Fletcher Allen’s stroke program again earns Quality Award from American Stroke Association

first_imgFletcher Allen Health Care’s Stroke Center has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s ‘Get With The Guidelines’ Silver Achievement award for its success in providing excellent care for stroke patients according to evidence-based guidelines. ‘This award highlights our commitment to being one of the top hospitals in the country for providing aggressive, proven stroke care,’said Mark Gorman, MD, director of the Fletcher Allen Stroke Program, and University of Vermont associate professor of Neurology. ‘We’re honored to receive this additional validation that our expert Stroke Center staff provides best-practice care that saves lives and improves patient outcomes.’These measures include aggressive use of medications such as t-PA (a protein designed to dissolve blood clots), antithrombotics (such as aspirin), anticoagulation (coumadin) therapy where appropriate, cholesterol-reducing drugs and smoking cessation –  all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the primary cause of long-term disability. The Stroke Center team has been regularly recognized by the ‘Get with the Guidelines’program since 2008, and has been classified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading organization for setting health care quality standards. About Fletcher AllenFletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center. Fletcher Allen, along with Central Vermont Medical Center, CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region. Fletcher Allen’s mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen also serves as a regional referral center — providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York — and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org(link is external) or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.fletcherallen.org/socialmedia(link is external).last_img read more

Three wetlands recognized with ‘Class I’ designation: Sandbar, Dennis Pond, Chickering Fen

first_imgThe Sandbar Wetlands in Milton and Colchester is located at the mouth of the Lamoille River along Lake Champlain. The floodplain forests and open marshes are exceptional for flood storage, water quality protection, and fish and wildlife habitat and will soon receive Class I status under the Vermont Wetland Rules. ANR photo.Vermont Business Magazine Three unique Vermont wetlands are now being classified as ‘Class I’ wetlands, a designation that places extra protections on wetlands with exceptional ecological features. The three wetlands receiving Class I designations are the Sandbar wetlands (Milton and Colchester), Dennis Pond wetlands (Brunswick), and Chickering Fen (Calais).These are the first wetlands to be granted Class I status in over a decade. Only three other wetlands have been assigned Class I status: Dorset Marsh in Dorset, Northshore Wetland in Burlington, and Tinmouth Channel Wetland in Tinmouth.“These wetlands were conserved years ago in recognition of the value they provide in protecting fish and wildlife habitat, buffering our communities against the devastating impacts of floods, and improving water quality for drinking or swimming,” said Emily Boedecker, Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. “The Class I designation memorializes their value by ensuring that the simple pleasure of spending quiet time observing nature in these treasured places is protected for all Vermonters, today and into the future.”Though most wetlands exhibit substantial levels of plant and wildlife diversity, Class I wetlands are granted additional protections from encroaching development because of their exceptional or irreplaceable values.The Department encourages the public to enjoy these areas, but to do so at appropriate times of year and through established trails or observation areas. Spring and early summer are the time of year when many wetland-dependent wildlife such as wood ducks, herons, osprey, bitterns, marsh wrens and many more are nesting, laying eggs, and rearing young. It is important to avoid disturbing wildlife in wetlands during this time of year. If you are visiting, consider the following information to respectfully access and observe wildlife at these wetlands:The Sandbar wetland complex is mostly designated as a wildlife refuge by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. In the refuge area, public access is prohibited. However, good viewing opportunities are available at several locations along Route 2(link is external) in Milton and from Sand Bar State Park. Additionally, people can use canoes or kayaks to paddle along the perimeter of the refuge and down the Lamoille River to observe wildlife from the water. Boats can be rented from Sand Bar State Park(link is external). The 1,100-acre wetland complex includes stands of wild rice and one of the largest and best-condition examples of the uncommon Lakeside Floodplain Forest natural community type in the state.The Chickering Fen wetland, wholly owned by The Nature Conservancy, is accessed via an easy one-mile hiking trail(link is external) ending in a boardwalk into the wetland. Good times to visit the fen include May and June when unusual fen wildflowers can be found, and late October when the tamarack surrounding the fen turns bright yellow. The hike itself also features views of other wetlands, conifer forest, and a rich forest with spring wildflowers. Please remain on the boardwalk when viewing the wetland to avoid harming the sensitive fen vegetation. The trail crosses private property, so please do not enter areas marked as No Trespassing.The Dennis Pond wetland can be explored either from the land or via canoe or kayak. This wetland supports ecosystems usually found in colder areas to the north of Vermont, with spruce-fir forest, large expanses of bog, and frequent moose sightings. Access is available via Route 102 and Dennis Pond Road(link is external) in Brunswick. The bog is best viewed by boat to prevent trampling of sensitive plants. The site can also be accessed in the winter from a VAST trail on the west end of the wetland basin. Be aware that some of the Dennis Pond basin includes areas of private land. Please respect No Trespassing signs.Class I designations occur as part of a robust public process to make updates and changes to the Vermont Wetland Rules, which govern protections on wetlands. Amendments can be initiated by the Agency or through a petition to the Agency. The three wetlands nominated for Class I designations were included in the updated set of rules approved in January 2017. The updates became effective April 1.Other revisions to the wetlands rule included increasing the public noticing period for permit applications by 5-15 days, and outlining a clearer permit amendment process.To learn more about Class I designations and how you may help protect these vital resources, visit the Vermont Wetlands Program website at: http://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/wetlands.htm(link is external)Source: ANR 4.5.2017last_img read more

