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Vermont hospital budgets increase 3.8 percent, down from five-year average

first_imgfor provider Patient Central Vermont Hospital 4,0% D BUD 12 Net provider tax & Gifford Memorial 1,0% North Country Hospital 5,2% Brattleboro Memorial 0,9% Grace Cottage $1,281,525 Mt Ascutney Hospital -3,0% Patient Revenue Copley Hospital 4,8% Central Vermont Hospital $7,434,697 Northwestern Medical Ctr 6,8% B System 3,8% Increase adj for Rutland Regional Medical Ctr 4,7% Grace Cottage 7,1% Grace Cottage 7,1% Rutland Regional Medical Ctr $10,392,423 Copley Hospital 7,1% Vermont hospital budgets will increase by a system-wide total of 3.8 percent for fiscal year 2012 beginning October 1, 2011, after excluding this year’s increased taxes on hospitals, according to individual hospital budgets approved today by Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration Commissioner Steve Kimbell. ‘Compared to the average annual system-wide increase of 7.2 percent over the span of the past five years, the rate of increase is definitely moving in the right direction,’ said Kimbell. Budgeted increases ranged from $1,193,974 for Gifford Hospital to $43,324,991 for Fletcher Allen. Meanwhile, Mt Ascutney Hospital’s budget shows a decrease of  -$1,465,403. The approved system-wide rate increase last year was 5.44 percent.Information about individual hospital budgets is below. Also included are the FY 2012 and 2011 budgets.Kimbell noted that the government payers are bearing their fair share of the increase this year. ‘One of the ways to reduce pressure on commercial health insurance premiums and bring fairness to the system is to reduce the cost shift growth that historically has been the result of underpayment by government programs.’ The system wide increase of 3.8 percent was achieved without using several exclusions, other than new taxes, allowed by the 2009 legislation that created a 4% target for increased hospital revenues for the upcoming budget year. For example, if the cost of existing physician practices acquired by hospitals is excluded, the system wide increase is 2.7 percent. Kimbell noted that that this is the last year for the budget process that has been in use since 1983.  The newly appointed Green Mountain Care Board is charged with revamping that process.  Changes likely will include standardization of some budget components among hospitals and movement toward a global budget for the system. Information about individual hospital budgets is attached. FY 2012 Budget Submissions A tax Increase in $ Northeast VI, Regional 1,4% Copley Hospital $3,536,882 Northeast VI, Regional 2,1% Mt Ascutney Hospital -3,4% The increase is measured against FY 2011 approved budget levels, Revenue Copley Hospital 6,0% Mt Ascutney Hospital -4,4% System as growth since the services were provided outside the hospital budget in the prior year, North Country Hospital 3,9% Southwestern VI, Medical Ctr $5,830,545 Brattleboro Memorial 6,6% Column C reflects the increase if the provider tax increase is not counted, Northwestern Medical Ctr 5,8% Physician Acq Fletcher Allen Health Care $43,324,991 Grace Cottage 7,6% Rutland Regional Medical Ctr 1,9% Northeast VI, Regional $1,272,808 Southwestern VI, Medical Ctr 4,4% Porter Hospital 1,6% Springfield Hospital $1,584,030 Springfield Hospital 3,0% BUD 12 Net Porter Hospital 4,2% Increase adj BUD 12 Net Northeast VI, Regional 1,4% C Central Vermont Hospital 2,4% Porter Hospital $3,084,292 Porter Hospital 4,9% Column B reflects the total requested net patient revenue increase, Fletcher Allen Health Care 3,2% North Country Hospital $4,493,465 Rutland Regional Medical Ctr 5,5% Fletcher Allen Health Care 3,9% System 2,7% Gifford Memorial 1,0% Mt Ascutney Hospital -$1,465,403 Gifford Memorial 1,9% Net Patient Southwestern VI, Medical Ctr 3,7% Notes: Southwestern VI, Medical Ctr 3,2% Brattleboro Memorial $4,134,377 Central Vermont Hospital 5,0% Increase $91,257,495 System 4,6% Springfield Hospital 2,2% Northwestern Medical Ctr 3,7% Northwestern Medical Ctr $5,158,889 North Country Hospital 6,0% Patient Revenue BUD12 Springfield Hospital 2,2% Gifford Memorial $1,193,974 Fletcher Allen Health Care 4,7% Brattleboro Memorial 5,6% Column D reflects the increase without including physician service increases, Those are not considered Revenue last_img read more


Technology takes unit to new level

first_imgThe luxe unit at 5601 Ephraim Island, Paradise Point.As the sun peeks over the horizon, the external blinds of this Paradise Point residence automatically open, to a view of the mountains and the sea from the kitchen.The scenery doesn’t stop there, with the marina and Surfers Paradise visible through ceiling high windows and vast opening stacker doors. The secure complex is also pet friendly. Mrs Green said security was paramount with small children, and the prestige property in the exclusive island community fit the bill. It’s also in close proximity to secluded beaches.“We’re only moving because we decided to build on a block of land at Paradise Waters,” Mrs Green said.The property is being marketed by Rebecca Moffrey and Barbara Posch of Lucy Cole Prestige Properties. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by High tech and high up.The penthouse is equipped with the high tech C-Bus home system, meaning control is at your fingertips. “You can set different scenes with the blinds and lighting to suit different times,” said vendor Joanne Green.The luxe touches continue throughout the renovated abode, with Sydney blue gum and black butt border parquetry flooring , a fire place and a bath tub overlooking the water.center_img The blinds are remote controlled for ease of use.last_img read more


