RUTLAND — Dr. George Fjeld, a Brandon Medical Center physician who specializes in family medicine, has been honored with the Family Medicine of the Year Award for his commitment to teaching medical students and going “above and beyond” with his contributions to the teaching programs. He mentors one or two students each year in the Doctoring in Vermont program. As associate medical director for Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region, Fjeld is an active member of the provider community at CHCRR, serving on the Strategic Clinical Committee and the Medication Assisted Treatment Committee. A Brandon, Vermont native, he graduated from Otter Valley High School and University of Vermont, where he completed his undergraduate degree in biology. In 1981, he graduated from UVM College of Medicine and followed up with a residency in family practice at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He returned to Brandon and opened a practice in 1984.
DANBY — Carolyn Parillo, of Greenwich, New York, has been accepted into the Vermont School Leadership Project’s class of 2018. Parillo is principal at Currier Memorial School in Danby. She joins 24 other educators from across the state in a unique program that offers intensive professional development for superintendents, principals, curriculum and special education directors, as well as other education professionals who have proven leadership abilities. The program began in July and lasts 13 months. Through theoretical discussions, experiential activities and personal reflection, associates will consider concepts related to education systems, organizational change and leadership.
BARRE — NFP has brought Jennifer L. Collins to its team in Barre as a commercial lines account manager. Collins will be responsible for managing existing client relationships in the business insurance segment. She will assist commercial clients with policy changes, as well as coverage reviews and analysis. She brings with her more than eight years’ experience in the insurance and financial industries, most recently with Noyle Johnson Insurance. “We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer to our growing team here in Vermont,” said Dan Rodliff, vice president of NFP’s P&C division.
RUTLAND — The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce has named Tom Huebner, president and CEO of the Rutland Regional Medical Center, Business Leader of the Year, 2017. The award will be presented at the chamber’s annual meeting October 19. During Huebner’s tenure, the Rutland Regional Medical Center has grown into the county’s largest employer, with over 1,600 employees. “Tom has been an integral part of the business community since he took over the helm of the Rutland Regional Medical Center in 1997. Over the past 27 years, there have been significant changes to the health-care industry, and Tom has always had the needs of the Rutland region first” said Mary Cohen, executive director of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce.
RANDOLPH — Family Nurse Practitioner Gretchen Kidder has joined Gifford Internal Medicine as part of a team expansion aimed at increasing patient access to primary-care services. She previously worked in the emergency departments at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital. She has also worked as a school nurse in the Bethel and Randolph schools. Kidder started her nursing career at Gifford in the operating room before returning to pursue her nurse practitioner degree in 2012. She received a BS from the University of Vermont and a Master of Public Health (Maternal and Child Health) at George Washington University before training for her Associate Degree in Nursing at VTC, and her Master of Science in Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) at George Washington University.
Ron Bixby was presented with the Brigham Alfred Award at the annual meeting of the Vermont Insurance Agents Association, held recently at Lake Morey. The award was presented in recognition of his contributions to the insurance industry in Vermont. Bixby is the state national director for Vermont and also served the Vermont Association as interim executive director a number of years ago when they were in between executives. He is a principal at Ludlow Insurance Agency and very active in his community.
MORRISVILLE — Vera Jones has been promoted to chief operating officer at Copley Hospital. She has served as the hospital’s vice president of operations for the past 16 months. As COO, Jones is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the hospital. “Vera’s leadership and dedication to our patients, staff and community has been outstanding,” said hospital President and CEO Art Mathisen. “As her responsibilities expanded over the last year, she has essentially been performing the role of COO.” Jones’ history with Copley Hospital dates back to 2008, when she served as a consultant for special projects. She returned in 2015, dividing her time between Copley and Gifford Medical Center, serving as interim vice president of physician practices.
BURLINGTON – On Sept. 14, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibly honored Beth Sachs with the 2017 Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement. Sachs, the co-founder of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, was honored in front of nearly 200 VBSR members, friends and guests at VBSR’s 16th annual award ceremony and dinner at Basin Harbor. Speaking of her life and career, Sachs reflected on the beginnings of VEIC with Blair Hamilton, and their desire to be great employers and community members from the beginning. “The mission mattered, but how we did it mattered even more to me,” said Sachs.
BURLINGTON — Vermont Information Technology Leaders, Inc. has named Reyvan Gilmond as its new technical support specialist. As part of the client services team, she will serve as a primary point of contact for VITL’s internal and external clients to resolve issues and service requests. Gilmond joined VITL after working as a support analyst and customer advocate for Systems and Software in Williston. She was employed at FairPoint Communications for seven years as a billing analyst, and for Vertek Corporation as a project manager and billing specialist. Gilmond graduated from Champlain College and lives in Milton.
BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s ExpressCare in Bennington welcomes Physician Assistant Jonna Racela. Racela earned her certificate in physician assistant studies from Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut, and a master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska. She completed her undergraduate education in biology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. For 20 years, she has worked at several Massachusetts practices. She also worked as an emergency medical technician. She is certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.