At the Hospitals
Gifford Medical Center Manager Receives Patriot Award
Randolph — Rebecca O’Berry, vice president of surgery at Gifford Medical Center, recently received a Patriot Award for her support of a Vermont National Guard member.
Marc Truedson, a health care assistant at the hospital, nominated O’Berry for the award, which was given by the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. To fulfill his guard duties, Truedson sometimes needs time away from work. O’Berry, his senior manager, fills his shifts so he can serve. “They’re doing something for us, for all of us, and our job is to make that easier,” O’Berry said in a recent news release.
Truedson, who served in Afghanistan, was out of work for months when he first returned home. Then, he found a job at the hospital.
“Gifford was there for me when I got back,” he said.
Lebanon Center Employee Honored
Lebanon — Robin Mariotti, director of Environmental Services at Lebanon Center Genesis HealthCare, was recently honored for her advocacy work with Lebanon Center residents.
Mariotti received the 2013 Judith D. Griffin Advocacy Award from the Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman. She has worked in environmental services at Lebanon Center for 23 years.
New London Pediatric Care Center Honored for Children’s Immunizations
New London — New London Pediatric Care Center was recently recognized for high immunization rates and perfect compliance to the national Vaccine for Children standards. The center was among six practices that received the Excellence in Childhood Immunization Initiative award from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services.
Each year, the department visits practices that are responsible for administering the state’s supply of vaccines and conducts audits on the management and distribution of the vaccines.
Honey Vaine, a registered nurse with the pediatrics practice, accepted the award for the center at the annual New Hampshire Immunization Conference.
Vaine has been instrumental in the immunization program, New London Hospital said in a news release last week. “She is known for her expertise in vaccine immunization and has been a valuable resource, educating and mentoring medical assistants and registered nurses.”
Free Addiction Recovery Coaching Offered in Windsor
Windsor — A free program based in Windsor is designed to help people recovering from addictions, including drugs, alcohol and self-harm, achieve long-term recovery.
Participants work with coaches to set recovery goals and take steps to achieve them. The “recovery coaching” program also offers help navigating the human services system, accessing community resources, and connecting with treatment facilities, recovery centers and support groups.
The program is a partnership between Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, Springfield Turning Point Recovery Center and Vermont Blueprint for Health. It is based at Windsor Connection Resource Center.
A recent report from the Vermont Recovery Network shows the model may reduce medical, criminal justice and social service costs associated with addiction and related diseases, Melanie Sheehan, the hospital’s director of community health outreach, said in a recent news release.
“Research shows that recovery coaching helps participants enter and maintain recovery, resulting in improved relationships with family and peers,” Sheehan said. “Overall, the program illustrated additional benefits, including significant reductions in detoxification programs, as well as hospital and emergency room use.”
For more information, go to www.vtrecoverynetwork.org/. To refer yourself or someone else, contact Lauren Hastings at Lauren.Hastings@mahhc.org or 802-674-7089.
New Staff Members Join HCRS Offices
Springfield, Vt. — Several new staff members have joined Health Care and Rehabilitation Services.
Marissa Dickinson, a behavioral interventionist, and Emily Rose, a community outreach specialist, have joined the Hartford offices of HCRS.
Team Leader William Brown, Care Coordinator Amanda Pelletier and Case Manager John “Jack” Hoffman have joined the agency’s home office in Springfield.
The nonprofit provides mental health services to residents of Windham and Windsor Counties.
— Compiled by Aimee Caruso