Central Vermont Medical Center,Long time Medical Director of the Laboratory at CVMC, Dr. Brian Travis, has passed the torch to his colleague, Dr. Cathy Palmer, who has been named the lab s new Medical Director. Dr. Palmer received her MD/PhD degree from Indiana University and went on to complete an Internship and Residency in Pathology at the University of California San Diego Medical Center. She came to Vermont to pursue a Clinical Fellowship in Cytopathology at Fletcher Allen Health Care and subsequently was a Research Fellow in Environmental Pathology at UVM. Dr. Palmer is certified by the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, with subspecialty certification in Cytopathology. We are very happy Dr. Palmer agreed to take on her new role as Medical Director of the Laboratory, said Judy Tarr, CVMC s president & CEO. She is a talented clinician with an impressive academic background. Dr. Palmer has worked here since 2001 and is well established within the physician community. I expect that she and our new Administrative Director of the Laboratory, Jeanne Laperle, will bring CVMC s lab to the next level with new initiatives and ways of doing business, concluded Tarr. One of my key roles as Medical Director is to facilitate communication between the laboratory and the clinicians who rely on us, both in the hospital and in community-based practices. said Dr. Palmer. All of us in the lab work very hard to provide our clinicians the test results they need as quickly and accurately as possible, so that they can provide the best possible care to their patients. The CVMC lab offers a broad menu of tests in many different areas, including hematology, chemistry, serology, microbiology, and blood banking. A newly purchased state-of-the-art instrument allows the lab to perform more tests in-house that previously were sent to outside reference labs. That means faster turn-around times, and clinicians get test results sooner. Within the next few months, new molecular diagnostic testing will be brought into the lab. Another important aspect of the CVMC laboratory is the Surgical Pathology service, which provides diagnoses of surgical specimens obtained in the OR as well as tissue biopsies, pap tests – and more – from the various medical practices. Dr. Travis and Dr. Palmer support CVMC s surgeons by offering intra-operative evaluation of specimens by frozen section microscopy. They also collaborate with CVMC s radiologists on CT- guided or ultrasound-guided aspiration biopsies of lung, liver, lymph node and thyroid. Aspiration biopsy is a relatively non-invasive outpatient procedure that, in many cases, can provide same day diagnosis. This is an exciting and challenging time at CVMC, noted Dr. Palmer. We have new hospital administration and new leadership in the lab. Similar to other areas of the hospital, like the Emergency Department and Same Day Surgery, our highest priority is to serve patients needs right here in our community. Dr. Palmer and her husband, Bruce Scott, live in Waterbury with their two sons Colby, nine-years-old and Clay, eleven-years-old. They are nature boys, so we spend lots of time outdoors, said Dr. Palmer. Winter skiing is over and the boys are enjoying the Mad River Valley Spring Soccer League while looking forward to summer kayaking, hiking and fishing.
The Croatian National Tourist Board presented itself at Virtuoso Travel Week, the most important tourist event on the American continent, which is being held for the thirtieth anniversary, from August 11 to 17 in Las Vegas. It is an event that brings together representatives of the most influential tourism entities specializing in luxury and experiential travel, and this year a record attendance was recorded with more than 6000 participants from 100 countries. Among the numerous participants of Virtuoso Travel Week are representatives of the Croatian tourism sector who held numerous meetings with representatives of tourism entities specializing in luxury travel from the USA, Canada, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand and introduced them to news in Croatia’s tourism offer. Ina Rodin, director of the CNTB Representative Office in New York, emphasized that joint marketing activities with Virtuos are one of the key priorities for the promotion of Croatia on the American market. “The popularity of Croatia and the growth of demand for our country within the Virtuoso network recorded a growth of about 28 percent. Croatia’s excellent position is further confirmed by the annual Virtuos survey, according to which Croatia is ranked among the top 10 destinations in as many as three categories, ie in the category of the fastest growing destinations, the most popular destinations for the so-called millenials travelers and in the category of the most popular international destinations”, said director Rodin. Important info for tourism workers targeting the US market.In 1783, the Republic of Dubrovnik was the first country in the world to recognize the United States.With 17.500 travel advisors from 50 countries, an annual turnover of more than $ 23,7 billion and a portfolio of more than 1.700 partners including hotels and resorts, airlines, cruise companies, onsite travel agencies and tourist boards, Virtuoso is one of the most important organizations in the luxury travel segment. Croatia has a total of six members in this network, and in addition to the Croatian National Tourist Board, they are Leonidas Travel DMC, Calvados Club, Fortuna Travel, Hotel Villa Dubrovnik and Boutique Hotel Alhambra – Lošinj Hotels & Villas.So far this year, 373.000 arrivals (+ 23%) and 1.058.000 overnight stays (+ 18%) have been generated from the US market, and this result ranks this market among the fastest growing emitting markets in 2018.