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Milestones 2006-present

2006 - The 100th Annual Corporators’ Meeting is held at Chandler Music Hall.

2006 - Under the leadership of Chef Ed Striebe, Gifford begins buying local produce from area farmers.

2006 - The Gifford Auxiliary celebrates its centennial with a legislative resolution recognizing its work.

2006 - Menig Extended Care Facility charge nurse Judy Libby is named Registered Nurse of the Year. The nursing home also collects the Gold Star and Nursing Home Quality awards for the second year.

2006 – A 40-slice CT scanner, new bone density machine and a filmless radiology system are added. The new machines greatly improve the technology Gifford can offer patients.

2006 – Gifford welcomes its first hospitalist.

2006 – Construction on the Menig expansion and a new southern entryway for visitors are complete. Significant gains are also made on filling the large ravine near the hospital.

2006 - The Robin’s Nest Child Enrichment Center holds its first annual graduation for preschoolers moving on to kindergarten.

2006 - Gifford hosts the first annual Last Mile motorcycle ride attracting 74 riders and raising $7,000 for end-of-life care.

2007 - The hospital is the first in the state to work with the Vermont Lean Healthcare Transformation Project through a state appropriation and with the help of the Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center’s Process Strategies Group.

2007 - The hospital transitions to room service for all inpatients.

2007 - The Gifford Health Center at Berlin opens off from the Airport Road. Included in the new Berlin health center are midwifery, orthopedics, podiatry and later family medicine.

2007 - The Birthing Center marks 30 years of low-intervention, hospital-based births.

2007 - The Nuclear Medicine Department purchases a new gamma camera, also called an e-cam. The Radiology Department also buys a new ultrasound machine and Cardiopulmonary Services receives new stress testing equipment.

2007 - A new physical therapy at Gifford treats incontinence.

2007 - The Kingwood Health Center opens on Route 66.

2007 - Ground is broken on an expansion to the Sharon Health Center that will include 2,200 square feet of new space, X-ray technology and new services and staff.

2008 - The first baby of the new year in all of Vermont is born at Gifford to a local couple.

2008 - Gifford welcomes its first plastic surgeon, Dr. Guy Rochman, who is in private practice.

2008 - The Sharon Health Center expansion opens to patients and the Sports Medicine Clinic team expands.

2008 - The Gifford Auxiliary expands its giving to hospital "Wish List" items.

2008 - Gifford purchases the LaFrance property in Randolph Center.

2008 - A state-of-the-art digital mammography system replaces an analogue machine and film processor.

2008 - Gifford welcomes its first pulmonologist, Dr. Marda Donner.

2008 - The hospitalist program expands to 24-hour coverage with new providers joining the now much-expanded team of physicians and “mid-level” providers.

2008 - Adult outpatient physical therapy moves to the newly renovated Kingwood Health Center.

2009 - PRP (platelet-rich plasma) therapy begins in Sharon.

2009 – A new Family Center space is created for birthing classes and more.

2009 - Gifford joins Porter and Copley hospitals in forming the Vermont Hospital Shared Service Network.

2009 - Advance Physical Therapy opens in Wilder.

2009 - A third operating room is constructed and the post anesthesia care unit moved to a new location in the Ambulatory Care Center.

2009 - The ravine is completely filled, allowing for significantly more parking.

2009 - The main lobby is renovated and Central Registration begins.

2009 - Ob/gyn Dr. Ellamarie Russo-DeMara is the state's first certified menopause practitioner.

2009 - The new Chelsea Health Center opens thanks to the work of Chelsea Health Center Board and a gift from the late Kathryn Avery.

2009 - Pulmonary rehabilitation begins.

2009 - The Emergency Department now features Gifford employed providers.

2009 - The hospital completes its third three-year Strategic Plan and launches into a fourth.

2010 - Gifford caregivers visit Haiti to help with a devastating earthquake there.

2010 – Gifford purchases Twin River Urology in White River Junction, renaming it the Twin River Health Center.

2010 - Gifford is named one of the nation's "100 Best Places to Work in Health Care" by Becker's ASC Review and Becker's Hospital Review.

2011 – For a second year in a row, Gifford's Annual Report earns an Aster Award for marketing excellence.

2011 - Menig receives the Nursing Home Quality and Gold Star Employer recognitions for the seventh consecutive year. Menig also receives the maximum "five stars" from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is named an "Excellence in Action" winner by a national resident satisfaction surveying company and  is named a Best Nursing Home in the nation.

2011 – For a 12th consecutive year, Gifford “makes” its budget and state-approved operating margin.

2011 – The Twin River Health Center expands to include new providers.

2011 – The sixth annual Last Mile Ride raises $48,000, attracts 219 riders and features a route for cyclists.

2011 – Gifford is named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the nation.

2011- Gifford's community health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph and Rochester are recognized as Patient-Centered Medical Homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

2012 – Gifford is honored with a legislative resolution from the Vermont House of Representatives for its “outstanding health care services” and many awards.

2012 – The ravine project is complete and a new park opens to the community.

2012 - Gifford is the only hospital in the state to receive an Avon Breast Health Outreach Program grant for the 11th consecutive year.

2012 – Pediatrics and adolescent medicine moves from the main hospital building into a neighboring, Gifford-owned Victorian at the corner of Maple Street and South Main Street.

2012 – Menig is once again recognized for its quality, earning a Nursing Home Quality Recognition and named one of the nation’s best 39 nursing homes. (The Gold Star program is discontinued.)

2012 – Gifford proposes a senior living community on the LaFrance property in Randolph Center to meet the housing and medical needs of the area’s retirees and elderly.

2012 – The Last Mile Ride expands to include runners/walkers with a 5K.




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