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Qigong for Healing and Living Fully

QiGong for Healing and Living Fully
 with Thomas Garbarino, L.Ac, M.Ac.


You are your best healer! Come learn how each and everyone of us is born with the innate gift to heal ourselves. In this half-day intensive, you will experience simple and profound ways to awaken your body's innate healing ability while deepening your capacity to relax and enjoy your life more completely. Participants will leave with a renewed and empowered sense of health and well-being. All are welcome; no experience required.

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Physician Assistant Temmen Returns to BMH Ortho

The BMH Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine office is pleased to welcome back certified physician assistant Wayne Temmen, PA-C, to their team.

Wayne Temmen has more than 30 years of experience in the diagnosis and care of orthopaedic patients under the supervision of orthopaedic surgeons. His background includes surgical assistance for general orthopaedic surgery, assistance with total joint replacements and arthroscopy, and follow-up care for surgical patients.

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Vermont AARP Selects BMH as Host of the Year

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital has been selected by the Vermont AARP Driver Safety Program as the 2014 Host of the Year.

According to David Peters, the Vermont State program coordinator, BMH "has hosted our classes for 20 years and the staff has always provided a level of support and cooperation that is exceptional. I hope that, working together, we have been able to have an impact upon highway safety in Vermont."

The award will be presented at AARP's Annual State Meeting on October 29, 2014, at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.

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Brattleboro Internal Medicine Welcomes New Physician

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome new internist Dr. Sarah Fulham, MD, to Brattleboro Internal Medicine, as of September 15, 2014.

Dr. Fulham will be providing care at Brattleboro Internal Medicine Tuesday through Friday.

Dr. Fulham earned her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City and completed her internship and residency at Brown University General Internal Medicine Residency Program in Rhode Island. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and a Bachelor of Arts degree with an individual concentration in Japanese, Arabic, and Diplomatic History, both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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BMH Welcomes New Patient Experience Manager

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is pleased to welcome Sally E. Fegley as the new Patient Experience Manager in the BMH Quality Department.

In this position, Fegley will work closely with the hospital's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kathleen McGraw, as well as with the quality director and department managers, to work with the patient call-back process; to further develop skills of staff regarding customer service; to serve as point of contact for patient complaints; and to assist in the education of the hospital community regarding patient satisfaction scores as reported by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS, pronounced "H-caps"), a national, standardized, publicly reported survey of patients' perspectives of hospital care.

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BMH Nutrition and Cardiac Rehab Staff Host Mediterranean Dinner

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is hosting a special event entitled, "Mediterranean Dining: A Healthy Approach to Living," sponsored by the hospital's Nutrition Services Department and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program.

The event will feature a dinner of Mediterranean food and a presentation by Drs. Judy and Ed Flower, a clinical psychologist and a marriage and family therapist. They will address how chronic illness is not just an individual problem but involves the whole family system. They will speak from their professional orientation and their own personal experience.

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BMH Offers Free Health Series on "Freedom to Choose"

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is offering a free health education workshop series entitled, "Freedom to Choose: Basic Concepts and Principles," beginning on September 23, 2014.

Co-sponsored by BMH, Grace Cottage, and the Brattleboro Retreat as part of Wellness in Windham, this new, interactive bimonthly health education series is designed to empower people to advocate for the medical treatments that they want by providing them with the knowledge and language necessary to understand what is available.

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BMH Promotes Free Child Car Seat Inspection Service

In honor of National Child Passenger Safety Week on September 14-20, 2014, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital is promoting a child car seat inspection service offered free by the State of Vermont to parents and caregivers.

"With a new baby comes a lot of planning and preparation to welcome your new little one into your life," says Debbie Partrick, RNC, the director of Women's and Surgical Services at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. "There are baby showers, decorating the nursery, and getting everything ready. What new parents often forget is thinking about that brand new car seat or a previously used car seat."

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Grief Support Group in Brattleboro for Adults

New Grief Support Group

A new Six-Week Grief Support Group for adults begins on Thursday September 11th and will meet each Thursday from 4:30-6:00 pm, ending October 16th. The group is free of charge and open to anyone in the community grieving the death loss of a loved one, no matter where you are on your journey of grief.

Grief Support Groups offer a safe, mutually supportive environment for sharing experiences, insight and encouragement, through discussion, handouts, and suggestions for moving through grief.

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Brattleboro Citizens' Breakfast Notes - "Health and Aging: a Federal Policy Update" - Aug 15, 2014

Brattleboro Citizens’ Breakfast
August 15, 2014
Gibson-Aiken Center

“Health and Aging: a Federal Policy Update”

Presenter: Sophie Kasimow  Sophie_Kasimow@help.senate.gov
US Senate Health Education, Labor and Pensions Committee
Staff Director, Subcommittee on Primary Health & Aging
Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Phone: (202) 224-5480
www.sanders.senate.gov/help

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BMH Spinal Health Level 1 Class Begins Sept 8

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Services will be offering its seven week course “Standing Tall Spine Health: Level 1” starting on Monday, Sept 8 in the BMH Exercise Room.

