As a grateful user of Vermont’s health care system (UVM hip replacement last year), an observer of its growth (the house I grew up in in Morrisville was next to a pasture in which the current Copley Hospital was built in 1958), and a participant in its growth (I chaired Fletcher Allen in 2003), I value and care deeply about health care in Vermont. And, full disclosure, I’m an advocate for universal health care coverage and hope to see it in my lifetime. Having said all this, it may come as a surprise that I believe we need fewer hospitals in Vermont. Our human services institutions should be...
Gov. Phil Scott on Monday announced that Vermont’s hospitals may reopen for some elective procedures and non-essential visits, if they follow a long list of conditions. Hospitals had to cancel non-essential visits and elective surgeries on March 20 as part of Vermont’s efforts to reorient the healthcare system to focus on COVID-19 care. Hospitals can now restart “non-essential outpatient clinic visits, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgeries and procedures,” according to a statement from Scott’s office. Scott called Monday’s announcement the first phase of restarting Vermont health care...
One thing I’ve learned over the past few weeks is that we are able to endure a great deal more than we believe is possible. Life is not a benevolent tutor, handing down lessons one at a time in order of increasing difficulty; instead, life often feels like an opponent in a boxing match landing a punch in your ribs and then throwing a jab to your eye while you’re still catching your breath. The remarkable thing is how many of us remain in the ring. We may be hanging on the ropes, bruised and battered, but we don’t go down. This is why, when I found the mangled carcasses of two of our chickens...

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