Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has announced that Carla Kamel, MSW has been named Employee of the Month for November, 2017. Kamel is a Community Care Coordinator serving patients at Mt Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, and at the Ottauquechee Health Center (OHC) in Woodstock, Vermont. As a Community Care Coordinator, Kamel works to improve the quality of life and maintain independence for patients by coordinating multiple community partners in an interagency care management process. She advocates for patients with complex, high-risk medical needs, helps them establish reasonable goals, and will enlist the support of social service agencies and resources to improve patient outcomes. She provides patients with information about and referrals to community support services, links people to Medicare and Medicaid, and assists with access to behavioral and medical care, from arranging transportation to locating sources of financial support.
According to Kamel’s supervisor, Jill Lord, Director of Community Health at MAHHC, “Carla goes the extra mile to address the social circumstances that impact health, and she has built a strong network of agencies to serve vulnerable patients in low income housing. All partners speak highly of her skills, tenacity, compassion, and commitment to our patients. Through all of her work, Carla remains unflappably calm, positive, and realistic. She is a shining star!”
Kamel joined the Mt Ascutney Hospital staff in 2014. She resides in Springfield, Vermont.
About Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center
Founded in 1933, Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is a not-for-profit community hospital network in Vermont including the critical access-designated Mt Ascutney Hospital and Historic Homes of Runnemede, a senior residential care campus, in Windsor, as well as the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. Affiliated with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, MAHHC provides primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, fully modernized 10-bed Acute Rehabilitation Center. Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is dedicated to improving the lives of those it serves and is at the hub of a wide network of community resources that have partnered to cover gaps in services, and improve overall population health. One of the largest employers in the area, MAHHC acknowledges its employees as its greatest asset and has been recognized by the Governor’s Office with an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award.
Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is a recent recipient of Best Practice recognition by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for health care quality, and is recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals for integration of technology to boost clinical performance. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded MAHHC with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation.