Rep. Peter Welch announced a $166,000 federal grant for the Robert Miller Community and Recreation Center Monday at a Burlington press conference with Mayor Bob Kiss.The grant secured by Welch will support Burlington s transformation of the Gosse Court Armory into a multi-use community center with a gym, a community room, a teen center and other public space. The $1.2 million project also received funding from the City of Burlington, private donors and developer Robert Miller.Managed by the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department, the Center coordinates programs and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. Since its opening in January, the Miller Center has attracted roughly 6,600 visits by residents each month. The creation of the Miller Center was in every way a community effort. Since 2005, the people of Burlington, city officials, private donors and Bobby Miller himself have teamed up to turn this dream into a reality, Welch said. I am pleased to make this community resource available for North End residents and others to enjoy for years to come.Welch was joined at the announcement by Mayor Kiss, Parks and Recreation Director Wayne Goss and Parks Commission member John Ewing. The transformation of the Gosse Court Armory into a community center is a significant event for Burlington s North End and the city as a whole, said Mayor Kiss. Congressman Welch s persistent support for this project and his securing of federal funding for its completion have been very important to the project s success. On behalf of the city and people of Burlington, I d like to thank the Congressman for all his efforts to make this project a reality.
Virginia L Hood, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., F.R.A.C.P., F.A.C.P., professor of medicine at the University of Vermont, has been elected 2011-2012 president of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the nation’s largest medical specialty organization. UVM medical alumnus David Bronson, M.D.’73, F.A.C.P., president of Cleveland Clinic Regional Hospitals, has been named president-elect. Their terms began during Internal Medicine 2011, ACP’s annual scientific meeting, held April 7 to 9, 2011 in San Diego, Calif.Hood has been a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) — an honorary designation that recognizes ongoing individual service and contributions to the practice of medicine — since 1991. She served as ACP governor for the Vermont chapter from 1991 to 1994 and in 2003, was named a laureate of the Vermont chapter. These awards honor local fellows or masters of ACP who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to excellence in medical care, education or research, or who have provided service to their community, chapter and ACP.Hood was elected to the ACP Board of Regents in 2005 and re-elected in 2008. She served as the 2008-2010 chair of the ACP Ethics, Professionalism and Human Rights Committee. Hood has also served as chair of the ACP International Subcommittee, now the International Council, and the Awards Committee. She served as a member of the Scientific Program Committee and is an ex-officio member of the ACP Membership Committee.Board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, Hood earned a medical degree from the University of Sydney and completed a residency at Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Australia. She completed two years of fellowship training in nephrology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and her third year of fellowship training at the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont (now Fletcher Allen Health Care). In 1993, she received a master’s degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.A resident of Burlington, Hood is an attending physician and chair of the Residents’ Research and Scholarly Activity Committee at Fletcher Allen Health Care. She is also a consulting physician for Central Vermont Medical Center. In addition to her involvement with ACP, Hood has served in an advisory capacity to the State of Vermont’s health care programs as a member of the Drug Utilization Review Board in the Office of Vermont Health Care Access (Medicaid). She also served as a member of the Diabetes Surveillance Committee, Healthy Vermonters 2010 Heart Disease Workgroup and Ladies First Program for the Vermont Department of Health. Hood contributed to developing and updating the guidelines for Management of Diabetes for the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care.Bronson, who leads Cleveland Clinic’s nine community hospitals in northeast Ohio, is a member of the Board of Regents of the ACP. A professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, he has served on Cleveland Clinic’s Board of Governors, Board of Trustees and the Executive Management Team. Bronson is a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Joint Commission and is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Group Association. He joined Cleveland Clinic in 1992 and led the Clinic’s multi-site regional practices, including operations in Canada, from 1995 to 2008. After receiving his medical degree from UVM, Bronson completed residencies in internal medicine at the University of Wisconsin and the former Medical Center Hospital of Vermont, where he was chief resident.The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. ACP members include 130,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internists specialize in the prevention, detection, and treatment of illness in adults.###
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