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.
Senior Director of Corporate Communications Michael Jamison told 12 News repairs and upgrades were made as needed, as critical infrastructure is a priority on days where losing power is of high potential. (WBNG) — Amid the coronavirus pandemic, NYSEG has taken a number of precautions to ensure customer and employee safety, especially on days where severe weather is causing customers to lose power. “Our crews have been spending a lot of time proactively checking the circuits that provide power to critical infrastructure, so we’re confident we’re prepared for the greatest extent we can be,” said Jamison. NYSEG took a proactive approach weeks ago, inspecting circuits of high priority locations such as hospitals, nursing homes and grocery stores. NYSEG is following CDC guidelines and practicing social distancing. All indoor non-emergency work has been suspended, and employees are encouraging customers to follow these guidelines as well. NYSEG is encouraging people to avoid approaching active work sites, but if necessary, they ask that you maintain the six-feet social distance policy. “If the worst does come we’re prepared, we have nearly 1000 people, field resources state wide ready to respond, and we’ve prestaged crews all throughout the state based on the forecast so we can react quickly is outages do occur,” said Jamison. Jamison says when there is severe weather in the forecast, they plan for the worst and hope for the best, and are prepared for whatever comes their way. Jamison also said you may notice increased traffic. That is due to social distancing policies, which NYSEG has implemented. The company’s new policy is one worker per vehicle, meaning you may notice a NYSEG truck followed by a fleet of other vehicles. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.
London-listed financial services group Old Mutual has announced it is to split its business into four separate entities in a drive to cut costs and for its shares to be valued more “appropriately” on the stock market.The group, which has £303.8bn (€391.5n) of funds under management, is to be separated into Old Mutual Emerging Markets, Nedbank, Old Mutual Wealth and OM Asset Management.These will be an African financial services company, an African bank, a UK-based wealth manager and a US-listed multi-boutique asset manager, respectively.Old Mutual grew out of a South African mutual insurer founded in 1845 and moved its headquarters to London in 1999. Since then, it has bought and sold a number of financial services companies from various countries, including Swedish insurer Skandia, which it acquired in 2006, subsequently selling and re-naming parts of that business.Bruce Hemphill, Old Mutual’s group chief executive since November 2015, said: “The strategy we have announced today sets out a bold new course to unlock value currently trapped within the group structure.“We have four strong businesses that can reach their full potential by freeing them from the costs and constraints of the group.”Hemphill said that, despite the group’s previous strategy, which led to a de-risking and re-shaping of the group, Old Mutual shares still traded at a substantial discount to those of its peers and to the sum of its parts’ value.He said, if one looked closely at the divisions, they had very little in common and there was limited rationale for them to be in one group.“It’s a costly structure with insufficient synergies to justify those costs,” he added.Additionally, regulatory change had added – and would add – extra complexity, Hemphill said.The company said the new strategy around the split involved a new capital-management policy intended to cut group holding company debt and reduce central costs in stages.Hemphill said the new strategy would give each business have simpler access to capital markets to fund its growth, and be valued more appropriately. “We are announcing today a strategy that will allow us to release the potential within the group for the benefit of all its stakeholders for many years to come,” he said.Hemphill said customers of its divisions would unaffected by the split.“This process will not impact our customers, and our excellent levels of service will be unchanged,” he said. “On the contrary, the businesses will be able to take better advantage of their exciting prospects and will continue to deliver great outcomes for our customers.”
IT is “very unrealistic” the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will take place next year unless a coronavirus vaccine has been found by then, says a leading global health scientist.Professor Devi Sridhar said the development of effective and affordable treatment would be a “game-changer” in whether the postponed Games take place.The International Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 organisers held an executive board meeting this week at which they reiterated their hope the Games can be the “light at the end of the tunnel”.However, IOC coordination commission chair John Coates acknowledged Covid-19 could still affect the rescheduled Olympics, which are due to take place from 23 July-8 August 2021.Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, he said it could have an impact in terms of “mass gatherings or testing of athletes” and that the IOC would be guided by the World Health Organization.Professor Sridhar, who is chair of global health at the University of Edinburgh, said the chances of Tokyo 2020 going ahead as planned “all depends on a vaccine”.“We’re hearing from the scientists that this could be possible. I had thought it would be a year or a year and a half away but we’re hearing possibly this could come sooner,” she said.“If we do get a vaccine within the next year then actually I think that (Olympics) is realistic. The vaccine will be the game-changer – an effective, affordable, available vaccine.“If we don’t get a scientific breakthrough then I think that looks very unrealistic.“I think they’ve made the right decision in saying ‘we are going to put it back a year and re-evaluate’.“And I think that is the only way you can deal with this situation – to take stock, to be hopeful, to support our scientific community and our NHS community to do what they can, because science in the long-term is going to be the way we get out of this.”A nationwide state of emergency has been declared in Japan until 6 May because of the country’s worsening coronavirus outbreak.The IOC and Tokyo 2020 local organising committee announced on Thursday they have set up a joint steering committee to deliver the postponed Olympics, led by Coates and Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori.Mori said: “Soon after the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Games on 24 March, Tokyo 2020 established a ‘New Launch’ taskforce and we have been working since then to create a structure capable of overcoming these unprecedented challenges.“We believe that today’s new step is an important achievement in advancing over the coming year what we have prepared over the past five to six years. We will continue to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the success of the Games.”BBC Sport has contacted the IOC for comment. (BBC Sport)