MVMC Adds Digital Imaging X-Ray

first_imgJune 6, 2008, Londonderry, VT Mountain Valley Medical Clinic now offers state of the art digital imaging X-ray services, increasing the speed with which the Clinic can diagnose patients, recommend treatment, and begin the healing process. The new system offers increased flexibility and improved workflow which results in our ability to deliver high quality healthcare.The Clinic’s new digital imaging X-ray system still takes images like a traditional X-ray, but rather than printing on film, it saves the image to an attached computer digitally similar to a digital camera. That image can then be sent electronically to the radiologist, or any specialist of the patients choice, for review.In addition to being faster and more efficient, the new system is also more environmentally friendly — it eliminates the film, the chemicals, and their disposal that were required previously. And now with electronic transmission, MVMC no longer is dependant on courier services to transport films.According to Linda McGrath, RT, the Clinic’s radiologist of 16 years, “This is the most exciting, most interesting advance in radiography technology in years. It allows me to better serve my patients and dramatically improve the path to recovery from a couple days to minutes for radiologist interpretation of images.”The Clinic has been able to install this new Konica Minolta system thanks to the generous support of local businesses, organizations, and individuals who are committed to helping us improve our ability to provide the best medical care possible.The Mountain Valley Medical Clinic has proudly served the communities of Manchester, Dorset, Landgrove, Londonderry, South Londonderry, Peru, Weston, Windham, Winhall, and Jamaica since 1976. The clinic is a community-based, non-profit, full-service facility providing complete health care for the whole family, emergency care, state of the art digital imaging x-ray, on-site lab, bone density, and physical therapy services. The clinic, located at 38 Route 11, Londonderry, VT, can be reached for appointments and emergency care Monday thru Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, at 824-6901 or www.ourclinic.org(link is external).last_img read more

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The Pursuit of World Class Performance Doesn’t Stop at BioTek Instruments, Inc.

first_imgSimilar to many Vermont businesses, BioTek Instruments, Inc. faces significant business constraints including aggressive international competition, increasing material and labor costs as well as a shortage of adequate labor. However these issues have not kept BioTek from growing and becoming successful. While attempting to address these issues, BioTek has also looked internally to continuously improve its operations so that it can pursue world class performance for its world class products.BioTek’s President Briar Alpert routinely asks department leaders to incorporate Lean business techniques into their annual strategy. Looking to respond with a focused solution, Marketing and Sales Operations Manager Deborah Farnham decided to contact Sean Jordan at Grasp The Situation, LLC (GTS) about implementing Lean in her department. After some discussion about the challenges and opportunities within the Customer Care team, it was clear the development of good problem solving skills would be the best next step for the department. Problem Solving was the appropriate next step because the team already had some Continuous Improvement/Lean awareness training and really needed to learn one of the keystones of significant sustainable improvement: Problem Solving said Jordan. The Customer Care team has a lot of experience and is very passionate about the success of BioTek. The team also has a lot of projects going on at one time and looks to solve problems quickly. According to Jordan, an overwhelming amount of businesses focus on the rapid solution to a problem for short term results without investing the effort to truly understand the problem for sustainable results.So GTS designed a series of short sessions that would fit into the team’s packed schedule to teach and practice the eight step PDCA problem solving method. The team developed skills for identifying the root cause of problems, creating standards and monitoring the implementation of solutions. Even though the sessions were designed for education and skill enhancement some team members went ahead and solved existing business problems. In between the training sessions, a team member used her skills to reveal the root cause of a problem and save BioTek from expending resources on the wrong solution. According to Farnham, Working with GTS was amazing. The GTS team quickly grasped key concepts and concerns of our Customer Care team, translated those issues into workable problem statements, and helped us move forward with practical solutions. They never gave us the answer but helped us to formulate what was right for us, for our culture, and for our company. They gave us the skills we need to do this on our own. Now that the Customer Care team has developed additional skills for creating and sustaining improvements, they will be able to challenge other BioTek departments as the leader for improvement. Since our sessions with GTS, we frequently refer to our developing problem solving skills and how we can make continuous improvement. Its a theme in our department and one that we try to practice on the seemingly smallest of issues to the more significant projects. Our Customer Care staff has an average tenure here at BioTek of 15.5 years. Theyre a knowledgeable group but always ready to make improvements in their jobs and our service to our customers said Farnham. One department that often leads the drive for improvement is manufacturing. As expected, BioTek’s President called upon the manufacturing area to deliver more results.Due to increased customer demand for a product line, Manufacturing Manager Deanie Dimick asked a manufacturing team to identify further improvements to one of the production areas. Sean Jordan from GTS worked with Dimicks team to review the current process, analyze the roadblocks to further improvement, and create the solutions to remove the roadblocks. Even though the technique used to facilitate the analysis by Jordan was Value Stream Mapping, he tends to refer to project as problem solving on a large scale. Essentially, the big problem was further improvements in delivery performance for a product which quickly revealed several smaller problems that needed to be solved. With support and the willingness to experiment, the team created a plan to implement several solutions that would remove the roadblocks to success said Jordan. However implementing proposed solutions was not enough. In order to sustain the solutions as well as address unresolved problems, the team needed to create a check and act schedule. By meeting on a regular basis, the team could address the status and results of their implementation.Before the team finished their value stream mapping session with GTS, they documented their target. The team believed they could achieve the following results in six months: 20% increase in weekly production capacity; reduce lead time by 50%; as well as achieve a 10% jump in on-time delivery. As the weeks and months passed, team members kept up with daily production requirements while trying to implement their changes. When the six month deadline arrived, the team was able to say they achieved their targets and created further improvements for their customers. Yet the team doesn’t get too much time to rest on its success, because they are already looking at improving another production area.BioTek Instruments, Inc., headquartered in Winooski, VT, is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and sale of microplate instrumentation and software. The BioTek Instruments, Inc. instrumentation is used to accelerate the drug discovery process, to advance discoveries in genomics and proteomics, and to aid in the advancement of life science research.Grasp The Situation, LLC, is located in Essex, VT and provides coaching, training, implementation and technical assistance to local, regional and national organizations looking to improve their business performance.last_img read more

