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Governor Phil Scott Appoints Lisa Menard Commissioner, Department of Corrections
April 6, 2017 - Governor Phil Scott filled another extended cabinet position in his administration on Thursday, with the appointment of Lisa Menard as Commissioner of the Department of Corrections (DOC). Menard had been serving as Acting Commissioner of the department since Governor Scott took office in January. As Commissioner, Menard leads a team of 1,047 corrections professionals that operate the state’s correctional system.
State receives results to air quality testing in leased St. Johnsbury office buildings
April 4, 2017 - State officials briefed staff from the Agency of Human Services this afternoon on results of indoor air quality tests conducted this past Friday in the Agency’s leased office buildings in St. Johnsbury. Agency of Human Services staff in St. Johnsbury offices were relocated last Thursday from their work buildings on 67-72 Eastern Avenue after state officials received notice of a potential risk to exposure to three harmful contaminants discovered at elevated levels in the buildings’ foundation.
FAQ: Indoor Air Quality Testing Results for St. Johnsbury AHS Offices (Updated April 4, 2017)
April 4, 2017 - A preliminary soil investigation under the St. Johnsbury AHS Offices, conducted as part of a real estate transaction, identified the presence of several chemicals of potential concern. There was concern over the presence of these chemicals in the soil because we know when they are present in the soil they often enter buildings through a process called “vapor intrusion”, meaning they leak slowly through the buildings’ foundation into office or residential spaces above. As a result, the property owner’s consultant tested indoor air quality for three contaminants: perchloroethene (PCE), trichloroethene (TCE), and chloroform.
Vermont Health Care System Earns Top Ranking
March 17, 2017 - Vermont’s health care system has been ranked first in the US by the Commonwealth Fund. The ranking appears in the 2017 edition of the Fund’s Aiming Higher: Results from the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard on State Health System Performance. Designed as a scorecard, the report looks “to compare and evaluate trends in health care access, quality, avoidable hospital use and costs, health outcomes, and health system equity across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”