division (CDD) to make changes that will benefit child care providers and families in Vermont. This will include an increase in the amount paid for infant care when the changes take effect August 21.