Ajax Cape Town chairman regrets not signing Mikel in 2003

first_img Loading… Former Ajax Cape Town chairman, John Comitis, is still regretting why he did not accept the signing of former Chelsea midfielder, John Obi Mikel, in December 2003. Then a 16-year-old, Mikel arrived in Cape Town for a week-long trial spell and torched Ajax’s Ikamva training grounds with some sublime touches that left everyone awestruck. So impressive was Mikel that then Ajax coach Gordon Igesund had to briefly abandon the former Nigerian’s first training session and stormed into Comitis’ office demanding that he signed the teenager. “After about 20 minutes of training, I told the players, ‘listen, guys, I’ve got to dash somewhere but I’ll be back’. I left my assistant conducting training and I went straight into John’s office and I said, ‘John, sign this player right now, call him now and sign him right away’,” Igesund told Far Post. “The boy was in a different league. He was big, strong and he could pass the ball. We tried everything in our power to sign him, but there were a few issues – between Manchester United and another club. I don’t think he had intentions of signing [for Ajax].” Mikel was already on the radar of Manchester United and Chelsea who later on were involved in a protracted fight for the player’s signature before the Blues later won the battle. Had Ajax met the R1 million signing-on fee demanded by Mikel and his handler, they might have left the Premier League giants holding some fresh air. The Urban Warriors could have taken advantage of the fact that Mikel did jot qualify for a UK work permit and sign the player who had the potential of earning them big money from his sale. “During the first training session, Gordon Igesund came to me and said just sign him. I said I’ll try,” said Comitis. “He was really special, but they were talking about a R1 million signing-on fee. Had I known what I know today it was cheap at that price, but you never know.” Not only Igesund was blown away by Mikel, but also former Ajax forward Nathan Paulse who believes that Mikel’s boots were too big for Premier Soccer League (PSL) football. “We could not believe he was 16 at that time. He was that good. He had authority, he had a presence, he was extremely good on the ball,” Paulse said. “We looked at each other during his first two days and wondered if he was really 16. From a playing point of view, he was amazing. I don’t think playing in the PSL would have done him good. “His ability was just too good at that age. He stood out immediately, he was extremely calm on the ball. He could run with the ball like a top professional. I don’t think the PSL would have suited him in terms of the actual level.” read also:West Ham join West Brom in race for former Nigeria skipper Mikel It came as not a surprise that Mikel went on to win a Uefa Champions League crown and two Premier League titles with Chelsea. Mikel, who is now a free agent after recently leaving Turkish side Trabzonspor, also lifted the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


Lámha plan wellness weekend for World Mental Health Week

first_imgThis October, Lámha are proud to present a weekend of events to celebrate World Mental Health Week and Social Inclusion week on the 8th and 9th of October in North West Donegal.PHEW! Positive Health and Emotional Wellbeing is a series of events aiming to create a movement of positive attitudes towards our own mental health, open dialogue to speak about mental ill health and help families and friends access information on the provision of services available in the community and accessible in the county.The weekend includes workshops, talks and demonstrations from Majella O’Donnell/Donegal Mind Wellness, Bill Vaughan/Mental Health Ireland, Susan McFeely/Shine, Joanne Lindsay Butler/OURganic Gardens, Iain Miller/Unique Ascent, Liam Donnelly/West Donegal Mental Health, Marian Maguire/Grow, Speakers from Jigsaw and Eamon McGee/former Donegal Player and Gaelic football Pundit. Events are happening in Aislann Rann na Feirste, Annagry Hall and CLG Naomh Muire Mullaghderg, on October 8th and 9th.Details available on Facebook page ‘Lámha: Life Affirming Mental Health Action’, and also on Facebook events ‘PHEW: Positive Health and Emotional Wellbeing’.For more information you can email [email protected] along to this weekend and make a change for your own wellness and for the collective wellness of your community. All events are free and everyone is welcome. It takes a community to raise a child, but what does it take to raise a community?Every day we hear people lamenting the death of community spirit. Though people might blame economics, or maybe social media, in truth, Donegal is an exception, and community spirit is alive and well in the north west! When our neighbour gets sick we visit or send messages of support.When a family is grieving we gather together and offer a wall of comfort, a hot meal and a shoulder to cry on, and when times are good we rejoice and celebrate together.Our communities are alive and kicking, with and without economics or social media. But one thing is lacking, and that is our ability to talk about and offer support to those with mental ill health.Until recently mental ill health was an unspoken sickness. The word ‘mental’ made us think of institutions and draconian treatment methods. But thankfully the tides are changing, and increasingly we are opening our hearts to friends, or they to us.Celebrities like Bressie and our own Majella O’Donnell who have bravely spoken about their own issues have caused ripples in our silence and been the positive inspiration our communities need.However, we still need to embrace our own mental health. We need to realise it is not something to fix when broken, instead, it is something we should nurture when healthy.We should make care of our mental health a daily routine, part of our health check and something we talk about habitually to our family, friends and neighbours. “The world will be saved by western women” The Dalai Lama Lámha: LIFE AFFIRMING MENTAL HEALTH ACTION is the brainchild of two local mothers Linda Uí Ghallchóir (PHEW Coordinator and Mental Health Advocate) and Maria Coleman (Yoga Instructor ‘Comhcheol Arts and Wellness’).These ladies got together and decided it is time to build solid wellness foundations from the ‘bottom up’, within small communities.Their aim is to research the potential for community groups to positively advocate for mental wellness and to make training available to support mental-health awareness within grassroots initiatives.Lámha will also do workshops with children and adults aimed at building resilience and coping skills through yoga, art, mindfulness and music, as well as collaborate with established groups and charities working locally and nationally in the field of mental health.Lamha’s core mission is to ensure communities start building an open dialogue on positive mental health, and they believe Donegal, with its community focus, can become a county blazing a trail into a new dawn of individual and social wellness.Lámha plan wellness weekend for World Mental Health Week was last modified: October 4th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more