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Champlain College Online names Herrick-Phelps assistant provost

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:08am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Champlain College Online, a leader in career-focused adult higher education, today announced the appointment of Dr. Johnna Herrick-Phelps to its academic leadership team. As assistant provost, Herrick-Phelps will lead the College’s over 60 online academic programs, including associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees; undergraduate and graduate certificates; and non-degree programs and courses.

Vermont reducing opioid prescriptions

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 7:44am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont has one of the highest opioid use disorder rates in the nation, but also has seen one of the steepest declines in opioid-based prescriptions. A new study from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association found that the number of prescriptions for opioid-based medications among its commercially insured members in Massachusetts plummeted 51 percent between 2013 and 2017 -- the biggest drop in the nation. The results come in the wake of a groundbreaking prescription safety program launched by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts in 2012, before the opioid epidemic was widely recognized as a crisis.

McClaughry: A course change for public sector unions

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 4:19am -- tim

by John McClaughry In his Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom (1785), Thomas Jefferson famously declared that “to compel a man to furnish contribution of money for the propagation of opinion which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.” In that spirit, the US Supreme Court last month struck down “agency fees” taken by public sector unions from non-members’ paychecks. “The First Amendment,” Justice Alito wrote in the Janus v.

LACiNg Up For Cancer walk raises more than $180,000

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 3:24am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Fundraising efforts for this year’s LACiNg Up For Cancer walk, an event that benefits Lamoille Area Cancer Network (LACN), is at $187,029 with more expected to trickle in over the next several weeks. Kathy Demars, Event Chair, expressed her appreciation to the many teams, businesses and individuals who supported this year’s walk stating, “We live in a very generous community, a community that understands the importance of helping others."

Mt Ascutney collaborates with area schools to promote health

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 3:12am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of Vermont’s statewide public health initiative 3-4-50, Mt Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is teaming up with local schools to cultivate an early interest in healthy behaviors among children and their families. MAHHC representatives are making a series of visits to area schools to encourage healthy choices, most recently at Hartland Elementary School in Hartland, Vermont.

Women’s heart health talk draws 120

Tue, 07/17/2018 - 2:49am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A talk about women’s heart health by Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Dr Bina Ahmed, an interventional cardiologist, drew 120 people to the Taconic Hotel on Wednesday evening. During the talk, Dr Ahmed revealed differences in heart disease in men and women, including the ways it is commonly treated. She revealed three heart diagnoses that occur mostly or only in women.

Vermont to award $4 million in school safety grants

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 4:58pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine More than 250 Vermont schools have applied for funding to make security upgrades to their facilities. The state will award $4 million in grants by this fall to help schools strengthen security, using guidance from a statewide safety assessment conducted earlier this year. Governor Phil Scott ordered the assessments after an alleged school shooting plot was uncovered and averted in Fair Haven in February.

Janette Bombardier joins Chroma as Chief Engineering Officer

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 2:42pm -- tim

by Timothy McQuiston Vermont Business Magazine In a dramatic restructuring that will allow employee-owned Chroma Technology Corp in Bellows Falls to take advantage of rapidly expanding international markets, the company announced today that former IBM-GlobalFoundries leader Janette Bombardier has accepted the newly created position of Chief Engineering Officer.

GMP among top utilities for customer satisfaction

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 2:04pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Power is excited to announce that customers ranked GMP second highest for mid-sized utilities in the East Region in J.D. Power’s 2018 electric utility residential customer satisfaction study. GMP has achieved a high-ranking three years in a row, demonstrating a strong record of continued excellence. GMP’s results have risen every year over the past six years, showing a 20-percent increase in customer satisfaction.