UVM Health Network, Dartmouth-Hitchcock enter air transport agreement

first_imgThe University of Vermont Medical Center,Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,Two DHART choppers fly over the West Lebanon, NH, hospital. D-H photo.Vermont Business Magazine Hospitalized patients who need lifesaving care available only at another hospital in the region will benefit from a new collaboration between the University of Vermont Health Network and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. As part of an ongoing commitment to provide access to high-quality care for patients through stronger connections between the region’s hospitals, UVM Health Network has signed a contract to staff a helicopter provided by the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART)’s air ambulance program. Dartmouth-Hitchcock will oversee the program, leveraging its over two decades of experience operating a premier air ambulance program in northern New England. This is the latest step in the development by UVM Health Network of a comprehensive Regional Transport System (RTS), and will allow medical experts to better respond when minutes matter.“Our service area covers 40,000 square miles, so it’s vital that we have consistently available transportation for patients who need the right care quickly,” said Ryan Clouser, DO, medical officer for the UVM Health Network’s Regional Transport System. “When a patient needs services that cannot be delivered where they are hospitalized, physicians will be able to arrange for critical care transportation to get them to a hospital with highly trained and expert teams who can provide the necessary care.”“For patients suffering from trauma, heart attack or stroke, and who require a higher level of care, time is vital,” said Kent Hall, MD, chief medical officer at the University of Vermont Health Network’s Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York.Currently, hospitals in the region rely mainly on ground ambulance service for critical care transportation between facilities, which can mean hundreds of miles of travel and a prolonged time to lifesaving care. For example, patients experiencing a heart attack or stroke can sometimes receive clot-busting drugs at a rural hospital, but time is of the essence for those who need more advanced procedures within a limited window of time for the best outcomes.“This approach is exciting because it values partnership over ownership,” said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, president and chief operating officer at the UVM Medical Center. “All of our region’s hospitals believe that our number one responsibility is to the patients and families we serve, and we are working together to create the best system to meet their needs.”“We’re pleased to be able to collaborate with our colleagues at the UVM Health Network in expanding this important Regional Transport and Transfer System,” said Kyle Madigan, RN, MSN, CMTE, DHART Director. “Dartmouth-Hitchcock has provided air and ground ambulance services through DHART for more than 20 years, and we’re proud of our reputation for excellence in service. We look forward to providing an expanded reach of air medical services to the patients of Vermont and Northern New York.”It is anticipated that the helicopter service will be operational as part of the Regional Transport System in July 2018.“Regional collaborations such as this are increasingly important in rural areas like Vermont and Northern New York,” noted Joanne M. Conroy, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock CEO and president. “Working with DHART, The University of Vermont Health Network’s regional transport capabilities will improve the ability to get acutely ill patients timely, appropriate care in a tertiary care center and be a significant step in improving the health of the region. We’re delighted to be able to partner in this effort.”The University of Vermont Health Network is an integrated system serving the residents of Vermont and northern New York.The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Advanced Response Team(link is external) (DHART) is based in Lebanon, NH, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, New Hampshire’s only American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 Trauma Center. The DHART team, consisting of medical personnel from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and aviation personnel employed by Metro Aviation, Inc. provides both ground and air medical transportation services to the medical communities of Northern New England. The DHART team also responds to public safety agency requests for evacuation of trauma patients from scenes of accident and injury, and will transport to the closest Trauma Center in the region’s five states. Operating 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the DHART team transports adult, pediatric and neonatal patients to any appropriate medical facility in New England.Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system serving communities in northern New England.Source: UVM Medical Center 12.20.2017last_img read more

