Evelyn Allan is a licensed social worker with Family Hospice and Palliative Care and will answer questions about end of life care management.
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WQED first told her story in "Portraits for the Home Front." Now the legacy of Elizabeth Black continues in a new documentary. Gifford Medical Center celebrated the opening of 25 new private inpatient rooms on December 17, 2015. Private rooms reduce infections and stress, allow medical teams to bring technology and service directly to the bedside, and give patients the privacy they need for bedside consultations and family visits.
The long-term strategic planning behind this project began nearly fifteen years ago, when a new addition was built to house Menig Extended Care. The new Menig Nursing Home and private patient rooms are part of a three-phased project supported by the “Vision for the Future” capital campaign. Vermont Combat Veteran road guard leader and top LMR fundraiser Reg Mongeur, ride leader Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak, and LMR co-founder and former road guard leader Charlie Amico.
More than 385 Last Mile Ride participants joined together to raise $104,000 to support Gifford Medical Center’s end-of-life services on Friday and Saturday, exceeding the event’s ambitious 2015 goal of $100,000. Lincoln went on to share that there will be a second garden room suite created during the hospital’s current renovations. Started in 2006 with just 74 motorcyclists, the Last Mile Ride has grown into two days of fundraising activities that include a timed 5K, a one-mile walk, a 35-mile bicycle ride, and an 87-mile motorcycle ride. Humidity was high and temperatures were in the 80’s for both evening and day events, but participants remained spirited and energetic. Firefighters Nick Benson and Ryan Kennedy braved the heat in full gear to honor Benson’s mother Roxanne Benson (a long-time LMR supporter who died last May) and Kennedy’s father-in-law Jimmy Boulter (who died in the garden room in 2011). After the race Friday evening, rain showers helped to cool the 179 hot runners and walkers as they gathered for prizes awarded to top fundraisers: Lindsay Haupt (5K) and Louise Clark (walk) received a gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods and a Stateline Sports sneaker voucher. On Saturday, heavy rain held off until after the famous outdoor barbeque lunch, where 206 bicyclists and motorcyclists sat at long tables to share stories, welcome newcomers to the Last Mile Ride community, and receive raffle, door, and fundraising prizes. Ten riders raised over $1,000, with the top fundraisers being Reg Mongeur, Linda Chugkowski and Robert Martin, Chip Milnor, and Todd Winslow. As the rumble of the bikes rang through the towns, riders enjoyed support along the route from cheering community members, including local fire departments and the White River Valley Ambulance.
The new private patient room conversion project will allow Gifford to create a second Garden Room suite for end-of-life patients. This patient room, with French doors that open onto a courtyard garden, has an attached larger room where families can gather to support and comfort the patient and each other in this period of transition. Last Mile Ride (LMR) funds support special services for patients in advanced illness and at the end of life, whether they are at home or staying in the Garden Room suite. For patients in this time of transition, the Garden Room adds an option to dying at home or in a nursing home. The White River Valley Chamber of Commerce and Gifford once again partner to offer concerts and now a farmer’s market on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer in the Gifford Park. JP’s Flea Market, formerly the Randolph Antique and Artisans Fair, is held in the Gifford park on Aug. Sue Schoolcraft of Randolph gains media recognition statewide for her work to make personalized quilts for Menig residents. Director of Ancillary Services Pam Caron, Gifford Administrator Joseph Woodin, AHCI President and Chief Operating Officer Dr.
AHCI brings affordable mobile magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) units to community hospitals throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. A “Matters of the Heart” series is offered monthly all year long for heart patients, or anyone looking to improve his or her heart health.
A “Quit In Person” tobacco cessation class helps those addicted to smoking or other tobacco products to quit.


After considerable input from providers, staff, and clergy, the Gifford board passes a policy implementing the Patient Choice at End of Life law. The Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary awards $19,000 to various Gifford departments, including equipment for inpatient units, pulse oximeters for primary care offices, play equipment and furniture for The Robin’s Nest Child Enrichment Center, and a handheld scanning device for Materials Management. An “Infant and Child CPR” class helps new parents and families learn lifesaving techniques. A “Home Alone and Safe” course teaches children 8-11 how to respond to home alone situations.
A “Babysitter’s Training Course” is held for area pre-teens and teens seeking greater expertise in safe child care. A “Healthier Living Workshop” series begins, providing the chronically ill free information on improving their health. A second “Quit In Person” tobacco cessation class is held, this time at the Gifford Health Center at Berlin. Gifford’s Health Connections office and Blueprint for Health team partner with Bi-State Primary Care to offer free help signing up for Vermont Health Connect. Help is available each weekday, but on March 6 and March 13 extra “navigators” come to Gifford to help even more people sign-up in advance of a March 15 deadline.
