Vermont Medical Society announces 2020 Leadership Awards

first_imgVMS Honors those who have demonstrated Outstanding Service to Health Care and Community Vermont Business Magazine The Vermont Medical Society (VMS) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of its prestigious Leadership Awards. The VMS invites you to join us in honoring five individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the health and well-being of Vermonters and the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.Mark Levine, M.D., of Essex Jct.,VT and Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health, has been selected as the Vermont Medical Society’s Distinguished Service Award winner for 2020. The Distinguished Service Award is the highest award VMS can bestow upon one of its members and is given on the basis of meritorious service in the science and art of medicine and for outstanding contributions to the medical profession, its organizations, and the welfare of the publicVMS Council-member, Dick Butsch, M.D., said about Dr. Levine, “In a few short months he has undoubtedly saved so many lives and preserved the health of so many people…Most importantly he has established Vermont as the single healthiest State in our country in terms of the SARS-CoV2 Pandemic.”Dr. Levine was nominated for his tireless work mitigating the impact of the COVID pandemic on all Vermonters and his effectiveness at keeping the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in Vermont at some of the lowest in the country. During the pandemic, he has not only spent countless hours obtaining the latest, evidence-based information regarding COVID, but has also consistently and calmly communicated this information and sound public health guidance, to clinicians and all Vermonters. His cogent presentations to both the leaders and the citizens of the state has seen to it that Vermont has been guided through this unprecedented medical event by adhering to the best guidelines that science and clinical expertise can provide. Dr. Levine’s nominators state that he is a thoughtful and calm leader with the highest level of professionalism and evidence-based practice.VMS President Catherine Schneider, M.D., says, “Dr. Levine, you have presented yourself, and hence our profession, to the citizens of Vermont as knowledgeable, competent and compassionate. By exercising the best tenets of our profession in this time of crisis, you have elevated us all. For these reasons you have been chosen to receive this award.”Dr. Levine was named the Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health in March of 2017. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Levine was a professor of medicine at the University of Vermont, associate dean for graduate medical education, and designated institutional official at the College of Medicine and UVM Medical Center. He received his B.A. in biology from the University of Connecticut and M.D. from the University of Rochester. He completed his internal medicine residency and chief resident year at the University of Vermont, and a fellowship in general internal medicine at the University of North Carolina.Jessie Leyse, M.D., practicing in Berlin, VT, has been selected to receive the Vermont Medical Society’s Physician of the Year Award for 2020. Dr. Leyse, an infectious disease specialist at the Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC), reportedly worked day and night during the height of the pandemic and continues to endeavor patiently to provide patients and staff alike with answers to questions; adjusting PPE, treatment, testing and staff furlough algorithms weekly. Dr Leyse’s dedication and commitment helped establish CVMC as a leader among hospitals across the state, with her innovative pandemic protocols. This leadership impacted CVMC’s ability to respond to the pandemic and the overall health of the broader community. Dr. Leyse’s nominator calls her a “one-woman-infectious-disease guru” and describes her as not only a great physician, but a tireless mom with a calm, kind yet quick-witted disposition.Dr. Leyse attended Loyola University Chicago for college and medical school. She did a combined residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center in Massachusetts and attended Dartmouth Hitchcock for an  Infectious Disease fellowship. While there, she obtained her Master’s in Public Health as well as doing a residency in Preventive Medicine. Dr. Leyse has traveled internationally to provide medical care including to the Philippines, Guatemala, Haiti, Sub-Saharan Africa, and West Africa during the Ebola outbreak.The Physician of the Year Award is granted annually to a physician licensed in the state of Vermont who has demonstrated: outstanding performance in the quality of care given to his/her patients; skillful and compassionate patient care; and dedication to the welfare of his patients in accordance with accepted principles of good medical practice.Jean Anderrson-Swayze, M.D., of Middlebury, VT, has