Kansas State Board of Education candidates on the issues: Curriculum standards and inclusivity

first_imgLast month, we asked our readers what issues they wanted to hear the candidates running for office address ahead of November’s general election. Based on the input we received, we developed a five-item questionnaire for candidates running for Kansas State Board of Education District 2.We’ll be publishing the candidates’ responses to one item per day each day this week. Today we’re publishing the candidates’ responses to item #2:Describe the proper role of the state board of education in setting curriculum standards for the state’s schools. Is there a need for the curriculum to be more reflective and inclusive of groups that have been marginalized in the past?Melanie Haas (Democrat)In Kansas, curriculum standards – which are signed off on by the State Board of Education – are updated at least every seven years. That’s a long cycle! Our standards for social studies and history were just updated last year, via a process involving a diverse panel of educators from various districts across the state. These approved standards are guidance. School districts are then independently responsible for writing their own curriculum to meet the recommended standards.I fully support the role of public education as a vehicle for broadening a child’s cultural awareness and inclusion of diversity in our society. It is incumbent upon our public schools to provide a curriculum that highlights the richness and diversity of the human race. My hope is that if this is done properly, students will grow to embrace the many things that make us different from one another instead of using those same traits as an excuse for prejudice and discrimination.Benjamin Hodge (Republican)Did not respond.Tomorrow we’ll publish the candidates’ responses to item #3:The state board of education has in the past debated whether it’s appropriate to teach the concept of intelligent design along with theory of evolution. What are your views on what should and should not be taught to Kansas students in this regard?last_img read more

Great Portland eyes Eurohypo tie-in

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Lender and online auctioneer cement funding partnership

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Uni-Select Announces Management Changes, Updated 2018 Guidance And A Review Of Strategic Alternatives

first_imgAdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisementUni-Select Inc. announced today the departure of president and CEO Henry Buckley, effective immediately. Buckley also stepped down as a member of the board of directors of Uni-Select.André Courville, chair of the board, will serve as interim president and CEO, and therefore has stepped down as chair and as a member of all committees, but will remain a member of the board of directors. As a result, some board member roles and responsibilities will change, Uni-Select has reported: Michelle Cormier has been nominated chair of the board and has stepped down from her role as chair of the audit committee. In addition, Richard Roy has been nominated as chair of the audit committee.Uni-Select also announced the appointment of Chris Adams as president and chief operating officer of FinishMaster Inc., effective immediately, to replace Steven Arndt, who is leaving FinishMaster after more than 25 years of service.Since joining the FinishMaster team recently, Adams has been responsible for all U.S. branches and has led all sales and marketing efforts in the United States. Previously, Adams held senior positions at ABRA Auto Body & Glass LP, a major multi-shop operator in the collision repair industry. Prior to that, he was in senior executive roles at Pep Boys and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.Advertisement“We thank Henry for his years of service and loyalty to Uni-Select and wish him well in his future endeavors. In his long career at FinishMaster, Steve has had an undeniable contribution to the success of creating a market leader in the refinish market and we wish him all the best. Finally, we believe Chris is the right leader to drive FinishMaster forward,” said Courville.Chris Adams along with Brent Windom, president and chief operating officer, Canadian Automotive Group, and Peter Sephton, president and CEO, European Automotive Group, will continue to lead the day-to-day operations, reporting to the interim president and CEO, with the ongoing support of Eric Bussières, chief financial officer. Updated GuidanceUni-Select is revising its previously disclosed guidance as follows: While FinishMaster’s organic sales growth is trending positively, it is no longer expected to reach the level previously indicated for the full year. As a result, FinishMaster’s expected full year 2018 organic sales growth is revised down from 2 to 4 percent to 0.5 to 2 percent. The Canadian Automotive Group’s expected full year 2018 organic sales growth is revised down from 0 to 2 percent to 0.0 to 1.5 percent. The Parts Alliance UK’s expected full year 2018 organic sales growth is revised up from 5 to 7 percent to 6 to 8 percent. Consequently, the consolidated organic sales growth guidance is revised down from 2.25 percent to 4 percent to 0.8 to 2.6 percent and the consolidated EBITDA margin is revised down from 7.2 to 8.2 percent to 6.75 to 7.25 percent.AdvertisementStrategic Alternatives ReviewUni-Select also announced the formation of a special committee of independent members of the board of directors to oversee a review of strategic alternatives. The special committee has a mandate to work with the board and management to identify, review, analyze and evaluate strategic alternatives. J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP have been engaged as financial adviser and legal counsel, respectively, to the board and the special committee in connection with this process.Uni-Select has not set a definitive schedule to complete the review of strategic alternatives. Given the nature of the process, the company says it does not intend to provide updates until the board has approved a definitive transaction or strategic alternative, or otherwise determines that further disclosure is appropriate.last_img read more

Worthington introduces Pro Grade products

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Messer forges on in Germany

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Delta Controls – Flameproof switches

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EMGS Conducts 3D EM Survey for Norske Shell in Barents Sea

first_imgElectromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) has received a contract from A/S Norske Shell and its partners in PL706 for 3D EM data acquisition in the Barents Sea.The survey will commence in July and has an expected duration of approximately 10 days using the vessel BOA Thalassa.BOA Thalassa is a purpose-built 3D EM vessel with the capacity to carry 200 receivers. It is equipped with parallel source systems, including winches, cranes and hydraulic feeds.EMGS uses its proprietary electromagnetic (EM) technology to support oil and gas companies in their search for offshore hydrocarbons. EMGS supports each stage in the workflow, from survey design and data acquisition to processing and interpretation.Press Release, July 10, 2014last_img read more