Marsicano Award nominations sought

first_img March 15, 2007 Regular News Marsicano Award nominations sought Marsicano Award nominations sought The City, County and Local Government Law Section is now accepting nominations for its Ralph A. Marsicano Award.The award is given to a lawyer who has made a significant contribution to the practice of local government law. The award honors Marsicano who served Tampa for more than 30 years as an assistant — and often — acting, city attorney. He was often considered the “Dean of U.S. City Attorneys.”Nominations must be submitted in writing to Ricky Libbert, section administrator, The Florida Bar, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, and be submitted in writing accompanied by a summary of the nominee’s activities and accomplishments which qualify the individual for the award.The deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday, April 2. The award will be presented at the City, County and Local Government Law Section’s 30th Annual Local Government Law Seminar May 11 at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, Bonita Springs.last_img read more

Retired judge volunteers at Yellowstone

first_imgRetired judge volunteers at Yellowstone October 1, 2015 Regular News Retired judge volunteers at Yellowstone Senior Judge Fred Koberlein returned to Yellowstone National Park this summer, this time as a volunteer interpretive ranger.In 2013, the News reported on Koberlein’s first trip “out West.” That year, after retiring as the Dixie County judge, he spent six months living and working within two miles of Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone. This summer, in addition to his duties at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Judge Koberlein was appointed a volunteer interpretive ranger.“In 2013, I enjoyed and learned a lot about the Yellowstone ecosystem.” said Judge Koberlein, “Now, in a small way, I have a chance to pay back the park.”As a volunteer interpretive ranger, he goes on roving patrols in Yellowstone’s upper geyser basin, where a substantial percentage of all the geysers in the world are located.“I have seen almost every one of them erupt,” Koberlein said.During his “roves,” his primary concern is the safety of the visitors. The hydrothermal features of Yellowstone are potent and latent potential dangers.“The water associated with the hydrothermal activity is usually very near the boiling point, 198 degrees Fahrenheit at this altitude,” he said.Additionally, the various wild animals in the area pose significant dangers.“Bison look so docile and so slow, that people easily perceive them to be tame or harmless,” Koberlein said. “We have to continually remind people that wild animals are just that — wild.”This year, as of July, five people have been injured by bison in Yellowstone.On a typical “rove,” Koberlein encounters 50 or more visitors. In order to be able to answer their questions, Judge Koberlein has had to study a wide range of topics including history, wildlife, plants, and especially geology of the Yellowstone area.“I am a long way from being a geologist, but I can explain in lay terms how a mud pot, fumarole [steam vent] or a geyser works,” Koberlein said. “The best part of the ‘rove’ is to talk with the visitors. Their questions range from identifying the fish in the river — yes, you can see the trout; the water is very clear — to plants and hydrothermal features.”In addition to his “job” and his volunteer work, Judge Koberlein still has time to hike, fish, and travel around the nearby Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming areas.In August, he visited the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in remote Wyoming, where Japanese-Americans from the West Coast Exclusion Zone were interned during World War II“Those American citizens of Japanese ancestry must have thought that they had been shipped to the moon,” Koberlein said. “One can wonder for hours — how intense was the hysteria that caused us to trample on the Constitution?”On the other hand, Judge Koberlein can quickly summarize his experiences inside the park, “Fantastic! Yellowstone is unique. It is on almost everybody’s bucket list; if not, perhaps it should be.”last_img read more

Levski fans have appointed their representative on the Supervisory Board of…

first_imgPetar Ganev will be the candidate from the “fan quota”, who should join the Supervisory Board of Levski after the General Meeting of Shareholders on July 17.He was elected “at the suggestion of the Blue Bulgaria Trust and after broad support from the big blue organizations.”Here is what the Trust writes about:Dear supporters,At the suggestion of the Blue Bulgaria Trust and after broad support from the big blue organizations, we nominated Petar Ganev for a member of the Supervisory Board of PFC Levski. Petar Ganev will be the person who will occupy the so-called “Fan quota” in the National Assembly. The election for a new Supervisory Board will take place during the General Meeting of Shareholders of PFC Levski AD on July 17. The name of Petar Ganev is already entered in the invitation for the reporting and election meeting of the Company.Petar Ganev is a senior researcher at the Institute for Market Economics, where he has been working since 2007. His interests are in the field of development and the economic cycle, public finances and the role of the state, regional development, free markets and inequality. Ganev is Chairman of the Board of the Bulgarian Macroeconomic Association in the period 2016-2017. Author of numerous articles on economic issues. Former member of the Management Board of Blue Bulgaria Trust.Levski fans demanded the shares of Titi Papazovlast_img read more

