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Central Vermont Medical Center achieves Energy Star designation

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 4:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine University of Vermont Health Network - Central Vermont Medical Center has earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) coveted ENERGY STAR certification, which signifies the facility performs in the top 25 percent of all hospitals nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency performance levels set by the EPA.

State auditor gives mild rebuke to three departments over performance reviews

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 1:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Auditor Doug Hoffer released his review of whether certain departments of state government were performing their required employee performance review. His conclusion was that they largely were not and that some long-serving employees had never received a performance review, as required by state policy. The auditor does not have the authority to punish another department or personnel. But the departments in question agreed with Hoffer’s assessment of the situation and with his suggested remedies, some of which are already in place.

Franklin Foods recognized as 2016 Dairy Supplier of the Year

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 5:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Franklin Foods, the world's fastest-growing cream cheese company with a manufacturing facility in Enosburg Falls, has been recognized by Shamrock Foods as the 2016 Dairy Supplier of the Year. As one of the top 10 foodservice distributors nationwide, Shamrock Foods recognizes its supplier partners' excellence with its annual Supplier of the Year Awards, presented during the company's Supplier Summit.

Ventriss: Act 46 makes exciting progress

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 4:07pm -- tim

by Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable After a tremendous amount of hard and important work by the Legislature and Administration in the last biennium around education reform, for which they deserve our recognition and appreciation, Act 46: Unification to Achieve Sustainable Governance, was signed into law in June 2015. It created immediate opportunities for school districts and supervisory unions to unify, an action which will result in better educational opportunities for students and cost effectiveness for taxpayers.

Health Department confirms higher than average PFOA in Bennington-area blood tests

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 1:02pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Lab results are back for the 477 adults and children who participated in PFOA blood draw clinics in the Bennington test area. The average PFOA level there is nearly five times the US average. The Health Department conducted eight blood test clinics in April, May and June at the Bennington District Office for people whose private drinking water was contaminated with PFOA, or who currently or formerly lived or worked at the former Chemfab site.

Two Vermont tobacco dealers settle claims for violating state law

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:50pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Two tobacco dealers will pay Vermont a total of $69,000 for violating Vermont’s tobacco laws and Consumer Protection Act. In the spring of 2015, McIssac and Bairos New England Distribution, LLC of Avon, Massachusetts, a licensed wholesale dealer of tobacco products, sold 263 packs of Seneca cigarettes, a product that is illegal to sell in Vermont as it is not on Vermont’s tobacco directory, to Vermont retailers. 

Implant to be tested in Burlington for opioid use disorder

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 12:05pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Braeburn Pharmaceuticals announced today that healthcare provider training and certification for Probuphine will take place on July 29 and 30 in Burlington. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on May 26, 2016, Probuphine is the first implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence in patients who have sustained clinical stability on low-to-moderate doses of buprenorphine, specifically 8 mg or less per day.  

Vermont gets a 'C' for health care price transparency, but among best

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 9:35am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Nearly every state received an 'F,' so Vermont's grade of 'C' puts it among the elite states for health care price transparency. New Hampshire again received the top mark. Most states could be doing more to give consumers the price information they need for making educated health care choices, according to an annual report card released by two independent health policy organizations.

Beware of the 'poison' parsnip, can cause serious burns

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 4:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets and the Department of Health want Vermonters to be aware that a common weed found along many Vermont roadsides can cause painful rashes and raised blisters, similar to second-degree sunburn. "Poison parsnip" (Pastinaca sativa L.), also known as wild parsnip, is found throughout the state. The plant produces a sap that reacts to sunlight, and skin that comes in contact with the sap becomes hyper-sensitive to ultraviolet light.

People's United acquires NY-based Gerstein Fisher

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 4:15am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine People's United Bank, NA has announced that its subsidiary, People's Securities, Inc, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Gerstein Fisher, a $3 billion, New York City-based investment management firm serving individuals and families, institutions, and third-party platforms. The transaction is expected to bring People's United Wealth Management's total assets under administration to nearly $20 billion, of which approximately $8 billion is under discretionary management.