January 2021

Green Mountain Power Increases Quarterly Dividend

first_imgDirectors of Green Mountain Power Corporation (NYSE:GMP) announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.22 per share on the utility’s Common Stock, payable March 31, 2004 to holders of record at the close of business on March 12, 2004. The new indicated annual dividend rate is $0.88, an increase of 16 percent over the previous indicated annual rate of $0.76.“The Company believes that, in light of the general practice in the utility industry, it should pay out 50 percent to 70 percent of anticipated earnings in dividends. Over the course of the next five years, we intend to increase our dividend in the first quarter of each year in a measured, consistent manner to the middle of this payout range, which we will sustain so long as our financial health seems assured. As earnings grow, of course, the opportunity for higher dividend increases is presented,” said Christopher L. Dutton, President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Mountain Power.Green Mountain Power Corporation (www.greenmountainpower.biz(link is external) )is a Vermont-based energy services company serving 89,000 electric customers.last_img read more

Seeking Nominations for Top Ten Summer and Top Ten Fall Events

first_imgThe greatest event youve ever organized or attended is coming up, or it is still fresh in your memory. It should be considered for a Vermont Top Ten Event award! Now is the time to submit your application for next years Vermont Chamber of Commerce Top Ten Summer and Top Ten Fall events.Nominations are being accepted for summer and falls hottest and brightest in the Green Mountain State. All events scheduled between May 1, 2006, and October 31, 2006 are eligible. An independent panel of judges chosen by the Vermont Chamber will select the Top Ten Summer events and the Top Ten Fall events. Winners are announced in January.Events that are selected to be a Top Ten share some of the following characteristics: they appeal to out-of-state visitors and a diverse audience (including children), it is foreseeable that the event can accommodate attendance up to twice the typical count, the event is likely draw outside visitors as a destination, and the event has room for growth. Judges also weigh the geographics and dates of the nominated events to come up with a diverse list of winners.At no cost to winners, Vermonts premier events list is widely publicized through press releases to national media. The Top Ten Events are also featured in the official travel guide of the State of Vermont, the Vermont Vacation Guide (circulation 200,000); in the Vermont Chamber Country Inns and B & Bs brochure (circulation 100,000); and on the Vermont Chambers highly visited online events calendar at www.vtchamber.com(link is external).Chris Fogg, Vermont Chamber Vice President of Travel & Tourism, noted Selection as a Top Ten Event is a strong marketing tool. Top Ten winners have found that the additional publicity increases attendance, and that the awards prestige also aids in securing funding for future events. All winners receive a certificate and the Vermont Chamber signature Top Ten logo to use in their marketing materials.Nominations must be postmarked by September 27, 2005 to be considered in the contest. Contact Trena Whiton at the Vermont Chamber for a nomination form:(802) 223-3443; twhiton@vtchamber.com(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund Celebrates

first_imgThe Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund (VSJF) is pleased to announce its 10-year anniversary of grant making and to highlight the accomplishments of its grantees in helping to accelerate the development of Vermonts green economy.From 1997 to 2007, the VSJF made grants in excess of $2.7 million to 150 recipients representing over 8,000 businesseswho utilized these funds to leverage an additional $11.8 million to implement their projects, test their ideas, create and retain at least 800 jobs, and assemble the building blocks of a green economy. Our technical assistance programs have assisted 15 Peer to Peer Collaborative clients (representing 384 employees), 132 Business Coach clients and hundreds of other businesses who have sought some form of assistance over the past 10 years.The VSJF is a nonprofit organization formed by the State Legislature in 1995 to pioneer and expand Vermonts emerging, green economy. VSJFs charge is to build markets through grant making and technical assistance programs within Vermonts natural resource industries and the green economy including sustainable agriculture, forestry and forest products, renewable energy, environmental technology and solid waste / pollution abatement.”Collectively, our grantees are helping to build Vermont’s green economy, from local food systems to sustainable forestry; renewable energy to green technologies; and business coaching for start-ups to CEO mentorship for growth stage companies,” said Ellen Kahler, VSJF’s Executive Director. “Their combined efforts create local jobs, support community development initiatives, preserve resilient ecosystems, and fill special niches in the global economy.”Over 10 years ago, a successful group of entrepreneurs within Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, began crafting legislation to launch an organization that could provide early stage funding and technical assistance to entrepreneurs, businesses, farmers, networks and others interested in developing a green economy. With bi-partisan support from the Vermont Legislature, the VSJF was created in 1995. The name of the organization reflects dual goals of accelerating the development of new markets for sustainably produced goods and investing in Vermont’s future.In summing up VSJF’s accomplishments, Kahler was clear that “the last 10 years of VSJF activities is really a testament to the inspiring, innovative and risk taking entrepreneurs and organizations that have created a vision for Vermont’s collective future and invested themselves in bringing their ideas and passions to life.” To learn more about the VSJF, or our grantees and partners, visit our website to read our 10 Year Retrospective at www.vsjf.org(link is external).last_img read more

