Committed to Our Community

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by Gerianne Smart, Marketing & Public Relation Manager, Rutland Regional Medical Center 
gmsmart@rrmc.org or 802-747-1608

Established in 1896, Rutland Regional Medical Center has grown from its humble beginnings to Vermont’s largest community hospital. Today Rutland Regional delivers award-winning patient care to over 228,000 patients a year with the expertise and dedication of over 250 medical staff and 1,300 additional personnel. 

Rutland Regional focuses much of its care to the health needs of the greater Rutland community. Over the years, the needs of the community has changed and as a response to that Rutland Regional added several specialty clinics to its services. Today there are 37 specialty clinics under the greater Rutland Regional umbrella of services covering many aspects of health including diabetes, heart, joints, kidney, allergies, sleep disorders, general surgery, women’s health, cancer, addiction and recovery. The hospital’s Emergency Department has also grown to meet the needs of the community. In fact, Phase II of a $6 million+ expansion to that department will be completed in the early part of 2017. 

The focus of Rutland Regional is to help patients get better and we also look for ways to support people in staying healthy. A healthy community means a more engaged community as well as a stronger,   healthier workforce. All of this adds positively to a healthier economy.     

Rutland Regional’s commitment to community health shows up in many ways. Each month the hospital sponsors a variety of community events and facilitatesmultiple workshops and classes, all aimed at improving one’s knowledge of particular health topics. Led by physicians and other practitioners, the workshops and classes are open to the public and are almost always free and/or low cost. Topics vary and include tobacco cessation, weight loss, nutrition, heart health, asthma, dealing with chronic pain and more. The classes take place at the CVPS/ Leahy Community Education Center at the hospital and at other locations in and around the Rutland area, as far north as Brandon and as far south as Manchester. 

The hospital is open to the community 24/7 but what some people may not know is that over the years, Rutland Regional has transformed some of its 120+ acres into public spaces for exercise and outdoor enjoyment. Surrounding the main hospital are beautiful gardens, walking paths and reflection areas that provide outdoor spaces for people to enjoy and relax. There is also the popular ¼ mile walking/jogging path on the east side of the campus called “The Loop.” In the midst of the loop space is 2+ acre garden that is planted in the spring by a few hundred grade school students from the area. These same students returned in the fall to pick pumpkins and play in the sunflower maze created by our partners at Carpenter and Costin Landscaping. All of this, as well as additional initiatives and outdoor events occurring year-round, is part of the 802Go! Family Fun in the Great Outdoors program, an ongoing collaborative partnership between the hospital, Carpenter and Costin Landscaping, the Come Alive Outside initiative, the College of St. Joseph’s Marble Valley Grows, Rutland Recreation and Parks Department and Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum.

Rutland Regional is also a meeting place for community members. It is not unusual to see people enjoying the delicious, nutritious and locally sourced food that is prepared every day in the hospital’s food court. It has turned into quite the gathering spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additionally, the community enjoys shopping in the newly expanded gift shop and pharmacy for not only the convenience it offers for prescriptions, but also for the eclectic gift selection it provides. 

Rutland Regional Medical Center is all this and more but you don’t have to take our word for it. You need only research some of the 17 national awards and recognitions the hospital has received in just the past two years to understand our unwavering commitment to being the best community healthcare system in New England. To us, these awards are a way to ‘test’ ourselves against the quality of care provided across the country. These recognitions also remind us, and members of our community, that taking care of the people of the Rutland Region is a privilege. 

Learn more about Rutland Regional Medical Center at rrmc.org.

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