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Bristol school initiates free breakfast program

Posted on April 12, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories that look at how the numbers of local families accessing food assistance programs have changed in the past decade.

BRISTOL — For the first time, more than half the students at Bristol Elementary School meet the low-income guidelines for free and reduce-priced meals. In an attempt to stave off child hunger and rein in school finances, Bristol is offering free breakfasts to all of its students.

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New hires expected to relieve shortage of doctors in county

Posted on April 9, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center is in the process of introducing seven new family practice physicians and a new Advanced Practice Registered Nurse to its roster, a move that will soon relieve some of the demand from new patients who must currently look for such services outside of Addison County.

Every Porter primary care practice in Addison County is closed to new patients, as are the two doctors’ practices that don’t fall under the Porter Medical Center practice umbrella: Mountain Health in Bristol and Middlebury Family Health.

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Beware of more ticks this summer

Posted on April 2, 2012 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Like many Addison County residents, Peter Grant thought he would take advantage of the recent mid-March, warm-weather spell by taking a walk behind his Bristol property off Route 116.

But roughly 600 feet down a rustic trail, Grant discovered he was taking along some unwanted guests.

“I saw some little black spots on my pants, and they were moving,” Grant said.

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Weight-loss business aims for next level

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury weight-loss business Vtrim has widened its net and is lining up clients in the national health care, military and education sectors.

Vtrim was originally developed through the University of Vermont’s division of continuing education. Vtrim bills itself as a gimmick-free, research-based program that dispenses individualized weight-loss information to participants through classes and on-line counseling from trained facilitators.

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State could fund three new health centers, including one in Bristol

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — An organization looking to start a clinic in Bristol and two other Vermont health care organizations that were not granted aid to create Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) last year might get an injection of funds from an unexpected donor — a health insurance company that violated state law.

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Porter chief wins national honor

Posted on March 5, 2012 |
By Addy Indy Staff



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MIDDLEBURY — The American Hospital Association (AHA) has recognized Porter Medical Center President James L. Daily with its 2012 Grassroots Champion Award.

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Mental health system faces major overhaul

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — The restructuring of the state’s mental health system post-Irene was the hot topic at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Bristol, a timely discussion that gave lawmakers some food for thought as they weigh options on how to replace the Vermont State Hospital.

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Bristol Works adds a physicians' practice, more growth on the way

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — The ongoing revitalization of Bristol’s industrial park took a big leap forward this week with confirmation that the campus will soon welcome a substantial local physicians’ practice and a new pharmacy.

Porter Medical Center officials on Monday reported that Bristol Internal Medicine (BIM), now located at 6 Park Place, will relocate this summer to a soon-to-be-renovated, 7,680-square-foot vacancy in the Bristol Works complex at the corner of Munsill Avenue and Pine Street.

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Dental center boosters eye Bristol clinic space

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — The planned move of the Bristol Internal Medicine doctors’ offices to the Bristol Works campus this summer could pave the way for a dentist to move into Bristol. The venue would be Bristol Internal Medicine’s soon-to-be vacated space at 6 Park Place, which at one point in its history hosted a dentist.

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