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Our members know their states! Learn more about beautiful, healthful Vermont from our member, Mandi Gingras.

Name: Mandi Gingras

City, State: Montpelier, Vermont

Organization: Bi-State Recruitment Center

What sets Vermont apart and why would one want to call Vermont home?
Vermont consistently ranks in the top states for equality, low crime rates, health care access, education, quality of life and low unemployment rates. Vermont is a cozy, rural state with bordering communities in New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Canada. For a smaller state, Vermont has a lot to offer with a very lively arts culture, a healthy farm to table way of life, and a strong population of socially responsible and community-minded residents.

How has the pandemic affected Vermont?
Vermont recently received commendation from Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx for our handling of COVID-19. With strong leadership from the public health community, Vermont has consistently had some of the lowest incidence rates and prevalence rates of COVID-19 in the nation.

What is Vermont best known for? Why do people travel to Vermont?
Vermont is best known as a travel destination, drawing more than 13 million visitors yearly to enjoy the many activities each season offers. The Green Mountain State is dotted with charming New England villages that are popular for their robust maple syrup production and spring sugarhouse tours, craft brewery trails, dairy farming, covered bridges, fall foliage and winter wonderland road trips, snowmobiling, skiing and many other year-round outdoor attractions. There is something for the whole family here!

Have a closer look at www.vermontvacation.com  and www.thinkvermont.com

How is 3RNet impacting Vermont?
The 3RNet platform gives Vermont facilities and communities exposure with providers nationwide who have a particular interest in practicing in this area of northern New England, particularly in rural and underserved communities. There are currently 48 opportunities for health professionals posted on the 3RNet job board with Vermont Federally Qualified Health Centers, community hospitals, critical access hospitals, rural health clinics, hospital-supported practices, community mental health centers and substance use treatment facilities.

Why should a health professional choose Vermont over surrounding states?
We offer a variety of collaborative and comprehensive Patient-Centered Medical Homes with modern facilities, integrated electronic health records and engaged communities.  Vermont is a very innovative and proactive state on the forefront of health care initiatives.

What loan repayment programs does Vermont have? 
In addition to federally-funded programs, we also offer a generous state program that incentivizes physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and dentists who work in federally designated areas of the state or with federally qualified health centers located throughout the state.

How is the J-1 Visa Waiver program utilized in Vermont?
Vermont’s J-1 Waiver program is administered through the State Office of Rural Health. Bi-State’s Recruitment Center helps physicians seeking J-1 waivers identify opportunities in Vermont that are eligible for visa sponsorship. Statistically, Vermont utilizes a much smaller number of waivers than other more competitive states.

Are healthcare professionals valued in Vermont?
Here are just a few thoughts and examples from some of our providers who feel appreciated, supported and valued…

Northern Counties Health Care in St. Johnsbury:

When I met my future colleagues and staff at the Hardwick Area Health Center 15 years ago, I knew I’d found the place I wanted to spend my career. Professionally, I’ve felt challenged, appreciated, respected and fulfilled. The supportive environment at NCHC, with its shared mission of caring for the community, is something I don’t take for granted and work hard to reinforce in my role as Medical Director. Personally, I’ve enjoyed the close-knit sense of community and unparalleled recreational resources of the area. I can’t think of a more rewarding place to practice primary care than Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and Northern Counties Health Care.”  Sarah Morgan, MD

Gifford Health Care in Randolph:

Here we have the most powerful sense of community and commitment to health and wellness as I have ever seen. And here I truly believe that I can help improve the health and wellness of Vermonters.” Rachel Coombs, MD  

Here we can offer personalized care and practice medicine as it should be, healing patients as human beings.” Rafael Montecino, MD

Community Health in Rutland recently won a Worksite Wellness Award for their workplace incentive program that offers yoga classes, weight reduction competitions, smoking cessation incentives, farm market produce, a campus vegetable garden, a wellness committee and a monthly newsletter filled with recipes and healthy living ideas to encourage healthy lifestyles and promote wellness for their employees.

How is the weather/climate in Vermont?
Vermont’s landscape offers wonderful four season, year-round beauty with scenic mountain views, rolling green hills, and abundant evergreens and maple trees that provide a spectacular fall color display and winter wonderland. The state averages an annual low temperature of 36 degrees in winter, summers are comfortable with averages staying below 80 degrees, annual snowfall averages around 80 inches, and there are more than 2200 hours of sunshine here every year!

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