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VLS to change name, become graduate institution, gets $8 million gift

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:22pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont Law School today announced that on July 1 it will become Vermont Law and Graduate School (VLGS). It will add three master’s degree programs and expand in Burlington. This is part of a major restructuring and long-term growth plan that will see the school double down on its public interest mission and transition to a graduate institution housing two schools – law and graduate. The new vision is bolstered by an anonymous $8 million donation to the school. The creation of a new graduate school on par with the existing law school and resulting name change are part of a new strategic plan developed by faculty and staff and approved by the board of trustees, and reflects the growing interest from students for cross-disciplinary approaches to social justice and an all-in commitment to public interest law and policy.

USCIS Deputy Director Higgins to welcome 14 new citizens at grand opening of Burlington Field Office

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:21pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine US Citizenship and Immigration Services Deputy Director Jennifer Higgins will administer the Oath of Allegiance and provide congratulatory remarks to the country’s newest Americans during a special naturalization ceremony Wednesday that marks the grand opening of the agency’s new Burlington Field Office in Vermont. USCIS representatives, invited guests, and members of the local community will celebrate the grand opening by participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, touring the new facility, and holding a dedication of space recognition in memory of Medal of Honor recipient John Longeran. The naturalization ceremony will take place immediately following the ribbon-cutting festivities.

VSP: Fatal fire in Marshfield

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:05pm -- tim

Vermont State Police Members from the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit returned to 1113 Cabot Road in Marshfield to conduct an origin and cause investigation following a fire that took place at the residence on June 20, 2022.  Based on the result of the scene examination investigators determined that the fire began in a dryer located in the downstairs bathroom. Investigators believe that the victim, Will Livendale, was trying to extinguish the fire when he was overcome by smoke. The fire quickly spread into other areas of the structure causing extensive damage throughout the home.

New pediatric mental health service now available to primary care providers statewide

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 3:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of Mental Health (DMH) is pleased to announce the launch of the Vermont Child Psychiatry Access Program (VT-CPAP) in response to the rise in need for youth mental healthcare following the COVID-19 pandemic. VT-CPAP is a telephone consultation service that supports primary care providers (PCPs) to address and treat pediatric mental health concerns within their practice. Consultations will assist with diagnosis, medication management, psychotherapy recommendations, and community-based referrals. Registering for the program is free for any PCP in the state serving individuals 21 and under.

Vermont farmworkers petition ICE to stop their deportations

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 1:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Ten immigrant farmworkers stood in front of the U.S. Federal Building today to announce the filing of a joint petition to stop their deportations. Backed by supporters, the “Migrant Justice 10” called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to apply federal guidelines that benefit non-citizens with a history of advocacy for labor and housing rights, and to close their deportation cases, allowing them to remain in the US.

VITL joins New England region Health Information Exchange collaboration

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 1:49pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine HealthInfoNet (Maine), The Rhode Island Quality Institute (RIQI), and VITL (Vermont) today announced an innovative collaboration aimed at advancing interstate interoperability to improve population health and patient care in and across each of the New England communities they serve. In partnering together, the organizations aim to accomplish three primary objectives: (1) improved interoperability, (2) expanded innovation and deployment of health information services for their communities, and (3) increased operational efficiencies.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s Summer Gala raises record funds

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 7:01am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Summer Gala—the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation’s signature fundraising event and the region’s most elegant charity occasion—was held for the first time in 2 years on the evening of June 11 at the Hubbell Homestead in Bennington. The event hosted more than 400 people and raised more than $450,000. This is the highest amount ever raised at an SVHC event. Funds raised will support the Vision 2020 project to renovate and expand the Emergency Department and  Regional Cancer Center.

Porter Board of Trustees seeks two new members

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 6:02am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The UVMHN-Porter Medical Center is inviting community members to apply for two upcoming openings on its Board of Trustees. The new members will replace outgoing Trustees who will reach the end of their term in September of 2022. The 19-member Board of Trustees is responsible for representing Porter Medical Center as a member of the UVM Health Network. Trustees are also responsible for overseeing Porter Medical Center to ensure it fulfills its mission and serves the needs of our community.

Rutland Regional receives Outstanding Patient Experience Award

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 5:09am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Rutland Regional Medical Center announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2022 Outstanding Patient Experience Award. This distinction places Rutland Regional among the top 10 percent of hospitals nationwide for patient experience, according to Healthgrades, the leading marketplace that connects people with the right doctor and hospital. For this annual analysis, Healthgrades evaluated 3,173 hospitals that submitted at least 75 patient experience surveys to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), covering admissions from July 2020 to March 2021. Of those hospitals evaluated, 399 hospitals outperformed their peers—based on their patients’ responses—to achieve this award.

CVMC opens orthopedic and sports medicine practice in Waterbury Center

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 4:26am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) has opened a second location in Waterbury Center to increase the community’s access to world-class orthopedic and sports medicine from our highly skilled doctors. The new practice, located off VT-100N, near the Cabot Annex, opened on June 1. It provides an alternative to the Berlin location for residents in the Mad River Valley, Waterbury and Stowe and the surrounding areas. J.P. Begly, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at CVMC and a U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team Volunteer Physician, will care for patients at the facility. Sara Graves, MD, MS, also an orthopedic surgeon, is also offering care, along with Orthopedic Physician Assistant Helen Hollenbach, PA-C.

Medical Matters Weekly hosts chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 3:54am -- tim

​Vermont Business Magazine Ada D. Stewart, MD, FAAFP, is the board chair of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the next guest on Medical Matters Weekly. Viewers are invited to tune in at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22. The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). 

Camp Ta-Kum-Ta wins Red Sox grants addressing mental health in New England

Tue, 06/21/2022 - 3:54am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Camp Ta-Kum-Ta last Wednesday night received the $10,000 first-place award in Vermont as part of the 8th Annual IMPACT Awards, a joint initiative of the Red Sox Foundation and the Ruderman Family Foundation, which for the third consecutive year is continuing its mission to support organizations that have demonstrated a deep impact in raising awareness and improving the mental health outcomes in their community. One of 18 winners across six states in New England, Camp Ta-Kum-Ta provides challenging, extraordinary experiences in a safe and loving environment for children who have or have had cancer and their families free of charge.

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