Governor Presents Award to Menig

Front Page / Jul. 22, 2010 1:28pm EDT

On Wednesday, July 14, Gov. James Douglas, Brendan Hogan, acting Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) commissioner; and Vermont Health Care Association Executive Director Laura Pelosi were at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph to present Menig with its sixth consecutive Nursing Home Quality Award from DAIL and Gold Star Employer Award from DAIL and the Vermont Health Care Association.

Gov. Douglas called achieving the awards for six years in a row a great feat and great news for Vermonters.

“We’re the state with the second oldest population in America now and that means we have to have quality options as the years go by,” the governor said. “High quality care is going to be increasingly important because of the demographics of Vermont.”

The governor further praised Menig for earning an Excellence in Action award from national resident (really residents’ families) satisfaction survey company My InnerView.

“That’s something that you should be particularly proud of as well,” Gov. Douglas said.

Menig has won that award two years in a row and has also achieved the maximum five stars on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Nursing Home Compare Web site,

Pelosi noted that achieving the prestigious Quality Award would not be possible without first earning the Gold Star Employer Award, which Menig has now received since the award’s inception six years ago.

The Quality Award is granted based on results of health and life safety surveys, cost effecttiveness, a lack of substantiated complaints and resident satisfaction survey results. The honor was accompanied by a $12,350.91 state financial award to further improve residents’ quality of life.

The Gold Star Employer award is based on nursing homes’ efforts to use best practices to recruit and retain staff.

Menig Director of Nursing Cindy Richardson extended her thanks to the support staff, including the hospital’s housekeeping, maintenance and kitchen staffs, and the many volunteers who give of their time at Menig.

Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Woodin said Gifford is known for a few things, like its birthing center and cuisine. Menig also tops the list. “We really do appreciate the Menig unit,” he said. “It’s one of the shining examples of this hospital.”

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