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Sanders votes no on bailout, amendment defeated

first_imgWASHINGTON, October 1 The Senate tonight voted 74-25 for a $700 billion Wall Street bailout.  If a bailout is needed, if taxpayer money must be placed at risk as we bail out Wall Street greed, the people who pay for it should be the millionaires who benefited most from Bushs reckless economic policies, not the struggling middle class, Sanders said. Sanders proposed a five-year, 10 percent surtax on  families with incomes of more than $1 million  year and individuals earning over $500,00 to raise $300 billion to help bankroll the bailout. v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } Sanders: No on Middle Class Bail Out of Wall Street    ### Sanders amendment was defeated on a voice vote. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voted against the bill that would put Wall Streets burden on the backs of the American middle class.last_img read more

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Panel of professional athletes to discuss issues of sustainability in sport April 7

first_imgOn Tuesday, April 7, at 6:30 p.m., a panel of sports professionals and environmental advocates will participate in a discussion at Middlebury College titled Jocks and Treehuggers: Pro Athletes on Sustainability. The event is free and open to the public and will take place in Room 216 of McCardell Bicentennial Hall, located on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125).Middlebury College Scholar-in-Residence in Environmental Affairs Bill McKibben will deliver the introductory remarks and Middlebury College Athletic Sustainability Coordinator Andrew Gardner will moderate the discussion. Panelists include National Football League professional Dhani Jones, professional soccer player Natalie Spilger and Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Alexander Wolf.Jones, a player with the Cincinnati Bengals, rides a bike to the stadium for practices and games, works with Al Gore s climate change initiative, and promotes the World Food Program, which fights hunger worldwide. He also stars in the Travel Channel s new original series, Dhani Tackles the Globe. By actively participating in some of the most beloved national pastimes from around the world, Jones discovers that sports have the universal ability to open a window into a culture, define a destination, and unlock a common passion in people that is as different as it is familiar. His enthusiasm, authority on sport and understanding of the issues of climate change make Jones a key player in sport and sustainability. Natalie Spilger, a professional soccer player, founded the athletic sustainability program GreenLaces in 2008. GreenLaces is a nonprofit organization that encourages athletes to be global leaders. The organization works with youth athletic leagues and after-school programs to educate children on the importance of recycling and eco-friendly lifestyles. It also recruits professional athletes that work to protect the environment to make their efforts public by publishing them online. Prior to that she worked with Connecticut-based EMCOR Energy Services as an energy engineer.Wolff has been a writer for Sports Illustrated since 1980 and, in March 2007, wrote a ground-breaking article titled Going, Going Green, an article that helped sports fans measure the effects of climate change on sport. Wolff is also the owner of the Vermont Frost Heaves, a premier basketball league team based in Williston. The Frost Heaves have taken on a number of sustainability measures to reduce their carbon footprint. Recently, the Heaves became athlete ambassadors to the climate change advocacy group 350.org.For more information, contact Andrew Gardner in the Department of Athletics at 802.443.5963 or agardner@middlebury.edu(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

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Vermont federal judicial nominating process open to applicants

