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Garnet Healthcare brings direct care to the office

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 1:14pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A new program by Garnet Healthcare will allow Vermont employees to receive care — without leaving the workplace. The just-launched Direct Care program will deliver onsite employee health benefits to businesses, with Twincraft Skincare as the first to sign on.  Employer-sponsored onsite clinics are a proven model for increasing utilization of primary care and reducing overall healthcare costs. Until now, there hasn't been a model for onsite clinics on a Vermont scale. Garnet's Direct Care program is an innovative approach that brings the doctor to an employers' doorstep, creating direct access to direct care for employees.

Challenge to state’s withholding of EB-5 records heads to Vermont Supreme Court

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 12:56pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Journalism Trust (VJT) filed its opening brief with the Vermont Supreme Court yesterday in its lawsuit challenging the State’s withholding of public records related to oversight of the EB-5 Foreign Immigrant Investor Program – the program that led to the largest financial fraud in Vermont history. VJT operates VTDigger, which requested the records pursuant to Vermont’s Public Records Act. After the trial court ordered the state to turn over certain records to VJT, the suit claims the state refused to say which records it is not providing, in clear violation of the public records statute. VJT is asking the Supreme Court to enforce the Public Records Act’s requirement that, if a public body is going to withhold public records, it must at a minimum disclose what it is withholding, and why.

Let’s Grow Kids Action Network endorses candidates in Vermont

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 12:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Today, Let’s Grow Kids Action Network announced its first-ever slate of endorsed childcare candidates for the general election in Vermont. The 131 candidates endorsed today have demonstrated they are committed to putting Vermont’s economy on a sustainable path by taking action to transform Vermont’s childcare system in 2023. Let’s Grow Kids Action Network is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization focused on passing laws that fund and sustain a high-quality, affordable childcare system. Topping Let’s Grow Kids Action Network’s list of endorsed candidates are Congressman Peter Welch, the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, Becca Balint, the Democratic nominee for U.S. House of Representatives and Governor Phil Scott, the Republican nominee for Governor.

SVHC announces DAISY Award winner

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 12:55pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Amanda Crossman, RN, a nurse in the Emergency Department (ED) at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), was the July recipient of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses at Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). Crossman’s nominator came in with a fist sized abscess on their jaw. While the entire team, including the people escorting the patient to the Emergency Department, the registration staff, and the doctor, was “fantastic,” the nurse, Crossman “was a standout.”

SVCOA​​​​​​​ seeks applicants for National Family Caregiver Support grant funds

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 12:27pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging (SVCOA) today announced that it is seeking applicants for National Family Caregiver Support (NFCSP) grant funds available to local agencies providing supportive programs and services for caregivers, as well as individual caregivers age 55 and up who are caring full-time for children under the age of 18. The National Family Caregiver Support Program provides caregiver support and services for unpaid caregivers including information and assistance, respite, counseling, support groups, trainings and other evidence-based educational programs. 

Fox US Open of Mountain Biking announces race event schedule starting Thursday

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 11:58am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The Fox US Open of Mountain Biking has released its event schedule for racing this weekend at Killington Resort, September 15-18.  Athletes will kick off the epic competition on Thursday, September 15, with the Bike Park remaining open to the public, while racers begin preparing for the Open Downhill event. Known as a true family-friendly mountain bike festival, this event is free to attend and watch.  Visitors will enjoy the excitement of the competition among some of the biggest names in the sport and the incredible experiences Killington Resort has to offer.

LoveYourBrain and Jack Mitrani to host 6th annual golf tournament

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 9:15am -- katie

VermontBiz The LoveYourBrain Foundation, a Vermont-based national nonprofit, is set to host its 6th Annual Golf Tournament on Monday, September 19th at Burlington Country Club. This annual event, presented in 2022 by Vermont-based Bitter Bubble, invites golf enthusiasts, corporations, professionals and philanthropists to join LoveYourBrain in raising money for their community-based and online programs for people affected by traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Falls prevention key to healthy aging

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 9:00am -- katie

VermontBiz Falling is not a normal part of aging, yet 31% of Vermonters ages 45 and older report experiencing a fall that results in injury. A serious injury ─ especially when you are older ─ can limit a person’s mobility and independence and increase social isolation, which can lead to additional health problems.

In 2020, 171 Vermont residents ages 65 and older had a fall-related death. To help reduce the risk of falls, state health officials and Falls Free Vermont, a statewide resource for fall prevention information and training, are urging Vermonters to know the simple steps that will help avoid falls and injuries. 

Hoffer: Council did not confirm that law enforcement officers met training requirements

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 8:18am -- tim

by Vermont Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer Imagine this scenario: A police officer from a small police department is patrolling in his cruiser late in the evening when the dispatcher directs him to respond to a 911 call at a local residence. Little is known other than that the caller says a family member is threatening violence against the caller. The officer arrives at the home. The front door is open. After announcing his arrival and that he is an officer, the officer gauges the situation. An adult male is screaming at the top of his lungs, the caller is crying, and the adult male is now threatening the caller and the officer and begins to aggressively approach the caller... There may be no greater power granted by the State than that which it gives law enforcement to perform their public safety functions. With that power comes enormous responsibility.

Medical Matters Weekly features Girls on the Run leader Rachel Desautels Sept 14

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 3:29am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine The next guest on Medical Matters Weekly is Rachel Desautels, the executive director of Girls on the Run Vermont. The show airs on Facebook Live at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14. The show is produced by Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Desautels has been the executive director of Girls on the Run Vermont since 2019, before which she served as a statewide program manager, program coordinator for Northern Vermont, and a volunteer coach.

American Lung Association seeks grant applications from innovative researchers in Vermont, NH, ME

Tue, 09/13/2022 - 3:11am -- tim
Organization opens application process for 2023-2024 awards and grants funding

Vermont Business Magazine The American Lung Association has announced the start of its 2023-2024 research awards and grants cycle. The organization is now accepting research grant applications from researchers across the nation with the potential to improve prevention, detection and treatment options for all lung diseases including lung cancer.

Short term stabilization drives FY2023 hospital budget decisions

Mon, 09/12/2022 - 5:17pm -- katie

VermontBiz Today, the Green Mountain Care Board completed its review and approval of the Fiscal Year 2023 budgets for Vermont’s 14 community hospitals.

“Like households and other businesses, Vermont hospitals have been challenged by historically high inflation rates, supply chain breakdowns, and workforce shortages,” said Jessica Holmes, Interim Board Chair.  “The continuing impacts of COVID-19 have led hospital costs to outpace revenues, with 9 of our hospitals currently experiencing operating losses. Every year, we work hard to balance cost containment with the need to ensure that Vermont’s hospitals have the resources necessary to provide high-quality care in their communities. This year, we paid close attention to restoring the financial stability of the hospital system and preserving access to care.”