Vermont Business Magazine The Porter Medical Center Board today announced President and COO Seleem Choudhury will resign the Middlebury hospital effective immediately. The Board also announced Fred Kniffin, MD will return in an interim role during this time of transition. In an e-mail to the Porter community, Seleem wrote that he had concluded he could no longer lead the organization. Choudhury offered a personal apology and expressed deep admiration for the Porter community. The resignation comes following recent developments relating to his weekly employee e-mails, some of which were plagiarized. Porter is part of the UVM Health Network.
Vermont State Police The Vermont State Police are investigating an incident in which Rutland City and Rutland Town police officers shot and killed a suspect Tuesday morning, Oct. 8, 2019. Preliminary investigation indicates the suspect drove by the Rutland City Police Department at about 5:30 am and fired a gun multiple times into the front entrance of the building. No one was injured. Shortly before 7 am, the vehicle was located, and a pursuit ensued, which culminated with an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and police. The suspect was struck and injured, then transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No officers or civilians were hurt.
Vermont Business Magazine The 26th Annual Masters in the Mountains Golf Tournament on September 6 at the Dorset Field Club in Dorset hosted 28 teams and raised over $57,000 in proceeds for Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).
Vermont Business Magazine A new survey from Burlington-based Champlain College Online finds that while 48 percent of respondents describe themselves as “somewhat” or “very” financially insecure and one in four (25 percent) feel their current job is at risk of becoming extinct, most are willing to invest in continued training and education to advance their career prospects.
Vermont Business Magazine Governor Phil Scott declared October as Employee Ownership Month in Vermont in a proclamation dated October 1, 2019. The proclamation recognizes the value of employee ownership to Vermont’s economy and in creating opportunities for Vermont workers: “[t]he sale of businesses to the employees offers fair compensation to retiring business owners, while also rooting companies in Vermont and providing their employee-owners with the opportunity to earn a secure and prosperous retirement.”
Vermont Business Magazine The Brattleboro Retreat has announced the appointment of Gaurav Chawla, MD, as the hospital’s new chief medical officer (CMO). Dr. Chawla served as CMO at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital in Holyoke, MA, where he has worked since 2012 in various roles including Chief of Psychiatry and Medical Director of Child and Adolescent Services. He began his official duties at the Retreat on September 30th.
by John McClaughry Vermonters have recently witnessed, once again, the annual battle over health insurance rate increases for individual and small business plans. It’s worth taking a long look at just what the state thinks it’s doing, and how it does it.
Vermont Business Magazine MVP Health Care today announced that beginning on January 1, 2020, its Medicare Advantage members in New York and Vermont will be eligible for unique support programs that will work to improve their overall health and well-being. At the start of the new year, MVP’s Medicare Advantage members will be eligible for free meal delivery after an inpatient hospital admission, free telemedicine visits, free exercise classes, and up to a $100 reimbursement for completing health and wellness activities.
Vermont Business Magazine Howard Center will present the 2019 Help is Here Award to Senator Patrick Leahy at its annual Help is Here Award Celebration on October 11. The award honors an individual whose contributions personify Howard Center’s mission and demonstrate a passion for those served by the organization. As a distinguished statesman, Senator Leahy’s over forty years of service in the US Senate has always focused on improving the lives of Vermonters, the cornerstone of Howard Center’s mission.
Vermont Business Magazine One of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation’s most anticipated events of the year is scheduled for Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Mount Snow Grand Summit Resort Hotel in West Dover, Vermont. The Jingle Bell reflects the giving spirit of the season and provides local businesses and community members the opportunity to demonstrate their support for SVHC in a fun and festive way. Highlights of the Jingle Bell include dinner, dancing, and a live auction featuring an exceptional selection of donated items.
Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) announces grants totaling $305,929 for eight projects to benefit Vermont fruit, vegetable, and value-added producers and increase consumer access to locally produced food. These grants, funded through the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP), were awarded to seven agricultural organizations to undertake a range of technology development, research, education, marketing, and program-building projects. The grants will leverage an additional $203,468 in matching funds.