first_imgAfter Murtha announced that he will move to senior status in June, a nine-member nominating commission was appointed by U.S. Senators Leahy and Bernard Sanders and by the Vermont Bar Association to review applicants and submit a slate of candidates to Leahy, Sanders and, at Senator Leahy s request,  Vermont U.S. Rep. Peter Welch. As the senior senator of the president s party, Leahy will then recommend the final candidate for the judicial vacancy to the president. The other members of the commission are Jerome F. O Neill of O Neill Kellner & Green, P.C. in Burlington, Hon. Marilyn R. Skoglund of the Vermont Supreme Court, Geoffrey B. Shields of Vermont Law School, Paul Burns of the Vermont Public Interest Research Group in Montpelier, Barbara W. Prine of Vermont Legal Aid, Inc./Disability Law Project in Burlington, David A. Mickenberg of Mickenberg, Dunn, Lachs, Hazel & Smith, PLC in Burlington, Joan Loring Wing, Esq. of Rutland, and David F. Silver of Barr, Sternberg, Moss, Lawrence, Silver, Saltonstall & Fenster, P.C. in Bennington. Robert M. Paolini of the Vermont Bar Association is providing administrative support to the commission. The nine-member Judicial Nominating Commission named to recommend a slate of candidates to replace retiring U.S. District Judge J. Garvan Murtha will accept applications for the upcoming vacancy in the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont through May 4. Applicants should visit the Vermont Bar Association s web site at www.vtbar.org(link is external) to obtain a questionnaire and further instructions.  Any member in good standing of the Vermont Bar is eligible to apply for the U.S. District Court vacancy. Applicants are asked to complete a questionnaire which is available on the web site, or to request a copy in writing from the Judicial Nominating Commission c/o The Vermont Bar Association, 35-37 Court Street, P.O. Box 100, Montpelier, VT 05601, Attn: Bob Paolini, executive director. Peter D. Van Oot of Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC in Brattleboro was named to chair the commission by U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy. Applicants with questions about the process or the questionnaire may submit confidential inquiries to Peter D. Van Oot c/o Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, P.O. Box 9, Brattleboro, VT, 05302-0009. Applicants are requested to not directly contact any other member of the nominating commission regarding this matter. For further information, please contact Peter Van Oot at 802-451-2312, or go to http://www.vtbar.org/Upload%20Files/WebPages/usdistrictcourtapplication(link is external).last_img read more

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Vermont Governor Douglas and NH Governor Lynch to speak to Ethan Allen employees tomorrow

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch will be in Beecher Falls tomorrow at the Ethan Allen furniture plant to address employees and offer state support and resources to the roughly 260 employees who were recently informed that they would be let go.   At least half of the employees reside in New Hampshire.  I want to thank my good friend Governor Lynch for taking the time to come to Vermont and for his Administration s commitment to work with mine so that our labor officials can deploy every possible resource to the employees of Ethan Allen, said Governor Douglas.  We will continue to work together to offer support to this important employer and to the people of this region.  This is a very difficult time for our state s economy, especially in the Kingdom, and we must do all we can to be sure that when the economy rebounds we are prepared with the tools and economic support to help Ethan Allen thrive again.WHAT:  Vermont Governor Jim Douglas and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch to address employees at the Beecher Falls Ethan Allen FacilityWHEN:  Tuesday, July 7, 2009 2:30pmWHERE:  Ethan Allen, Inc Main Street, Beecher Falls, Vermontlast_img read more

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NOFA-VT celebrates 40 years of organic farming

first_imgBurlington, VT August 2, 2011 Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) Celebrates 40 Years of Organic Farming and Launches First Capital Campaign4’0 years ago in Putney, Vermont, a small group of farmers gathered to talk about how to market their crops, be better farmers, and share their techniques for growing wholesome, healthy food. That was the beginning of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA). There are now 7 NOFA chapters in the Northeast. Since 1971, NOFA Vermont has facilitated the extraordinary growth in Vermont’s food landscape through educational programs, establishment of farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and development of an organic certification program, Vermont Organic Farmers.In celebration of 40 years of organic farming, NOFA Vermont is launching the Taking Root Capital Campaign, to raise $325,000 for the purchase of a new home in Richmond. A new office will increase NOFA Vermont’s capacity to serve as a networking hub and give us a stronger base from which to mentor beginner farmers, increase the acreage in organic production, nurture the growth of local and regional markets, and increase access to local and organic food for all Vermonters.NOFA-VT has increased the number of organic farmers and producers in Vermont from 17 in 1985 to 580 in 2010. Charlie Nardozzi, gardening expert of Ferrisburgh says, ‘NOFA-VT is one of the key organizations responsible for the revival of farming in Vermont. NOFA has helped not only preserve Vermont’s agricultural heritage, but is helping it grow into a new and vibrant era.’The 40th anniversary celebration is set for October 1st at High Meadows Farm in Wesminster West, near the site of NOFA-VT’s birthplace. Attendees will be able to participate in the launch of an online-auction to support the Taking Root Capital Campaign. ‘We look forward to getting many of the founders back together this fall, along with all our current members and friends, near the site where the original scheming took place,’ said Enid Wonnacott, NOFA-VT Executive Director. ‘We want to celebrate that vision and the learning community that was spawned and has grown for over 40 years.’About NOFA-VT NOFA Vermont is member-based organization working to grow local farms, healthy food, and strong communities in Vermont. Our members are farmers, gardeners, educators and food lovers of all sorts ‘ anyone who wants to help us create a future full of local food and local farms. Our programs include farmer and gardener technical assistance, farm to school support, organic certification, advocacy, an online apprentice and farm worker directory, an annual Winter Conference, and programs that work to ensure access to fresh, local food to all Vermonters, regardless of income. last_img read more

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