Autumn Harvest Festival

We held our Autumn Harvest Festival earlier this week. Gifford employees enjoyed apple crisp and competed in a pumpkin recipe contest. The first place winner was Ralph Herrick (well, OK, Ralph’s wife).

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New Healthier Living Workshop Begins Oct. 15 at Gifford

Class focuses on Chronic Disease Self-Management and peer support

Healthier Living WorkshopA new Chronic Disease Self-Management Healthier Living Workshop series begins Oct. 15 and continues Mondays through Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gifford Medical Center.

Healthier Living Workshops are six-week classes for people with chronic conditions and their caregivers. They are offered for free – along with chronic pain workshops – throughout the year by Gifford as part of the Vermont Blueprint for Health.

The workshops are led by trained facilitators and are designed to help improve strength, flexibility and endurance. They also provide tips for managing medications, eating healthier and improving communications with family and friends.

The goal is to help people better manage their health conditions and deal with the frustration, fatigue, and pain that can accompany a chronic disease.

Participants also benefit from meeting other people with chronic conditions, learning how they cope and enjoying the camaraderie of knowing that they are not alone in how they’re feeling, notes Gifford workshop coordinator Susan Delattre.

According to the Vermont Department of Health, past participants report increased energy, reduced stress, more self-confidence and fewer doctors’ visits as a result.

Gifford Healthier Living Workshop participants have called the series “very relaxed and you really felt free to express yourself” and said they most enjoyed “meeting people who understand what I am going through.”

To register or for more information, call Zach Bean at Gifford’s Blueprint office at the Kingwood Health Center at (802) 728-7100, ext. 6.

The workshop will take place in the Randolph hospital’s Conference Center at 44 S. Main St. From patient parking, the Conference Center is marked with a green awning. For handicapped accessibility, take the elevator from the main lobby to the first floor and follow signs to the Conference Center.

‘Threadscapes’ by Northfield fiber artist Pamela Druhen coming to Gifford Gallery

Pamela Druhen "Threadscapes"

Fiber artist Pamela Druhen of Northfield brings her unique quilts to the Gifford Medical Center art gallery beginning Oct. 3, including this piece titled “Lamson Pond.” The piece measures 21 ¾ by 15 ½ inches and features fence posts emerging from the snow. “Vermont winters are filled with gray days when the mountains and woods emerge from the dim light and then disappear without a moment’s notice,” Druhen says.

RANDOLPH – Northfield fiber artist Pamela Druhen brings her unique quilts to the Gifford Medical Center art gallery on Oct. 3. Druhen creates intricate, realistic quilted landscapes and florals, which she calls “Threadscapes.”

Glowingly reviewed in Seven Days and the Vermont Sunday Magazine, Druhen got her start in fiber, specifically fabric and thread, in 1996 and since has gone on to win awards for her work. In 2001, she began winning ribbons in competitions and has competed internationally since 2002. In 2010 she took a second place in the Art Quilt Miniature category at Houston’s International Quilt Festival. The following year, she won an honorable mention at “Celebrate Spring” in Cincinnati and a first place in Houston’s International Quilt Festival – A World of Beauty.

Druhen uses the fiber medium to explore the relationships between light, depth, color and texture in the natural world. Her work is defined by the four seasons as she experiences them in Vermont. The viewer, she notes, begins from a position standing on the edge of each piece, ready to step in and explore the landscape and beyond.

She uses quilting and heavy threadwork as design elements, which enhance the texture, movement and depth of each piece. Newer work incorporates silk or procion dyes that she applies with a brush on silk or cotton to create the image that she then embroiders with rayon or trilobal polyester threadwork and highly detailed quilting.

“My designs are all original,” Druhen notes. “I work from photos, which are mostly taken by my husband. At times I work in a series, and I occasionally will repeat a design using a different season or a different orientation, but each piece is one of a kind.”

