10 Things to Know about Gifford Medical Center

On July 26, 2012 we were featured in Becker’s Hospital Review:

Becker's Hospital ReviewHurricane Irene ravaged the state of Vermont last year with heavy rains, but not even a torrential downpour could slow down Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, considered to be one of the top hospitals in central Vermont.

Here are 10 things to know about Gifford Medical Center.

1. Joseph Woodin is the administrator and CEO of Gifford Medical Center. He has led the hospital since 1999.

2. David Sanville serves as Gifford Medical Center’s CFO.

3. As a critical access hospital, Gifford Medical Center has 25 beds. It also has a rehabilitation unit, a birthing center and a 30-bed nursing home.

4. Gifford Medical Center has 589 full- and part-time employees, including 100 people on its medical staff. Physicians and clinicians are spread across 30 different medical specialties and categories.

5. According to Gifford Medical Center’s 2011 annual report, net revenue totaled nearly $64 million. GMC recorded $1.26 million in net income for a profit margin of 2 percent.

6. In 2011, Gifford Medical Center recorded 1,811 inpatient admissions, 1,300 short stay or same-day outpatient admissions and more than 68,000 other outpatients. The hospital also performed more than 2,900 surgeries and more than 7,300 emergency treatments.

7. Last year, the National Rural Health Association named Gifford Medical Center as one of the top 100 CAHs in America. The rankings were based on the Hospital Strength Index from iVantage Health Analytics. The HIS incorporates 56 different measures of performance, including a hospital’s market strength, quality measures and balance sheet ratios.

8. John Gifford, MD, a local physician, founded the hospital in 1903. He almost closed the hospital after two years due to high expenses and the demands of running a hospital alone with only two nurses. However, local community members raised enough money to keep the hospital open, which officially became the Randolph Sanatorium. After Dr. Gifford died in 1933 from an infection he contracted while performing surgery, the hospital’s shareholders decided to rename the hospital Gifford Memorial Hospital. In 1991, it became Gifford Medical Center.

9. In 1989, Gifford Medical Center became one of the first hospitals in the country to support primary care practices in rural areas. It opened or acquired four different community health centers between 1989 and 1994.

10. In March 2011, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed Gifford Medical Center obstetrician/gynecologist Ellamarie Russo-DeMara, MD, to the State Board of Health.

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Gifford Honored with Legislative Resolution

Joe Woodin and Rep. Patsy French

Gifford Administrator Joseph Woodin stands with Rep. Patsy French, D-Randolph, in the State House on March 13. The House recognized Gifford and its recent national honors with a formal resolution.

MONTPELIER – The Vermont House of Representatives passed a resolution last week recognizing “the outstanding health care services provided by Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.”

The resolution recognized Gifford for its more than 100 years of service to the Randolph area and for its recent achievements and accolades.

In December, Gifford was named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the nation by The National Rural Health Association. The hospital’s nursing home, the Menig Extended Care Facility, just last month was named one of the nation’s top 39 nursing homes by U.S. News and World Report, which recognized nursing homes achieving a solid year of five-star ratings on all Medicare benchmarks.

Gifford’s midwives were further recognized in 2011 as a “best practice” in the country by the American College of Nurse-Midwives for its positive results with vaginal births after cesareans and a “runner-up best practice” for having the fewest numbers of low birth weight infants and for its low use of vacuum or forceps.

The hospital’s day care, The Robin’s Nest Child Enrichment Center, earned the maximum five “STARS” from the state’s STep Ahead Recognition System, a voluntary quality program that is part of the Vermont Department for Children and Families’ Child Development Division. The program looks at compliance with state regulations, staff qualifications and training, daily activities with the children, improvement plans, and more.
Menig has also won many state awards for quality and national awards for resident satisfaction.

“Since before 2000, the Menig Extended Care Facility has allowed elderly Vermonters from the area to remain close to home, providing extremely qualified and compassionate patient care. My in-laws were able to use this facility in the last years of their life, making for an ideal connection for them and my family,” shared Rep. Larry Townsend, D-Randolph. “Randolph and the surrounding towns are blessed to have not only Menig, but Gifford as one of the treasures in our communities.”

Townsend initiated the Resolution and was among one of 12 legislators who brought forth the resolution, which was passed by the full House on March 13.

Gifford Administrator Joseph Woodin and Director of Development and Public Relations Ashley Lincoln were present to receive the resolution.

“We have appreciated some incredibly welcome, yet unsolicited awards over the last year or so,” Woodin said. “This is another unexpected honor.”

“We’re fortunate to have the privilege of caring for the people of this region. We’re humbled to be recognized for that work in such a public way.”

The resolution also recognized the hospital’s 12 consecutive years of meeting its state-approved budget and operating margin, and the recognition of all of Gifford’s primary care practices as Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Finally, the resolution called Gifford “a hospital of choice for Central Vermonters seeking high-quality care and an employer of choice for some of the region’s and even the nation’s best health care professionals.”

A special ceremony with Gov. Peter Shumlin; Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living Commissioner Dr. Susan Wehry; Vermont Health Care Association Executive Director Laura Pelosi and others is planned for April 6 from 3-4 p.m. at Menig to recognize the nursing home’s most recent and largest-ever achievement – the top 39 national ranking. Menig was the only nursing home in Vermont to make the listing.