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At The Hospitals

  • Jessica Allen photograph Chelsea Girl Scouts Paige Allen, 9, far right, and Savannah Jarvis, 10, mark the birthday of Girl Scouts of the USA with a visit to newborn Hailey Olive Williams and her mother, Amanda Williams, at Gifford Medical Center. 


Sunday, April 03, 2016
Clara Martin Center Receives Redesignation

Randolph — Clara Martin Center has been redesignated by the Vermont Department of Mental Health to provide mental health care in Orange County and several surrounding towns.

The center is one of 10 nonprofits across the state that the department contracts with to provide mental health care. Every four years, the agencies undergo the redesignation process, which requires meeting criteria in areas such as program quality, access to services, fiscal management and patient rights.

The review included documentation, on-site interviews of clients and other stakeholders, surveys, and an appearance before the State Program Standing Committees, Clara Martin Center said in a news release.

The mental health department’s final report found the center “in full compliance with all criteria and standards and noted many areas of excellence.”

In its report, the department said Clara Martin Center is seen as a leader in the state in substance abuse services and in integration of these services with mental health services.

Scores for the consumer evaluation of Clara Martin Center’s Community Rehabilitation and Treatment program were the highest in the state, with 100 percent responding that staff members treat clients with respect and help them solve problems when they arise.

The report also cited high ratings from Clara Martin Center employees in the staff training category, which are “unusual in this period of marked pressure on agency budgets,” the department said. “The agency is to be commended for making (training) a priority and finding strategies to make it happen.”

“We at Clara Martin Center are focused on our mission to help individuals and our communities thrive,” said Linda Chambers, the nonprofit’s executive director. “The board of directors, the leadership, the staff and I see this redesignation as validation of our success.”

Chelsea Troop Marks Girl Scouts’ Birthday With Gift for Newborn

Chelsea — A local Girl Scout troop recently marked the organization’s birthday with a gift for a tiny prospective member.

Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low registered the organization's first 18 members in Savannah, Ga., on March 12, 1912. 

Paige Allen, 9, and Savannah Jarvis, 10, the sole members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 30392 in Chelsea, wanted to do something special to honor the anniversary, the troop said in a news release.

Because their troop is so small, the girls had long been brainstorming creative ways of bringing in new scouts, and after talking it over they decided to start with a local maternity ward.

They made plans to give “a special Girl Scout welcome” to the first baby girl born on March 12 at Gifford Medical Center, the troop said.

As it turns out, no girls were born on March 12 or 13 at the hospital, but on March 14, Hailey Olive was born.

A few days later, the girls visited the newborn and her parents, Amanda and Allen Williams, of Randolph Center, who received the basket filled with goodies, including a “Future Girl Scout” onesie and patch, a Girl Scout piggy bank, and several boxes of Girl Scout cookies. 

Paige and Savannah were “delighted” to learn that the baby girl has some older cousins involved in Girl Scouts, the troop said. 

“They’re really excited, and we hope to see Hailey again in a few years,” said Jessica Allen, the leader of troop 30392 and Paige’s mom.

— Compiled by Aimee Caruso