January 20, 2021

Gifford holds 103rd Annual Meeting, announces Markle Foundation

first_imgGifford Medical Center President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Woodin speaks at the Randolph hospital s 103rd Annual Meeting of its corporators Friday at Chandler. Gifford Healthcare,Gifford Medical Center celebrated a ninth consecutive year of financial success and announced the winners of health grants and scholarships at the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Randolph hospital s corporators Friday evening at Chandler.Gifford, with health centers throughout central Vermont, met its state-set operating margin of 2.2 percent in fiscal year 2008 and saw its revenues continue to climb as the medical center grew to include about a dozen new health care providers as well as expanded clinic space, hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Woodin said.Among those joining the hospital in 2008 were pain management specialist Dr. Lan Nguyen-Knoff, sports medicine provider Dr. Peter Loescher, family nurse practitioner Sheri Mayo, family physician Dr. Brian Sargent, pediatrician Dr. Lisa Jewett, pulmonologist Marda Donner and a host of providers working at Gifford through their private practices or by contract. Oncologist Dr. John Valentine, plastic surgeon Dr. Guy Rochman, pediatric cardiologist Dr.Niels Giddins, radiologist Dr. Erin Tsai and allergist Dr. Randy Stoloff are all providing specialty services at the hospital by contract or private practice.The hospital has already added a handful of new providers in 2009, including pediatrician Dr. William Gaidys, who started at the Gifford Health Center at Berlin this week, Woodin said.Expanded in 2008 was also the Sharon Health Center, which nearly doubled in size, to accommodate in a significant growth in patients. When the Sharon Health Center first opened in October 2005 it had just 162 patients that first month. In January of 2009, the number of patients for the month topped 1,000 in great part due to the popularity of the sports medicine practice there. We have quite a following out of New Hampshire who come there, Woodin noted.The Kingwood Health Center on Route 66 in Randolph was also renovated in 2008 to update the aging building and make space for the medical center s outpatient physical therapy department.In 2009, the Chelsea Health Center is slated to be rebuilt, Woodin announced. Hopefully by the end of this summer, we ll have a new facility in Chelsea, he said. The new building, to be constructed behind the existing building, will look much like the Sharon Health Center. Source: Gifford Medical Centercenter_img The hospital also added several new pieces of technology in 2008, including a digital mammography system, medication verification system and new cataract surgery equipment. Through private practice ophthalmologists Dr. Jack Singer and Dr. Chris Soares, the hospital does a large number of cataract surgeries.The new medication verification system for inpatients involves scanning patients wristband and their medications at the bedside to ensure the patient is getting the right medication at the right time. We bar code you, perhaps like a piece of fruit in the grocery store, Woodin said, rousing a laugh for the record audience of 150.Other achievements in 2008 included the Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary Thrift Shop s annual sales, which topped $200,000 for the first time in 2008, and the Last Mile Ride, which raised $23,000 for end-of-life care services at the hospital.Despite all of the success, Woodin was cautious, however, in his predictions for 2009.Audience and hospital Board of Trustees member David Ainsworth asked Woodin how the hospital would handle decreased reimbursements in 2009.Woodin said he honestly didn t fully know how bad the economic picture would get. Certainly, the hospital is facing state cuts and, like so many, has lost money in investments. We assume we re going to be in good company with all the other hospitals, Woodin said.But in many ways, Gifford, with its record of stability, is uniquely positioned to handle an economic downturn. The hospital staff, he said, has already been working together to reduce expenses by keeping a tight rein on staffing and overtime. I think we re actually somewhat prepared for that. It s going to be tough, though, he said.Woodin concluded his talk to an audience member s request for a big round of applause for Joe Woodin for his dedication and leadership to our hospital.Also thanked was the hospital s Board of Trustees for its time and dedication. Re-elected to second terms on the board were Barb