Rescue Inc. signing up subscribers

BRATTLEBORO -- Rescue Inc., is in the midst of its subscription campaign, by which residents may sign up at a flat annual fee to receive substantial savings for the cost of certain ambulance services not covered by insurance.

Drew Hazelton, Chief of Operations, noted that for someone who had three ambulance calls in a year, the total cost could be $1,500 or more.

"For an uninsured person, our subscription plan could pay the full amount on a qualifying bill," he said. "For an insured person, their plan may still require a patient co-pay, or the cost of the ambulance service might go toward an insurance deductible -- but again, with a subscription they may not have to pay anything, if the call falls under the subscription parameters."

Once enrolled in the Subscription Membership program, the benefits for each family member legally residing in the household from July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015, include: Three medically necessary local emergency calls; three physician approved, medically necessary, local non-emergency transfers; and one of the three non-emergency transfers can be a long distance transfer of up to 70 miles, which is new this year. Each subscribing household is entitled to a total of six transports per year providing all individuals receiving service are legal residents of that household.

The fee per household to subscribe is $50 for those with health insurance and $100 if one or more household members do not have insurance. With insurance, the subscription covers any balances that the insurance does not pay. For instance, some insurance companies only pay 80 percent. Medicare only pays the Medicare allowable and if a patient does not have secondary insurance, there is a balance. Without insurance the subscription pays the entire balance.

For full details and restrictions, refer to the packet that Rescue Inc. has mailed to households, go to www.rescueinc.org to download the form, call 802-257-7679 or visit the Rescue Inc. office at 541 Canal St. Rescue Inc. will also be visiting the 15 communities it serves to distribute forms.

Rescue provides town wide or apportioned services to Brattleboro, Putney, Brookline, Dummerston, Guilford, Halifax, Jamaica, Newfane, Wardsboro, Townshend, Stratton, Halifax and Vernon and Chesterfield and Hinsdale, N.H.

Local FedEx drivers recognized

PEMBROKE, N.H. -- Two FedEx drivers from Bellows Falls placed among the top finishers at the 2014 Vermont State Truck Driving Championship in Pembroke on June 7. Jason Caron, a driver for FedEx Freight based in Bellows Falls, placed third in the four-axle class. He also won the Rookie of the Year award. FedEx Freight driver Troy Kilburn, also out of Bellows Falls, was third in the twins class.

Richards Group offers expanded services

BRATTLEBORO -- The Richards Group, a Vermont based professional services firm specializing in insurance, employee benefits and retirement plan consulting, has recently expanded its client offerings by launching a new business unit focused on Human Resources and Leadership Development. These additional services will allow The Richards Group to meet the rapidly growing demand for human capital advice and leadership development training for employers throughout the New England region.

In conjunction with these expanded services, The Richards Group recently announced the hiring of Ross Gibson to lead the new Human Resources and Leadership Development business unit. Gibson was most recently Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources at World Learning, a global academic institution and Non-Governmental Organization with approximately 1,000 employees. Over the past 30 years working in the Human Resources field, Gibson has held several senior level positions including Vice President, Learning and Organizational Development at Charles River Labs and Vice President, Human Resources at both American Superconductor and Cambridge Neuroscience, Inc. In addition, he is a certified facilitator in several of the award-winning and internationally recognized Franklin Covey courses including the "7 Habits of Highly Effective People." Gibson is past president of the 4,000 member Northeast Human Resources Association and is active in several local and regional Human Resources and training organizations.

Gibson brings a wealth of experience and will be helping businesses address workplace challenges through increased employee engagement. Other areas of focus include recruitment, retention, compensation & benefits, compliance, succession planning and many others. Lastly, Ross will be leading both public and private leadership training and development for businesses throughout the New England region.

"I’m thrilled about the opportunity to work with The Richards Group," Gibson said. "As a client and community member, I have deep admiration for their work and commitment to the communities in which they’re involved. It is exciting to be creating a new business venture that is centered on increasing engagement of each organization’s most valuable assets, their employees."

"We are very excited to be expanding our business into these important areas" said Mark Richards, President of The Richards Group. "Human Resources and Leadership Development are natural extensions of the work we do with our clients. We are also delighted to have Ross join our staff to lead this effort. His extensive background and experience in Human Resources and Leadership Development will be extremely valuable to our clients."

Gibson can be reached at 800-222-6016 or by email at rgibson@therichardsgrp.com.

Guilford farm to be featured

GUILFORD -- An Organic Valley Farm Discovery event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 21, at Franklin Farm in Guilford.

Participants will be able to walk pastures, make butter, interact with animals and learn more about where organic food comes from, organizers said. To RSVP and receive directions, go to ov.coop/farmdiscovery.

The event is sponsored by Organic Valley, which bills itself as the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand.