Laural Ruggles, Vice President of Marketing and Community Health Improvement, and Sam Kempton, Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital Trustee, gave presentations to the hospital Corporators at the March quarterly meetings.
Ruggles reviewed the results of a study showing the effectiveness of the area patient-centered medical homes and community health team. The results, reported in the 2013 Vermont Blueprint for Health Annual Report, show that we are making a difference toward the three goals of health care reform: improving population health, improving the patient experience, and lowering per capita costs.
Additionally, the NVRH area community health team underwent a 30 month rigorous evaluation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that showed the community health team is making significant improvements in patient well-being and life satisfaction.
Kempton explained the hospital's role in Vermont's efforts to reform the healthcare system. Current reforms center on creating Accountable Care Organizations. Kempton explained that the dynamics of health care reform are changing rapidly and NVRH will continue to adapt our budget, policies, & practices as the situation evolves. Kempton concluded by saying that the hospital needs the support of the community more than ever.
The NVRH Corporators meet quarterly and represent all the towns in the hospital service area. They are an invaluable source of wisdom and perspective for hospital leadership. The Corporators are key links in the essential communication system between members of the community and the hospital. To learn more about the governance structure at NVRH or hospital services and to download a copy of the 2013 Vermont Blueprint for Health Annual Report visit www.nvrh.org.