At the Hospitals: Health care providers partner to focus on green products

Published: 8/3/2019 10:39:09 PM
Hospitals partner to focus on green products

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the University of Vermont Medical Center will take part in a partnership between Medline and Greenhealth Exchange to increase environmentally friendly products in hospitals.

The partnership will focus on eliminating harmful chemicals including formaldehyde and flame retardants, and developing more sustainable practices at hospitals, which produce, on average, 29 pounds of trash per bed per day.

Community Care Network launches at VA

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — A new Community Care Network contract for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) debuted last week.

The new network serves as the direct link between VA and local health care providers providing a standard contract vehicle for VA to purchase care. The contract for the program was awarded to Optum Public Sector Solutions, Inc., which will manage the network in Vermont and also will process claims for payment to local providers on behalf of VA.

The new network is meant to ensure continuity of care coordination. The program was designed using feedback from veterans, and will increase access to care, VA secretary Robert L. Wilkie said in a news release.

Dr. Brett Rush, executive director of the White River Junction VA Medical Center, said the program will give area veterans a better experience.

“We are confident it will greatly improve care coordination for local veterans here in the Twin States and will also improve the timeliness of payments to our local community providers,” he said.

DHMC recognized as top N.H. hospital

LEBANON — Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was recognized as the top New Hampshire Hospital by U.S. News and World Report.

In addition, the hospital was recognized as high performing in 13 adult specialities, including cancer and neurology.

OneCare Vermont appoints new CEO

COLCHESTER, Vt. — Vicki Loner, who previously served as OneCare Vermont’s vice president and chief operating officer, took over as chief executive officer of the organization last week.

OneCare Vermont works with insurance providers, including Medicare and Medicaid, to improve service to Vermonters and lower health care costs.

“Vermont is a national leader in health care reform and I am honored to lead this team and our partners to realize our shared vision for creating systems that work to support better health and overall care experience, while working to lower health care costs,” Loner said in a news release.

Loner replaces Kevin Stone, who has served as interim CEO since late January, and will be retiring to Cape Cod.

In addition to her roles with OneCare Vermont, Loner has served as deputy commissioner for the Department of Vermont Health Access and also held clinical and managerial roles at both MVP Health Care and BlueCross and BlueShield of Vermont. She began her health care career as a registered nurse and completed her bachelor’s degree in health care administration and nursing. She earned her master’s degree in health care delivery science degree from Dartmouth College.

— Compiled by Kelly Burch

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