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Light on the Horizon: An Action Plan for Vermont Dental Practices Until More Patients Receive COVID-19 Vaccination

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 8:00am -- katie

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Over the past year, dental practices were mandated to close due to pandemic restrictions and then slowly reopened based on their local and state government guidance. Now, however, there is light on the horizon with COVID-19 vaccination distribution ramping up. In fact, according to the Vermont Department of Health, 36.9% of the state's population has received at least one dose of the vaccine and more than 116,000 people are fully vaccinated. Additionally, the Biden administration announced that every adult in the U.S. will be eligible for a vaccination no later than May 1, which should help to improve this progress.

University of Vermont research sets new $191 million record

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 6:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In the pandemic, University of Vermont research expenditures hit record levels in 2020—up 41% to $191 million—to provide a crucial boost to Vermont’s economy during COVID-19. The total was reported in UVM’s annual 2020 National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development survey and is the largest in the university’s history. It eclipses the previous record of $136 million by a wide margin, and is a key contributor to UVM’s overall $1.3 billion annual economic impact.

SVMC primary care practices recognized for patient-centered care

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 6:43am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) are proud to announce that each of its five primary care practices in Vermont—SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, SVMC Internal Medicine in Bennington, SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Pediatrics in Bennington, and SVMC Pownal Campus in Pownal—have achieved recognition for providing personalized, effective, and efficient primary care.

Pandemic highlights importance of planning for future health care decisions

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 5:47am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine National Healthcare Decisions Day, a day devoted to educating the public about the importance of advance care planning, is Friday, April 16. Once again, Governor Phil Scott has joined us in acknowledging the importance of advance care planning through a Governor’s Proclamation declaring April 11 through 17 Advance Directive Week in Vermont

VA and Middlebury College partner for a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on April 10

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 5:10am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The White River Junction Veterans Affairs (VA) Healthcare System and Middlebury College are partnering in the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. On April 10th the White River Junction VA will be administering first doses of Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at Middlebury College’s Athletics Complex on South Main Street. This clinic is for Veterans and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees by appointment only. 

McClaughry: It’s time to rethink failing health care policies

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 4:42am -- tim

by John McClaughry Paul Jarris MD, one of the best Commissioners of Public Health (2003-2006) that Vermont has ever had, often said forthrightly that “about forty percent of what Vermont spends on health care is simply wasted.”

Since then Vermont has gone through Catamount Health, Green Mountain Care, and All Payer. Have we gained much ground toward achieving our goals for a healthy and affordable Vermont?

SVHC features Dr David Veltre at next Medical Matters Weekly

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 3:56am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr Trey Dobson, a weekly interactive, multi-platform medical-themed talk show, will feature David Veltre, MD, as a guest on its April 7 show. Dr Veltre is a hand and upper extremity specialist at SVMC Orthopedics and Northern Berkshire Orthopedics. They will discuss the most common conditions he sees in his practice and their treatments.

 

Big Change Roundup ‘Bandits’ make a difference for pediatric patients

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 3:52am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The annual “Big Change Roundup for Kids” to support The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital raised a total of $200,650.22 this year. The annual three-month long coin collecting campaign is the largest annual fundraiser for the hospital, and is a joint project of the UVM Children’s Hospital and 98.9 WOKO-FM. Local businesses and volunteers from throughout the region raised funds to help pay for medical equipment; Child Life activities that educate, entertain and improve the health care experience for pediatric patients; and many more initiatives that support high-quality, child-friendly, family centered care.

NEFCU offers financial literacy app during Financial Literacy Month

Tue, 04/06/2021 - 2:30am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine This past year dealing with COVID has emphasized the importance of financial well-being. April’s Financial Literacy Month highlights that everyone benefits from financial education. NEFCU has announced a unique digital solution to enhance personal finance - an app called Zogo. NEFCU has partnered with Zogo to provide free financial education for all Vermonters 13 years of age and older. This mobile app is a fun and engaging way to increase financial literacy.

Statement by Governor Scott about racist response to efforts to vaccinate Vermont’s BIPOC population

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 8:30pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement: There is no better, safer, or faster way to defeat this virus and revitalize our economy than to make vaccinations available to every Vermonter. Unfortunately, the legacy of racism in America, and in Vermont, still drives a lot of anger and fear. Recently, my office, the Health Department and those hardworking individuals getting us vaccinated, have been subjected to vitriolic and inappropriate comments in social media and other forums regarding this decision.

VDH COVID-19 Update: More than 40 percent vaccinated, another 15,000 sign up

Mon, 04/05/2021 - 5:23pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Department of health today is reporting 116 more cases of COVID-19 as cases exceeded 20,000 over the weekend. There have also been one more death since Friday for 229 total statewide. The state has also surpassed 40 percent of its adult population (or nearly 220,000 Vermonters) getting at least one dose of vaccine. More than 15,000 Vermonters age 40 and older had made appointments today for the COVID-19 vaccine on the first day of their eligibility.

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