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Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

I had the pleasure of meeting Sharon once when I was at respite house supporting a friend. I was sitting on the couch in my friend's room while she slept and this woman came in and sat next to me. She had the most calming and caring demeanor. I thought she was a volunteer just checking in to see if I was okay or needed anything, i was so surprised to find out she was the administrator. Everything about her was so impressive and I remember thinking how lucky the respite house was to have someone of her caliber overseeing the house. I hate to think of the respite house changing to more clinical care and less comfort care setting. We are going to lose so much. I always said if I could not die at home then the respite house is where I want to be. Now, I am not so sure.

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Posted by Judy A. Ashley on 06/22/2019 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

Who ever thought dying comfortably with dignity and respect would cost almost a grand a day? Keep sucking them dry UVMMC, we all know how much you love money to line the pockets of your fat cats that sit behind desks all day, drive fancy cars and get lavish bonuses to fund their cartibeanian vacs and stock portfolios.
Must. Be. Nice. Why dont we all just become healthcare exces? Oh right, because we have souls.

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Posted by Melissa Kohler on 06/22/2019 at 2:06 AM

Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

At UVM Medical, sadly it's all about the balance sheet and the bottom-line !

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Posted by Brooke Paige on 06/21/2019 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

I cant imagine the Respite House without Sharon! Her compassion and devotion to everyone she comes in contact with is a rare quality, her warmth and calming persona are the epitome of what it means to be at the Respite House. Its a shame what UVMMC is doing. But that seems to be their MO, lets go in and mess up a good thing. It isnt always a numbers game, sometimes you need to step back and realize your dealing with real human beings that need what the Respite House and Sharon have offered to many patients and their families for years! Maybe if you cut back on your bonuses or donated some it back there wouldnt be a shortfall. Shame on are losing one of your greatest assets.

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Posted by Angela Mac on 06/20/2019 at 8:33 PM

Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

Like Oleander and Mary Post I'm not buying it! Sharon is far more important to her job than the Hospital CEO's ... it is far more personal -- and it takes a huge heart and love to do it correctly.
Helen Marquiss Respite House Volunteer

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Posted by Helen Marquiss on 06/20/2019 at 3:42 PM

Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

It seems to me that saving Sharon's job while also reducing costs is as simple as those seven six-figure execs taking a pay cut and forgoing their bonuses. When you're already making more than $270K, is that extra $20K necessary? Something tells me that Judy and her highly compensated peers could quite comfortably survive any personal "hardship" posed by earning, say, "just" $250K per year. Multiply that $20K by seven and you've just saved Sharon's job AND $40K (plus whatever you would gain through foregone bonuses).

The justifications that UVMMC leadership and other high-paid executives offer for cost-cutting measures that don't personally affect them are ridiculous. Like Mary Post, I'm not buying it. Good for her and all of the other volunteers who have resigned.

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Posted by Oleander on 06/20/2019 at 1:22 PM

Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

Now look at them yo-yo's, that's the way you do it
Executive Officer at the UVMMC
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and your chicks for free

Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Lemme tell ya, them guys ain't dumb
Maybe get a blister on your little finger
Maybe get a blister on your thumb

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Posted by Tim_with_a_T on 06/20/2019 at 12:15 PM

Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

"You can't take it with you" motto for US corporate healthcare.

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Posted by Tim_with_a_T on 06/20/2019 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

Reading this article made my blood pressure go up! So the hospital says they need to cut costs for people Working at Respite house?? Why is that?? Oh, I suppose so that the hospital can give their own CEO's more of a bonus than they already get? This is totally uncalled for!!

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Posted by on 06/20/2019 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

As any business person knows, things like this are not personal. Home Health & Hospice is not doing this to Sharon. As noted in the article, ten positions were eliminated in an effort to help the budget. As a current employee, I feel comfortable with the decisions and would have understood even if it meant my job. I am invested in the continuation of our organization - of which a large part is Respite House. While Sharon will be missed, it takes a village to run Respite House, including all of our current staff, LNAs, Nurses and volunteers. Everyone who works and volunteers at Respite House also has wonderful qualities, and treats family and patients with immense dignity and respect. Respite House is not one person, and we are fortunate to have had Sharon for the time that we did.

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Posted by LisaB on 06/20/2019 at 10:43 AM

Re: “Volunteers Fear Respite House Is Trading Hominess for Solvency

Completely disgusting what they are doing to Sharon. She has always been a perfect fit for the job. Such a gentle calming and truly loving suportive personality can't be beat. Her way of putting potential and active resident's and families at ease is unremarkable. She has the same qualities towards the staff, volunteers and anyone she comes in contact with. Such a shame. And shame on you...whomever you are that is making this terrible mistake. I have no doubt that Sharon will keep her head high and be just fine. I can't say the same for Respite House, residents, families, staff and volunteers.
Jean Fay, R.N. (former UVMMC nurse & Respite House nurse.

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Posted by Jean Fay on 06/19/2019 at 9:14 PM

Re: “Patients Turn to Cannabis as an 'Exit Drug' From Chronic Opioid Use and Addiction

The idea that marijuana can be a "exit drug" from opiates unfortunately seems at odds with Mr. Whites well founded belief that " the population addicted to opioids tend to be very heavy cannabis users who consume it in compulsive ways." Perhaps cannabinoids are effective for pain therapy to minimize opiate usage for non-addicts but not as an exit drug for addicts .

