Meet our new nurse educator: Melinda Hess, RN

“I knew at some point in my career I would enter home health/hospice, but was just waiting for the right time,” Melinda Hess, our new nurse educator, reflects, acknowledging the transition was influenced by her own personal experience. “I lost my mother to lung cancer when I was in nursing...

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Equity, diversity and inclusion at UVM Health Network

John R. Brumsted, MD, UVM Health Network president and chief executive officer, pledges that the health system will be committed to ongoing, careful and meaningful action in the effort to create a culture that is equitable, diverse and inclusive for our employees, patients and the communities we serve. Read Dr....

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Reinvention, generosity among themes of this pandemic

Reinvention may be one of this pandemic’s overarching themes. One meaningful example is Laura and Eric Sorkin and their crew at Runamok Maple in Fairfax, pictured. Like so many companies, Runamok pivoted to meet shifting demand as concerns about COVID-19 grew. Runamok and several other Vermont firms continue making the most...

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Your generosity in this ‘new normal’ keeps our spirits high

Since the earliest days of this pandemic, you’ve been showing up for us in profound and remarkable ways — in caring messages of support, in lovingly handmade and donated masks and other personal protective equipment, and through your incredibly generous financial gifts. Each continues helping us meet the challenges of...

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A colleague’s journey: Community Health Worker Maddie Ruth

“Up until a year ago, my life centered around farming: raising and growing food, turning my hands in the soil, and collecting eggs before they froze on bitter winter days,” Maddie Ruth, one of Home Health & Hospice’s community health workers, tells us. “When my maternal grandparents both died a couple...

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President Judy Peterson retiring after 8 years at helm

Board of directors announces search for next chief executive Judy Peterson, president and chief operating office for the University of Vermont Health Network – Home Health & Hospice, today announced her plans to retire in January 2021 after eight years of leadership in the role. Peterson, a registered nurse and...

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Congratulations to Colby Phillips, board-certified chaplain

Please join us in congratulating Colby Phillips, BCC, who recently became the first Home Health & Hospice chaplain to earn board certification from the national Association of Professional Chaplains. He joins a small cadre of board-certified chaplains within UVM Health Network. Board certification entails, among other requirements, multiple essays, 2,000 hours in the field,...

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Please consider a last-minute Fun Run gift today

Time’s growing short, but it’s not too late to join our virtual Fun Run. Please log the healthy activity of your choice to raise crucial dollars, or consider a tax-deductible gift to support compassionate end-of-life care at our McClure Miller Respite House, Vermont’s only Medicare-certified inpatient hospice facility. Whatever your...

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Our week-long virtual Fun Run is off and running!

Thanks to you and your generosity, we’re on our way to our fundraising goal in support of McClure Miller Respite House, but have a ways to go. Please join us this week through activities that encourage health, mindfulness and well-being. These can include a solo hike, or a stroll with...

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We stand with our community partners in declaring racism a public health emergency

A Message from President Judy Peterson: As Home Health & Hospice’s ongoing work around diversity, equity and inclusion demonstrates, we stand with the City of Burlington and other community partners in declaring racism a public health emergency. We continue working within our organization, and throughout our community, to eliminate race-based health...

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