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Kinney Drugs Foundation donates $250,000 to UVMMC inpatient building

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:34pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Kinney Drugs Foundation is donating $250,000 to provide supportive spaces for families in the Robert E and Holly D Miller Building at the University of Vermont Medical Center, which will contain 128 new single-patient rooms. Completion of the building is expected in the Fall of 2019. Patients in the Miller Building will experience enhanced quality of care due to the privacy, space for families, and healing environment single-bed rooms provide. Studies show that facilities designed with the needs of patients and families in mind result in better outcomes and a better experience overall. Currently, only thirty percent of patient rooms at the UVM Medical Center have one bed.

Sanders statement on revised health care bill

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) issued the following statement Thursday after Senate Republicans released the revised version of their plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act: "The revised Republican 'health care' plan is an absolute disaster that will inflict severe economic pain on millions of Americans. That is why it is opposed by virtually every major health care organization in this country – by doctors, nurses and hospital administrators.

Senate Appropriations rejects $1.6 billion amendment for veterans

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:16pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday offered a $1.6 billion amendment that would have supported the health care of thousands of veterans across the country and bolstered the Department of Veterans Affairs.  The amendment, which was offered by Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), was rejected in Committee by a vote of 15 to 16.

GMP second in East in JD Power ranking

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine An increase in power outage information along with higher price satisfaction are the top drivers of the sixth consecutive year of improved customer satisfaction with residential electric utility companies, according to the JD Power 2017 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, released today. Green Mountain power scored second highest in the East region for utilities its size.

New state program to recognize outstanding farmers

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 12:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine You can tell a lot about a farm by looking closely at the soil. That's why the new, statewide program to recognize Vermont's most environmentally friendly farmers will be based on soil-sampling and monitoring. Today, Governor Phil Scott announced the pilot launch of the new Vermont Environmental Stewardship Program (VESP), which will use soil-based analysis to identify farmers who are going above and beyond to protect our natural resources.

EPA recognizes Vermont Army Guard for saving resources

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 6:07am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recognized the efforts of federal facilities that took steps to improve efficiency, save resources and reduce costs as part of the Federal Green Challenge (FGC). Included in the honor is the Vermont Army National Guard. “Federal agencies across the country are doing their part to minimize their environmental impact, in doing so saving American taxpayers millions of dollars,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said.

Wheel Pad installs first module in Vermont

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 4:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Wheel Pad, a leader in developing eco-friendly bedroom suites that can be temporarily attached to an existing home to meet the needs of individuals with limited mobility, is pleased to announce the installation of its first module in Vermont, and invites the public to a free tour. Explore the installed Norwich Model prototype on-site at an existing home, learn about the design features, see how it attaches to the home, and experience this suite for yourself.

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Challenge Race spirited, wavy, and fun

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:46am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Over 70 rowers and paddlers dug deep in the waters of Lake Champlain on Sunday in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum's 21st Annual Challenge Race. The race, an annual event for 21 years, has a distinctly communal spirit – with a delicious and bountiful potluck picnic afterwards – while also fueling participants’ desire to fiercely compete.

Donovan supports protecting national monuments

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 2:37am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan issued a letter last week to the United States Department of the Interior, opposing the potential rollback of national monument protections. By executive order in April, President Trump directed the United States Department on the Interior to review all designations of national monuments greater than 100,000 acres created since 1996.

State police death investigations in Londonderry

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 5:15pm -- tim

Vermont State Police On July 12, 2017, Vermont State Police detectives investigated two unattended deaths in the Town of Londonderry.  At approximately 0950 hours, troopers and Londonderry Rescue personnel responded to a residence on North Main Street for a reported non-responsive male in his apartment.  22-year-old Keith Johnson was found to be deceased.  Evidence of recent illicit drug use was present in the apartment.

NIH awards $20 million to UVM and Maine Medical to address rural health challenges

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 4:53pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Northern New England population will be the beneficiary of a new partnership between academic medical centers and primary care practices in rural communities, which will focus on health problems endemic to the region, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, substance abuse, as well as the unique challenges of effective rural health care delivery.

Vermont lowers unemployment insurance tax

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 4:48pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Labor today announced two changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program starting July 1, which will reduce tax rates for employers and allow claimants to receive benefits sooner. Nearly 22,600 employers remit state unemployment taxes to the Department that are deposited into a trust fund used for the payment of unemployment insurance benefits to eligible claimants.