Her work has been featured in several special exhibits, and in June of last year she curated a special exhibit for the Vermont Quilt Festival titled “The Art of Quilt.” The exhibit showcased the current work of 12 Vermont quilt/fiber artists, including Druhen.

She can also be found teaching and lecturing at various quilt guilds and in the studio creating new pieces.

Her show at Gifford runs through Dec. 5 and art gallery coordinator Julie Fischer is thrilled to have Druhen’s work in the Randolph medical center’s gallery.

“It’s been some time since we’ve had a fiber artist come to our hospital gallery,” says Fischer. “I’m excited to bring such unique, high-quality art to our patients and visitors. I have no doubt these fabric landscapes will be a feast for the senses and evoke strong, positive reactions, mostly like awe.”

The Gifford Gallery is located just inside the hospital’s main entrance at 44 S. Main St. (Route 12) in Randolph. Call Fischer at (802) 728-2324 for more information.

Pamela Druhen's "Threadscapes"

Fiber artist Pamela Druhen of Northfield brings her unique quilts to the Gifford Medical Center art gallery beginning Oct. 3, including this piece titled “Fences.” The piece measures 23 by 30 inches and features early autumn light reflected in the still waters of Lamson Pond in Brookfield.

‘Eating Right When Money’s Tight’

RANDOLPH – Eating healthy can be a challenge, especially so if you’re on a budget.

Gifford Medical Center Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian Jennifer Stratton is striving to help those on a budget better grapple with the issue during a free talk titled “Eating Right When Money’s Tight.”

The talk will be held on Sept. 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Red Clover room in the hospital’s Conference Center.

The event will feature tips from Stratton about eating healthier without over-paying, recipes will be given out, and Susan Moore, a diabetes patient, will join Stratton to share a tasty, easy-to-make dish.

The idea to hold the free talk was prompted by an increasing number of patients saying, “‘I cannot do this. It’s too expensive to eat healthy,’” Stratton says.

Stratton will show how it can be done with tips like looking for in-season foods and preparing more meals from scratch. Stratton hopes to follow-up the discussion with trips at a later date to the grocery store and food shelf for hands-on healthy shopping tips.

The strategies presented will apply to all who are shopping on a limited budget, not just diabetics. No registration is required, but anyone with questions is encouraged to call Stratton at the Diabetes Clinic at 728-7100.

Norwich University Concert Band Coming to Gifford Park Sept. 25


RANDOLPH – The nation’s oldest collegiate band, the Norwich University Concert Band, will perform at the park at Gifford Medical Center on Sept. 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

The free concert, titled “Autumn in the Park,” will be led by conductor Lt. Col. Todd Edwards with a flute solo, “Concertino for Flute,” featuring Audrey Seaman.

Music at Norwich University in Northfield has been a significant part of the curriculum since its founding in 1819. With the arrival of William Baylay, the first professor of instrumental music, in 1823, the band became all-brass and an integral part of the daily life of cadets.

Today, the band is a full instrumentation band with woodwinds, brass and percussion, and it continues to perform in support of the Corps of Cadets at all formations, reviews and special parades. The band has performed for the inauguration of several U.S. presidents, including John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, as well as for parades and concerts throughout Vermont and New England.

Conductor Lt. Col. Edwards spent nearly 25 years in the U.S. Air Force Band program, serving as a trombonist and vocalist as well as an audio engineer and lighting designer, after enlisting at age 18.

He received the Air Force Public Affairs Awards for Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year in 2001 for designing and executing a seven-band deployment throughout Europe in 48 hours supporting Operation Allied Force, including a short concert aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt – a first for Air Force Bands while in an active combat zone.

Because of his vast deployment expertise, he was selected by the Pentagon to advance the first-ever band deployments in direct support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, during combat operations. Being the first bandsman on the ground in April of 2004, he led bands traveling to seven bases in Iraq, Qatar and Afghanistan and later led a second deployment group to perform additional shows in Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Djibouti.

