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Milestones 1990-2005

1991 - Embracing the role as a complete health care resource for all 18 towns of The White River Valley, Gifford Memorial Hospital becomes Gifford Medical Center. Gifford opens a completely renovated outpatient department, along with a new emergency room and medical office building.

1992 - The medical center acquires the former Tranquility Nursing Home in Randolph, reopening it as Gifford Elder Care.

1993 - To allow for integrated delivery of health services, the medical center becomes the direct employer of all primary-care physicians on its medical staff. Since the late 1970’s, the Medical Staff has grown from eight Physicians to almost 50, along with certified nurse-midwives, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

1973-1994 – Philip D. Levesque serves as chief executive officer until his death from cancer. He leaves a lasting impression on the hospital, including the medical building and community award named in his memory. The Garden Room is also created in his honor.

1999 - Major renovations bring the opening of the new Menig Extended Care Facility, a modernized Howell Pavilion for inpatient care, a new Courtyard Garden and a new, larger Birthing Center.

1999 - Gifford begins an adult day care program at the Menig Extended Care Facility.

2000 - Area clergy and volunteers help Gifford create a chaplaincy program.

2001 - Gifford becomes the second hospital in the state to be named a Critical Access Hospital, a national designation offering increased federal support through higher Medicare reimbursements for rural hospitals with 25 beds.

2001 - The Rochester Health Center celebrates 25 years.

2001 - Gifford begins offering MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) services through a mobile unit that visits the hospital.

2001 - The prestigious Compass Award from patient satisfaction surveying company Press Ganey recognizes Gifford’s increasing patient satisfaction scores over a two-year period.

2002 - An expanded ambulatory care center, an integrated facility with space for still-expanding outpatient services opens. It is named in memory of Dr. Gifford’s nephew, John Pearl Gifford.

2002 - The Robin’s Nest Child Enrichment Center is designed and built replacing the old center. The new facility increases enrollment to 44, adds a pre-toddler program, increases classroom space and creates age-appropriate play areas.

2002 - The Gifford Medical Center Auxiliary Thrift Shop moves into the day care’s former space. After renovations and improvements, the expanded space allows for easier browsing of great deals.

2002 - Working collaboratively with the Clara Martin Center, mental health services come to the Chelsea Health Center.

2002 - Hospital billing returns to Gifford, creating jobs.

2003 - Gifford Medical Center begins its centennial celebration.

2003 - The hospital hires its first chaplain, who works with Gifford’s team of chaplaincy volunteers.

2003 - A hospital-wide customer service learning effort known as BEST (Building Excellence through Service and Teamwork) is launched and led by hospital employees.

2003 - Sports medicine becomes a new focus for the hospital and its podiatric surgeons.

2003 - The Chelsea Health Center celebrates 50 years.

2004 - Implementation of a fully integrated information system is completed, allowing increased electronic documentation and access to inpatient records.

2005 – Radiology, Emergency and Food Services Departments are expanded in a construction project dubbed the “Infill Project.”

2005 - The hospital completes its three-year centennial celebration.

2005 – The Sharon Health Center and Sports Medicine Clinic is built on Route 14 in Sharon.

2005 – Ground is broken on a much-needed 10-bed expansion to the Menig Extended Care Facility.

2005 - The growing Gifford Adult Day Program moves to a newly renovated space below the Bethel Health Center.

2005 - The Menig Extended Care Facility earns the prestigious Gold Star and Nursing Home Quality awards from the state. The awards recognize the nursing home for its excellence in resident care and as a good place to work.

2005 - For outstanding leadership and contributions to improving infant and maternal health, Birthing Center nurses receive the Distinguished Health Professional Award for Advances in Clinical Practice from the March of Dimes.

2005 - High-tech Pyxis MedStation 3000 medication administration systems are updated to include access by fingerprint identification.

2005 - Brooks Chapin of the Menig Extended Care Facility is named Nursing Director of the Year by the Vermont Nursing Home Association.

2005 - Gifford sends delegations to help in the Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Mississippi gulf coast.

2005 - The hospital holds its first annual Diabetes Education Expo, then called the Diabetes Fair.



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