Vermont Chamber to accept breastfeeding friendly award

first_imgThe 5th Annual Breastfeeding Friendly Business Awards, sponsored by the Washington County Maternal Child Health Coalition, will take place Thursday August 19 at 4 PM in the lobby of the Central Vermont Hospital in Berlin. The awards will be presented by Kathryn Saunders, of Central Vermont Midwifery.The awards are given to area businesses that support new mothers returning to work who wish to continue to breastfeed their babies. Vice President of Communications Vicky Tebbetts will accept the award on behalf of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Vermont Chamber President Duane Marsh stated: A happy baby is a happy Mom and a happy Mom is a better employee. Everybody wins when the employer can be flexible and allow its employees the privilege to continue breastfeeding as they return to work after the birth of a child.One way an employer can help a woman continue breastfeeding is by providing break time and a private space to express breastmilk. Praising the flexibility of the Vermont Chamber as an employer, Tebbetts noted, Pumping at work is a privilege that allowed me the best of both worlds. I could continue my career and feel satisfied with my choices. It was an honor to work with the Vermont Chamber of Commerce to allow me to accomplish this goal.Recent studies demonstrate the many benefits when businesses take steps to provide time and space for new mothers who wish to continue to breastfeed: the infants are healthier; the mothers are happier and as a result are more productive employees; staff turnover is reduced, staff loyalty is enhanced, and skilled workers are retained; the business experiences decreased absenteeism and lower health insurance costs and can offer added recruitment incentives for women.Governor Douglas recently recognized the importance of breastfeeding when he proclaimed July as Breastfeeding Promotion Month in Vermont. He was joined by Dr. Paul Jarris, MD, MBA, Commissioner of Health, at a health fair on the State House lawn. Breastfeeding is one of the most basic and cost effective acts a mother can do to improve her childs health, said Dr. Jarris.The Vermont Chamber is a member of the Breastfeeding Study Commission, established by the Vermont Legislature.last_img read more

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters extends tender offer to acquire Diedrich Coffee

first_imgGreen Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc (NASDAQ: GMCR) (“GMCR”) today announced that Pebbles Acquisition Sub, Inc. (“Purchaser”), a wholly owned subsidiary of GMCR, has extended its previously announced $35.00 per share cash tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Diedrich Coffee, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDRX) (“Diedrich Coffee”). The tender offer will now expire at midnight, New York City time, on Monday, May 10, 2010, unless further extended. The tender offer previously was scheduled to expire at midnight, New York City time, on Monday, May 3, 2010. All other terms and conditions of the tender offer remain unchanged.GMCR also noted that, on Friday, April 30, 2010, GMCR certified to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (the “FTC”) that it has substantially complied with the FTC’s request for additional information under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 (“Second Request”), in connection with GMCR’s offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of Diedrich Coffee common stock. As a result, GMCR and Purchaser expect the waiting period applicable to the purchase of the outstanding shares of Diedrich Coffee common stock pursuant to the tender offer to expire at 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on Monday, May 10, 2010.GMCR further noted that, on Sunday, May 2, 2010, GMCR, Purchaser, Diedrich Coffee, the members of the Board of Directors of Diedrich Coffee and the plaintiff in the purported class action on behalf of Diedrich Coffee stockholders reached an agreement in principle to settle the litigation, and executed a Memorandum of Understanding that provides for settlement of the litigation. Final settlement of the litigation is subject to, among other conditions, approval by the court presiding over the litigation.As of 5:30 p.m., New York City time, on April 30, 2010, approximately 2,417,763 shares have been tendered into the tender offer and not withdrawn. The tender offer is subject to customary closing conditions, including, among other things, regulatory approvals. The Board of Directors of Diedrich Coffee has recommended that Diedrich Coffee stockholders tender their shares into the tender offer. Questions and requests for assistance regarding the tender offer may be directed to the Information Agent for the offer, Okapi Partners LLC, toll-free at (877) 274-8654.BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as financial advisor to GMCR on this transaction and Ropes & Gray LLP is serving as its legal advisor.About Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (NASDAQ: GMCR)As a leader in the specialty coffee industry, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. is recognized for its award-winning coffees, innovative brewing technology, and socially responsible business practices. GMCR’s operations are managed through two business units. The Specialty Coffee business unit produces coffee, tea and hot cocoa from its family of brands, including Tully’s Coffee®, Green Mountain Coffee®, Newman’s Own® Organics coffee and Timothy’s World Coffee®. The Keurig business unit is a pioneer and leading manufacturer of gourmet single-cup brewing systems. K-Cup® portion packs for Keurig® Single-Cup Brewers are produced by a variety of licensed roasters, including Green Mountain Coffee, Tully’s Coffee and Timothy’s. GMCR supports local and global communities by offsetting 100% of its direct greenhouse gas emissions, investing in Fair Trade Certified™ coffee, and donating at least five percent of its pre-tax profits to social and environmental projects. Visit www.gmcr.com(link is external) for more information.GMCR routinely posts information that may be of importance to investors in the Investor Relations section of its web site, including news releases and its complete financial statements, as filed with the SEC. GMCR encourages investors to consult this section of its web site regularly for important information and news. Additionally, by subscribing to GMCR’s automatic email news release delivery, individuals can receive news directly from GMCR as it is released.Forward-looking statementsCertain statements contained herein, including GMCR’s intention to complete the proposed acquisition, are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations. The “safe harbor” set forth in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, does not apply to forward-looking statements made in connection with a tender offer. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,”, “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Owing to the uncertainties inherent in forward-looking statements, actual events or results could differ materially from those stated herein. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the impact on sales and profitability of consumer sentiment in this difficult economic environment, GMCR’s success in efficiently expanding operations and capacity to meet growth, GMCR’s success in efficiently and effectively integrating Tully’s and Timothy’s wholesale operations and capacity into its Specialty Coffee business unit, GMCR’s success in introducing new product offerings, the ability of lenders to honor their commitments under GMCR’s credit facility, competition and other business conditions in the coffee industry and food industry in general, fluctuations in availability and cost of high-quality green coffee, any other increases in costs including fuel, Keurig’s ability to continue to grow and build profits with its roaster partners in the At Home and Away from Home businesses, the impact of the loss of major customers for GMCR or reduction in the volume of purchases by major customers, delays in the timing of adding new locations with existing customers, GMCR’s level of success in continuing to attract new customers, sales mix variances, weather and special or unusual events, as well as other risks described more fully in GMCR’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Forward-looking statements reflect management’s expectations as of the date of this press release, and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. GMCR does not undertake to revise these statements to reflect subsequent developments, other than in its regular, quarterly earnings releases.Additional InformationThis press release is neither an offer to purchase, nor a solicitation of an offer to sell, any securities. The tender offer to purchase shares of Diedrich Coffee common stock referenced in this press release has been made pursuant to a Tender Offer Statement on Schedule TO, containing an offer to purchase, a form of letter of transmittal and other documents relating to the tender offer (the “Tender Offer Statement”), which GMCR and Purchaser filed with the SEC and first mailed to Diedrich Coffee stockholders on December 11, 2009. Security holders of Diedrich Coffee are advised to read the Tender Offer Statement, because it contains important information about the tender offer. Investors and security holders of Diedrich Coffee also are advised that they may obtain free copies of the Tender Offer Statement and other documents filed by GMCR with the SEC on the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov(link is external). In addition, free copies of the Tender Offer Statement and related materials may be obtained from GMCR by written request to: Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Attention: General Counsel, 33 Coffee Lane, Waterbury, Vermont 05676.Source: WATERBURY, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–5.3.2010last_img read more

