Gifford’s Medical Staff

The following is a complete list of current Gifford medical staff as taken from our 2011 Annual Report published a few months ago.

2011 Gifford medical staffAnesthesiology
Lee Balaklaw, MD
Anthony Fazzone, MD
Dennis Henzig, MD
Eric Kent, MD
Jon-Richard Knoff, MD
Nina Sharp, MD

Cardiology
Bruce Andrus, MD
Timothy Beaver, MD

Chiropractic Sports Medicine
Hank Glass, DC

Emergency Medicine
Steven Fisher, MD
Marc Keller, MD
Todd Morrell, MD
Saul Nurok, MD
Kevin Rodgers, MD
Scott Rodi, MD
Brian Sargent, DO
Wendell Smith, MD
Joshua White, MD
Lucy Wollaeger, MD

Endocrinology
Susanne Trost, MD

Family Medicine
Kenneth Borie, DO
Terry Cantlin, DO
Marcus Coxon, MD
Jonna Goulding, MD
Robert Kiess, MD
Brian Sargent, DO
Mark Seymour, DO
Sheri Brown, FNP-BC
Maria Cabri, FNP, CNM
Tammy Gerdes, PA-C
Patrick Kearney, PA-C
Kim Ladue, FNP-BC
Megan O’Brien, FNP-BC
Starr Strong, PA-C

Gastroenterology
Eric Ganguly, MD

General Surgery
Edward Borrazzo, MD
Ovleto Ciccarelli, MD
Nikki Gewirz, PA-C
Maury Smith, MD
Laurie Spaulding, MD

Hospitalist Medicine
Mandeep Hundal, MD
Martin Johns, MD
Joshua Plavin, MD, MPH
Wendell Smith, MD
Sheri Brown, FNP-BC
Sue Burgos, PA-C
Joshua Gleiner, PA-C
Patrick Kearney, PA-C
Megan O’Brien, FNP-BC
Fred Staples, PA-C

Internal Medicine
James Currie, MD
Milton Fowler, MD
Mark Jewett, MD
Cristine Maloney, MD
Mary LaBrecque, ANP-BC

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
David Pattison, MD, MPH
Joshua Plavin, MD, MPH

Mental Health
Cory Gould, MA
Robert Vaillancourt, MA

Midwifery
Kipp Bovey, CNM
Donna Butler, CNM
Laureli Morrow, CNM
Kathryn Saunders, CNM
Meghan Sperry, CNM
Tanya Waters, CNM

Naturopathic Medicine
Christopher Hollis, ND
Erica Koch, ND

Neurology
Robin Schwartz, MD

Obstetrics/Gynecology
Brent Burgee, MD
Dina Levin, MD
Ellamarie Russo-DeMara, DO
Lawrence Slocki, MD

Oncology
John Valentine, MD

Ophthalmology
Christopher Soares, MD

Orthopedics
Bess Brackett, MD
Stephanie Landvater, MD

Pain Management
Lan Nguyen-Knoff, MD

Pathology
Cathy Palmer, MD
Brian Travis, MD

Pediatric Cardiology
Niels Giddins, MD

Pediatrics
Louis DiNicola, MD
William Gaidys, MD
Elizabeth Jewett, MD
Joseph Pelletier, MD
Pamela Udomprasert, MD

Plastic Surgery
Guy Rochman, MD

Podiatry and Sports Medicine
Nicolas Benoit, DPM
Kevin McNamara, DPM
Robert Rinaldi, DPM
Paul Smith, DPM

Pulmonary Medicine
Marda Donner, MD

Radiology
John McIntyre, MD
Scott Smith, MD

Sports Medicine
Peter Loescher, MD

Urology
Michael Curtis, MD
John Daly, MD
Richard Graham, MD
Nancy Blessing, PA-C

Vascular Studies
Andrew Stanley, MD
Georg Steinthorsson, MD

Gifford Offering ‘Home Alone’ Safety Course for Kids Aug. 11

Home Alone training courseRANDOLPH – Wellness educator Jude Powers will offer a course for children ages 8-11 on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 9:30 a.m. to noon titled “Home Alone and Safe.”

The course is designed to teach children how to safely respond to a variety of home alone situations, including Internet and telephone safety, family communications, sibling care, personal and gun safety, and basic emergency care.

The course was created by the Southeastern Michigan and Oregon Trail Chapters of the American Red Cross to meet the needs of children who spend time alone without adult supervision. It helps kids understand the rules and responsibilities in a home alone situation and prepares them to anticipate potential problems and how to resolve them.

Children will engage in role playing, discussion, brainstorming and critical thinking. A video reviews the salient information, participants retain a workbook and relevant handouts, and each child will earn a certificate upon completion.