Vermont industrial jobs declined 5.6 percent since start of recession; ME, NH, MA worse

first_imgIndustrial employment in Vermont has fallen 5.6 percent since the beginning of the recession, according to Manufacturers’ News, Inc. MNI reports Vermont lost 2,894 manufacturing jobs since December 2007, with 1,197 jobs lost between December 2007and December 2008 and 1,697 industrial jobs from 2008 to December of 2009. Over the same period of time, Vermont lost 154 manufacturers, or nearly ten percent of its industrial companies. Looking back even further, over an eight-year period Vermont lost 9,921 industrial jobs or 17% of its industrial employment.Manufacturers’ News reports Vermont is now home to 1,516 manufacturers employing 48,360 workers. Vermont’s losses are smaller compared to those seen in other New England states with Maine’s industrial sector down 7.7 percent, New Hampshire’s down 7.5 percent and Massachusetts’ down 6.4 percent, according to earlier MNI reports.”As with the entire nation, the recession continues to hit Vermont’s core sectors, while the faltering housing market has affected industries such as wood products and building products,” says Tom Dubin, President of the Evanston, IL-based publishing company, which has been surveying industry since 1912.Employment in the furniture/fixtures sector experienced the sharpest decline, down 33.4 percent over the past twenty-four months, due mostly to layoffs at Ethan Allen.MNI reports electronics remains Vermont’s largest manufacturing sector by employment with 8,259 jobs, with no significant change reported over the two years. Second-ranked food manufacturing accounts for 5,234 jobs, down 8.6% over the survey period, while third-ranked industrial machinery and equipment accounts for 4,508 jobs, down 3.8% over the past twenty-four months.Most other sectors in Vermont lost jobs within the past two years and include transportation equipment, down 15.4%, following the closure of auto supplier Lydall Inc., and layoffs at NSK Steering, among others. Stone/clay/glass fell 14.7%; textiles/apparel were down 11.3%; lumber/wood down 10%; printing/publishing down 7.9% and chemicals/allied products down 7.1%. Slight gains were seen in paper products, up 2.8%; rubber/plastics up 2% and fabricated metals up 1.8%Despite the losses, some bright spots have emerged recently including the openings of Vermont Wood Pellet Co.; rubber protective gear maker AirBoss in Milton; and BEMAG Transformers, which opened a factory in St. Albans Industrial Park in early 2009.MNI’s city data shows Essex Junction is the state’s top city for manufacturing employment, accounting for 6,905 industrial jobs, up 4.5% over the past twenty-four months. Second-ranked Burlington accounts for 3,790 industrial jobs, down 8.7% over the past two years. Industrial jobs in Rutland declined 2.2%, with the city home to 2,120 jobs. Milton is home to 1,929 jobs, up 1.5%, while jobs increased another 1.5% in South Burlington, with the fifth-ranked city representing 1,710 of Vermont’s industrial jobs.Detailed profiles of Vermont’s 1,516 manufacturers and 274 industrial distributors can be found in the 2010 Vermont Manufacturers Register, available in print for $77 and on CD-ROM from $95. Each profile provides up to 30 facts, including vital contact information (phone, web, e-mail), 4,755 executives by name and title, product(s) manufactured, annual sales, number of employees, and more. Visitors to mnileads.com may generate custom profiles of manufacturers using thirteen different criteria, including area or zip code, county, SIC, sales volume, number of employees, and more.Manufacturers’ News, Inc., publisher of manufacturers’ directories since 1912, compiles and produces manufacturing guides, statistics and databases for all 50 states. MNI also maintains IndustryNet.com, an industrial search engine designed specifically for locating manufacturers and suppliers nationwide. For more information, contact Manufacturers’ News, Inc., 1633 Central St., Evanston, IL, 60201, 847-864-7000, FAX 847-332-1100. Information also available on facebook and twitter.SOURCE Manufacturers’ News, Inc. 1.25.2010. EVANSTON, Ill,/PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