Northwestern Medical Center launches electronic medical record system

first_img— end– Northwestern Medical Center, Inc,Northwestern Medical Center (NMC) successfully went live with its new fully integrated electronic medical record and enterprise-wide computer system on October 1, 2010 in conjunction with the start of the hospital’s new fiscal year.According to Kelly Barland, NMC’s Chief Information Officer, the Meditech implementation has been on an aggressive nine month implementation schedule. The project earned final approval by the State of Vermont in December of 2009. During the first few weeks of live use, people seeking care at NMC may notice that registration may take a few extra minutes as staff become accustomed to the new system. In clinical areas, nurses, technologists, and other staff will be using more computerized devices to support patient care. For instance, if you are an inpatient, you will see nurses using tablet computers on rolling carts in your room to complete documentation on your care. Also, clinical staff will use handheld devices to scan bar-coded bracelets to help confirm your identity.‘The new electronic medical record allows nurses and doctors to have all of the patient’s information at their fingertips,’ says Sandy Robinson, Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Clinical Services. ‘Allergies, past medical history and other important details are readily accessible at any time, and in all locations where the patient may be receiving care. There will be no more hunting for a patient’s chart, because everyone can access the patient’s record electronically from any location. Our ‘closed loop medication system’ assists nurses with electronic prompts to be sure that the right medication in the right dosage is being given to the right patient at the right time, by the right route. This is a very important safety feature that assists nurses when patients have many different medications for multiple medical conditions.’NMC will begin Phase II of implementation, which will implement Computerized Physician Order Entry (CPOE) in 2011. CPOE will allow physicians to enter orders and document care directly into the EMR. Phase III will include the build and implementation of the Emergency Department system into the Meditech product in 2012.Source: NMC. 11.2.2010last_img read more

Saint Michael’s College adopts Casella Waste System’s Power of Three Closed-Loop Recycling Program

first_imgThe Power of Three is premised of Picking up a customer’s recycling, Processing that recycling into new products, and then Providing those products back to the customer in the form of new hand towels, tissue paper, and toiletry items.SMC’s recycling is picked up by Casella Waste Systems, brought to the Material Recovery Facility in Williston where it’s all sorted. Once sorted, the baled paper travels just one hundred miles more to the SCA plant in Glens Falls, New York to be made into 100% recycled paper content products (paper towels and toilet paper) that is then delivered back to Saint Michael’s College by Foley Distributing.On November 15th, Saint Michael’s College reaffirmed its commitment to being a leader in sustainability by being the first College to join Casella Waste Systems Power of Threeâ ¢ closed loop recycling initiative.last_img read more