10 Things to Know About Gifford Medical Center

Hurricane Irene ravaged the state of Vermont last year with heavy rains, but not even a torrential downpour could slow down Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, considered to be one of the top hospitals in central Vermont.

Here are 10 things to know about Gifford Medical Center.

1. Joseph Woodin is the administrator and CEO of Gifford Medical Center. He has led the hospital since 1999.

2. David Sanville serves as Gifford Medical Center's CFO.

3. As a critical access hospital, Gifford Medical Center has 25 beds. It also has a rehabilitation unit, a birthing center and a 30-bed nursing home.

4. Gifford Medical Center has 589 full- and part-time employees, including 100 people on its medical staff. Physicians and clinicians are spread across 30 different medical specialties and categories.

5. According to Gifford Medical Center's 2011 annual report (pdf), net revenue totaled nearly $64 million. GMC recorded $1.26 million in net income for a profit margin of 2 percent.

6. In 2011, Gifford Medical Center recorded 1,811 inpatient admissions, 1,300 short stay or same-day outpatient admissions and more than 68,000 other outpatients. The hospital also performed more than 2,900 surgeries and more than 7,300 emergency treatments.

7. Last year, the National Rural Health Association named Gifford Medical Center as one of the top 100 CAHs in America. The rankings were based on the Hospital Strength Index from iVantage Health Analytics. The HIS incorporates 56 different measures of performance, including a hospital's market strength, quality measures and balance sheet ratios.

8. John Gifford, MD, a local physician, founded the hospital in 1903. He almost closed the hospital after two years due to high expenses and the demands of running a hospital alone with only two nurses. However, local community members raised enough money to keep the hospital open, which officially became the Randolph Sanatorium. After Dr. Gifford died in 1933 from an infection he contracted while performing surgery, the hospital's shareholders decided to rename the hospital Gifford Memorial Hospital. In 1991, it became Gifford Medical Center.

9. In 1989, Gifford Medical Center became one of the first hospitals in the country to support primary care practices in rural areas. It opened or acquired four different community health centers between 1989 and 1994.

10. In March 2011, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin appointed Gifford Medical Center obstetrician/gynecologist Ellamarie Russo-DeMara, MD, to the State Board of Health.

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