National DAR Award Goes to Walden, Vermont, Filmmaker

first_imgThe National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) has awarded filmmaker Caro Thompson of Walden, Vt., its History Medal for her documentary “Champlain: The Lake Between.”The film, which premiered on Vermont Public Television as part of the Champlain quadricentennial, explores the diplomacy and trade between Native nations and Europeans that flourished in the region during the 17th and 18th centuries.  It details how Frenchman Samuel de Champlain arrived in what became known as the Champlain Valley in 1609 and changed the course of history. Thompson was honored Sept. 25, 2010, at the annual conference of the Vermont DAR in Montpelier.  The medal was presented by Diane Kreis, state regent, and Elizabeth Bicknell, Seth Warner Chapter regent.  The award letter from the DAR said, “Clearly, Ms. Thompson has contributed to the greater understanding of American history.”  Thompson acknowledged the collaborative process of making the film in her comments, saying, “I accept the award on behalf of the historians, culture bearers and re-enactors who guided and tutored me over the three years of the film’s development.”The film won a Boston/New England Emmy Award, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gave Vermont Public Television its My Source Award for Education Innovation for the related educational activities.Thompson’s company, Broadwing Productions, was one of four partners in the Voyages of Discovery Project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services. The other partners were the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, Vermont Public Television and the Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes.Source: VPT. 10.4.2010Photo of (from left) filmmaker Caro Thompson; Elizabeth Bicknell, DAR Seth Warner Chapter Regent; and Diane Kreis, DAR Vermont State Regentlast_img read more

AllEarth Renewables to install 2.2 MW of solar, largest array in Vermont

first_imgAllEarth Renewables, Inc.,AllEarth Renewables, a Vermont manufacturer of grid-connected wind turbines and solar tracking systems, has received a contract to install 382 AllSun Trackers at a solar farm in South Burlington, Vermont.  Final permits have been issued on the project, and construction is scheduled to begin in early November. The installation will be the largest solar array to date in the State of Vermont and is anticipated to be operational on a 32-acre site off of DuBois Drive in South Burlington, Vermont by early 2011.The 382 AllSun Trackers will produce enough electricity to power more than 400 Vermont homes, according to AllEarth.The AllSun Tracker solar electric system was designed by AllEarth Renewables CEO David Blittersdorf and his engineering team based in Williston, Vermont, and will be manufactured in Vermont.  “This project was made possible through incentives that the State of Vermont passed last year to spur the development of new renewable energy generation,” Blittersdorf said. “Part of this incentive package was Vermont’s Standard Offer for solar energy which was established at a rate of $0.30 per kWh. This rate provided an economic incentive to develop projects like this and help create sustainable jobs in Vermont’s hard-hit manufacturing sector.”Because of the enhanced efficiency of the AllSun Tracker technology, which follows the movement of the sun throughout the day with a GPS system, total kilowatt hours produced by the South Burlington Solar Farm are estimated to be over 3,000,000 per year, 45% more than the amount of electricity produced by same number of fixed  photovoltaic  panels.The project will be owned and operated by Chittenden County Solar Partners, LLC.  AllEarth Renewables has been contracted to perform the installation, which includes design of the solar farm’s electrical infrastructure and oversight and management of all subcontractors, as well as manufacturing the 382 AllSun Trackers required for the farm.About AllEarth Renewables, Inc.  www.allearthrenewables.com(link is external)AllEarth Renewables is a Vermont company that specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of complete grid-connected wind and solar renewable energy systems that lessen dependence on nuclear and fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company’s goal is to provide turnkey products that harness the power of wind and sun for homes and businesses while creating sustainable, well-paying jobs.SOURCE AllEarth Renewables, Inc. WILLISTON, Vt., Oct. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

