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Alecia DiMario, Executive Director Birchwood Terrace Rehab and Health Care

Alecia has held various positions in the senior housing field for over 20 years, including leadership roles in Assisted Living, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, and Skilled Nursing Facilities. Alecia has been the Executive Director of Birchwood Terrace Rehab and Healthcare since joining their team in 2015. Alecia has served on the Board of the Vermont Health Care Association since 2017 and was appointed to the Gubernatorial Commission on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders in 2018. She is a licensed Nursing Home Administrator in multiple states, a licensed Residential Care Facility for the Elderly Administrator, and a Nursing Home Administrator Preceptor.

Steve Grant, MD, FHM, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Care Coordination and Patient Transitions, UVM Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine, Larner College of Medicine, Associate Director, Division of Hospital Medicine, UVM Medical Group

Steve Grant received his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan and his MD at Emory University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He began his career as a primary care physician at Fletcher Allen Health Care/The University of Vermont Medical center in 1996, then transitioned to Hospital Medicine, where he has remained in clinical practice for the past 24 years. He has held numerous leadership positions, including Director of the Internal Medicine Hospitalist Service, Human Resources Physician Liaison to the UVM Medical Group, and most recently Associate Chief Medical Officer for Care Coordination and Patient Transitions at UVM Medical Center. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Larner College of Medicine, received numerous teaching awards, and won the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award in 2007.

Lindsay Morse, MSN/NED, RN, ACM Director, Care Coordination and Patient Transitions University of Vermont Medical Center

Lindsay is responsible for leading and coordinating the Medical Center’s transformation of care through improving care coordination, transitions of care, and hospital-community collaborations. She leads the inpatient and outpatient case management teams, the transitions of care program, the community health improvement department, and care coordination for OneCare Vermont. Lindsay has over 20 years’ experience as a nurse, process improvement advocate, and experienced healthcare leader in both payer and provider environments. Lindsay is responsible for the understanding and facilitating the development of organizational capabilities needed to implement and sustain of population health management along with community engagement to minimize care fragmentation while improving quality of care coordination. Lindsay has a Master's in Nursing Education, is an Accredited Case Manager through the National Board for Case Management, and has a Lean Six-Sigma Green Belt Certification.

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Emma Harrigan, Director of Policy, Analysis and Development, Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems

Emma is an experienced director in the areas of data, development, and quality with a demonstrated history of implementing successful initiatives working with state government and with provider organizations. As the Director of Policy, Analysis and Development at the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems (VAHHS), Emma provides leadership on mental health policy and regulation, systems design, member development, and data analysis.

Prior to joining VAHHS, Emma was the Director of Quality and Accountability for the Vermont Department of Mental Health where her work focused on compliance, quality, performance improvement, report development, data systems, research, and technological infrastructure which led to a greater focus within the Department on data usage and performance accountability. Emma is a graduate of the Schreyer Honors College at Pennsylvania State University and holds a Master of Science in Psychology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.


Even though Vermont was spared the massive surge of COVID-19 experienced in other states, we witnessed similar troubling COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities (LTC). The University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC), Vermont’s only tertiary academic hospital, collaborated with Burlington Health and Rehabilitation and Birchwood to assist with outbreak management, a process which required partnerships with numerous other entities across our rural region. In this webinar, we will share our experience in responding to the COVID-19 crisis, including data, successes, challenges, and recommendations from lessons learned. Our hope is that this will serve as an educational tool for LTC facilities and hospitals as they prepare for future COVID-19 outbreaks. We also hope that it will highlight the importance of collaboration, as outbreaks at one facility impact people and organizations far beyond the facility’s walls.