In addition to performing before U.S. presidents, he has played before several heads of state, including Queen Elizabeth II.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Valley Bowl of Randolph will be onsite with its food truck for anyone wanting to purchase dinner.

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair. The Gifford park is south of the hospital, before the Thrift Shop, at 44 S. Main St. (Route 12) in Randolph. Ample parking is available.

The concert is weather dependent. If the weather is questionable, visit Gifford’s Web site,, for updates.

Second Chiropractor Joins Sharon Sports Medicine Team

RANDOLPH – Chiropractor Dr. Andrea Kannas has joined the Sharon Health Center’s sports medicine team part-time.

Dr. Kannas, who is also in private practice in Woodstock, is a Rutland native and Middlebury College graduate who went on to Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minn., for her doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) degree.

She completed her internship at Bloom Chiropractic, Bloomington Natural Care Center and University Health Services, part of Northwestern Health Sciences University, all in Minnesota.

She previously worked at Lakes Region Chiropractic in Bristol, N.H., before opening her own practice, The Chiropractic & Wellness Studio, last year.

It was through volunteer work with the Woodstock Union High School track team that Dr. Kannas connected with Sharon Health Center chiropractor Dr. Hank Glass. The health center, renowned for its sports medicine practice, was in need of more chiropractic help.

Dr. Kannas excitedly joined the team, which includes Dr. Glass, two podiatrists, a sports medicine physician, a nurse practitioner, an athletic trainer and physical therapists, this month. “I’m really excited to work with the other doctors and staff and, most importantly, the patients. I really love what I do.”

Chiropractic adjustments, said Dr. Kannas, are part of a healthy lifestyle, helping people perform at an optimal level. They support wellness and balance, and can benefit both acute and chronic injuries.

Dr. Kannas is board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

Her clinical interests include sports medicine and women’s health and wellness. “I also love working with kids,” says Dr. Kannas, who lives in Quechee with her husband, John, and their 1-year-old daughter, Addison.

In her free time, Dr. Kannas enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors and athletics, including skiing and cycling. In high school and college, she participated in soccer, track and ski racing.

Like Sharon’s other health care providers, who are also athletes, Dr. Kannas’ experience with sports has left her committed to working to achieve athletes’ goals and to being compassionate to their needs, she says.

Dr. Kannas is at the Sharon Health Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. Call her in Sharon at (802) 763-8000. The Sharon Health Center is part of Gifford Medical Center.

2011 Gifford Admissions and Visits by Top 20 Towns

The following is an excerpt from our 2011 Annual Report.

For those of you interested in statistics, here are Gifford’s admissions and visits from 2011. (We’re reporting only the top 20 towns.)

                                                          Inpatient              Outpatient                  Total
Randolph/Braintree                           562                       21,620                   22,182
Bethel                                                   150                         6,373                      6,523
Royalton                                               119                         5,296                     5,415
Northfield                                             138                         3,661                     3,799
Chelsea                                               111                         3,052                     3,163
Rochester                                              82                         2,461                     2,543
Barre                                                       73                         3,175                     3,248
Tunbridge                                              29                         2,354                      2,383
Brookfi eld                                             55                         2,256                      2,331
Berlin                                                      62                         1,505                      1,567
Sharon                                                   28                         1,495                      1,523
Williamstown                                        60                         1,312                      1,372
Stockbridge                                           23                         1,048                      1,071
Granville                                                25                             754                         779
Hancock                                                19                             657                         676
Pittsfield                                                12                             481                         493
Barnard                                                   6                             483                         489
Washington                                         15                              430                         445
Montpelier                                              9                              333                         342
Woodstock                                             4                             314                          318
Other Vermont towns                       207                          8,973                      9,180
Other states                                         21                          1,673                      1,694
Other countries                                     1                                  1                              2
Grand total                                     1,811                        69,707                   71,518

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