Saturday, May 25 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:56:57 GMT
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities. Saturday of Memorial Day weekendMore >>
It wasn't exactly barbecuing weather today as Memorial Day weekend got off to a rainy and chilly start. And it's no surprise the rain put a damper on holiday activities.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:54 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:54:42 GMT
An Au Sable Forks, New York theater is one of ten in the North Country doing what it can to stay open. "We'll be dark. There will be no movies shown in these theaters and you'll have toMore >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 8:51 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:51:11 GMT
A couple has lost their home to floods twice in just three years. Last night's storm washed out a road in Underhill, and nearly everything in its path. Governor Shumlin was at the site of the hardestMore >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:25:36 GMT
Beansie's Bus is situated right along the start and finish of the race so they're looking to get swamped by hungry customers Sunday but rain too. "Unfortunately the weather might not cooperate," Beansie'sMore >>
VCM organizers making sure they have cold/rainy weather equipment for runners.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:21 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:21:38 GMT
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.In just a few hours heavy rains flooded much of Northern Vermont. Hardest hit were Essex, Jericho, and Underhill.The torrential rains Thursday nightMore >>
Damaged homes, washed out roads, and now major clean-up.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 2:15 PM EDT2013-05-24 18:15:28 GMT
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon. A press release says that if possible, motorists should avoid downtown Burlington on Sunday,More >>
The Vermont Agency of Transportation released a list of road closures and times for the Vermont City Marathon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 1:07 PM EDT2013-05-24 17:07:11 GMT
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday. Officials say they are postponing due to the upcoming inclement weather expected this weekend. Here's the updated schedule of events:7:30amMore >>
The Thunder Road Memorial Classic has been postponed until Monday.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 12:26 PM EDT2013-05-24 16:26:27 GMT
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been canceled due to inclement weather predictions. According to Essex Memorial Day Parade Committee, the parade has been postponed one week to Saturday June 1 at 10 a.m.More >>
The Essex Memorial Day Parade has been postponed due to inclement weather predictions.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:31 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:31:32 GMT
The Burlington Police Department arrested two people for pick-pocketing two men at a local night club in Burlington, Vt. on Friday, May 17.Police say Stephanie Rivers, 24, and Victoria Hammond, 23, bothMore >>
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Friday, May 24 2013 10:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:29:26 GMT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Hospitals across Vermont are struggling to handle the mental health care crisis. Since the state hospital in Waterbury closed after Irene, others are seeing more patients who need care.
The emergency department at Fletcher Allen has seen 60,000 patients in each of the last two years, much more than it's used to taking. The increase in mental health patients is creating a log jam and with limited beds the hospital is facing a serious problem it's not sure how to handle.
"The only thing predictable in an emergency department is the unpredictable nature of what's coming in your door," Nurse Manager of the ER Kristin Baker said.
Doctors and nurses can't foresee the problems thousands of patients will have when they walk in their doors at Fletcher Allen. Many of them are mental health patients that the hospital doesn't have resources to treat.
"The inpatient psychiatric unit has had to hire immense numbers of mental health techs and nurses and psychiatrists to handle the demand," Baker said.
They've hired more staff but can't get more space and the influx of psychiatric patients has clogged up the speed of emergency treatment for everyone. Many mental health patients are waiting extra time to get a bed in the hospital while they're being treated in the emergency department.
"There isn't any more wiggle room. We have patients staying in our emergency department up to forty eight hours," Baker said.
The staff at Fletcher Allen is waiting too. The state has plans to build a 25 bed hospital in Berlin and smaller facilities across the state. But the hospital is probably a year away from being up and running.
"What needs to happen is a new mental health facility needs to be opened. Sooner rather than later," Baker said.
Fletcher Allen has two psychiatric wards, one of which normally remains locked for safety concerns. But with the increase in mental health patients both wards are now locked and the hospital is running out of time and space to deal with the issue.
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