Gifford’s annual Diabetes Education Expo is merged with a Health Fair for all chronically ill and offered on March 14. Gifford holds its 108th Annual Meeting of its corporators, announcing achievements of 2013, unveiling a new video about Gifford, and hearing a special presentation from Green Mountain Care Board Chairman Al Gobeille. Gifford’s mammography and nuclear medicine departments earn three-year, national re-accreditations from the American College of Radiology. Certified nurse-midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner April Vanderveer joins Gifford’s 24-hour midwifery team. As president of the Medical Staff I have witnessed firsthand the hard work and dedication not only of our medical team, but of all those behind the scenes who make Gifford a place where patients are a priority. With economic and healthcare issues front and center in our daily news, it’s reassuring to work for an organization that is fiscally stable without sacrificing quality of care. Gifford continues to lead the way in its vision for the future of providing quality care for our community.
As part of this process we are fortunate to be able to “rejuvenate” our existing space into private, more comfortable rooms that will allow us to improve the efficiency and quality of the care we offer our patients.
It has been an exciting year of planning and creating new ways to provide access to the high-quality care we offer through all stages of life—from newborn through to nursing home resident. Tagged FQHC designation, Gifford dental services, Gifford Medical Center, Gifford Medical Staff President Dr. From left to right, Wilkins Harley-Davidson owner Barbara Wilkins, co-owner John Lyon, Tim Flanagan, Vermont Lt. He’d been waiting since August to climb onto the seat of a shiny new Harley Sportster 48, the raffle prize from Gifford Medical Center’s Last Mile Ride, an annual fundraiser to support patients in advanced illness or at the end of life.
Cody knew the bike well: his dad had taken him riding on the same model when he was a kid, and he’d posed with it for his senior photo in the Spaulding High School yearbook. But he was surprised by a crowd the Wilkins family had gathered to welcome him in style on Tuesday afternoon. Last August he’d been in Afghanistan just a month, and was dealing with the recent loss of a battalion team member. Cody wanted the bike, and when his name was pulled at the raffle drawing, one family’s joy rippled through to everyone witnessing the event. Gifford’s Last Mile Ride has grown to a two-day event that includes a timed 5K, one-mile walk, 38-mile cycle ride, and 80-mile motorcycle ride.
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Fueled by compassion, 154 runners and walkers, 201 motorcyclists and 38 cyclists gathered at Gifford Medical Center on Friday and Saturday for the Last Mile Ride, raising $60,000 for area residents in life’s last mile. Now in its ninth year, the Last Mile Ride has grown to a two-day event that includes a timed 5K, one-mile walk, 38-mile cycle ride and 80-mile motorcycle ride. This year marked both a record number of participants – 386 in total – and a record amount of money raised.
His father, Tim Flanagan, a respiratory therapist at Gifford, who bought two tickets in Cody’s name accepted on his behalf.
Motorcyclists wind their way through central Vermont as part of the Last Mile Ride on Saturday. Cody, a medic airborne ranger, who graduated from Spaulding High School a year early, joined the U.S.
Palliative care nurse John Young on Saturday at the motorcycle and cycle ride spoke of the privilege of working at a hospital that supports palliative care and how lucky the hospital is to have the community’s support. Physician assistant Starr Strong remembered her friend Judy Alexander who was “an incredible nurse, wonderful friend and mother.” A “Harley chick” and past participant of the Last Mile Ride, Alexander died in April of cancer.
The top 5K fund-raiser was Kyla Grace of Randolph and the top walk fund-raiser was Penny Maxfield of East Roxbury. Hosted by Michael Bartley, the program features a studio audience and guest panelists who are experts on various issues related to achieving quality end of life care. Topics include advanced care planning, care management, palliative and hospice care, estate planning and other legal preparedness, and grief support. Karen Powers is a physician advisor with Highmark and has 27 years experience in Geriatric and Internal Medicine. Randy Hebert is medical director of Forbes Hospice in Oakland and he will answer questions about Hospice and Palliative care. According to the American Cancer Society, getting the facts about cancer is an important step in taking care of your overall health. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation have partnered to promote “Know What’s Right, Do What’s Right”. The new unit brings an upgraded standard of inpatient care unusual for a small community hospital in Vermont.


This model of care has been shown to improve sleep, reduce stress, promote healing, and shorten hospital stays. Because it was built to hospital (not nursing home) standards, that space could be converted into the new private rooms when the Menig Nursing Home relocated to a new building in Randolph Center last spring. The last phase of renovations will create a new centrally located Birthing Center, scheduled to open in June 2016. Last Mile Ride funds bring patients alternative therapies like Reiki, massage, and music therapy to help with pain management.
