At the Hospitals: March 2, 2014



Valley Regional to Host Blood Drive

Claremont — Valley Regional Hospital will host a blood drive on Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the American Red Cross Donor Coach. The coach will be located in the staff parking lot at the hospital.

While blood is always needed, this year’s ongoing winter storms and low temperatures have caused the cancellation of hundreds of blood drives in northern New England, creating an urgent need for blood donations. Blood drives rely on the generosity of community members, and each unit donated could save up to three lives, the hospital said in a recent news release.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or go to Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. Previous donors should bring their blood donor card and a photo ID; new donors will need two forms of ID for registration.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital Named Finalist In National Award Competition

Windsor — Windsor Connection Resource Center, a collaborative service organization led by Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, has been named as a finalist for the 2014 Hospital Charitable Service Awards, a national competition presented by Jackson Healthcare to celebrate excellence in charitable programs.

The center, which serves up to 4,600 people a year, was one of only 40 finalists chosen nationwide. Formed in 2002, it connects residents of the greater Windsor community with social and state agency services. Its efforts include identifying families’ needs, locating gaps in service, strengthening and creating social support networks, providing access to necessary resources, and building partnerships to ensure successful outcomes, the nonprofit said in a recent news release. Services provided within the WCRC include home health, private mental health and addictions treatment counseling, adult learning, home heating and utilities support, employment services, and job training.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital PA Earns Specialty Credential

Windsor — George Brothers, a certified physician assistant at Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, recently earned a certificate of added qualifications from the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Brothers is one of only six PAs in Vermont to have earned the designation since the program’s inception in 2011.

Brothers, who joined Mt. Ascutney Hospital in 2001, earned the specialty credential by meeting licensure, education and experience requirements, and then passing an exam in the specialty. In order to pass the certification, he needed to demonstrate advanced knowledge and experience in emergency medicine.

Brothers holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Vermont. In addition to his work at the hospital, he also lectures and precepts students at the Franklin Pierce PA program in West Lebanon.

He was an active duty Air Force medical technician from 1991-1996, and graduated from the Albany Medical College/Hudson Valley Physician Assistant Program 1998. Prior to joining Mt. Ascutney Hospital, he was a physician assistant at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Emergency Department. He lives in Wilder.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso