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New CEO appointed to North Country Hospital

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital announced that its Board of Trustees has appointed Brian Nall as the next Chief Executive Officer. Nall currently serves as President and CEO at HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, Illinois. He has 24 years of healthcare experience, including 12 years of CEO experience at two rural hospitals in Idaho… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital nurses celebrated

NEWPORT — To celebrate the nurses at North Country Hospital, during National Nurses Week, their VP of Patient Care Services, and Chief Nursing Officer, Avril Cochran, hosted a dinner at the Eastside Restaurant. Guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet, outdoor games in the beautiful sunshine, and the announcement of this year’s Nursing Excellence Awards recipients. Cochran,… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital supports MedQuest Scholarships

NEWPORT — This year marks year 12 that North Country Hospital has supported the week-long, healthcare job shadowing program MedQuest. High school sophomores from northeastern and central Vermont apply for an opportunity to participate in a structured educational program where they learn about job-shadowing health professionals, acquire basic medical skills, explore career and educational goals,… Keep Reading

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Tick-borne disease on the rise in Vermont

NEWPORT — Tick-borne illnesses have increased in Vermont, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Vermont had 6,161 cases of illness caused by tick-borne diseases between 2004 and 2016. In total, 99 percent of all reported tick-borne diseases are caused by the blacklegged tick, the state Department of Health says. According… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital board names interim CEO

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital Board of Trustees has named Chief Operating Officer, Tom Frank, as the interim CEO of North Country Hospital effective April 1, 2018, replacing long-time CEO Claudio Fort. Fort is leaving to fill the position of CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center. Chairman of the North Country Hospital Board of Trustees,… Keep Reading

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North Country named a 2018 top 100 critical access hospital

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital was recently named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. This is the second year the hospital has received this recognition. “This achievement is very gratifying and validates our daily commitment to providing the best healthcare possible to… Keep Reading

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Nurse Residency Program graduates six at North Country Hospital

NEWPORT — Six nurse residents recently presented their oral projects and graduated from North Country Hospital’s program, developed last year by nursing leadership. This is the second class that has gone through the rigorous, eight-month residency, where graduates work with a preceptor in their respective departments, get to work with other clinical areas as well… Keep Reading

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Chaplain Mastering Internship at North Country Hospital

NEWPORT — In the four years that Avril Cochran has worked at North Country Hospital, she has been advocating for a more robust chaplaincy program, having come from Copley Hospital, where they have a full-time chaplain. Her predecessor, Sheryl Washburn Carter, started the program, to include growing the number of on-call chaplains visiting North Country… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital recognized for promoting organ, eye, and tissue donation

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital was among a select group of hospitals nationwide recognized for promoting enrollment in state organ donor registries in a national campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration. The campaign has added more than 400,000 donor enrollments to state registries nationwide. North… Keep Reading

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Medication lock boxes distributed locally to help keep kids safe

NEWPORT — Over 59,000 children visit an emergency room for medicine poisoning every year. That’s one child every nine minutes. Sales for over-the-counter medications went from $5.5 billion in 1980 to $30.8 billion in 2014. As these numbers explode this means that children are increasingly exposed to prescription drugs and equally dangerous over-the-counter medications. Beth… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital Pharmacy Department Receives Two Industry Awards

NEWPORT — The pharmacy professionals at North Country Hospital were recently presented with the Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS) 2017 Best Practices Award as well as being named 2017 Site of the Year Award for the East Region. Comprehensive Pharmacy Services is a national independent pharmacy service provider for 700+ client facilities across the United States.… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital proud to recognize National Health IT Week

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital is proud to recognize National Health IT Week from October 2-6, 2017. This week is set aside to spotlight information technology’s important role in improving healthcare.  National Health IT Week is an awareness week offering all healthcare stakeholders an opportunity to unite under one banner, expressing the benefits that health… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital Cardiopulmonary-Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory earns Echocardiography Re-Accreditation

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital’s Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory has been granted an additional three-year term of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Echocardiography in the area of Adult Transthoracic. This latest accreditation awarded to North Country Hospital demonstrates the facility’s ongoing commitment to providing quality patient care in echocardiography. Echocardiography is used to… Keep Reading

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Four North Country Hospital nurses receive excellence awards

NEWPORT — Four nurses working at North Country Hospital were nominated by their peers and recently received excellence awards in the following categories: Commitment to Professional Growth: Dawn Flood-Dunn, House Supervisor While working as House Supervisor, Flood-Dunn is utilized in all nursing departments. She has continued to keep her clinical knowledge base up to date… Keep Reading

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Local youth trained in ATV safety at North Country Hospital

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital, Safe Kids VT, and Vermont ATV Sportsman’s Association held a half-day classroom training to teach local youth the importance of safe riding and following the rules when riding ATV’s. Trained instructors from VASA conducted the four-hour training. The students even enjoyed a visit from local Game Wardens Jenna Reed, Jason… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital ready as new breast density notification law goes into effect

NEWPORT — Getting your annual mammogram screening has been the key method for detecting breast cancer. 3D mammography, like that found at North Country Hospital and many facilities around the country, has improved mammography’s ability to detect breast cancers earlier, improving chances for survival. A new Vermont law that has just gone into effect mandates… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital earns ACR accreditation

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI is a noninvasive medical test that utilizes magnetic fields to produce anatomical images of internal body parts to help physicians diagnose and… Keep Reading

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Dental center coming to Orleans in December

ORLEANS — Northern Counties Health Care recently announced the expansion of their dental program in collaborative partnership with North Country Hospital and the Village of Orleans. Once operational, the new Orleans Dental Center will employ a dentist, hygienist, dental assistant, receptionist and office supervisor. The practice will have two Operatories and two hygiene rooms, and… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital sonographer earns pediatric sonography specialty

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital now has a certified Pediatric Ultrasound technologist on staff. North Country Hospital Ultrasound Technologist, Bonnie Castonguay has earned a Pediatric Sonography specialty certification from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The ARDMS is the governing organization for Ultrasound Imaging in the United States and represents the highest standards… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital hosts annual Teddy Bear Clinic

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital hosted its annual “Teddy Bear Clinic” last Thursday and Friday. Kindergarten classes from Orleans, Irasburg, Glover, Newport, Derby, St. Paul’s and United Christian Academy brought their favorite stuffed animals in for a routine checkup. This program, designed to familiarize children with the hospital and staff, is in its 29th year.… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital and VASA team up in the name of ATV safety

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital, Safe Kids Vermont and VASA, Vermont ATV Sportsman’s Association, held a half day classroom training on April 23 to teach local youth the importance of safe riding and following the rules when riding ATVs. Trained instructors from VASA conducted the four-hour training, and students even enjoyed a visit from local… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital Community Outreach: Laundry Packet Dangers

North Country Hospital is committed to keeping kids safe. Liquid laundry packets are a modern convenience that many of us use to make our daily lives a little bit easier. Do you use liquid laundry packets? If so, do you know about the potential danger they pose to children? Beth Barnes, Community Outreach Specialist at… Keep Reading

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Vermont becomes 5th state to enact paid sick days law

MONTPELIER — Governor Peter Shumlin signed the Paid Sick Days bill into law this morning in a ceremony held in the House Chamber. Dozens of advocates and supporters joined the Governor to celebrate Vermont’s becoming the 5th state to enact such a law. The legislation establishes a mandatory minimum requirement for Vermont employers to provide… Keep Reading