Bethany Silloway named program manager for Orange County
RANDOLPH, Vt.—Continuing its longtime commitment to community outreach, Gifford Health Care has partnered with RiseVT, a statewide movement working within communities to help Vermonters embrace healthier lifestyles, improve quality of life, and lower health-care costs. As a RiseVT partner, Gifford will focus on Orange County, helping to make the healthy choice the easy choice for individuals and families where they live, work, learn and play.
Bethany Silloway, who has worked in a variety of roles at Gifford since 2012, will serve as the RiseVT program manager for Orange County.
“I look forward to engaging with community members throughout the county to support RiseVT’s vision for a healthier Vermont, working to motivate and inspire our neighbors to make small lifestyle changes that will have a positive impact on their overall health,” said Silloway, a native Vermonter who lives in Randolph.
RiseVT is the lead primary prevention strategy for OneCare Vermont, the statewide accountable care organization (ACO). The collaborative utilizes an evidence-based model that engages public-private partnerships, community campaigns, and a scientific advisory board to achieve measurable and sustainable improvement in population health. As embracing a healthy lifestyle is key to reducing chronic illness, RiseVT works to make the environments where people spend their days conducive to making the healthy choice easy, or even the default.
“We are very excited to have Gifford on board with RiseVT,” said RiseVT Executive Director Marissa Parisi. “The team at Gifford has already been doing remarkable work in their community to make the environment support healthy lifestyle choices. Joining the RiseVT team will allow them to expand their good work and amplify what’s already working for their community. We look forward to seeing all sectors of the community served by Gifford implement strategies and infrastructure for individuals to eat well, get more active, be more mindful, and have fun doing all of it!”
RiseVT’s strategy includes seeking out wellness opportunities already underway in Orange County, spreading the word, and offering resources to reduce barriers to participation. Resources include “Amplify Grants,” awarded to local organizations whose projects align with RiseVT’s mission to make the healthy choice the easy choice for community members. Grants, not to exceed $1,500, may be awarded for projects that increase access and reduce barriers to physical activity, healthy foods, or physical, social and emotional wellbeing.
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Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt., with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph, Rochester, and White River Junction; and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and inpatient unit; many surgical services; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.