A Word from Dr. Ellamarie Russo-DeMara, Medical Staff President

This article was published in our 2015 Annual Report.

Dr. Ellamarie Russo-DeMara

Dr. Ellamarie Russo-DeMara

I have been president of the Gifford medical staff for three years and a practicing physician for more than 25. Like most healthcare providers, I have had to embrace change to keep current with medical technological advances while providing quality care.

This year Gifford has seen a transformation in both our external structure and internal organization. While many in the community may understand the benefits of new technology and remodeling, they still have a need for what is familiar.

Gifford’s familiar dedication to quality healthcare remains steadfast. While some patients and families have had to say goodbye to the provider who has cared for them for decades, they can feel confident that our extraordinary team of new providers share Gifford’s vision and mission.

Patients can trust in the collaboration of Physicians, PAs, NPs and Certified Nurse Midwives to deliver the quality care they have come to expect at Gifford. Behind the scenes, refinement of leadership in Primary Care as well as a new Chief Operating Officer role will further enhance the patient experience.

Our external changes this year included moving our Menig residents to a new home in Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community and a seamless relocation of our inpatients to new private patient rooms. End-of-life care continues to be a priority at Gifford. We now have two Garden Room suites dedicated to patient’s and their families at the end of life.

Through all the changes, one thing endures: Gifford’s mission and dedication to quality patient care and support of our community from birth through the end of life.

Four New Chaplains Join Gifford Volunteer Program

Gifford chaplains

Gifford Medical Center’s volunteer Chaplaincy Program welcomed four new members on April 12. The program, which provides non-sectarian counseling to patients and the hospital’s nursing home residents, was founded more than a decade ago.

RANDOLPH – The volunteer Chaplaincy Program at Gifford Medical Center welcomed four new chaplains into its ranks in April.

Majita Miller of Randolph, Christopher Fuhrmeister of Randolph, Deborah Aldrich of Stockbridge and Lydia English of Williamstown joined the hospital’s 19 volunteer chaplains on April 12 after completing a seven-week training program.

The occasion was marked with special certifications presented by The Rev. Timothy Eberhardt, spiritual care coordinator at Gifford, and with music by Islene Runningdeer, a Brookfield music therapist.

While the volunteer chaplains are from numerous congregations in the greater Gifford area, they are carefully trained to present “a non-sectarian caring presence,” responding to the spiritual needs and concerns of all patients, The Rev. Eberhardt noted.

Chaplains visit hospitalized patients daily through all stages of life – from the Birthing Center to the Garden Room for end-of-life patients – and spend considerable time at Gifford’s nursing home, the Menig Extended Care Facility.

Another seven-week training course will be held in the evenings this fall. Anyone who is interested in the program or would like to learn more is encouraged to call Eberhardt at (802) 728-2107.

Gifford’s 2011 Annual Report: The Role of a Community Medical Home

Gifford Medical Center's 2011 annual report

Gifford Medical Center has released its 2011 Annual Report called “The Role of a Community Medical Home”.

Its contents include:

  • 2011 highlights
  • Community response to Tropical Storm Irene
  • “Contributing to the economy as an employer”
  • “Giving back to the community”
  • “Employees volunteering locally and afar”
  • “Advancing technology for patients, physician recruitment”
  • “Prepared for an emergency”
  • “A conservative approach to health care reform”
  • “The Vermont Blueprint for Health: Redefining primary care”
  • “Not just a medical center; a medical home”
  • “An award-winning medical center”
  • Volunteer profile: Major McLauglin
  • Messages from hospital leaders
  • Medical statistics
  • Financials
  • Donor profile: The Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary
  • Gifford Corporators

Click here to download the report.