New women’s health focus for Gifford’s Twin River Health Center

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Tue, 07/11/2017 - 2:54pm -- Denise Sortor

Dr Ellamarie Russo-DeMara has moved full time to Gifford’s Twin River Health Center, where she will focus on providing comprehensive women's health services. A board certified OB/GYN since 1990, and at Gifford since 2005, she became the first menopause practitioner in Vermont in 2011. Dr Russo-DeMara provides routine gynecological care, contraception, and menopause consultation and treatment. She will continue to offer genetic testing and counseling for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in the Twin River office. Since 2012 she has been assisting women with a history of opiate addiction through Gifford's Medication Assistance program.

“As an office -based practitioner, I am happy to be able to spend more time with each of my patients,” she said.  “As a trained Osteopathic physician, I have always approached patient care in a holistic manner. Listening to the patient and seeing the ‘whole picture’ is very important."

Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt, with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Rochester, and White River Junction; and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department; inpatient and rehabilitation units; many surgical services; accredited cancer program; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by US News and World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to the traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.