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At the Hospitals: March 3, 2013

Menig Makes Magazine List of Top Nursing Homes

Randolph — Menig Extended Care Facility at Gifford Medical Center has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of the nation’s best nursing homes.

The 2013 list, released on Tuesday, is based on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services data about health inspections, level of nursing staffing and quality of care for nearly 16,000 sites across the country. Menig, along with seven other Vermont nursing homes, made the list for its five-star rating.

“I am so proud of the Menig staff,” said Cindy Richardson, Menig director of nursing. “This honor is wonderful recognition of the work we do on behalf of our residents every day.”

Gifford Medical Center is in the permitting process to move the 30-bed nursing home to Randolph Center, where it would anchor a senior living community that would also include independent and assisted living options. The move would also free up space at Gifford to create single inpatient rooms, rather than shared two-person rooms, for patient safety and privacy, the hospital said in the release.

Last year, Menig made U.S. News and World Report’s “Honor Roll,” a list of the country’s 39 best nursing homes.

APD Names
Case Management,
Social Services Director

Lebanon— Anne Ruby, of Fair Haven, Vt., has joined Alice Peck Day Health Systems as director for case management and social services. Ruby has served as interim director since October.

Before joining APD, she was director of case management and of the Clinical Documentation Improvement Program at Rutland Regional Medical Center. A registered nurse, she has more than 30 years of experience in infection prevention.

Ruby is pursuing a master’s degree in nursing through Loyola University. She holds a master’s degree in health care administration from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt., a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., and a nursing degree from Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center School of Nursing.

Physician Assistant Joins New London Hospital Internal Medicine

New London — Kristin C. Hampers has joined New London Internal Medicine Practice as a physician assistant.

Hampers graduated from the physician associate program at Yale University School of Medicine and completed her thesis on pediatric trauma and injury prevention. She attended Smith College and Dartmouth College and holds a bachelor’s degree in physiological psychology. She is board certified as a physician assistant.

She has practiced for 17 years in both internal and family medicine. Before joining New London Hospital, she practiced at Family Health Center in Lebanon. She also worked for several years at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. In addition, she has some urgent care experience and was involved in the Vermont Blueprint for Health Initiative at Springfield (Vt.) Hospital in Springfield.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Honors Employee

Windsor — Michelle Beaton, of Claremont, has been named Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center’s employee of the month for February. Beaton, a physical therapist, has worked at the hospital for three years, primarily with Rehabilitation Unit patients and their treatment plans. She also supervises therapy aides, assistants and hospital staff. In addition, Beaton maintains records for medical, legal and financial purposes, according to hospital policy and procedure.

The award is given to employees who have demonstrated service excellence in their respective departments and displayed compassion, a caring approach and continuous hard work within their community.

“The comfort Michelle provides to patients starts with her leadership and ability to mentor and support colleagues and staff,” hospital CEO Kevin W. Donovan said in a news release last week.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso