Derby Green in Derby, Vermont, is a small, 23 bed nursing home with a big, positive reputation that grows with every passing year. And that reputation recently grew again on May 17th when the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living (D.A.I.L) awarded the home with it eighth Quality Award since the department first awarded the honor in 1999. No other nursing home in the state has earned this prestigious award so many times.On August 25 Lisa Bolhman, the director of Derby Green, accepted a check for $11,476.91 from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living as a result of the long-term care home earning its eighth Quality Award. Left to right: Claudio Fort, President and CEO of North Country Hospital; Kathy Austin, chairman of the hospital’s board of directors; Fran Keeler, the director of Licensing and Protection; Lisa Bohlman; Susan Wehry, the Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living; Paula Ducharme, RN, the Director of Nursing at Derby Green; Bill Perkett, Vice President of Hurman Resources at North Country; and Andre Bissonnette, Vice President of Finance at North Country.‘It is quite an honor to win this award for the last 5 years in a row and a total of 8 times since the award has been given,’ Lisa Bohlman said. ‘This award is not easily achieved and it takes work to continue to receive it each year. We could not have won this award without the dedication and commitment of each person in each department here at Derby Green.’ Bohlman is the administrator of the home which is located on Route 5 in Derby.The recent honor was bestowed upon Derby Green at the Gold Star Conference held at the Quechee Club in Quechee. The award was given by Susan Wehry, the commissioner of DAIL, and Fran Keeler, the director of the Division of Licensing and Protection. Bohlman and Paula Ducharme R.N., the director of director of nursing services at Derby Green, accepted the award. Then on August 25 Susan Wehry and Fran Keeler traveled to the long-term care home in Derby to award them a check for $11,476.91 for their dedication to patient care.Also at the conference Derby Green, which employs 29 workers, was honored with the Gold Star Employer Award. This program is implemented through DAIL and the Vermont Health Care Association. To earn this honor, Derby Green proved it had implemented ‘best practices’ for retention and recruitment of employees. Derby Green was awarded this honor every year between 2005 and 2011.I am so proud of my staff and the quality care they give to each of our residents each day throughout the year,’ Bohlman said. ‘Working at a nursing home is not for everyone, it takes someone who genuinely cares for the residents.
September 20, 2019 Governor Wolf Commends PUC for Helping Low Income Pennsylvanians Energy, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Wolf commended the steps taken by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission (PUC) to revise two of its energy affordability programs to better assist the commonwealth’s most vulnerable households.“I applaud the PUC’s effort to tackle the extremely high costs facing the poorest households in the state,” said Gov. Wolf. “The actions taken are critical in helping to remove barriers for our low-income residents in areas all across Pennsylvania.”Yesterday, the PUC advanced two proposals to assist low-income households’ access to affordable utility services, including changes to the Customer Assistance Programs (CAPs). The changes include lowering maximum “energy burden” thresholds for low-income individuals and families, which is the percentage of household income spent on energy usage, such as heat and light.Additionally, the PUC will move forward with updates to the Universal Service and Energy Conservation Programs (USECPs) to emphasize the Commission’s mandate to “continue the protections, policies and services that now assist customers who are low-income to afford utility service.”The amendments adopted by the PUC include a six percent maximum energy burden for the most vulnerable customers, noting that a household with an annual income of $10,000 could potentially save an average of $1,000 annually on electric and gas service.“One of our most basic responsibilities in government is to help ensure that everyone has access to utilities, no matter what your socioeconomic status is,” said Gov. Wolf. “These actions will have a meaningful influence on nearly a million households in need of energy assistance today, and countless more in the future.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
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