petition drive has started in Rutland to save the local hospital’s inpatient rehabilitation
hospital officials say they have no choice. They’re grappling with a $7 million budget shortfall, and closing the rehab unit will save $3.5 million.
Rutland Regional Medical Center will likely have to close its inpatient
rehabilitation unit. With Medicare reimbursements declining,
hospital officials say the service has become too costly to continue and
patients can get the care elsewhere.
concern over a potential swine flu pandemic growing, hospitals across the
country are gearing up, by fine tuning their emergency response plans. While no cases have been reported in Vermont, swine flu has been identified in nearby Maine, Massachusetts and New
Nina Keck spoke with hospital officials in Rutland and filed this report.
The future of the
antiquated Vermont State Hospital is among the decisions facing lawmakers this year as
they address a capital projects bill that will have ramifications for the
handling of the mentally ill.
The Vermont Senate has approved legislation that’s aimed at slowing down
the state’s corrections budget; A new wing may be built at Rutland
Regional Medical Center to house an expanded psychiatric program; The
commander of the Vermont National Guard says the force is expecting a
"large-scale deployment" to the Middle East within the next two years;
Protesters mark the fifth anniversary of the War in Iraq; and commentator Jay Parini on this war anniversary.
new wing may be built at Rutland Regional Medical Center to house an expanded psychiatric program.
VPR’s Ross Sneyd reports, the plan is part of a larger effort to replace the Vermont State Hospital in Waterbury.
Rutland Regional Medical Center is under close scrutiny for purchasing a
state-of-the-art CT scanner. Hospitals
are required to show they need expensive technology, and the state says Rutland should have asked for approval.
John Dillon has more.