• $2.6 million in innovative health care grants awarded
     | April 03,2014

    RUTLAND — Eight organizations around the state will share $2.6 million in grants to implement innovative approaches to health care.

    Gov. Peter Shumlin announced the grant recipients Wednesday, including three collaboratives in Montpelier and one in St. Johnsbury.

    Shumlin said Vermont, one of only six states to be funded, has become the national leader in the effort at health care reform.

    Shumlin said the biggest obstacle health care reform faces is fear “and fear is pervasive.” But he said Vermont has the advantage of having some of the best practitioners in the country “who recognize, if we just stand still, if we freeze in time, our system is not sustainable.”

    The grant recipients announced Wednesday include the Vermont Medical Society Education and Research Foundation collaborative, Montpelier ($548,829); the Bi-State Primary Care collaborative, Montpelier and Bow, N.H. ($400,000); the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care collaborative, Montpelier ($350,000). and the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital collaborative, St. Johnsbury ($176,400).

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