The course cost is $20 and it is being held at Gifford Medical Center’s new Family Center space at the hospital in Randolph. The Family Center is beside Gifford Ob/Gyn and Midwifery on Route 12 (South Main Street). Call Powers at (802) 649-1841 to register or Nancy Clark at Gifford at (802) 728-2274.

The course cost is reduced thanks to a gift from the Lamson-Howell Foundation of Randolph.

Babysitter’s Training Course Coming July 28

babysitter's training courseRANDOLPH – Gifford Medical Center will hold a Babysitter’s Training Course on Saturday, July 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Family Center (beside Gifford Ob/Gyn and Midwifery).

The course is for youth looking to learn how to be safe, responsible and successful babysitters.

Offered by instructor Jude Powers, it covers good business practices, basic care, diapering, safety, play, proper hand washing, handling infants, responding to injuries, decision making in emergencies, action plans and more.

Communication skills are emphasized along with being a good role model. Each participant will receive a certification card upon completion of the course and a reference notebook to take home.

Thanks to a grant from the Lamson-Howell Foundation of Randolph, the course cost is only $30. Participants should also bring their lunch.

Register by calling Powers at (802) 649-1841 or Nancy Clark at Gifford at (802) 728-2274. Space is limited.

The course cost is reduced thanks to a gift from the Lamson-Howell Foundation of Randolph.

Great Turnout at First Concert in Gifford Park

We held our first concert in Gifford’s new park last night. We had an amazing turnout. We thank everyone for coming, and the South Royalton Town Band for entertaining us all.

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South Royalton Band performs at Gifford

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South Royalton Band entertains crowd

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Great turnout at free concert

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Gorgeous evening for a concert

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Randolph residents relax at Gifford Park

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Conductor Dick Ellis and his son

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Dick Ellis conducts

South Royalton Band Headlining First Free Concert in Gifford Park

South Royalton Town BandRANDOLPH – The South Royalton Band, often called the South Royalton Town Band, will headline a free community concert at Gifford Medical Center on Wednesday, July 11. The concert is the first public event in Gifford’s new park space since it was completed earlier this year.

Conducted by Dick Ellis, the South Royalton Band plays a mixture of marches, songs from Broadway, novelties, Dixieland music, patriotic numbers and features some soloists.

Marches include the work of American conductor John Philip Sousa, the “March king.” Melodies from such musicals as “The Music Man” and “The Sound of Music” will be heard.

“We try to have enough variety that everyone hears something that they enjoy,” said Ellis, who is in his 68th year of conducting the band and is known as this area’s “music man.”

Comprised of about 30 musicians from around central Vermont, the South Royalton Band is among the few surviving town bands in the region. Ellis credits word of mouth with attracting talent to the band and hard work with keeping it alive.

Ellis has dedicated his life to creating music in central Vermont as the band’s conductor; as the founder of high school bands in Randolph, Bethel, Rochester and his native South Royalton; and through the family business, Ellis Music Co., which supplies about 4,000 instruments to students in 350 Vermont and New Hampshire schools.

“My ambition was to give every youngster in Vermont the opportunity to play an instrument,” Ellis said.

Seven of Ellis’ former high school students still play in the band along with his own son and daughter. The band plays Thursdays on the South Royalton green and around central Vermont.

“I like to promote the arts as much as I can and Randolph for many years has been a place without a park,” he said.

When Gifford Administrator Joseph Woodin started talking about including a park at the hospital, Ellis was immediately interested. It was an opportunity, he said, to support two of his favorite things – the hospital and the arts.

“I was very glad to see something like that happening,” said Ellis, who helped fund the park construction, which was built entirely with donations.

Now Ellis’ band kicks off what the hospital hopes are other community events in the park with a free concert.

“We hope many community members come out to enjoy this new space and the familiar favorite that is the South Royalton Town Band,” said Ashley Lincoln, director of development and public relations at Gifford.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. and is expected to last until 8:30 p.m. Spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket, and even a picnic supper. The rain date is Wednesday, July 18. If the weather is questionable, visit www.giffordmed.org on the afternoon of July 11 for an update.

The Gifford park is located between the hospital and the Thrift Shop on South Main Street (Route 12) south of Randolph village. Ample parking is available onsite.

Physician Assistant Kate Clemente Joins Gifford Practices in Randolph, Rochester

physician assistant Kate Clemente

Physician assistant Kate Clemente joins Gifford practices in Randolph, Rochester

RANDOLPH – Kate Clemente didn’t have to look far to find her role model.

The Montpelier native’s mother has been a physician assistant for 35 years, dedicating herself to her profession and her community.

Now Clemente is doing the same. A certified physician assistant, Clemente has joined Gifford Medical Center’s family practice in Randolph and will be seeing patients at the Rochester Health Center in the coming months as well.

A graduate of Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Clemente went on to get her master’s degree in physician assistant studies at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H.

