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first_imgThe Vermont Council for Quality is pleased to announce that the VA Medical& Regional Office Center (VAM & ROC) in White River Junction is therecipient of the 2003 Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence.Governor James Douglas will honor the VA at the Vermont Council forQuality Annual Recognition and Award Ceremony hosted by NorwichUniversity, February 18, 2004.The Governor’s Award for PerformanceExcellence recognizes organizations in Vermont that successfully achieveperformance excellence within their management and operation. Awardrecipients undergo a series of in-depth assessments and evaluations byVermont Examiners that analyze productivity and organizationalperformance.”The Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence is the highest honor anorganization can receive for its organizational performance,” saidGovernor Douglas. “During these challenging fiscal times, it is refreshingto honor a health care organization for taking strides to improvemanagement and operational effectiveness while working toward the commongoal of ensuring Vermont maintains the health of its veterans and theirfamilies.””The entire workforce at our main campus in White River Junction and atour VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics in Bennington, Colchester,Littleton, NH and Rutland, deserves credit for this wonderfulrecognition,” said Gary DeGasta, Director of the VAM & ROC. “Theirdedication and commitment to continually improve quality of the healthcareand services we provide to Vermont and New Hampshire veterans areevidenced in the recognition this prestigious award bestows. TheGovernor’s Award is the hallmark of the White River Junction VA’s qualityimprovement journey. With the continued involvement and support of ourworkforce and our key customers and stakeholders, we remain committed toimprove our systems and processes and to better serve America’s Heroes -our deserving veterans.”The VA Medical & Regional Office Center, White River Junction wasestablished in 1937. The Medical Center is a 60-bed teaching hospitalaffiliated with the Dartmouth Medical School and the University of VermontCollege of Medicine as well as numerous other nursing and allied healthprograms. It provides primary and specialty acute care services to nearly22,000 Vermont and New Hampshire veterans. The Regional Office administersover $79 million in compensation & pension benefits/service annually toapproximately 9,200 beneficiaries.The White River Junction VAM & ROC has demonstrated a long-term commitmentto achieving performance excellence in all aspects of the organization.Through quality-minded leadership, a culture of continuous improvement,and dedicated staff, who maintain a strong focus on patient satisfaction,the Center has achieved role model practices and results in the keycategories of the Performance Excellence Criteria, based on the NationalMalcolm Baldrige Quality Award.Founded in 1996, the Vermont Council for Quality is a non-profit thathelps Vermont organizations improve performance and competitiveness. VCQ’sproducts and services include a comprehensive organizational assessmentthat identifies strengths and improvement opportunities and serves as thefoundation for the Vermont Council for Quality Award process. In addition,VCQ provides continuous improvement education and training, and brokersimprovement-related resources, information, knowledge, and best practiceswithin and between Vermont organizations.last_img read more


first_imgManchester, Vermont October 1, 2007 Paul T. Carroccio, President and CEO of TPW Management, recently joined the skilled group of community association managers who have earned the Association Management Specialist (AMS) designation from Community Associations Institute (CAI). Carroccio is one of more than 2,500 managers nationwide who have earned this level of professional recognition in the community association field.The President and CEO of TPW Management, Inc., Carroccio now joins Paul W. Carroccio, Vice President and COO, and Dan Riley, TPW Southern Vermont Portfolio Manager, in obtaining the AMS designation. TPW Management also has 8 employees with the Certified Manager of Community Associations (CMCA) designation. The company manages over 20 community associations statewide, with offices in Burlington, Manchester, Stratton, Okemo and Killington.CAI is a national organization dedicated to fostering vibrant, responsive, competent community associations. Some 50 million Americans live in the nations estimated 250,000 association-governed communities.To earn the AMS designation, managers must have at least two years of experience in community association management and complete advanced course work. In addition, they must have already earned the basic industry certification for managers the CMCA credential.Professional managers provide administrative, operational and managerial counsel to community association boards. They typically are responsible for managing budgets and contractors, directing association personnel and overseeing compliance with association covenants and restrictions.CAI and its 55 state, regional and local chapters work on behalf of the professionals and volunteers engaged in the management and governance of homeowner and condominium associations, cooperatives and other planned communities. CAIs 16,000 members include community association volunteer leaders, managers, management companies and businesses that provide products and services to these communities.More information is available at http://www.caionline.org(link is external) and at http://www.tpwmanagement.com(link is external).last_img read more


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Marquise BrahamThe family of a Queens teenager who they say committed suicide two weeks ago in Uniondale over hazing rituals at his Pennsylvania university fraternity hopes his story serves as a wake-up call.Marquise Braham, an 18-year-old freshman at Penn State Altoona, had jumped to his death from the roof of the Long Island Marriot the night of Friday, March 14. His family, who are holding services on LI for the Rosedale teen starting Thursday, suspects that his suicide stemmed from pledging with Phi Sigma Kappa.“It’s what happened in Altoona that sent him off the roof of the Marriott in New York,” the teen’s father, Rich Braham, told Altoona Mirror, the local newspaper covering the western Keystone State college town. “It’s clear he didn’t want to go back there.”The family has given the teen’s cell phone and laptop computer to Nassau County police, who are turning the evidence over to Logan township police, authorities said. The university and national chapter of the fraternity have both reportedly suspended the local chapter, meaning it can’t take on new pledges pending completion of the probes.“We’re hearing rumors, but at this point that’s what they are to us until we can prove them,” Ron Heller, chief of Logan township police, told the Press. “We’re looking at a whole gambit of things.”Heller said that aside from possible violations of Pennsylvania anti-hazing law, if there’s evidence that Braham killed himself out of duress from his alleged involvement in hazing, then charges could be filed under the state’s assisted suicide law, too. He noted that his investigators have interviewed two people so far, but the teen’s frat brothers have hired attorneys.Braham, who had graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School—a block from the hotel where he took his life—was home on spring break at the time of his death.Mike Paul, the family spokesman, said that Braham had become part of the Altoona frat’s leadership as the chapter’s secretary while in his second semester, which he noted is rare.“The Braham family has two goals: to find out and share the whole truth…as to what caused their son to take his own life, and to allow fellow parents and students at Penn State and nationwide to learn the truth about what is happening within fraternities,” said Paul, who also had a message for the teen’s frat-mates.“If you can go to sleep at night and say, ‘the fraternity and hazing had absolutely nothing to do with this,’ you go ahead and do that,” Paul said. “But if you’re up at night…it will eat you up the rest of your life. This is not a short-term thing….tell the truth to law enforcement, the truth will set you free.”Wake services for Braham are scheduled for 2-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Park Funeral Chapel, 2175 Jericho Tpke. in Garden City Park. His funeral is slated for 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of the Snows, 258-15 80th Ave. in Floral Park.The family requests donations be made in his memory to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention here.last_img read more