by Jeff Tieman, VAHHS President and CEO The global pandemic has been difficult for all of us – individuals, families, parents, students, employers, employees, the list goes on. Health care providers too have faced new challenges and stepped into new roles. Hospitals incurred significant unexpected expense as they planned for a possible surge in Vermont COVID-19 patients. We retrofitted space, created new staffing models, set up testing regimens, purchased expensive and hard-to-find protective equipment, and adopted new policies and guidelines to respond to rapidly changing conditions.
Vermont Business Magazine Chaplain Lorna Graham has joined the White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System as Chief of Chaplain Services. Dr Graham is a proponent of chaplain leadership that promotes an interdisciplinary and holistic approach to Spiritual Care. Lorna has served at Massachusetts General Hospital, Care Dimensions Hospice & Palliative Care Services, Recovery Centers of America, and VA Boston Medical Center. Her primary focus at VA Boston was the Women in Treatment Recovery Program. During that time, she initiated a spiritual care curriculum, facilitated groups and presented at seminars on spirituality & trauma, alcohol/substance use disorder and factors related to relapse.
Vermont Business Magazine Bennington College announces the launch of Bennington+, a suite of new offerings that will allow learners at every stage—from high school students to working adults to retired professionals—access to Bennington courses. Initial offerings includes Bennington Unbound, new creative and critical writing courses offered by renowned faculty members of the Bennington Writing Seminars; courses on urgent social and environmental issues offered by faculty at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA); and greater access to a range of courses across the broader Bennington undergraduate curriculum.
Vermont Business Magazine Global industrial and IoT computer hardware manufacturer, OnLogic, has announced immediate availability of their new Helix Series of industrial computers, powered by Intel's latest 10th generation processors. Intended for use in Edge Computing, Industrial IoT, Smart City, Smart Manufacturing, AI and Automation applications, the Helix Series includes both a small form factor fanless system (the HX500), as well as a unique "hybrid fanless" system (the HX600) that can be configured with discrete graphics cards, additional storage, I/O or expansion cards.
Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), ranked fourth out of 3,282 hospitals nationwide for value of care, according to the Lown Institute Hospitals Index. The hospital also earned an A+ overall, highest among Vermont’s 10 hospitals. According to the Lown Institute website, some hospitals provide health care services that are unnecessary, expensive, and even harmful. Unneeded or ineffective procedures, tests, scans, and medications can cause physical harm and waste resources. This overuse is known as low-value care. The practice increases healthcare costs and puts patients at risk. The index evaluates how often hospitals deliver 13 commonly overused services, including over prescribing, over screening, and unnecessary procedures. It grades the hospitals based on the likelihood that they are delivering care appropriately.
Vermont Business Magazine A new book by Billie Lynn Allard, MS, RN, FAAN, follows her and her team at Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) as they attempt to solve the most pressing healthcare delivery problems in America today. Titled INSPIREd Healthcare, the book is available now from Sigma Publishing.
Vermont Business Magazine Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the August schedule is more susceptible to change. Please check the GMCB website for the updated press release and agendas.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020: Board Meeting (1:00 pm)
- GMCB Geographic Reporting: The Use and Cost of Health Care Services for Vermonters and Access Patterns for VT Hospitals
- Hospital Sustainability Plans – Potential Vote
*Presenters and Board Members will be participating by phone and web presentation. Call-in number: (802) 828-7667 Dial-in number: 264 725 72#. To join the meeting via the Microsoft Teams application, click here: Join Microsoft Teams Meeting. Please remember to mute yourself when you are not speaking.
Vermont Business Magazine We’ll be shining a light on the health care heroes during National Health Center Week August 9-15, said Jill Jesso-White, Community Health community relations specialist. Community Health is spotlighting the dedication and inspiration provided by the clinical and non-clinical workers who make high quality health care accessible to everyone in the community.
Vermont Business Magazine For the second year in a row, Rutland Regional Medical Center has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for Adult Knee Replacement, and has also been named a High Performing Hospital for Adult Hip Replacement for 2020-2021 by U.S. News & World Report. More than 4500 Medical Centers nationwide were evaluated in ten procedures and conditions with fewer than one third of all hospitals receiving any high-performance rating.
by Rob Roper A number of public school teachers and administrators have recently raised serious concerns about re-opening schools this fall. Harwood Union Superintendent, Brigid Nease, just penned a 2225 word letter sounding the alarm about the overwhelming challenges facing the system.
Vermont Business Magazine The Spirit of the Summer Gala—an event designed to bring the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) community safely together in a virtual way—welcomed more than 400 attendees and raised more than $78,000 July 17 – 31, 2020.
“The Spirit of the Summer Gala was an incredible success by all measures,” said Leslie Keefe, the vice president of Corporate Development at SVHC. “It was so inspiring and just what the community needed at this time.”
Vermont Business Magazine Communities in Vermont are kicking off World Breastfeeding Week on August first, with an invitation to join with others across the globe to celebrate, promote and learn more about breastfeeding, chestfeeding, lactation, and infant and maternal health. Throughout the week the Department of Health will be highlighting the importance of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls “the clinical gold standard for infant feeding and nutrition.”