Vermont gets $228.8 million through USDA Recovery Act funds

first_imgIn Vermont USDA Rural Development is investing over $228.8 million, of which $106.4 million is funding small businesses, water and wastewater infrastructure, community facilities like libraries and community centers, and housing. An additional $ 122.4 million has been awarded for broadband infrastructure to bring better service to rural communities.USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager issued a report on October 20 about how the agency’s distribution of loan and grant funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery) has helped rural residents throughout the nation. Rural Development has awarded $21.2 billion in Recovery funds through 95,000 loans and 2,500 grants. The report estimates that millions of business owners, agricultural producers, Internet users, and thousands of homeowners will benefit, and over 300,000 jobs are being created or saved. ‘With Rural Development’s loans and grants we have leveraged our Recovery Act funds to ensure the greatest bang for the taxpayer’s buck, allowing our agency to make unprecedented and lasting investments in rural America,’ said Tonsager. ‘I am proud of what we have accomplished over the last two years toward building livable, innovative and sustainable rural communities.’‘USDA’s investment of Recovery funding provided immediate jobs in construction and permanent jobs in many other industry sectors while laying the foundation for a sustainable economic recovery in our rural communities,’ said USDA Rural Development State Director Molly Lambert.For example, the Brattleboro Food Co-op received a USDA Rural Development Business and Industry award to guarantee a $4.2 million loan from Peoples United Bank. Members of the Brattleboro Co-op also raised $1 million in shareholder loans for the new $8.9 million facility. The funding will allow the cooperative to expand its existing 17,000 sq. ft. retail facility into a newly constructed, energy-efficient 33,847 sq. ft. building in the heart of downtown Brattleboro. The project will create 9 new high quality jobs, support 100 existing well-paying jobs at the coop and create 400 indirect construction jobs. In conjunction with the Co-op development, the Windham Housing Trust will develop 24 units of affordable housing on floors 3 and 4. The coop was founded in 1975 as a member-owned cooperative in leased space and serves as a hub for regional sustainable food.  It provides a local market for 146 local farmers and 56 local food processors.Business loan guarantees in two additional communities totaling $ 11.2 million leveraged $23 million in private capital, creating 34 high quality jobs and strengthening the future for 105 existing jobs. A Business Enterprise Grant in the amount of $65,000 was issued to the Randolph Area Community Development Corp. to assist 2 businesses with expansion and feasibility efforts.  The grant was matched with $183,500 of community funding for a total project cost of $248,500.  The project will create 3 new jobs and strengthen 23 existing jobs in the community.Bethel residents recently gathered to celebrate the restoration and re-opening of the old Town Hall, made possible by a Recovery loan of $984,000 matched with $316,000 in private and other public investment. ‘The building has been drawn out of functional obsolescence and fabulously restored with its authentic features retained,’ said Bethel Town Manager Delbert Cloud. Designed in 1891 by Montpelier architect George Guernsey the building was home to the school basketball team, traveling performers, town meetings and Saturday roller skating. The school has its own gymnasium these days, but residents are once more enjoying community events in the grand building standing tall on Main Street. \In addition to the Bethel town hall restoration, Recovery funding of $7.3 million assisted twenty-four community projects throughout the state such as daycare and family services facilities, libraries, health centers, homeless shelters and fire and emergency equipment.Nine Water and Wastewater projects were awarded to seven communities for $35,633,300 in Recovery funding, creating or retaining 140 jobs.In an otherwise sluggish housing recovery, the combination of Recovery funds and normal year USDA appropriations for housing loans is helping more Vermont households achieve home ownership than in any year since 1994. Nearly 550 households are being assisted with $90 million in loans with the Recovery Act providing over $47 million of this amount.In Vermont the agency helped almost 550 households (an increase of 66 households over 2009) by using over $70 M in Loan Guarantees and $20 M in Direct loans.The link to Rural Development and the Recovery Act: Working For Rural Communities can be found at the USDA Rural Development homepage: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/Home.html(link is external). President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law last year.  It is designed to jumpstart the nation’s economy, create or save millions of jobs and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need. For information about USDA’s Recovery Act efforts visit www.usda.gov/recovery(link is external).  More information about the Federal government’s efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov(link is external).Source: USDA. 10.20.2010     Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business, and community infrastructure and facilities programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in the nation’s capital and 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.      #last_img read more

