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At the Hospitals: Feb. 24, 2013

White River Family Practice
Earns National Recognition

Wilder — White River Family Practice in Wilder has been designated a “patient-centered medical home” by the National Committee of Quality Assurance in Washington, D.C. The committee recognized the practice at Level Three, the highest possible level, for its efforts to build relationships between patients and their medical providers.

Patient-centered medical homes use a team approach to primary care. In a medical home, a patient’s care is coordinated by clinician-led teams that collaborate to address the patient’s health care needs and to coordinate treatments.

Research shows that medical homes can lead to higher quality of care and lower costs and improve patients’ experiences of care, the practice said in a recent news release.

Medical home clinicians demonstrate the benchmarks of patient-centered care, including coordinated management of health maintenance and chronic disease and measurement of performance outcomes.

Ottauquechee Health Foundation Receives $8,500 Grant

Woodstock — The Ottauquechee Health Foundation recently received a grant for $8,500 from the Laurance and Mary Rockefeller/Woodstock Foundation Fund.

The Ottauquechee Health Foundation promotes programs that help meet the health care needs of residents of Woodstock and surrounding communities.

The grant will be used, in part, to support its Community Care Coordinator program, which serves chronically ill and elderly community members.

“This support will directly benefit members of our community who are vulnerable and underserved to get the health care they need,” Sherry Thornburg, executive director, Ottauquechee Health Foundation, said in a news release last week. The support is timely, “as this program continues to grow.”

Last year, the program served more than 200 people who needed help accessing health care resources such as transportation, financial assistance, in-home services, food and nutrition services, and support for their social and emotional well-being.

Free Workshop at HCRS
About Special Needs Youths

Springfield, Vt. — The Vermont Family Network is hosting a free workshop on March 7 about youths with special needs and their transition to adulthood .

The two-hour workshop, designed for parents and professionals, will discuss transition planning and services, transfer of rights, an overview of guardianship, tips on self-advocacy and tips for parents.

The presentation will run from noon-2 p.m. at Health Care and Rehabilitation Services headquarters, 390 River St., Springfield, Vt. Snacks will be served.

To register or request special accommodations, contact Janice Sabett at Janice.Sabett@vtfn.org, 800-800-4005 ext. 218; or Nancy Richards at Nancy.Richards@vtfn.org, 802-353-3277.

For more information about HCRS visit www.hcrs.org or call 802-886-4500.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso