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Connie Zullo Barth, of Brownsville, Vt., thanks members of the VA staff for the end of life care her father received at the White River Junction, Vt., VA Medical Center during a town hall meeting Monday, September 15, 2014.
 (Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Veterans’ Voices Heard

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

White River Junction — Emotions were subdued and complaints muted during an hour-long town hall meeting Monday afternoon that brought about 50 veterans and others face to face with local Department of Veterans Affairs officials in an auditorium at the VA Medical Center. No one blinked. No one shouted. The most intense moment came when Connie Zullo Barth, of Brownsville, …

At the Hospitals: Sept. 14, 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dartmouth Faculty, Alumni Discuss Advances in Disease Treatments Hanover — Faculty and alumni of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth will discuss recent advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of chronic and life-threatening diseases in a free medical education session on Sept. 19, from 2-4 p.m. The event, part of Geisel’s …

Workshop on Special Education Coming to Newbury, Vt., Clinic

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newbury, Vt. — A free informational workshop about special education is set for Sept. 25, from 6-7 p.m. at the Newbury Health Clinic, 4628 Main Street South. The event, called Your Child’s Special Education, will cover the referral process, early intervention, testing, individualized education programs (IEPs) and 504 plans, therapies, annual reviews and reevaluations. The workshop will also explore the roles of parents, …

To Your Good Health: Is There a Connection Between Migraines and Menopause?

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My daughter is 53 and has suffered terribly with migraines since she was 16. She experiences these episodes anywhere from once per week to as many as three times per week. She is presently on Zomig. If she takes the medication just at the onset, …

Exonerated Upper Valley Researcher Offers Critique of VA

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Lebanon — The disclosure statement filed by the co-author of a three-page opinion piece published by the New England Journal of Medicine on Aug. 28 — “Dr. Weeks previously worked for the VHA” — is stark in its …

Springfield Hospital Pleads Case

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Montpelier — Executives of Springfield Hospital told a hearing of the Green Mountain Care Board on Tuesday that the hospital was on track to post a $1 million operating loss in the fiscal year that ends Sept. 30, then faced skeptical questioning about the hospital’s request for a …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 24, 2014

Sunday, August 24, 2014

APD Names Woodlands Administrator Lebanon — Timothy Martin, of Quechee, was recently appointed administrator of The Woodlands. The Woodlands is a 66-unit independent living facility on the campus of Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. It is part of …

To Your Good Health: Elevated White Blood Cells Sometimes Misleading

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: My husband had his regular blood work done in 2012, and it showed that his monocytes were elevated (15 percent) and his HCT was low (39 percent). When we asked his doctor what this meant, she said, “Cancer somewhere,” and we just have to find …

Proponents Continue Push for Mascoma Valley Clinic

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Canaan — About 75 people gathered at the Cardigan Mountain School this week to support plans to build a $3.95 million clinic that could eventually provide a range of medical, dental, mental health and related services to residents …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 17, 2014

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Health Care Analytics Leader Joins Dartmouth-Hitchcock Lebanon — Dr. Robert A. Greene, a national leader in health care analytics and new payment models, has joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock as executive vice president and chief population management officer. Greene will have …

Medicare Ruling Could Mean $12 Million Hit to Vt. Hospitals

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Randolph — The instructions alone stretch out for 291 pages. The completed form (CMS-2552-10, if you’re playing along at home) prints out into a stack of papers more than an inch thick. And the audit and reimbursement process …

To Your Good Health: Is Prostate to Blame For Slow-to-Empty Bladder?

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like your opinion on enlarged prostate. My primary care doctor sent me for a blood test and said my PSA number was too high, then sent me to a urologist. He said my bladder is not emptying and that I am having urine …

‘Provider Tax’ Prompts Different Reactions

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Lebanon — Tax collectors in every state except Alaska scoop up a portion of the revenue that hospitals and other providers collect in exchange for caring for patients. Hospitals generally aren’t big fans of these so-called provider taxes, but in recent years their political attitudes toward the levies …