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Merchants Bancshares appointments Hesslink president and CEO

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:47pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Merchants Bancshares, Inc (NASDAQ: MBVT), announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Geoffrey R Hesslink as the President and CEO of Merchants Bancshares, Inc. (Merchants), effective January 1, 2016.  Mr. Hesslink currently serves as President and CEO and a Director of Merchants' operating subsidiary, Merchants Bank. The Board of Directors also appointed Mr. Hesslink to serve as a Director on the Merchants' Board, effective January 1, 2016.

Food safety for the holiday season

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Millions of people get sick with foodborne illness each year in the United States. The Vermont Department of Health recommends cooking and handling food safely to prevent foodborne illness this holiday season. Food is safely cooked when it reaches a high enough internal temperature to kill harmful bacteria that can cause foodborne illness. Refrigerate foods quickly since cold temperatures slow growth of harmful bacteria.

University of Vermont Medical Center receives Joint Commission recognition

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 10:00am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center was recognized this month by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures for 2015. The quality measures cited by the commission were the medical center’s performance in treating heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and stroke. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies nearly 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States.

Centers for Disease Control and Vermont Oxford Network partner to tackle antibiotic overuse and misuse

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 5:16am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Burlington-based Vermont Oxford Network (VON) have announced a partnership to improve patient safety and raise the quality of neonatal care. Recognizing the dangers presented by increased antibiotic resistance, the CDC has developed core elements for hospital-based antibiotic stewardship programs designed to promote appropriate use. VON, a nonprofit voluntary collaboration of neonatal healthcare professionals, is partnering with the CDC to incorporate these core elements into its upcoming

New treatment brings better mobility to Vermont Parkinson’s disease patients

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 5:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In 2009, Parkinson’s disease patient Cassandra Blanchard would walk her youngest daughter to the school bus stop near her house in Randolph and then find herself unable to get back home, because her medication had worn off. “I had on and off fluctuations that were horrible,” Blanchard says. The drugs she took would help her regain function, but a couple of hours later, she’d suddenly weaken. “I’d get stuck in grocery stores” and particularly while shopping among crowded racks of clothing, Blanchard says. “I’d freeze, and I couldn’t move.

McClaughry: Freedom as the school district solution

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:39am -- tim

by John McClaughry The ranks of people opposed to the controversial school consolidation act (Act 46) are rapidly growing. The Vermont School Boards Association has expressed grave displeasure with the provision that penalizes local school districts that spend more than the state thinks necessary. Districts exploring merging into larger unified districts are complaining about the confusion and uncertainty of the process. And friends of parental choice in the 93 tuition districts fear – rightly – that the merger pressure will force them to abandon choice.

Local businesses step up to support the BMH comprehensive breast care program

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, two local businesses organized fundraising activities for the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Oncology Department and Comprehensive Breast Care Program. Robin White and her staff at Curves of Brattleboro held a Zumba dance party on October 30th, with the help of local Zumba instructors, Maribeth Fonda and Rachel Shaw. More than 30 women danced for over 2 hours to raise awareness and support for women battling breast disease.

UVM’s Russell Tracy honored with American Heart Association 2015 Distinguished Scientist award

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:36am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont (UVM) College of Medicine Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Russell Tracy, Ph.D., was awarded the Distinguished Scientist designation by the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association (ASA) during the Opening Session at the AHA 2015 Scientific Sessions on November 8, 2015 in Orlando.

People's United Community Foundation Awards $10,000 to King Street Center

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $10,000 to King Street Center in Burlington. Founded in 1971, King Street Center offers educational, recreational, and social programs to disadvantaged youth and families. Of the more than 500 children and families served each year, over half are minorities, most of whom are refugees and immigrants whose first language is not English.

Driver Restoration Day to be held on December 11 in Windsor County

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 2:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After a successful pilot program earlier this year, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Windsor County State’s Attorney Michael Kainen today announced that a Driver Restoration Day will be held in Windsor County on December 11th. Vermonters who have had their license suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets will be eligible to pay $25 per ticket to get their driving privileges reinstated.

Lower fuel costs help maintain buying power of Vermont LIHEAP

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 1:20pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine AHS Secretary Hal Cohen and DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz have announced that Vermont has been awarded approximately $18.4 million in federal funds for this year's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) also known as Seasonal Fuel Assistance. These funds will help about 24,700 low-income Vermont households to heat their homes this winter by paying a portion of their home heating bills. "This program is essential in keeping our low-income Vermonters warm throughout the winter," said AHS Secretary Hal Cohen.