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Posted by Rich ard on 05/17/2019 at 1:26 PM

Re: “Dr. Yes: Vermont's Addiction Expert, John Brooklyn, Is in Demand

I need urgent help I live in Florida and M a conic pain sufferer due to orthoarthritis and now spinal stenosis I've had hip replacements knee replacements and the screws in my shoulders holding it together barely I've been taken off of opiates for a year and a half now and can barely move I've lost over 100lbs. The doctors here in Florida are scared to death to prescribe opiates to patients so I'm left with absolutely no pain management and turned to this website actually he's seeking assisted suicide help because life is not worth living when the pain is so overwhelming you cry taking the first step in the morning I fear for tomorrow because I don't know if I'll be able to manage the pain it's nauseating makes you throw up and it makes you angry and mean to the people around you it's not how I want them to remember me like that!! If anyone can help me please let me know my email address is I greatly appreciate any help.

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Posted by hoperita on 04/25/2019 at 1:22 AM

Re: “Opiates, Love and Loss: A Vermont Woman's Obituary Strikes a Global Chord

People are just ignorant and have no compassion for others you know we call animals in the wild beasts and we're supposed to be human or humane you're not either of those things if you ask me where the beasts I was an addict 4/5 years a junkie whatever you want to call me and I've been clean now 4 / 2 and it took everything I had in me to get clean and stay clean I still fight everyday it's a battle that I'll fight for the rest of my life pray that you and your family get the answers that you're looking for I'm sorry that the world didn't rally around her to help get her clean instead looks down on her and didn't lift her up but in her death everyone wants to Rally and sometimes it takes that I guess it's sad I wish your family peace and I pray for her to have mercy given to her and may God's light shine upon her for eternity may God show her the compassion that this world did not and I have mercy on us all. I don't believe that her family is blaming anyone you're not blaming anyone for her addiction they're blaming the police department and the people involved 4 neglecting her for ignoring her request for water and medical attention I don't care what she was arrested for it does not mean that you stop being Humane to people it does not mean that you have the right to play God with people's lives when they ask for medical attention and when someone tells you their chest hurts you get that medical attention right away you do not wait but they seen her as a complaining addict instead of injured person a wounded human it's truely sad and hurts my soul to know did this is what the world and the people in it have come to

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Posted by Dale ann on 01/16/2019 at 10:49 AM

Re: “Labor of Love: UVM Launches Volunteer Doula Program

What a wonderful new program! My first child was born after 20 hours of hard labor but I was fortunate to have the support of my partner as well as my mother. I can't imagine going through that experience without a caring person by my side, which is why I am so happy to hear that these volunteers will be available to women who may not otherwise have had support. I'd love to see this idea spread. Take note DHMC!

Posted by koconnor on 01/07/2019 at 10:21 AM

Re: “Hundreds of Vermont Prisoners Get Addiction Meds, but Challenges Remain

Oh boo hoo . My heart breaks when inmates complain that getting their junk in prison is demeaning . They should refuse to take it as a protest .

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Posted by Rich ard on 12/20/2018 at 9:29 PM

Re: “Hundreds of Vermont Prisoners Get Addiction Meds, but Challenges Remain

Enough. I don't care if they get their addiction medicine. It costs the working people money. It makes them more comfortable right? Aren't they criminals? Didn't they break into your home when you weren't there, or worse? Screw them and any program that caters to scumbags who don't pull their own weight. Prison should suck, like really suck. The % of repeat offenders tells me that it isn't unpleasant enough. If it were, they wouldn't come back. We can call it a sickness if you want but make it suck bad enough and it will stop for most. Some will never learn and that's ok too.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Lucas on 12/20/2018 at 4:05 PM

Re: “Hundreds of Vermont Prisoners Get Addiction Meds, but Challenges Remain

The part about wearing the sweatshirts is not true as far as pockets go. The DOC banned prison uniforms with pockets a long time ago. Also there is a guard standing right there making sure you swallow the medication and check your mouth after. Unless of course the guards are corrupt

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Posted by Gi Grape on 12/19/2018 at 5:09 PM

Re: “The Strength Within: Kelly Breeyear Helps Fellow Moms Fight Addiction

A long article about the trials and failures of "opioid use disorder" mothers and what's best for them. Very little on what's best for their children except an implicit belief that what's good for mom is good for them . Sometimes perhaps. I understand this sounds cold but frankly I'm much more concerned with the outcomes of these kids then that of their parents . Actually this article doesn't seem too concerned with the fathers .

6 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Rich ard on 12/15/2018 at 12:39 PM

Re: “Opiates, Love and Loss: A Vermont Woman's Obituary Strikes a Global Chord

What a beautiful way to say thing I don't understand is how anyone could give a thumbs down to any of this. I had to point it out cause I just don't understand how ppl think. No matter how you write it ppl still have negative thoughts and I'd truly love to hear why they put thumbs down. Guarentee they'd be to much of a coward to even explain....

19 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Cheri Jordan on 10/27/2018 at 2:11 PM

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