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Health Care

Time Is Now For Flu Shots

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lebanon — Public health advocates are recommending that members of the public get a flu shot this fall, and several organizations are offering free clinics around the Upper Valley. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, deaths from flu and pneumonia spike in December and continue into February. “It really is fascinating, how consistent the timing of the appearance and the outbreaks are,” said Bryan Marsh, infectious diseases …

Free Flu Shot Clinics in the Upper Valley, September to November

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday, Sept. 30 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Claremont Senior Center, 5 Acer Heights, Claremont. Bring your insurance card. Donations accepted. Wear short-sleeved apparel. Please call (603) 543-6800 for more information. Thursday, Oct. 2 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., 308 U.S. Route 4, Enfield. For more information, visit www.mvhi.org. 5 p.m. - 8 p.m., Mt. Ascutney Physicians Practice, 289 County Road, Windsor. Call …

Fletcher Allen Seeks New Facility

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Burlington — Fletcher Allen Health Care asked state regulators Monday for permission to build a multimillion dollar inpatient facility. The proposed 180,000-square-foot building would have 128 single-occupancy rooms spread over four floors. The project is expected to cost $175 million plus $12.7 million in interest payments on borrowing to finance the project for a total of about $188 million. The seven-story structure would …

‘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 …

Zack’s Place Annual Meeting Set for Tuesday in Woodstock

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Woodstock — Zack’s Place will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, at 5:15 p.m., at 73 Central St. The free meeting will include a celebration of the nonprofit’s completion of its capital campaign. Zack’s Place, an e nrichment center for people with special needs, recently raised $432,000 to …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 10, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Grant to Help APD Address Adult Dental Care Lebanon — Upper Valley Smiles, a community health program operated by Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, has received a $12,000 grant from Granite United Way to begin addressing the lack of access to dental care for low-income adults in the …

Relearning How to Speak Through Song

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Friends draped arms across one another’s shoulders and swayed as they listened to Forrest Allen sing. Some joined in softly, not wanting to drown him out. Some blinked back tears. They never expected him to survive the accident. …

To Your Good Health: Rare Adrenal Tumor Requires Expert Diagnosis

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: I would like more information concerning pheochromocytoma. Your recent article mentions that there are specific blood tests to determine if an individual has it. I’ve been dealing with some symptoms for almost a year, and am at a loss. I’ve incurred thousands of dollars in …

DHMC Reports Rise in Cases of Hospital-Related Infection

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Lebanon — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center saw a recent jump in the occurrence of a difficult-to-treat and sometimes fatal infection that can cause diarrhea, nausea and fever, according to hospital officials. During the past month the number of patients infected with clostridium difficile — often referred to as C-­diff …

DHMC CEO Trying to ‘Break Mold’

Friday, August 8, 2014

Lebanon — James Weinstein, chief executive of the hospital-clinic system that is a major economic engine in the Upper Valley, said Thursday that Dartmouth-Hitchcock had set aside $22 million for merit-based raises to distribute this year among its …

‘There Is a Lot Yet to Be Done’

Thursday, August 7, 2014

White River Junction — U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders came to the Veterans Affairs hospital here Wednesday to praise, with only faint damnation, legislation that will provide the embattled agency with $16.5 billion for hiring doctors, building clinics and …

Vermont Law School Professor Cheryl Hanna's Death Ruled Suicide

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

South Royalton — Cheryl Hanna, a popular professor at Vermont Law School, influential scholar on domestic violence laws and highly visible media commentator in Vermont, died by suicide using a handgun, the state medical examiner said Monday. Paul …

At the Hospitals: Aug. 3, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Outcomes and Quality Leader Joins D-H Leadership Team Lebanon — Dr. John D. Birkmeyer, a general surgeon and head of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy at the University of Michigan, has been named executive vice president …