Gordon’s Window Decor passes company to next generation

first_imgGordon’s Window Decor,Growth is on the horizon as Gordon’s Window Décor, a local family business that has been manufacturing custom window treatments in Essex Junction for 25 years, transitions to the next generation..‘I think our growth is due to the fact that we manufacture insulating window shades that save substantial amounts of energy- a vital component in our country’s efforts to cut our dependence on fossil fuels’ Explains Gordon Clements, owner of Gordon’s Window Décor.And grow they have. With distribution now well established in Ireland, as well as across the US, similar interest from Russia and recent sales in Japan Gordon’s has been hiring and just bought a larger factory/showroom in Williston. They will be moving at the end of March. That is a lot of change for any company especially combined with serious succession planning. It has truly been a busy year for Gordon’s.‘It is all really exciting’ says Kelly Conklin, Clements’ daughter and successor, ‘Buying the new building was a huge step, but we are bursting at the seams in our current building and with our growth we need more space.’ The succession planning is equally as exciting’. ‘We’ve been working with the Vermont Family Business Initiative to help with the planning’ Conklin adds.It is well known that transitioning a business from the first generation to the second generation is no easy feat. But Clements and Conklin have been working vigorously to avoid common pitfalls of succession;with resources like the Vermont Family Business Initiative it looks like Gordon’s Window Décor will be going strong for another 25 years.‘My first child, Silas, was born in August and if all goes well I hope that he’ll be the third generation to run Gordon’s Window Décor’ Smiles Conklin.Photo: Kelly, Silas and Gordon.last_img read more

Foley Family of Companies, Green Mountain Power and Small Dog Electronics are finalists for Deane C Davis Award

first_imgThis year’s competition for the highly anticipated Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award was impressive. All of the Vermont businesses who applied for this prestigious award were worthy but only three could be named as finalists. The finalists this year are The Foley Family of Companies of Rutland, Green Mountain Power of Colchester and Small Dog Electronics of Waitsfield.  All three businesses exemplify the standards by which the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business Award nominees are judged.    One of these impressive finalists will be named the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Vermont Business of the Year on Wednesday, May 25.  The award presentation ceremony will kick off the 27th annual Vermont Business & Industry EXPO, organized by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Governor Peter Shumlin will present the award at 10 am in the foyer of the Sheraton Burlington Conference Center. Until that time, one of the most important traditions of the award will remain intact; the winner’s identity is kept secret, even from the finalists, until the moment the award is presented. This year’s finalists exemplify the resourcefulness, innovation and success that radiates from all corners of the state capturing the essence of Vermont business. All share in common a dedication to their employees, communities and Vermont’s natural environment.  However, each tells a unique story of vision, commitment and growth.    Green Mountain Power is the second largest Vermont electric utility, providing electricity to 175,000 people and businesses.  The company has been in operation for 108 years, transforming from a traditional utility to an industry leader in technology, environmental stewardship and commitment to its workforce.   The Foley Family of Companies started in 1879, when Michael Foley purchased Goodwin’s Laundry in Rutland, Vermont.  The business grew over generations and eventually became Foley Laundry, a business still in operation today.  The Foley family used the small operation to launch new business ideas and in 1973, the Foley Family of Companies was created.  Today, the thriving business owns and operates The Party Store, Pistols & Roses, Foley Services and Foley Distributing.   Small Dog Electronics has been making a name for itself in the competitive electronic retail market since 1995. Recognized by Apple as the most knowledgeable Apple retailer in the U.S., Small Dog is the only Apple specialist and authorized Apple reseller in Vermont.  The growth and sustainability illustrated by Small Dog Electronics speaks to the high company standards outlined in their mission statement.  This business has a strong commitment to people, planet, and profit.  In an effort to recognize and honor Vermont’s best companies, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine created the Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award in 1990. Named for the former Governor of Vermont, this annual award honors a Vermont business that shows an outstanding history of sustained growth while displaying an acute awareness of what makes Vermont unique. Commitment to the environment and dedication to employee relations are key components to receiving the award. Join the Vermont Chamber of Commerce and Vermont Business Magazine as we unveil this year’s award recipient at the Vermont Business & Industry EXPO on Wednesday, May 25 at 10 am during the Opening Ceremonies.Vermont Business Magazine is the state’s most respected business publication. Since 1972, VBM has published statewide business news, economic and political news and commentary, business and individual profiles, data, analysis and statistics in a monthly magazine. For more than a decade it has published online and now reports daily through its industry-leading, free email newsletter. VBM also publishes three annual publications: Vermont Business & Manufacturers Directory; The Book of Lists; and Ask the Experts/Profiles. Along with the Deane Davis Award, VBM sponsors or co-sponsors the Centennial Business Awards, Best Places to Work in Vermont Awards, SBA Small Business Person of the Year Award, 5x5x5 Growth Awards, and the Rising Star Awards.www.vermontbiz.comThe Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the largest state-wide private, not-for-profit business organization, represents nearly every sector of the state’s corporate/hospitality community. Our mission is to create an economic climate conducive to business growth and the preservation of the Vermont quality of life.last_img read more