Classes take place from 4:00 to 5:00 PM every Monday through October 20. Advance registration is required and the fee is $60. Contact the BMH Rehabilitation Services department at 802-257-8255 for more information or to register.

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New Bereaved Parents Support Group

A new 8 week Bereaved Parents Support Group for parents mourning the death of their teenage or young adult child will be held at Brattleboro Area Hospice. The group will meet Tuesdays, beginning August 19, from 4:30-6:00 pm. Cheryl Richards will be the facilitator. Please call Cheryl at (802) 257-0775, X108 by August 12 to register for the group.

The death of a child is one of life’s most devastating losses. Sharing and connecting with other grieving parents can be a powerful component in the healing process.

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Pertussis in the Community

By Dr. Kathleen McGraw, CMO

Summer is here in full force, and with that comes more outdoor activities, scraped knees, and the occasional summer cold. However this past month we also had a more unwelcome guest in our community – Pertussis. The Vermont Department of Public Health has reported 11 cases of Pertussis in Windham County during the month of June, most of which were children ages 3-17. While none of these cases have been seen in at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, we do see the need to do all that we can to prevent its further spread.

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BMH Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital's Birthing Center, the Windham County Breastfeeding Coalition, and the BMH Ten-Step Committee to Empower Mothers and Nurture Babies are joining forces to celebrate the 2014 World Breastfeeding Week during the first week of August.

This year's theme, as established by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), is "Breastfeeding: A Winning Goal - for Life!"

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Just So Pediatrics Welcomes New Physician

Just So Pediatrics is pleased to welcome new pediatrician Dr. Heather Lesage-Horton to their group, as of July 15, 2014.

Dr. Lesage-Horton, who is board certified, most recently worked at the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. A member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, she earned her medical doctorate and bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont, and completed her pediatrics internship and residency at the University of Michigan Health System, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

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Free Glucose Screening at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market July 12

The Brattleboro Walk-In Clinic will host a free blood glucose screening at the Brattleboro Farmers' Market tomorrow, Saturday July 12, from 9am to noon.

The market is open from 9 to 2, outdoors on Rte 9 in West Brattleboro. 802-254-8885

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Brattleboro OB/GYN Welcomes New Midwife

Brattleboro OB/GYN is pleased to welcome new nurse-midwife Meredith Merritt, CNM, to the practice.

Merritt received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Vermont in Burlington and her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Frontier Nursing University in Hyden, Kentucky. She resides in Brattleboro with her husband Peter, their five-month-old daughter Zora, and their dog Gary who came to them through rescue two years ago. Merritt's hobbies include hiking, running, yoga, traveling, and time spent with her family outside.

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Record of Time to Successfully Make Payment On Phone for Vermont Health Connect

We have not been receiveing our Health Connect Bill in the mail.

Today I tried to make a payment via phone for Health Connect. Here is the log of what transpired.

  • On hold. 
  • After 27 minutes, talked to human being, whom I was able to tell that I wanted to make a payment. 
  • Transferred to next line. Now waiting to talk to payment specialist. 
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Beware Of A Legal Hospital Scam Called "Observation Care"

Hospitals can keep patients overnight -- even for several nights -- for "observation care" without telling the patient that they are officially an out-patient, even though they are in a hospital bed. Medicare patients can then be surpised to receive high bills which which are not covered, but should have been if they had been an in-patient. 

It is unconscionable -- but unfortunately not so unusual --- that at at a time of greatest vulnerability, a patient is on their own to defend themselves against a powerful institution. Here is a link to an article which warns patients who are kept overnight at a hospital that it is essential to verify exactly what their patient status is, since the hospital is not required to tell them.

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Rescue Inc. Announces Subscription Campaign for 2014-2015

Subscribers Benefit from Substantial Savings on Ambulance Services

BRATTLEBORO, VT—Rescue Inc., is in the midst of its subscription campaign, by which residents may sign up at a flat annual fee to receive substantial savings for the cost of certain ambulance services not covered by insurance.

Drew Hazelton, Chief of Operations, explains that for someone who had three ambulance calls in a year, the total cost could be $1500 or more. “For an uninsured person, our subscription plan could pay the full amount on a qualifying bill,” he said. “For an insured person, their plan may still require a patient co-pay, or the cost of the ambulance service might go toward an insurance deductible — but again, with a subscription they may not have to pay anything, if the call falls under the subscription parameters.”

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