been selected to receive the Physician Award for Community Services for 2020. Dr. Anderrson-Swayze, a family medicine physician, was nominated for this year’s award for her dedication to international public health and her consistent bravery in helping people who are experiencing times of struggle. She has brought her expertise around the world and volunteered during countless emergency health crises. This April, Dr. Anderrson-Swayze spent a week in New York City, volunteering as a member of the International Medical Corps Disaster Response Team to a COVID surge at Maimonides Hospital in NY, NY. When she returned to Vermont her experience led to early and effective COVID-19 testing in the Middlebury community, keeping patients out of the emergency rooms. She has volunteered to provide medical assistance after health crises in Haiti, Houston, Puerto Rico, Florida and Bahamas. She has also travelled to Greece and Bangladesh to work with refugees and volunteers with Meals on Wheels and at the Open-Door Clinic at home in Vermont.Dr. Anderrson-Swayze practices at the Middlebury Family Health Clinic in Middlebury, Vermont and attended Middlebury College before completing her medical training at the UVM College of Medicine and her residency at Fletcher Allen.The Physician Award for Community Services is granted annually to physicians who have compiled an outstanding record of community service, which, apart from his or her specific identification as a physician, reflects well on the profession.The Citizen of the Year Award recipient for 2020 is Senator Virginia “Ginny” Lyons of Willison, VT. Senator Lyons, the current Chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, has served in the Vermont legislature for twenty years. Her nomination identifies Senator Lyons as a steadfast advocate for public health issues and a true champion for Vermonters’ health. While in the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, Senator Lyons has been at the forefront of public health policy and worked tirelessly to pass legislation to raise the age for tobacco purchases to 21, to ban tobacco flavors, to protect our youngest population by banning crib bumpers and to support reproductive rights. Senator Lyons believes in science, in evidence, and in the experts, and is a true collaborator who works in partnership to make sure that science and evidence is heard from those who dedicate their lives to the practice of medicine.Virginia Lyons of Williston, VT, a Chittenden County Democrat, was born in Auburn, NY. She was educated at Drew University, Rutgers University, and earned her Doctorate at the University of Vermont. She taught at Trinity College, VT, for 27 years.The Citizen of the Year Award is given to a non-physician resident of the state of Vermont who in the past and presently has made a significant contribution to the health of the people of Vermont.Anthony Fauci, M.D., has been selected to receive the VMS Founder’s Award for 2020, for his stalwart leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Founders’ Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, vision, and achievement in improving the health of Vermonters and all Americans.Dr. Fauci’s nomination states, “in this time when so many seem to be turning away from the science and the evidence, you have been a steadfast pillar, constantly bringing us back to these tools that we know are the only way we will be able to help our patients – improving the health of Vermonters and all Americans.” Dr. Fauci’s commitment to following the data and the science while on the front lines of battling this pandemic, can serve as a North Star during these turbulent times.Dr. Fauci is an immunologist who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984. He attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. After graduating first in his class from New York City’s Cornell Medical College in 1966, he completed his internship and residency at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.The VMS Physician Leadership Awards for 2020 will be presented during the awards ceremony being held on Saturday, November 7, 2020, as a part of the Vermont Medical Society’s 207th Virtual Annual Meeting for VMS members and Vermont’s healthcare community. To learn more, go to is external).About the Vermont Medical Society: The Vermont Medical Society is the leading voice of physicians in the state and is dedicated to protecting the health of all Vermonters and improving the environment in which Vermont physicians and physician assistants practice medicine. The Society serves its 2,400 members through public policy advocacy on the state and federal levels, as well as by providing legal, administrative and educational support, producing a rich flow of news and information and offering member benefits that increase medical practice effectiveness and efficiency. For more information, visit is external).Source: Montpelier, Vt. (October 8, 2020) – Vermont Medical Societylast_img read more

