• Fletcher Allen has two new facilities
    January 07,2013
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    PLATTSBURGH — Fletcher Allen Partners, the parent organization of Fletcher Allen Health Care and Central Vermont Medical Center, received approval from the New York State Department of Health to partner with two health care facilities in northeast New York.

    The affiliation between Fletcher Allen Partners and Community Providers Inc., which operates CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, took effect Jan. 1, and now awaits confirmation by the New York Supreme Court.

    “Fletcher Allen Partners holds incredible potential for the patients and communities located within the boundaries of this innovative regional approach to addressing health care needs,” said Stephens Mundy, president and CEO of CVPH Medical Center.

    The affiliation was finalized following nine months of state and federal regulatory reviews that began last March after the organizations gave their initial approvals to proceed. Fletcher Allen Partners has governing powers over all of its members including approval rights over budgets, strategic plans and major financial decisions.

    “The affiliation also will foster the academic mission,” said Dr. John Brumsted, president and CEO of Fletcher Allen and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen Partners. “With an integrated health care system, we have an opportunity to train the next generation of physicians, nurses and other providers in a clinical environment of the future — one that emphasizes coordination and integration — and to provide expanded opportunities for clinical research.”

    Under the proposed affiliation, the four hospitals would participate with Fletcher Allen Partners in developing and implementing system-wide initiatives and programs to increase access and improve the quality of health care services.

    Each health care institution will retain its own board, management and medical staff.

    Gustafson joins

    Vt. Computing

    RANDOLPH — Matt Gustafson will fill the new customer manager position at Vermont Computing Inc., a technical products and services firm based in Randolph.

    Gustafson’s background is in the security and technology fields, and he most recently worked as site security supervisor at Central Vermont Medical Center.

    Walmart donates

    to Home Share

    BERLIN — Walmart has made a $5,000 donation to Home Share Now, a central Vermont nonprofit group that helps people to stay in their homes.

    The group works in general to create affordable housing options with positive community and environmental impacts.

    Information is available at www.homesharenow.org

    Vt. Farm Show

    is back Jan. 29-31

    The 81st annual Vermont Farm Show returns to the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31.

    Last year was the first year the show was held at the Expo fairgrounds. Previously, it was hosted by the Barre Civic Center. The new, more spacious venue provided a better experience for guests alike in 2012, according to Farm Show management.

    The Farm Show is Vermont’s largest agricultural showcase. For agriculture professionals, it is an opportunity to meet with vendors, preview products and machinery, attend trade association meetings and network within the farm community.

    With tractors, farm animals and agricultural products on display, the show also holds wide appeal for the general public.

    This year Consumer Night will be held Jan. 30. Show hours will be extended until 7 p.m. that evening.

    Food enthusiasts will enjoy the Buy Local Market, which will showcase foods and products from Vermont farms.

    The “Capital Cook-off” — an Iron Chef-type competition in which teams from the Vermont House of Representatives, Senate, and Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets will face off in a battle of culinary skills — will take place again this year. Teams will have 90 minutes to create a dish using Vermont products bought at the Buy Local Market.

    There is no cost for parking or admission, but attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation for the Vermont Food Bank.

    For more information, including a list of scheduled 2013 exhibitors, visit www.vtfarmshow.com.

    IRS opens at new

    site in Burlington

    BURLINGTON — The IRS Taxpayer Assistance Center has relocated its Burlington office to 128 Lakeside Ave. and will reopen there are noon today.

    Taxpayers should keep in mind that the IRS website and the toll-free taxpayer assistance hotlines provide free technical guidance and tax forms without requiring a trip to the office.

    Individuals who need tax help with a question may not have to travel farther than their computer. The IRS website at www.irs.gov is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    For those without Internet access, assistance is available through the IRS toll-free number at (800) 829-1040. Tax forms can be ordered at (800) 829-3676.

    Taxpayers can visit the new office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.

    CCTV Center adds 4 board members

    BURLINGTON — CCTV Center for Media & Democracy, operators of Channel 17 / Town Meeting Television, welcomed new four members to its board of trustees.

    Peter Kriff, executive director of Vermont Statewide Independent Living Council, Amanda Levinson of ThirdSpace Consulting, digital strategy consultant Jacob Colie, and certified financial planner Karen Paul join five other members on the board.
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