Dartmouth-Hitchcock ranked among America’s best hospitals by US News

first_imgDartmouth-Hitchcock has again been ranked among the best hospitals in the nation in U.S.News & World Report’s 2011-12 Best Hospitals, online at www.usnews.com/besthospitals(link is external). The rankings, annually published by U.S. News for the past 22 years, will also be featured in the U.S. News Best Hospitals guidebook, which will go on sale August 30.  For the fifth straight year and for the ninth time since 1995, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been recognized for its care in Gynecology. The latest rankings showcase 720 hospitals out of about 5,000 hospitals nationwide. Each is ranked among the country’s top hospitals in at least one medical specialty. ‘This recognition is a fitting acknowledgement of the excellent care our nurses, physicians and other clinical staff provide each and every patient,’ says Nancy Formella, M.S.N., R.N., co-president of Dartmouth-Hitchcock. ‘Our commitment to providing the highest quality, compassionate care is recognized every single day, but having this prestigious honor is a meaningful achievement. Dartmouth-Hitchcock is pleased to once again be recognized among America’s best health care institutions.’Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology provides comprehensive services for women throughout New Hampshire and eastern Vermont including general gynecology, obstetrics, maternal-fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, gynecologic oncology, and urogynecology and reproductive pelvic surgery. Physician specialists from Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon also see patients at Dartmouth-Hitchcock practices in Concord, Manchester, Nashua, and Keene, NH.‘We are committed to improving the lives of women in our communities and training the next generation of world-class gynecologic specialists,’ says Dr. Richard Reindollar, chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology. ‘I am honored to be part of such a talented team that delivers outstanding care for the entire spectrum of gynecologic issues.’Dartmouth-Hitchcock is New Hampshire’s only academic medical center. Internationally renowned, nationally ranked, and regionally respected, Dartmouth-Hitchcock integrates high-quality patient care, advanced medical education, and translational research to provide a full spectrum of health care.‘Although our patients are the ultimate and most important judges of our performance, it is gratifying to have this national recognition by U.S. News. I am especially pleased for the physicians and staff of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, whose high standards of excellence have resulted in this honor,’ notes Dartmouth-Hitchcock co-president Dr. James N. Weinstein.Hard numbers stand behind the rankings in most specialties’death rates, patient safety, procedure volume, and other objective data. Responses to a national survey, in which physicians were asked to name hospitals they consider best in their specialty for the toughest cases, also were factored in. The core mission of Best Hospitals is to help guide patients who need an especially high level of care because of a difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. ‘These are referral centers where other hospitals send their sickest patients,’ said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings Editor. ‘Hospitals like these are ones you or those close to you should consider when the stakes are high.’ ABOUT DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK: Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a national leader in evidence-based and patient-centered health care. The system includes hundreds of physicians, specialists, and other providers who work together at different locations to meet the health care needs of patients in northern New England. In addition to primary care services at local community practices, Dartmouth-Hitchcock patients have access to specialists in almost every area of medicine, as well as world-class research at Dartmouth Medical School and centers of excellence including The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice (TDI).last_img read more