Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center (MAHHC) is celebrating the accomplishments and resilience of its employees in March with “It’s Rally Time,” a robust schedule of wellness activities, food, games, and more for the MAHHC staff. Part of the Hospital’s Wellness Matters at MAHHC program, the event kicks off on Thursday, March 3rd, on the eve of Employee Appreciation Day across the United States.
Throughout March, Hospital employees will get to participate in special activities including exercise classes, massage therapy, walking groups, and stress-reducing games and relaxation activities.
MAHHC CEO and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Joseph Perras says the event is one way that the Hospital is expressing its’ gratitude to staff members who have demonstrated their commitment to local health care throughout the COVID pandemic. “For two years and counting, Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center employees have rallied for our communities, going above and beyond their normal responsibilities in order to ensure that the towns and people we serve are as safe and well cared for as possible, so this month we’re rallying for them,” said Dr. Perras.
Hospital Human Resources Director Victoria Mesropian added, “Our employees have taken on extra duties and often additional hours in the face of changing guidance and ongoing stress. Through it all they’ve been unflagging in their dedication to providing high quality care with compassion.”
Dr. Perras explained, “If you see a Hospital staff member coloring a mural or out back toasting a s’more over a bonfire during March, please know that this is our way of caring for them as they care for you.”
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.