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heretofore was only provided in hospi-tals.” This includes caring for people at home on ventilators, and all kinds of intravenous therapy. A telemonitoring system remotely monitors vital signs that are reported to a central station on Prim Road, which can monitor about 80 people. “The telemonitors look like little iPads and sit in the home and say, in the morning, ‘Good morning. It’s time to take your vital signs.’ Peripherals attached can take pulse, blood oxy-gen levels, blood pressure, and all this information is electronically transferred here to the nurse at the VNA.” If any red flags arise, the nurse follows up and sometimes will send someone out to the house. The goal is to work as physician extenders — to be the eyes and ears of the physicians in people’s homes. To that end, progress is being made in develop-ing closeness with primary care physi-cians. In addition, the VNA provides a large volume of rehabilitation services such as physical and occupational ther-apy and speech therapy. Peterson does have a private life. She lives in Barre in summer, but rents a place in Burlington for the winter. Besides snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, she hikes and attends exercise classes. Cooking is her “hobby,” she says. “I really do love to cook. I have a part-ner in my life now, a man I met about five years ago, and we spend weekends cooking together. And he’s my travel companion. We go to Europe once a year and hike.” She serves on several boards mostly related to the health industry, such as One Care Vermont, Blueprint for Health, the DAIL (Department of Aging and Independent Living) advisory board, and the population health committee of the Vermont Care Organization. She also volunteers for the Central Vermont Farmworker Coalition in support of migrant workers. She occasionally joins staff on home visits, and continues to be “blown away with the level of care they’re provid-ing in sometimes the most humble of surroundings.” Peterson’s Vermont roots are signif-icant in terms of her accomplishments, says Harwood. “She came from the Northeast Kingdom, and in grammar school was in a one-room schoolhouse. She’s exhibited all the things about good management that I think are important. She’s developed a very good support staff, and she’s a very good manager.” • BUSINESS PEOPLE–VERMONT • MARCH 2017 5

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