“I’m so grateful to have been given the opportunity to practice close to home at such a wonderful and supportive hospital,” says Clemente of joining Gifford, which she describes as one of the state’s beloved community hospitals.

The chance to practice in family medicine was also appealing.

“You become part of people’s daily lives. You become integrated with the community. It’s special. It’s from a different era of medicine,” says Clemente, who has a special interest in women’s health, encouraging healthy lifestyles, nutrition, wellness and obesity prevention.
Clemente has previously volunteered for the Central Vermont Battered Women’s Shelter, The People’s Health and Wellness Clinic and Two Rivers Farm.

A warm and empathetic caregiver, Clemente is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

She now lives in Middlesex in a straw bale home. She enjoys athletics and the outdoors in her spare time, including mountain biking in the summer as well as skiing and ice climbing in the winter.

Contact Clemente in Randolph at Gifford family practice at (802) 728-2445.

Nurse practitioner Emily LeVan Joins Bethel Health Center

Emily LeVan

Nurse practitioner Emily LeVan joins Bethel Health Center

RANDOLPH – Family nurse practitioner Emily LeVan of Randolph Center has joined the Bethel Health Center. The Bethel clinic is part of Gifford Medical Center.

LeVan earned her family nurse practitioner master’s degree from University of Cincinnati and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

She previously worked as an emergency department registered nurse at Central Vermont Medical Center, Gifford Medical Center, and Miles Memorial Hospital in Damariscotta, Maine, for seven years. She has also worked as a health care consultant with The Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine, and teaches licensed nursing assistant and medical terminology courses at the Randolph Technical Career Center.

She previously taught Spanish and was a field hockey and track coach in Maine and Massachusetts for six years after earning her a bachelor’s in environmental studies and Spanish from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and studying Spanish at Middlebury College.

An Oklahoma City native, LeVan moved to New England for school.

She enjoyed teaching and coaching, but was drawn to health care. “I wanted to do something different. I had always been interested in health care,” says LeVan, whose father is a dentist.

As she sought to advance her nursing degree, she chose family practice.

“I wanted to work directly with patients and help them achieve their maximum state of health and wellness,” she says.

She joined Gifford for the opportunity to work in her community and for the culture at Gifford. “I love that when you walk down the hall, people say ‘hi,’” she says, adding, “I feel that it’s an organization that supports the so-called ‘midlevel’ providers very nicely.”
LeVan sees whole families across the lifespan, offering accessible care with a focus on openness and encouraging healthy lifestyle choices.

With a background in emergency medicine, LeVan is a trained sexual assault nurse examiner. Her other interests include women’s health and sports medicine, especially for young people.

LeVan is a former marathoner, who twice finished as the top U.S. female in the Boston Marathon, finished high in other major races (including a seventh-place finish in the Women’s U.S. Marathon Championships in St. Paul, Minn., in 2006) and even participated in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials.

She has also traveled extensively through Mexico, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Bolivia, serving as an athletic services coordinator for the U.S. Olympic Committee at the 2011 Pam American Games in Guadalajara and as a volunteer nurse and translator on a medical mission to Nicaragua.

She is married with a daughter and co-owns her family’s farm, the ALL Together Farm in Randolph Center, selling sustainably produced meats and eggs.

LeVan can be reached Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at the Bethel Health Center at 234-9913. She joins long-time family physicians Dr. Terry Cantlin and Dr. Mark Seymour and physician assistant Tammy Gerdes.

Gifford Cancer Program Earns National Accreditation

Commission on Cancer logoRANDOLPH – The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted accreditation with commendation to the cancer program at Gifford Medical Center through 2013.

A facility receives accreditation with commendation following an onsite evaluation by a physician surveyor during which the facility demonstrates a commendation level of compliance with one or more standards that represent the full scope of the cancer program (cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement). In addition, a facility receives a compliance rating for all other standards.

Through its oncology department, Gifford in Randolph offers area patients access to an experienced oncologist, Dr. John Valentine; care from a specially certified oncology nurse; and treatment planning and options, including outpatient chemotherapy and hormone therapy for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Cancer patients and their families additionally benefit from Gifford’s specialists and surgeons and the hospital’s robust palliative care program. Gifford also has a Cancer Committee, a patient care navigator program for women undergoing breast biopsies, and data management and quality oversight. It promotes cancer prevention, screenings, and treatment to the public through patient education and outreach efforts.

“We’re honored to be accredited once again by the Commission on Cancer,” Gifford Vice President of Surgery Rebecca O’Berry said. “This accreditation is a quality indicator for patients choosing cancer care, and an indicator that quality cancer care can be found close to home at Gifford.”

Established in 1922 by the American College of Surgeons, the Commission on Cancer is a consortium of professional organizations dedicated to improving survival rates and quality of life for cancer patients through standard-setting, prevention, research, education, and the monitoring of comprehensive, quality care. Its membership includes fellows of the American College of Surgeons and 49 national organizations that reflect the full spectrum of cancer care.