UWF Hosts #25 Rollins In Home Opener Friday Night

first_imgWEEKEND RECAP* UWF opened up the regular season on the road against a top 25 ranked opponent, #23 University of Tampa. This back and forth contest was a tale of two halves. The first half was controlled by Tampa as they held the ball and were on offense most of the half. Tampa struck for 5 shots in the first half making the Argos’ Keeper, Jacob Murray work for four impressive saves. The Argonauts did counter though, and were able to get three corner kick opportunities in the first half. In the second half the Argos played more aggressive on offense and were able to outshoot the Spartans 7-4, and added 7 more corner opportunities. In the end though neither team was able put one in the goal as it ended in a scoreless tie.*To wrap up the weekend UWF took on Flagler College at Saints Field located in Saint Augustine, Florida last Sunday. Both teams were feeling each other out in the first half as only 2 total shots were on goal from either team. The Argos were able to get five corner kicks in the first half, whereas Flagler didn’t have a single one. All of the scoring in this game took place in the second half as Flagler scored the first two goals in the 77th and 83rd minutes, with the second goal coming from a Penalty Kick Goal. UWF scored their first goal of the season when Isaiah Lopez scored a Header Goal assisted by Rafeal Godoi. The Argos lost by a final score of 2-1. The Argonauts outshot the Saints 14-8. ABOUT SAINT LEO (1-1)* UWF faced Saint Leo last year and lost a back and forth matchup at the Saint Leo Soccer Field by a final score of 1-0. Saint Leo scored late in the 88th minute to seal the deal.*Saint Leo defeated Regis University in their season opener 2-1, but lost their second matchup of the weekend to #18 ranked Wingate University in a tight one 3-2.Print Friendly Version ABOUT ROLLINS (2-0)* Head coach Keith Buckley is the winningest coach in Rollins soccer history, and Buckley is in his 28th year at the helm of the Tars program this year. His career record of 319-153-30 is 14th among active coaches in Division 2. * Newly acquired Freshman goalkeeper Abdiel Martinez has been outstanding for the Tars in net. He has a .800 save percentage, and is allowing 1 goal per game. Senior mid-fielder Stefan Avram has already scored 3 goals for the Tars in the 2 games they’ve played this season.* The Tars just snuck into the top 25 rankings in the United Soccer Coaches’ Poll, coming in at #25 this week. Friday’s game against Rollins College is scheduled for a 7:30 pm CT kickoff and the match against Saint Leo University will begin at 12:30 pm CT at the beautiful UWF Soccer Complex located in Pensacola, Florida. Live stats and live video will be available for both games, and fans can follow along by clicking on the following links or visiting Live Video: Stats: PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s soccer team kicks off its home opener with #25 ranked Rollins College on Friday and wraps up the weekend slate with Saint Leo University on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

JRA bans horses over feed additive

first_imgThe Japan Racing Association said Saturday it would exclude 156 horses from racing this weekend, an unprecedented number, after finding a prohibited substance in their feed additives.The JRA held its races as scheduled on Saturday, and will do likewise on Sunday with the remaining horses. A total of 983 were originally supposed to compete this weekend. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDS Horses compete on Saturday at Hanshin Racecourse. | KYODO The association said an imported additive sold by Japanese company Nosan Corp. was found to contain a performance-enhancing substance called theobromine, a stimulant that also strengthens cardiac activities.“We weren’t able to test the 156 horses on Friday, so we decided to scratch the horses from competition to ensure the fairness of the competition,” said Shinobu Ito, a JRA official.“We have been telling feed vendors to only ship products that have been tested in the past, but the products that were delivered this time contained additives that were not tested yet,” Ito said.At Tokyo Racecourse, another JRA official said the association learned early Friday evening that feed vendors had been contacting stables, asking if they could retrieve the products that tested positive for the banned substance.“The product has been used for a long time, but basically it must not be sold until after test results come back negative. These happened to be sold to stables before the results came out,” Yukinobu Shomura said.While stables have long used the additives, the JRA calls for all feed products to be tested at the Laboratory of Racing Chemistry in units they were manufactured in. He said the JRA is still investigating how the product contained theobromine.The additive, which tested positive for the banned substance, was manufactured between December and May, and was used in a total of 28 stables in Ibaraki and Shiga prefectures.Nosan Corp. apologized in a statement, saying, “We will investigate the causes and take preventive steps.” The product, the statement said, does not use theobromine and it is not yet known how the substance got into the product.The use of such drugs that temporarily enhance or reduce the performance of race horses are banned from races sanctioned by the JRA, which is holding 26 Grade-1 races this year.The association took until Saturday morning to announce the matter because most of its staff were on their way to their assigned racecourses, and it required time to contact stable officials and come up with possible measures, the JRA said.A total of 72 JRA races are scheduled at Tokyo Racecourse, Hanshin Racecourse and Hakodate Racecourse this weekend. center_img Japan Racing Association, theobromine GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOSlast_img read more