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Rutland Regional named a 'Best Regional Hospital' by U.S. News

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 4:33pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine U.S. News & World Report has named Rutland Regional Medical Center a “Best Regional Hospital” for 2017-2018.  Out of 4500 hospitals evaluated nationwide, only 545 achieved “Best Regional Hospital” status, and Rutland Regional was the only “Best Regional” in the state of Vermont. Additionally, Rutland Regional was the only hospital in the state to achieve “high performing” status in four procedures and conditions which include: Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Hip Replacement, and Knee Replacement.

Arts Council awards $438,408 to support organizations and artists

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:35pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Arts Council announced 71 grants totaling $438,408. Awards were given in the categories of Cultural Facilities, Arts Impact, Arts Partnership, and Creation. Through these programs, a college will receive assistance in providing a physically accessible ramp, a choreographer will have support to create a new work, and a rural arts organization will offer ticket subsidies to make their programs available to all. The projects funded through these grants are as varied as the state's creative sector.

Public safety officials respond to fatal crashes

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:28pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Meeting in Waterbury today, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, Thomas D. Anderson, and the Director of the Vermont State Police, Colonel Matthew T. Birmingham expressed their sincere condolences to the families who have lost loved ones on Vermont’s highways this year. Of the 9 fatalities that occurred over the last 4 days, 7 occupants were not wearing seatbelts, with 1 ATV death.  Law enforcement can point to many studies that indicate when a seatbelt is used, occupants of a vehicle are more likely to survive a traffic crash.

Josephson: Brattleboro Retreat’s new strategic plan focuses on our community

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 3:09pm -- tim

by Louis Josephson, PhD For nearly 200 years the Brattleboro Retreat has been a valuable healthcare resource and an important economic driver here in southern Vermont.  That’s why one of my primary goals as hospital CEO is to ensure that the decisions we make today will allow the Retreat to continue serving the mental health and addiction treatment needs of people for generations to come.

Mukherjees buy Sojourn Bicycling Vacations

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 1:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Susan Rand, owner and founder of Sojourn Bicycling and Active Vacations, announced the acquisition of this leading North American active travel company by fellow Vermonters, Raja and Bibi Mukherjee. Founded in 2004, Sojourn Bicycling and Active Vacations is an award-winning company specializing in exceptional active vacations in extraordinary destinations throughout the United States and Canada.

Health Department offers worksite wellness grants

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 1:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Employers looking to create or improve a workplace wellness program can apply for a financial boost from the Vermont Department of Health. The Health Department is offering grants of $3,000 to six worksites around the state to build sustainable wellness programs that focus on increasing physical activity and healthy eating opportunities for employees. The grants are supported through the department’s Local Health Offices.

21st rabies bait drop set to begin

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine 21st Rabies Bait Drop Set to Begin Baited Rabies Vaccine to be distributed the week of August 7 BURLINGTON – Vermont is once again taking part in a nationally coordinated effort to halt the spread of rabies. Weather permitting, the annual Rabies Bait Drop will begin August 7. The week-long bait drop is part of a cooperative effort between Vermont and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services to stop the spread of the potentially fatal disease.

People's United Bank awards $250 to Volunteers in Action

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine People’s United Bank announced that it has awarded $250 to Volunteers in Action in Windsor, Vermont.  Founded in 1997, Volunteers in Action became affiliated with Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center in 2001.  Volunteers in Action organizes volunteers to provide a range of assistance to neighbors, mainly the elderly, disabled, and low-income, in order to make it possible for those individuals to remain in their homes and in the best possible health.

Gifford’s Senior Independent Living to open August 15

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine How do you help a homeowner who has lived in the same community for more than 50 years feel comfortable in a 49-unit apartment building? Can building design help convey that downsizing doesn’t mean sacrificing privacy and autonomy but enjoying new opportunities in a vibrant neighborhood? These are the questions Project Architect Heidi Davis and Principal David Roy of Weimann Lamphere Architects (WLA) asked themselves when designing Gifford’s new Independent Living facility at Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community in Randolph Center (opening August 15, 2017).

E4H to create new master plan for NY hospital campus

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:15pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine E4H Environments for Health Architecture, a top-ranked architecture firm focused exclusively on the healthcare industry, has been selected to design Ellis Medicine’s Facility Master Plan.  Ellis Medicine, which features a 438-bed hospital in Schenectady, NY, will study siting solutions for the reorganization of the entire campus.