MEMIC Honors North Country Hospital for Workplace Safety
North Country Hospital of Newport, Vermont was recently honored with an award for exceptional on-the-job safety performance during The MEMIC Group’s Annual Meeting of Policyholders. Only eight employers, out of more than 21,000 MEMIC policyholders across the country, received a 2019 award for workplace safety from the workers’ compensation insurance specialist.
Celebrating 100 years this year, North Country Hospital is a private, non-profit acute care community hospital of 25 beds and 600 employees serving twenty-two communities in a two-county area in the rural Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
“Over the years, we’ve built a safety program that brought cultures together, both clinical and non-clinical,” said North Country Hospital CFO Andre Bissonette. “We brought patient safety and what you would call physical plant safety together in one committee. It’s helped break down walls and created a lot of collaboration. I’m proud of how our safety culture has evolved.”
“As soon as I met Andre, he started telling the story of North Country Hospital and it aligned perfectly with our methodology at MEMIC,” said MEMIC Loss Control Manager Scott Valorose. “They don’t just talk about caring for employees and safety. Over the years I’ve seen them live it every day and their claim numbers back that up.”