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.
Rochester Ofﬁce Manager Dawn Beriau crosses a ﬁrst-generation footbridge connecting Route 73 to Route 100. For weeks she and many others “on the island” had to carry supplies, like gas and groceries, over the bridge and then a sturdier second-generation bridge, along a winding path and through a muddy ﬁeld to their cars.
The following is an excerpt from our 2011 Annual Report.
The storm knocked out the bridge connecting Route 73 to Route 100 in Rochester. Isolated on the other side of the bridge, away from the Rochester clinic, was Office Manager Dawn Beriau.
When she finally arrived at the Rochester clinic, she found Dr. Mark Jewett and Stu Standish installing Gifford’s generator.
“I can’t tell you what a feeling it was to have the townspeople erect a footbridge and make my way into town to find Stu and Dr. Jewett at the health center setting up the operation,” Dawn says, “and how safe it made the townspeople feel to know there was a doctor in town. I have talked to people who say they slept better knowing Dr. Jewett was here.”
This video, starring our very own Dr. Jewett & Gail Proctor at the Rochester Health Center, describes how rural health care providers responded to Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. It was released last week during National Public Health Week, April 2-6, 2012.
With many bridges and roadways washed out after tropical storm Irene, it wasn’t just commuters, farmers, and tourists who were cut off. Health care providers as well as patients were cut off from clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies until roads were opened again.
In Rochester, Vermont, rural providers had to use two-way radios, cell phones, and 4-wheelers to get prescriptions filled and delivered to patients in need.
The State Office of Rural Health & Primary Care, a part of the Vermont Department of Health, works with and supports small rural hospitals, clinics and health care providers throughout Vermont to improve access to primary care, dental, and mental health care for all Vermonters, especially the uninsured, underserved and those living far from larger medical centers.