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Bennington College expands offerings to learners around the world

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 7:30am -- tim

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.

New Helix by OnLogic brings GPU computing to the Edge

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 6:32am -- tim

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.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center ranks 4th in nation for value

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 5:55am -- tim

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.

GMCB Board Meeting Schedule August 2020

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 3:53am -- tim

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.

Honor the health care heroes in your neighborhood

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 3:38am -- tim

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.

RRMC named a High Performing Hospital for Hip and Knee Replacement by US News & World Report

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 3:27am -- tim

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.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s Spirit of the Summer Gala raises more than $78,000

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 3:02am -- tim

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 celebrates World Breastfeeding Week August 1-7

Tue, 08/04/2020 - 2:07am -- tim

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.”

VDH COVID-19 Update: Wearing a mask is now the law

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 5:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Effective this past Saturday, August 1, people in Vermont are required to wear a face mask or covering in public spaces any time it is not possible to keep a 6-foot distance from others who are not part of your household. This includes both indoor and outdoor public spaces and group living settings (for example, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, apartment and condo complexes). The Vermont Department of Health reported today one new case of COVID-19 for a statewide total of 1,427. There is one person hospitalized and deaths remain at 57.

Vermont hospitals file 'Recovery Budgets' with Green Mountain Care Board

Mon, 08/03/2020 - 5:13pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s nonprofit hospitals filed budget requests with the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) on Friday for the coming fiscal year, kicking off the annual hospital budget review process. The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS), which represents the system of hospitals, called these budgets “recovery budgets,” after years of financial challenges intensified by COVID-19. Hospitals experienced significant loss of revenue when they were forced to shut down elective procedures beginning in mid-March. At the same time, hospitals incurred substantial unplanned but lifesaving expenses in response to the pandemic such as retrofitting space, creating new staffing models and purchasing expensive and hard-to-find protective equipment. While extremely disruptive and costly, this work, in which hospitals collaborated with state and community partners, has been lauded as a model for the nation.