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Mt. Ascutney Hospital partners with Dartmouth-Hitchcock to deliver TeleHealth services

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:33am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine There’s no question that telehealth – using telecommunications and information technologies to provide healthcare at a distance – is changing the landscape of health care in America. But perhaps the most positive effects are being felt in rural communities, where the shortage of medical specialists and the long distances between hospitals and clinics present special challenges for patients seeking care. Telehealth contributes to local care, keeping patients in their own community where they can be surrounded by loved ones and local care teams.

BMH’s Just So Pediatrics announces extended office hours

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 3:04am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Just So Pediatrics (JSP), a member of the BMH Medical Group, is now offering extended hours in order to accommodate patients who request evening and occasionally, weekend appointments. In addition to its regular hours of 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM on weekdays, JSP has extended their office hours from 8 AM until 8 PM on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, with additional appointments available on some Saturdays.

Vermont Air Guard to get first F-35 in 2019

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 4:52pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Air Force officials announced today that the Burlington Air Guard Station located in South Burlington is expected to receive its first F-35A aircraft in Fall 2019, a year earlier than originally planned, according to a statement released by the Vermont National Guard. The advancement of the aircraft delivery to the Vermont Air National Guard will allow the Air Force more time to grow its active-duty maintenance force while capitalizing on the strengths of the Total Force.

UVM Medical Center to to move 350-400 employees to redeveloped Burlington Town Center

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 4:31pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine As part of its $249 million makeover of Burlington’s Church Street mall, called the Burlington Town Center (BTC), mall owner Devonwood Investors, LLC today announced that it has entered into a preliminary agreement with The University of Vermont Medical Center to lease non-clinical office space for UVM Medical Center at the mall site in downtown Burlington. The expected occupancy is 2019. The lease would allow the UVM Medical Center to utilize the soon-to-be redeveloped site of the BTC to place downtown 350-400 administrative jobs currently located at sites used by UVM Medical Center in Burlington and outside of the city as leases expire.

Vermont E911 Board releases inaccurate information

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 2:06pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine A press release from the E-911 Board stating that the Department of Public Safety “will not be continuing to participate in the statewide 911 call taking system” is false. No decision has been made. Secretary of Administration Justin Johnson issued the following statement on the inaccurate press release issued this morning. “No decision has been made surrounding the participation of the Department of Public Safety in the statewide 9-1-1 call taking system. The attempt to mislead the media and public is completely outrageous and under-handed.”

VBSR: 'Ban the Box' is good for employment

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 1:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine VBSR members came out in strong support for H261 last week. The Ban the Box bill is now under consideration by the Senate Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs Committee. The bill eliminates the criminal history question on job applications for most jobs - allowing prospective hires to explain their past convictions and the steps they've taken to rebuild their lives. Employers can still conduct background checks and ask about criminal records during job interviews.

Bad mortgages down in Vermont, US negative equity rates improve

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:40pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Vermont remains in the lower half of states ranked by bad mortgages, as it has for several years. When the mortgage crisis first hit in 2008 Vermont was at the bottom. The mortgage crisis is still embedded in the states worst hit, but the number and type of foreclosures and non-current loans has diminished significantly, accept for the lowest-priced homes, especially those in a  "negative equity" position. Vermont (21.1 percent) is among several states, including most of New England, that has seen non-current mortgages fall by more than 20 percent over the last year, as the national average is down 18.1 percent. Vermont's foreclosure rate is above the US average, while its delinquent rate is below average. The state's overall non-current rate is 5.5 percent, just under the US average of 5.7 percent.

Smith: Questions beyond a shooting

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 4:42am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine After a nearly five-hour police standoff, Ralph “Phil” Grenon was shot and killed by a Burlington police officer. He reportedly lunged at police with two knives. The shooting of a 76-year old man, who many have said had mental health issues, has generated a public outcry. Perhaps it was Mr. Grenon’s age, or perhaps it was his mental state, but opinions about the incident have been diverse and passionate.

Connolly: Why the Vermont Legislature needs to pass H867

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 5:06am -- tim

by Maureen Cregan Connolly Nearly 97% of Vermont's businesses are classified as "small" according to the Small Business Association (SBA). Statistics provided by the SBA report that between 2010 and 2013 Vermont had 77,726 small businesses and that, of that number, 60,067 businesses were without employees. These businesses primarily survive through contract work with other business entities.

LCC March Ripples E-news: Bloated farm bill, rebuilding infrastructure

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 6:58am -- tim

LCC Lake Champlain Committee The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has requested a delay in up-dating their pollution control rules for agriculture. The up-date is required under Act 64, the water quality bill passed by the Vermont legislature in 2015. Act 64 called for the Agency to finalize the rules by July 1, 2016. The Agency wants that date pushed back until September.