Northern Counties Health Care, Inc. (NCHC) is a leader in providing Care Coordination services within the Medical Home.
A Care Coordinator provides a range of services (triage, intervention, self care management and individual case management) to those patients with chronic conditions and issues, and does so by working closely with the entire provider and administrative team at each Health Center.
The Care Coordinators are able to spend the time with patients to develop relationships, assess needs, problem solve, monitor progress, and assist with referrals to local resources. The services and sincere care that a Care Coordinator provides often saves the patient time, money, and unnecessary hospitalizations.
Meet NCHC’s Care Coordinators:
Kathleen Blindow, RN – CC at Island Pond Health & Dental Center. Kathy moved to Vermont in 1997, she is happily married to her husband and they have four adult children. Kathy loves nursing and has cared for patients from newborn to over 100 years old, she has worked in the hospital, school and home health settings but feels she has found her “medical home” at the Island Pond Health & Dental Center. In her free time, Kathy loves attending family gatherings, games, laughter, music and dancing as well as watching movies and reading a good book. If you are an IPHC patient and would like to meet with Kathy, please contact the office at (802)723-4300.
Julia John, MSW–CC at Danville Health Center is originally from Bakersfield, California. She moved to East Burke, VT and graduated from Lyndon Institute; Julia went to college and graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with an MSW in Social Work and her Master’s in Forensic Psychology. She has 15 years of experience working with high-risk individuals at many levels including: Corrections, Mental Health, Residential Homes both inpatient and outpatient. Julie has four beautiful children and loves to go fishing and hunting in her free time. If you are a DHC patient and would like to meet with Julia, please contact the office at (802)684-2275.
Kori Day, RN – CC at Hardwick Area Health Center began her nursing career in 2011 practicing as an LPN at Maple Leaf Farm, a drug and alcohol treatment center. Kori continued her education for her RN degree at Vermont Technical College and graduated in 2012. She worked at Maple Leaf for close to 3 years before deciding to relocate back to the NEK where she spent her childhood and where much of her family lives. Kori began at the HAHC in May 2014 as their Chronic Care Coordinator, and triage nurse. She also works per diem at BAART Behavioral Health Services in St. Johnsbury. Kori has a love for the outdoors and spends most of her free time skiing, hiking and biking. If you are a HAHC patient and would like to meet with Kori, please contact the office at (802)472-3300.
Gidget Doty, RN – CC at St. Johnsbury Community Health Center has been part of the St. Johnsbury Community Health Center nursing team since September of 2012 and transitioned into the position of Chronic Care Coordinator in June of 2013. Gidget grew up in Lyndonville. After graduation from LI, she went into the US Army where she was trained as an Army Medic and subsequently went to nursing school on the GI bill. An RN since 1997, she spent the next fifteen years working in Oklahoma with ortho/neuro patients.In her current role, she focuses on patient education, transitions in care, and care coordination for patients dealing with complex diseases like Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, Hypertension, Cancer and Substance Abuse. She enjoys working as part of the Community Health Team and has a particular interest in helping patients identify areas in their life where they can be successful using Motivational Interviewing.Gidget currently lives in East Burke with her husband and son. They are very happy to be living near her family again. If you are a SJCHC patient and would like to meet with Gidget, please contact the office at (802)748-5041.
Sharie Stranathan, LPN – CC at Concord Health Center moved to Lyndonville from the Lake Erie Islands region of Ohio in January 2015. Sharie spent the previous 8 years working with Diabetes and Endocrine patients at Firelands Regional Medical Center in Sandusky, Ohio. Sharie brings previous experience from working in Endocrinology, General Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Geriatrics in acute care, extended care, and office settings. Sharie graduated from Aultman Hospital LPN Program in Canton, Ohio in 1978. Sharie attended Kent State University before settling down to raise a daughter and two sons; now all grown. A life-long learner Sharie graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Medical Administrative Assisting and Coding in 2007. As Care Coordinator she focuses on patient education, transitions in care, and care of patients dealing with complex diseases like Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Asthma, Hypertension, Cancer and Substance Abuse. Sharie is grateful to be part of the Community Health Team for the St. Johnsbury/Concord Service Area and has been learning how to help patients identify problem areas in their lives. If you are a CHC patient and would like to meet with Sharie, please contact the office at (802)695-2512.
Linda Gibson, RN– CC at Hardwick Area Health Center was raised in the Northeast Kingdom and has four boys. She was previously a preschool teacher for 14+ years at the Head Start program in the Barton and Albany programs, serving children and their families in supporting lifelong growth. These rewarding experiences along with her role as a mother have created a foundation for her journey towards her nursing career. Linda worked as an RN in long term care, and Home Health, leading her to her current roles at the Hardwick Area Health Center as a triage nurse and Chronic Care Coordinator. As Care Coordinator, she focuses on patient education, transitions in care, and care coordination for patients with complex diseases. Linda is committed to partnering with patients to identify and overcome the obstacles and challenges in life, to obtain improved health and wellbeing. In her free time, Linda enjoys camping and spending time with her family; she especially loves watching her two young grandsons learn and grow. If you are a HAHC patient and would like to meet with Linda, please contact the office at (802)472-3300.
Chronic Care Coordinators are also an integral part of the Community Health Teams (CHTs) in each area. Community Health Teams are multidisciplinary care support teams that provide local care support, population management, and prevention strategies. CHTs may include nurses, social workers, dieticians, community health workers, prevention specialists, and payment coordinators to support a holistic approach to facilitate the patient in attaining their health goals. The team and the patient collaborate by dealing with stressors in the patient’s life that make it difficult for them to focus on healthy choices.
For more information on several resources available to you, please visit the following pages:
Link to Community Resources
Link to Patient Education
Link to Copley Hospital Wellness Center
Watch: Community Care Management – an Advanced Preventive Service Video