This is a conversation that occurred on WDEV’s “Open Mike” program on January 11, 2018 about the benefits for patients that will come from a closer  connection between hospitals and home care.  Host Mike Smith interviewed Judy Peterson, president and CEO of the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties and Dr. John […]

By Jonathan Jaffrey, Sr. VP and Chief Population Health Officer. University of Wisconsin Health Last month, eight health professionals from Wisconsin visited to Burlington to see the Hub-and-Spoke model for opioid addiction. Vermont has made impressive strides in addressing the opioid addiction crisis by increasing the number of medical providers who offer medication assisted treatment (MAT) to […]

Influenza is a viral infection. It that causes many symptoms that can range from mild (runny nose, cough) to severe (pneumonia and respiratory failure). Did you know that about 30,000 people die from influenza infection every year in the United States alone! The virus develops changes in its genes. That’s the reason that the vaccine […]

In September 2017, I was fortunate to participate in “Community Rounds” at the UVM Medical Center, UVM Larner College of Medicine and UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences. The two-day program orients members of the community to the work of the hospital and the medical and nursing and health sciences schools. A broad cross-section […]

This week, November 12—18, 2017 is National Nurse Practitioner Week. Nurse practitioners work in hospitals and clinics all over the world providing exceptional care to patients of various health care needs. What is a Nurse Practitioner? A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is a clinician who blends clinical expertise in diagnosing and treating health conditions with an added emphasis on […]

Hackers love the holidays. With an increase in shopping activity and card transactions during the holiday season, hackers ramp up their efforts in an attempt to steal a much higher percentage of card information. Although most of us are at the mercy of the retailer’s information security controls, there a few things we can do to […]

Continued widespread power outages and debris clean-up is on everyone’s mind after Sunday night’s wind event. The University of Vermont Medical Center’s Trauma Service admitted several patients who sustained serious injuries while clearing debris from the storm. Vermonters have that great can-do attitude, especially when it comes to helping their neighbors. But, it’s important to put […]

Literacy is the ability to read and write. Health literacy is the degree to which people can get, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make health decisions. How Low Health Literacy Affects Patients Low health literacy affects patient outcomes and health care costs. Patients with poor health literacy make more medication […]