Gifford Healthcare,Vermont Business Magazine Gifford will work with Wiemann Lamphere Architects as they move into the second stage of building independent living apartments at the new Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community in Randolph Center, Vermont. The Colchester, Vermont design firm will build on Gifford’s original design concept to create a vibrant neighborhood for the 25-acre campus, which includes the new Menig Nursing home and planned future assisted living.“Wiemann Lamphere has worked on many housing projects and brings specific expertise in designing for seniors in independent living facilities,” said Gifford’s Vice President of Operations and Surgical Services Rebecca O’Berry. “They are an energetic and enthusiastic team who approached our project with creative ideas on how to encourage community interaction while incorporating nature and energy conservation into the design.”Caption: (l to r) Gifford Retirement Community Executive Director Linda Minsinger, VP of Operations and Surgical Services Rebecca O’Berry, and Facilities Director Doug PfohlThe three-story, 49-apartment building will use internal common spaces (including a proposed dining room, library, fitness area, lounges, and sunroom) to encourage community interaction, and external gathering spots (a proposed campus green, orchard, gardens, and extensive nature trails) to strengthen the neighborhood feel of the campus. Ground breaking for the independent living apartments is anticipated in the spring of 2016, with an anticipated move-in date in late spring 2017.“We are pleased to be working with Gifford to develop much needed senior housing opportunities in central Vermont and look forward to making the most of the wonderful views on the site,” said Weimann Lamphere President David P. Roy. “We have a passion for sustainability, and a drive to create healthy, invigorating spaces for people to live their lives to the fullest.Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, and Rochester and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department; inpatient and rehabilitation units; many surgical services; accredited cancer program; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to the traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The cancer program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. Source: Gifford. To learn more about the Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community visit www.giffordmed.org/IndependentLiving(link is external). The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.
A long-term analysis published in The Lancet shows that the world has made overall progress in the fight against HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and malaria since governments embraced a related development goal in 2000, although malaria deaths may be higher than recent estimates.Christopher Murray, MD, DPhil, of the University of Washington, and a large international team of researchers conducted a “comprehensive and rigorous” analysis of available data on HIV, malaria, and TB for 188 countries between 1990 and 2013, according to a Lancet press release. They used data from all available sources, including vital registration systems and verbal autopsy data.Governments took on the global challenge of combating the three diseases when they adopted Millennium Development Goal 6 in 2000.Malaria, TB advancesRegarding malaria, the team found that new cases and deaths have declined steadily since 2004 as funding has increased. Global annual incidence peaked in 2003 at 232 million cases and fell by about 29% to 165 million cases in 2013.Malaria deaths peaked at about 1.2 million in 2004 and dropped to 855,000 in 2013, but this was somewhat higher than the World Health Organization’s estimate of 627,000 for that year, the release said.Concerning TB, global prevalence has trended downward, but the number of people living with the disease increased from 8.5 million in 1990 to 12 million in 2013. Annual deaths have dropped from 1.6 million in 2000 to 1.4 million last year. “Overall progress for TB is promising,” the statement says.Declining HIV incidenceAs for HIV, the number of people living with the virus has risen steadily to about 29 million in 2012. Global HIV incidence has declined substantially each year since it peaked in 1997 at 2.8 million cases, but 1.8 million people are still getting infected annually. Countries that still have rising HIV incidence number 101, of which 74 are developing, the release says.HIV deaths peaked at 1.7 million in 2005 and have declined each year since, reaching 1.3 million last year. And in the decade that began in 2002, new infections in children were reduced 62%.”We have seen a huge increase in both funding and the policy attention given to HIV/AIDS, malaria, and TB over the past 13 years, and our findings show that a focus on these specific diseases has had a real impact,” Murray said. “However, much remains to be done and all three diseases continue to be major health challenges in 2013.”See also:Jul 22 Lancet abstractJul 21 Lancet press release
Atlas was responsible for all of the shipments that arrived in Israel by air and sea, including discharging the cargo from chartered vessels, intermediate storage, unstuffing of containers, road transport to the site and the placement of the equipment onto foundations.The project, which started in March 2017, consisted of numerous OOG units, such as generators, transformers, steam turbines and gas turbines, ranging from 40 tons (36.3 tonnes) to 150 tons (136 tonnes) in weight. As part of the project, a 100-ton (90.7-tonne) gas turbine was transported from France to Israel onboard an Antonov AN-124, and was delivered to the Hadera site and positioned on foundations in December 2017.The long and complex project required advanced, extensive route and site surveys and coordination with the air and ocean carriers, ports and terminals, crane operators, stevedores, surveyors and engineers, said Atlas.Atlas Logistics is a member of the WCA Projects network in Israel. www.atlaslogistics.co.ilwww.wcaprojects.com