Paul Hartley: I expect Dundee to maintain level reached at Hamilton

first_imgDundee manger Paul Hartley says his side deserved their win but warned it will count for nothing if they lack fight in their coming games.The Dark Blues ended their winless run at New Douglas Park, claiming a 1-0 win over Hamilton Accies with Paul McGowan’s goal proving the difference.Hartley pointed out how he now expects Dundee to reach these levels from now until the end of the season.“That’s the minimum we expect from them now, the players know that, they’re a great bunch of players to work with – they’re honest, and just haven’t had the results,” he said. “That was a different Dundee and we’re going to be looking for that between now and the end of the season. We have to fight for every result. We might not always win, but as long as I see on the pitch what I saw there I’ll be happy.“I’m delighted for the players – we deserved that, we fought, we stuck together and I’m pleased for the group.“We had a good week, in terms of speaking, and some good stuff on the training pitch. We were all honest with each other, said we’re going to fix it together, and we’re going to fight every week, and every day in training – I don’t mean punches, but to fight together and show a real desire and attitude.“That was a different Dundee team, a team that wanted it, the attitude was great, and all over the pitch, in every department, we deserved that.”last_img read more

How To Bring Meditation to the Workplace

first_imgEva Del RioLast week I discussed the benefits of meditation in the workplace, pointing out it promises to increase productivity, focus, employee cohesion and resistance to stress. So what’s the best way to bring meditation into the workplace?Let’s pick up where we left off.Make meditation acceptable in your workplace culture. Even though practicing meditation at home has gone mainstream, it’s still not widely accepted -and seen as we strange- if practiced at work. One way to telegraph that it’s acceptable is to invite a speaker to a lunch-and-learn so employees can hear about the topic. “Mindfulness” meditation is the most generally accepted form, the one featured on the cover of business magazines, so it’s safe to start there.Find a champion. This might be an employee, or a manager. Someone who is already committed to the practice and is familiar with the logistics and basics; this will make others feel at ease. What if there’s no such person? Don’t worry, someone who is new to meditation but interested in its potential, will work just as well. Just make sure there is a person who takes the lead and believes in the effort.Provide a place to practice. You don’t need a meditation hall with cushions and incense. All you need is a conference room, break room, or some other quiet space.   This might mean opening your doors a little earlier for employees who want to practice 15 min before work. Or provide access during lunch or after work to an area that may normally be locked or inaccessible. It may sound counterintuitive that employees will stay late before going home, but it happens.Take advantage of technology. Recommend free meditation apps that everyone can use. This way the practice and the benefits can go home with employees. Who doesn’t want to sleep better? Be less anxious? Feel 10% happier? All this will soon be obvious to any employees who take interest in the practice. Note: the workplace practice itself can be based one of these free apps.Recommended free apps:Calm – 7 Daily 10-minute guided meditations. Not just for meditation, keep it open in the background for soothing sounds throughout the day.10% Happier Named after the book by Dan Harris  a news anchor who famously had a panic attack on live TV, an experience that led him to meditation. If other apps don’t speak your language, or sound too flaky, this “meditation for fidgety skeptics” might be for you. Insight TimerIt’s simple, intuitive and user friendly. The free version let’s you set a time, sounds, periodic bells.Hope these tips encourage you to bring mindfulness meditation to the workplace. There’s no downside, it’s a perk, it’s cheap and it may make your workplace 10% happier. Originally published on HR Boxlast_img read more