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Fletcher Allen One of 78 Hospitals in the Nation to Meet Stage 2 Federal Requirements for Electronic Health Records

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 10:52am -- katie

Fletcher Allen announced that it has met the electronic medical record (EMR) system Stage 2 requirements for quality, safety and efficiency that were developed by the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  These standards, part of the CMS Meaningful Use program, help hospitals focus on aspects of EHR implementation deemed most important by CMS, namely those that improve patient safety, quality of care and health system efficiency. 

Fuel spill sends six Vermont Air Guard members to hospital

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:52pm -- tim

Six members of the Vermont Air National Guard were hospitalized Friday after toxic fuel spilled at the South Burlington base Friday morning, the Guard said in a statement. Guard spokesman Major Chris Gookin said the Guard members were given First Aid treatment and later transported to Fletcher Allen Health Care in an ambulance after experiencing a bad taste in their mouths. He said it was a precautionary measure.

Student loan borrowers cautioned about offers that promise loan debt ‘relief’

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:52pm -- tim

US Representative Peter Welch, D-Vermont, says Vermont student-loan borrowers need to protect themselves  from a new breed of predatory debt relief companies targeting $1.2 billion in education loans. “Unfortunately, these types of companies prey on borrowers who may be struggling to pay their education loans. Unsuspecting borrowers could end up paying more – a lot more – without any added benefit but with the potential to suffer real consequences,” Welch said at an event with Vermont Attorney Bill Sorrell and the Vermont Student Assistance Corp.

Sanders, Leahy join senators in calling for stop to postal cuts

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 3:18pm -- tim

US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) organized an effort joined by 49 other US senators, including Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) who have called for a one-year moratorium on plans by the US Postal Service to close mail processing plants and slow first-class mail delivery. The senators said Congress should block a proposal by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow mail service and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs.

Simollardes: Respect for landowners

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:25pm -- tim

by Eileen Simollardes, Vermont Gas There is no doubt that the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project will strengthen our economy, help retain and create jobs by cutting heating bills by 40 to 50 percent and significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions – advantages that help Vermont transition toward a cleaner and more affordable energy future. However, one of the most challenging elements of all public infrastructure projects is their impact on landowners.

Parent company of Shaw's reports credit card security incident

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 2:05pm -- tim

AB Acquisition LLC, which operates Albertsons stores under Albertson's LLC and ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, and Shaw's and Star Markets under New Albertson's, Inc, recently learned of an unlawful intrusion to obtain credit and debit card payment information in some of its stores, including in Vermont. The appropriate federal law enforcement authorities have been notified, and AB Acquisition is working closely with its third party IT services provider, SUPERVALU, to better understand the nature and scope of the incident.

Construction begins for Riverrun in Winooski

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:57pm -- tim

The partnership of Nedde Real Estate, Redstone and Youkel Architecture + Development has broken ground for the Riverrun luxury apartments located right on the Winooski River in downtown Winooski. With occupancy slated for June 2015, the energy efficient building will feature triple glazed windows and other good sustainability practices and will contain 56 high-end apartments plus luxury amenities including on-site covered parking, a combination of enclosed and climate controlled storage units, a fitness center, balconies on all apartments and walking path to the river boardwalk.

For first-year 'rooks' at Norwich, college days start early-with pushups

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 1:32pm -- tim

Norwich University will welcome some 546 first-year students for the Corps of Cadets Rook Orientation and move in day on Sunday, August 17, 2014. First-year students entering into the Norwich University Corps of Cadets, called rooks, will be welcomed by President Schneider and the Norwich University leadership at 1:30 p.m. in Kreitzberg Arena and will then have seven minutes with their families before marching to the Upper Parade Ground to start their physical and leadership training in the Corps of Cadets.

Lawmakers make slight alterations in $31 million budget cuts

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:56pm -- tim

by Anne Galloway A legislative panel has come to an agreement with the Shumlin administration on $31.28 million in cuts to the state budget. Two senators voted against the proposal. Lawmakers, after initially voting against the cuts, ultimately approved a rescission that will remove a 1.6 percent increase in Medicaid reimbursements for health care providers. That move alone saves the state about $10 million.