Entire Staff of Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center Honored as August 2020 Employees of the Month

Mt. Ascutney Hospital aerial view

I am proud to say that all of my colleagues stepped up to the challenge, and they did it together, working side by side with stamina, flexibility and ingenuity.

Dr. Joseph Perras, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) has announced that its entire staff of employees at all locations have been named as Employees of the Month for August 2020. The monthly award recognizes employees who have demonstrated sustained service excellence in their respective departments and have displayed compassion, a caring approach, and continuous hard work within their community.

According to Dr. Joseph Perras, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer, the staff at all locations earned the award together, a first, thanks to their teamwork and dedication to patient safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The arrival of the novel coronavirus was a tremendous stress to our entire organization and to our communities,” he explained. “I am proud to say that all of my colleagues stepped up to the challenge, and they did it together, working side by side with stamina, flexibility and ingenuity.”

Dr. Perras added, “From the medical staff to the support staff, our teams responded to the crisis cohesively, in some cases reinventing what they do while always maintaining high standards of safety and quality. Thanks to their success in supporting one another and our patients, as well as our area’s success in suppressing COVID-19, we have been able to once again expand access to many programs and services that we had temporarily curtailed. Providers, nurses, housekeepers, cooks, technologists, therapists, and others all know how important local health care is to the communities we serve. And they show it every day. Congratulations to all, for their cooperation and sustained excellence in adapting to whatever comes their way.”

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center currently employs more than 480 people in full- and part-time positions in Windsor, the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock and Mt. Ascutney Hospital Ophthalmology in Hanover, NH.

About Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Founded in 1933, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is a not-for-profit community hospital network in Vermont including the critical access-designated Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Historic Homes of Runnemede, a senior residential care campus, in Windsor, as well as the Ottauquechee Health Center in Woodstock. A member of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health system, MAHHC provides primary care and a comprehensive suite of specialty services, along with 25 inpatient beds, a therapeutic pool and an acclaimed, fully modernized 10-bed Acute Rehabilitation Center. Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is dedicated to improving the lives of those it serves and is at the hub of a wide network of community resources that have partnered to cover gaps in services, and improve overall population health. One of the largest employers in the area, MAHHC acknowledges its employees as its greatest asset and has been recognized by the Governor’s Office with an Excellence in Worksite Wellness award.

Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), is a recent recipient of Best Practice recognition by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for health care quality, and is recognized by the American Hospital Association (AHA) as one of the “Most Wired” hospitals for integration of technology to boost clinical performance. The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded MAHHC with Level 3 status, the highest level of medical home designation.