Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott announced today an agreement with the federal government cementing Vermont’s role as a national leader in health care innovation. The Global Commitment demonstration increases Vermonters’ access to health care services, strengthens the health care system, and supports health care providers recovering from disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The agreement, which begins July 1 and extends for five and half years, provides Medicaid coverage to 200,000 Vermonters and grants Vermont flexibility in its use of federal Medicaid dollars. This funding is critical to the state’s goal to build a more accessible, equitable, and coordinated system of care.
Vermont Business Magazine Shaun McNiff, PhD—artist, art therapist, professor, and author—is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly. Viewers are invited to tune in at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. The show will address the power of art as a component of health and wellbeing in addition to the mental and physical healing processes.
Vermont Business Magazine Today The Vermont Flannel Company and All American Clothing Co. announced a new partnership to support domestic apparel production in the United States. The strategic partnership, called USA Brands, will: Combine two of the country’s best-known USA-made brands of blue jeans and flannel clothing; Provide quality-made domestic clothing to consumers on a national scale at reasonable prices; Strengthen Vermont Flannel and All American Clothing’s commitment to American jobs and American craftsmanship.
Vermont Business Magazine Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer emeritus at the Cleveland Clinic and leading health and wellness communicator, is the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly. Viewers are invited to tune in at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29. The show will address the power of everyday choices in preventing disease and prolonging productive and enjoyable lives.
Vermont Business Magazine Sascha Mayer, co-founder of Mamava, announced today that Thomas Witschi has been retained as her successor and will oversee and lead the company moving forward. Mayer will stay on in the capacity of Chief Brand Officer and Chairperson of the Board, working with Witschi on strategic initiatives and direction of the brand. Witschi’s appointment comes at a time of rapid growth for Mamava, which acquired its manufacturing facility—Mamava Manufacturing in Springfield, Vermont—last fall. The company is expected to more than double its revenue this year ($10.1 million in 2021).
Vermont Business Magazine At its meeting Monday tonight, the Burlington City Council voted to approve Mayor Miro Weinberger’s Fiscal Year 2023 $96 million budget in a unanimous vote. The mayor's office described this as continuing the administration’s strong record of carefully stewarding taxpayer resources while making substantial new investments in public safety, progress toward Net Zero, and in critical public infrastructure. Burlingtonians can expect maintained public services and an overall property tax decrease due to a reduction in the statewide property tax rate.
Vermont State Police On June 27, 2022 at approximately 2308 hours, Troopers from the Williston Barracks responded to the area of VT Route 108 in the Town of Cambridge for a report of a tractor-trailer stuck in Smugglers' Notch. Upon arriving on scene, Troopers located the tractor trailer stuck in the sharp curve located near the top of Smuggler's Notch. The operator of the vehicle was identified as Edzer Cosmeus (37) of North Lauderdale, FL. Cosmeus stated he observed the several warning signs prohibiting tractor trailers from travelling through the notch but continued to follow his GPS. Cosmeus was issued Vermont Civil Violation Complaints pursuant to Title 23 VSA 1006 (Commercial Vehicles Prohibited on Smugglers' Notch-Impeding Traffic) totaling $3544 in fines and four points.
Vermont Business Magazine Burton Snowboards is partnering with The Venture Out Project to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community this month, and beyond. Burton’s “Design Your Pride” initiative will call on LGBTQ+ artists from across the globe to submit a piece of their work (any medium) for the snowboarding brand’s first-ever Pride Collection that will launch in 2023. Burton has received 46 artist applicants so far from 16 countries. Burton said in a statement: "It’s been great to see the campaign embraced internationally but we are hoping to continue to get the word to as many potential applicants as possible ahead of the close of the submissions on July 1st."
Vermont Business Magazine Thousands of Vermont households can now sign up for free and low-cost health plans on Vermont’s health insurance marketplace, thanks to an ongoing Special Enrollment Period (SEP) announced today by the Department of Vermont Health Access. While most SEPs are time-limited and linked to a particular life event, the new policy allows income-eligible residents to sign up any time of the year.
Vermont Business Magazine Turning Point of Franklin County is pleased to announce its new satellite office in Alburgh, offering peer recovery coaching and support groups for both individuals and families seeking assistance to reduce harm or seeking recovery from substance use disorder. In 2021, a record-high 210 Vermonters died from opioid overdoses. Substance use disorder and its impacts on our families, friends and neighbors have been compounded by the stress, uncertainty and isolation so many have endured throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Vermont Business Magazine The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), was the recipient of the DAISY Team Award for Extraordinary Nurses in May. The department was nominated in a heartfelt message from a patient recovering from an overdose.
Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), graduated eight nurses from its Transition-to-Practice Nurse Residency Program. The program is the first program in the state and one of only 208 in the United States to have received accreditation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Practice Transition Accreditation Program for nurses working in the medical-surgical, women’s and children’s, and emergency departments. Accreditation for the intensive care unit is expected to be obtained later this year. Current students in the program joined the graduates in celebrating their completion.