Gifford’s program has been accredited by the Commission on Cancer since 1965.

The core functions of the Commission on Cancer include setting standards for quality, multidisciplinary cancer patient care; surveying facilities to evaluate compliance with the 36 Commission on Cancer standards; collecting standardized and quality data from accredited facilities; and using the data to develop effective educational interventions to improve cancer care outcomes at the national, state, and local level.

The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million cases of cancer will be diagnosed in 2012. There are currently more than 1,500 Commission on Cancer-accredited cancer programs in the United States and Puerto Rico, representing close to 30 percent of all hospitals. This 30 percent of hospitals diagnose and/or treat 80 percent of newly diagnosed cancer patients each year. In addition, a national network of more than 1,650 volunteer cancer liaison physicians, including internal medicine physician Jim Currie of Gifford, provides leadership and support for the Commission on Cancer Accreditation Program and other activities at local facilities.

The Accreditation Program, a component of the Commission on Cancer, sets quality-of-care standards for cancer programs and reviews the programs to ensure they conform to those standards. Accreditation is given only to those facilities that have voluntarily committed to providing the highest level of quality cancer care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. To maintain accreditation, facilities with Commission on Cancer accredited cancer programs must undergo an on-site review every three years.

Menig Once Again Recognized for Quality

Menig receives quality award

Vermont Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living Commissioner Dr. Susan Wehry, far right, and Vermont Division and Licensing and Protection Director Suzanne Leavitt, far left, present Menig Extended Care Facility Administrator Linda Minsinger and Director of Nursing Cindy Richardson, center, a Nursing Home Quality Recognition on June 6 in a ceremony in Colchester.

RANDOLPH – For an eighth consecutive year, the Menig Extended Care Facility at Gifford Medical Center has received a quality recognition from the state of Vermont and Vermont Health Care Association (VHCA).

The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living and VHCA awarded Menig the Nursing Home Quality Recognition on June 6 in a ceremony at the Hilton in Colchester.

Receiving the recognition on Menig’s behalf were nursing home Administrator Linda Minsinger and Director of Nursing Cindy Richardson.

“I’m very proud of my staff. I know the residents receive excellent physical care, but are also treated with respect and dignity,” said Richardson, noting staff members demonstrate their care and compassion for the residents daily through every conversation, hand held, or care administered.

The award, offered annually to nursing homes in Vermont meeting certain criteria, looks at resident and family satisfaction, state survey results, participation and data entry into the National Advancing Excellence Quality Program, and lack of family complaints.

Good care contributes greatly to achieving those markers, but Richardson noted that it takes a larger team to have such a high-quality home for residents.

“The core of the recognition is the aides who give them care and the nurses who guide the care,” Richardson said, “but the facility is also clean, it has good food and it’s well-maintained. That’s what also makes it a quality place to live and work.”

The nursing home’s dedicated group of volunteers and chaplaincy volunteers also contribute greatly to Menig’s warmth and offerings, Richardson said.

“I’m very proud that Gifford staff has done that great of a job for all these years to meet the state’s highest award for quality for a nursing home. It shows what a great team we have working together,” Minsinger added.

Named for the late Howard and Gladys Menig of Braintree, Menig was first built attached to Gifford Medical Center in 1998 to provide enhanced quality of care to residents of the state-closed Tranquility Nursing Home in Randolph.

Repeatedly recognized for its high-quality care both on a state and national level, 30-bed Menig is the only nursing home in Orange County and highly sought after as a place to live one’s final years.

Now the hospital is hoping to provide care and housing options to a greater number of seniors through the creation of a senior living community in Randolph Center, to include independent living and a reconstructed Menig as well as assisted living in the future.

“This quality recognition is further evidence that we’re doing the right thing for our residents and poised to make an even greater difference in Randolph Center,” Director of Development and Public Relations Ashley Lincoln said.

Other/past awards for Menig

  • 2012 Honor Roll, U.S. News and World Report (a recognition given to only 39 nursing homes nationally receiving four straight quarters of five-star rankings in all categories evaluated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)
  • 2012 Best Nursing Homes, U.S. News and World Report (award also received in 2011)
  • Excellence in Action Award, from national resident/family surveying company My InnerView (2008-2011)
  • Nursing Home Quality Recognition, Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and the Vermont Health Care Association (2011 and 2012)
  • Nursing Home Quality Award, Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living and the Vermont Health Care Association (2005-2010)
  • Gold Star Employer Award, Vermont Health Care Association (received during the seven consecutive years – 2005-2011 – the award was offered)
  • Registered Nurse of the Year, awarded to Menig nurse Judy Libby, Vermont Health Care Association (2006)
  • Nursing Director of the Year, awarded to staff member Brooks Chapin, Vermont Health Care Association (2005)