Harvey, Gus Meyer and Bob Wright. Re-elected to third terms were Randy Garner and Dick Mallary.Gifford s many volunteers and health care providers who volunteer in the community, which was the night s theme, were also recognized.The hospital gave back to the community through the announcement of several awards.Pediatric nurse Sadie Lyford was awarded the $1,000 Dr. Richard J. Barrett Health Professions Scholarship. Lyford has worked at Gifford for 10 years and is pursuing a pediatric nurse practitioner degree.The $1,000 Philip D. Levesque Community Award, created 15 years ago in memory of the hospital s late president, went to the Food Shelf serving Granville, Hancock and Rochester. This came at a very wonderful time, and we re honored to have been picked, said Emma Patterson in accepting the award on the Food Shelf s behalf.William and Mary Markle Community FoundationA final round of grants went to a list of organizations and was awarded under a new name. The hospital s community health grant program has been renamed for the late Bill Markle and his wife Mary, announced Woodin and Ashley Lincoln, Gifford director of development, marketing and public relations.Bill Markle was a former board member and long-time supporter of the hospital as well as other community organizations. He passed away in Gifford s Garden Room in December. Bill was such a great and devoted individual, Woodin said. He was just a very special person.Markle was chairman of the board when donors generously created the community health grant program, which each year gives out about $25,000 to community organizations. The hospital renamed the program the William and Mary Markle Community Foundation in recognition of the Markle s and their commitment to not just Gifford but the whole community. Bill means the world to me, and I feel really happy that we have this to carry his legacy, Lincoln said, fighting tears.Receiving the William and Mary Markle Community Foundation grants in 2009 were the Chelsea Public School s elementary basketball program, Gifford s new CenteringPregnancy program to benefit expecting mothers, Randolph Rotary Lifeline, Girls on the Run scholarships for area participating girls, The Newton School s sustainability project, the Rochester area Food Shelf, Safeline, Gifford s Eating Healthy Cooking Classes for the community, the Stockbridge After School Program for nutritional snacks, the West Hartford Library Teen Center for health-related books and materials, Gifford s Robin s Nest childcare center for equipment and the Woodstock Union High School track and field team.Acute and advanced illness careThe evening concluded with a presentation by Gifford hospitalist Dr. Martin Johns and family and palliative care provider Dr. Jonna Goulding on the hospital s acute and advanced illness care programs.Johns described the growth in the hospitalist program that allows sicker patients to stay at Gifford, thus receiving care close to home rather than being transferred to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center or Fletcher Allen Health Care. Gifford is also increasingly establishing relationships with these tertiary care centers as well as with District 8 Emergency Medical Services. The hospital has also instituted rounds, which involve daily multidisciplinary discussions of hospitalized patients, and have put processes in place to ensure a smoother transition from the Emergency Department to the inpatient unit, Howell Pavilion, Johns said.In an emotional showing of pictures of end-of-life care patients and their loved ones in Gifford s Garden Room, Goulding defined palliative care as meaning symptom control, but said it has really come to mean hospice care an old concept that at Gifford at least has made huge comeback. We ve gotten really good a curing things, Goulding said.What is sacrificed, however, is comfort, said Goulding. More people are dying in ICUs. We have fallen in love with technology.At Gifford, however, there is a culture of palliative care.Some doctors and nurses are specially certified in palliative care, the hospital has instituted a consult service for end-of-life and advanced illness patients, the Last Mile Ride raises money for extra services for these patients, a new grief program is being instituted for people to drop-in twice a month for counseling following a loss and, said Goulding, The work is good, because we truly make a difference.She encouraged others to make a difference too. Fill out an Advance Directive so your loved ones know your health care wishes, she suggested, and volunteer at the hospital or at the Last Mile Ride.last_img read more

