Local and Regional Briefs

Sunday, August 19, 2018
New Hampshire Health Centers Get $836,000 in Grants

Concord— Ten community health centers in New Hampshire are splitting about $836,000 in federal grants to improve the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of health care delivery.

The money comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Quality Improvement grants are meant to support efforts such as expanding access to care, advancing the use of health information technology and delivering patient-centered care.

The federal government said health centers supported by such grants serve one in nine children and one in five rural residents across the country.

Utility Inspecting High-Voltage Equipment Via Helicopter

Manchester — Residents in nearly 60 New Hampshire towns and cities might notice a helicopter flying around this month as the state’s largest utility inspects high-voltage electrical equipment.

Eversource is using a low-flying helicopter to capture images that will help it identify potential problems with electrical lines and related equipment.

Officials said the inspections allow for repairs that will reduce the frequency and duration of power outages.

The company also will be conducting infrared helicopter inspections using heat-sensing imaging equipment from Aug. 21-24.

Nurses, Hospital Cite Progress In Latest Contract Talks

Burlington — Unionized nurses and administrators from Vermont’s largest hospital say they are making progress in contract negotiations.

The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals met Saturday with officials from the University of Vermont Medical Center as part of ongoing contract negotiations.

No agreement was reached, but union representatives say they made progress.

The nurses held a two-day strike last month.

The hospital says it presented a new wage offer that includes a base salary increase of 15 percent over a three-year period with nurses in some roles receiving wage increases up to 30 percent.

The union is seeking a 22-percent raise over three years.

The nurses say some hospital executives receive compensation packages worth more than $2 million so they know the hospital can afford to pay nurses more.

— Wire reports