Spe­cial Col­lab­o­ra­tion Nancy Goss New­port, VT

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Derby Green in Derby, Ver­mont, is a small, 23 bed nurs­ing home with a big, pos­i­tive rep­u­ta­tion that grows with ev­ery pass­ing year. And that rep­u­ta­tion re­cently grew again on May 17th when the Ver­mont Depart­ment of Dis­abil­i­ties, Ag­ing, and Independent Liv­ing (D.A.I.L) awarded the home with it eighth Qual­ity Award since the depart­ment first awarded the honor in 1999. No other nurs­ing home in the state has earned this pres­ti­gious award so many times.

“It is quite an honor to win this award for the last 5 years in a row and a to­tal of 8 times since the award has been given,” Lisa Bohlman said. “This award is not eas­ily achieved and it takes work to con­tinue to re­ceive it each year. We could not have won this award with­out the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment of each per­son in each depart­ment here at Derby Green.” Bohlman is the ad­min­is­tra­tor of the home which is lo­cated on Route 5 in Derby.

The re­cent honor was be­stowed upon Derby Green at the Gold Star Con­fer­ence held at the Quechee Club in Quechee. The award was given by Su­san Wehry, the com­mis­sioner of DAIL, and Fran Keeler, the di­rec­tor of the Divi­sion of Li­cens­ing and Pro­tec­tion. Bohlman and Paula Ducharme R.N., the di­rec­tor of di­rec­tor of nurs­ing ser­vices at Derby Green, ac­cepted the award. Then on Au­gust 25 Su­san Wehry and Fran Keeler trav­eled to the long- term care home in Derby to award them a check for $11,476.91 for their ded­i­ca­tion to pa­tient care.

Also at the con­fer­ence Derby Green, which em­ploys 29 work­ers, was hon­ored with the Gold Star Em­ployer Award. This pro­gram is im­ple­mented through DAIL and the Ver­mont Health Care As­so­ci­a­tion. To earn this honor, Derby Green proved it had im­ple­mented “best prac­tices” for re­ten­tion and re­cruit­ment of em­ploy­ees. Derby Green was awarded this honor ev­ery year be­tween 2005 and 2011.

I am so proud of my staff and the qual­ity care they give to each of our res­i­dents each day through­out the year,” Bohlman said. “Work­ing at a nurs­ing home is not for ev­ery­one, it takes some­one who gen­uinely cares for the res­i­dents. Congratulations Derby Green!!!

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