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Mueller’s mettle shining through in final season

first_imgA 13-game winning streak over the past two weeks has drastically altered the outlook for the Wisconsin softball team.The Badgers’ record has blown up, going from the .500 mark to nearly twice as many wins as losses (30-15, 12-5 Big Ten) and bumped UW up to fourth place in the conference, which pushes them into the top third.While the entire team has been putting a tremendous effort forward, according to head coach Yvette Healy, one player’s name in particular has been decorating the stat sheets for UW, the Big Ten conference, and even on a national level.And to think that four years ago she wasn’t even sure she’d be able to play the game at all.Third baseman Michelle Mueller didn’t step foot onto the softball diamond her senior year of high school. But even though a torn ACL had the La Crosse native bench-ridden for the entire season, she still managed to be named to the all-conference first team twice, earn the Division I State Player of the Year award and set multiple team records in single-season runs, hits, doubles, home runs and RBIs that have yet to be broken.Mueller’s impressive numbers led her to be recruiting her junior year of high school, which is why she was still able to come to Wisconsin in the fall of 2010.But that was the same year Healy received the head coach position, worrying Mueller that the coaching switch might leave her name off the roster.“I was nervous,” Mueller remembers of arriving at UW. “I hadn’t played softball for a year and a half, and I was unsure of myself as a player.”Healy remembers this time period as well, and her first thoughts of the injured freshman.“We knew she was super athletic,” Healy recalled. “Right away she jumps off the page as a kid who could run, who could hit, who could field. But she didn’t hit for power quite as much.”It’s hard to imagine that the powerhouse who just became the first Badger to be named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I National Player of the Week and USA Softball National Player of the Week wasn’t the home run hitter back then that she has become.But when looking back on her stat sheet, the then-first baseman’s main contributions to her team were mainly through hitting singles and stealing bases. Her first home run didn’t come until her sophomore year.“I was known as a kid who hit all singles,” Mueller said. “In high school I never really had to battle to get in the lineup, but then I came here and had to really work for it. I did whatever I could to get in the lineup.”That experience of having to earn a spot and make a name for herself from the start is one that stuck with her, as she became known over the next four years for an incredible work ethic.“She’s someone who’s really made herself into a great player,” Healy said. “As a coach, you’re usually most proud of students who overachieve, and go father than anyone thought they could. When you have someone who maximizes their talent and gets better every year and works really hard for it like Michelle did, its really fun.  She inspires people on the team.”It’s not hard to see why Mueller would inspire people. After battling through her knee injury, spending extra hours in the gym and watching endless film, the senior is currently batting .353; leading the team in home runs with her 10 round trippers, one of which was her first career grand slam; and has 45 RBIs. She is also second in hits with 42, in doubles with 9 and total bases with 81, proving she’s anything but a kid who hits all singles.As if accumulating these numbers throughout the season wouldn’t be enough, Mueller had a highlight-reel-worthy week against North Dakota April 9 and Illinois April 11 and 12 when she batted .600 in the two series, hitting a pair of doubles, four home runs. She also brought in a whopping 18 total RBIs and scored 5 runs herself, which is what earned her the pair of national titles.“I remember thinking, ‘Finally the hard work has paid off,’” Mueller said of hearing she had received the two awards. “It’s heartwarming, but it’s such a shock. It’s unreal.”No softball player could ask for more as she prepares to bring her collegiate career to a close. But after everything — all the records, awards and titles — Mueller says what she most wants to be remembered for is just that she is a homegrown Wisconsin girl.“I play for every girl in Wisconsin who doesn’t believe she can make it this far,” Mueller said. “Any girl in the state of Wisconsin or in the Midwest can play. I want to be remembered as the girl started from the bottom and is now making an impact. I just want to inspire people. If me having the year that I’m having can get five more girls to try out for Wisconsin softball, just believing in themselves, it’s all that I want.”last_img read more

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Herbert Addo wants to build a super team ahead of the new league season

first_imgHead Coach of Inter Allies Herbert Addo is satisfied with the state of his current team as he sets sights on building a super team ahead of the new Ghana league season.The veteran coach has been tasked with building a new team for the Tema side after a host of players departed for foreign leagues in the transfer window.The club have however augmented their squad with Premier League experience with Kwame Baah and Isaac Twum joing from Heart of Lions as well as Prince Baffoe from Kotoko joining the club.The club drew 1-1 with Hearts of Oak in their latest pre-season friendly in a game which saw Addo face his former employers. For Addo, the standard of the team was appreciable.”I was happy with the standard of the team technically and tactically. But we still have a lot of work to do,” he told Joy Sports“I don’t think we have a better team to start the league, I want to have a super team and by the time the league starts some of the players have really gelled. “I am very happy because I am going to play two more high level games. It’s a thing for a Ghanaian player to be psychologically prepared before the start of the league.”Herbert Addo returns to Inter Allies after guiding the club to a sixth placed finish in the league two seasons ago as well as a second placed finish in the MTN FA Cup.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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