A Message from the Board Chair

The following is an excerpt from our 2013 Annual Report: A Recipe for Success.

Gus Meyer

Gus Meyer

The theme of this year’s Annual Report is a Recipe for Success. Without question, Gifford had that recipe in 2013! We continued to gain great recognition for what we’ve done, while taking major strides to position ourselves to do even more in the future.

In 2013, as we awaited permits for the senior retirement community, we undertook important expansions to the Kingwood and Sharon health centers. Ultimately, the senior retirement Act 250 permits and Certificate of Need were granted, making us ready to break ground for the new nursing home in the spring of 2014, with independent and assisted living options to follow. Moving the nursing home will enable us to renovate our inpatient unit, with single-patient rooms that will significantly improve health safety and comfort for patients using that facility.

In addition, we earned designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center. This will enable us to expand our core commitment to primary care, including new initiatives and collaborations to extend dental and mental health services to underserved areas.

gallon of leadershipAs we have pursued these plans for the future, Gifford has continued its commitment to patient care and furthering the health of our communities. We are extremely proud that Dr. Lou DiNicola was given the Physician Award for Community Service by the Vermont Medical Society. We are delighted that Major McLaughlin was named the national Outstanding Senior Volunteer. We are humbled by the continued recognition of the Menig Extended Care Facility.

As we reflect on these accomplishments and look forward with tremendous anticipation to 2014, it is an honor for the Board to serve an organization that continually goes above and beyond. Even as we experience constant change in today’s health care environment, we have great confidence that Gifford’s ever-evolving recipe will generate success this year and for many more to come.

Gus Meyer
Board Chair

Our Super Senior – The Major

MajorHas anybody told you today that they love you?

Major McLaughlin is a delight every day here at Gifford. He greets patients, visitors, employees and volunteers every day with a smile and his signature line, “Has anybody told you today that they love you?” With a twinkle in his eyes, he assures us that he does and reminds us how blessed we are.

Chef Annie Finegan contacted WCAX’s Joe Carroll and suggested the Major be highlighted as a Super Senior. Mr. Carroll visited with the Major on Tuesday and highlighted him this week as a Super Senior. Here is a link to the video that aired this morning and again this evening on the 6:00 news: http://www.wcax.com/story/16958439/super-seniors.

Thank you, Major, for your commitment to Gifford and the patients we serve. We are blessed to have you as our friend.

- Ashley Lincoln, Director of Development and Public Relations, Gifford Medical Center