A Vermont Combat Veteran’s road guard for all ten years of the event, he took over organizing the guards when co-founder Charlie Amico stepped down.
Top fundraiser prizes were: four tickets to NH Speedway, four tickets to The Great Escape, a Gondola Ride and lunch at Stowe Mountain Resort, and the Local Prize Package (two tickets to the New World Festival, one-night stay at the Three Stallion Inn, and a gift certificate to Saap Restaurant). Forty-six businesses sponsored this year’s event, with major sponsors including Be Good Sports, The Frankenburg Agency, Froggy 100.9, Gillespie Fuels and Propane, HP Cummings, Lucky’s Trailer Sales, Mascoma Savings Bank, Northfield Savings Bank, and Wilkins Harley-Davidson.
Rider safety was ensured by volunteers from the Green Mountain Bike Patrol, the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, and ride leader Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak.
These photographs, taken by a professional photographer, offer the family an opportunity to capture a few of those last few precious moments at the end of life.
These services include massage, acupuncture and Reiki for pain management, music therapy, and help with special wishes and one-time gifts. Dr. Cristine Maloney, lead provider for Gifford’s Palliative Care Program, notes that when families are caring for a loved one at home, the Garden Room can offer a comforting back-up option if things become too difficult. Two community barbecues — one by Stagecoach and one by the Randolph Center Fire Department — also draw a crowd. Samantha Harris joins the Gifford Health Center at Berlin, providing full spectrum surgical and non-surgical podiatric care.
Nat Harlow and family nurse practitioner Christina Harlow, join Gifford’s Sharon sports medicine and Randolph primary care practices respectively. MRI is a safe and painless test that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the body, and differs from a CAT scan because it doesn’t use radiation. This year the 1-mile walk, and a timed 5-k run will be on Friday, August 14; the motorcycle and bike rides will be on Saturday, August 15. Also offered: Chronic Conditions Support Group, Caregiver Support Group, Diabetes Group Education Classes, childbirth classes, and a new Mood Disorder Support Group. The policy allows willing primary care providers to prescribe lethal prescriptions but prohibits use of such prescriptions in the hospital setting. Corporators elected Matt Considine of Randolph to the board and re-elect Lincoln Clark of Royalton. I know I speak for the entire health care team when I say how fortunate we are to have our new FQHC designation, which will allow us to provide much needed dental and mental health services to our community.
At the forefront of that vision is the creation of a new Senior Living Community, where our seniors can be cared for in a home-like setting.
Army 82nd Airborne Division, arrived home on holiday leave Sunday, a visit to Wilkins Harley-Davidson in Barre was high on his list of things to do. Back home his father, Tim Flanagan, a respiratory therapist at Gifford, purchased four raffle tickets the night before participating in Gifford’s Last Mile Run. Money raised at the ride goes directly to help patients with comfort measures, provides financial support to patients and families, and grants special wishes. The annual event raises money for Gifford patients in and out of the hospital who are in advanced illness or at the end of life. Cody Flanagan, 19, from Barre won the bike from Wilkins Harley-Davidson, but wasn’t there to receive it. The "Men & Cancer" and "Women & Cancer" series reports on early detection and the latest treatment of cancers most commonly associated with men and women. They also provide unique services to support family members: providing meals for those spending last moments with loved ones in the hospital’s Garden Room, helping with transportation costs for far-away family, or arranging for photographs or a patient’s special last wish.
Mongeur came to the event after several of his relatives died in the Garden Room, and soon became a top fundraiser, often sitting at a table in front of Shaw’s to spread the word about Last Mile Ride services and solicit donations. LMR funds also help make it possible for families and friends to focus on their loved one, providing food, transportation funds if needed, bereavement help, and professional photographs of this special time together.
The AHCI mobile magnetic unit serves patients at Gifford health centers in Randolph, Sharon, and Berlin.
Grants were announced, including $25,000 in William and Mary Markle Community Foundation funds to 10 area towns’ schools to support exercise and healthy eating programs. And a queen-size quilt made by Gifford nursing staff was won by motorcyclist Cherry Lloyd of Randolph. And the top motorcycle fund-raisers were Linda Chugkowski and Robert Martin of Northfield who collectively raised $4,000 for the cause and Reg Mongeur of Randolph who raised more than $3,500. The panelists will respond to those questions as well as questions and comments from the studio audience. She was a first responder with First Branch Ambulance and also a big supporter of Last Mile ride.
Samantha Harris, Project Independence merger, quilts for Menig, Randolph Center Fire Department, Randolph VT hospital, sports medicine physician Dr. Levesque Memorial Community Award, in memory of Gifford’s late president, is awarded to the Orange County Parent Child Center. I’m not mature enough to own a motorcycle,” Benson joked, “but I’m confident I can walk in this gear.



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