In the name of economic development, these are extremely exciting times for the Deerfield Valley! Southwestern Vermont Medical Center seeks to modernize and expand its facility and services at 34 Route 100.
SVMC’s focus and funding of this project is anchored to this very small spit of land (only), which is shared with its neighbor of over 40 years, Deerfield Valley Rescue, with very little elbow room for a larger facility, and the need for additional parking.
Management of both organizations have seized this opportunity to work together, and have found a solution which provides each entity with full control of their facility and room to grow. DVR has researched many facilities, for sale and not for sale, leaving no feasible location unexplored. Sprague’s property on Adams Drive in Wilmington (opposite side of Route 100 from Blue Mountain Produce), is nearly a shoe built to fit, in a prime location with access, suitability, potential expansion, and it’s for sale!
With a new ambulance scheduled to hit the pavement as this paper hits the newsstand, the opportunity has come at a time of financial challenge. DVR has met this challenge with capital campaign, which has had much success, and is expected to exceed $200,000 before the leaves are off the trees this fall.
Now, back to economic development in the valley. Projects which can fall under the heading of economic development here in the valley often require the state’s Act 250 permit process and hearings; they’ll create jobs, traffic, tourism, and additional burden on our EMS infrastructure. DVR’s affirmation that they can handle the demand, is key part of the approval process.
Numerous EMTs, paramedics, nurses, and even doctors began their professional health care careers as volunteer responders at DVR. Many of these folks have moved on from the valley, several still serve, promoting our community’s increase in health services and demand.
The future site of DVR, already an eye-catching, prominent structure along Route 100 between Wilmington and Dover, will be a constant reminder of it’s existence and value to our residents and guests. This too, shall promote additional volunteers, subscribers, and benefactors. Not to mention, what SVMC’s improved facility shall accomplish!
Yes, these are exciting times for economic development, health care expansion and community growth indeed! I’d like to extend DVR’s strong appreciation, and financial support it has been provided with thus far from a variety of supporters. This appreciation is not limited to those whom have written checks; it extends to our supporters and partners who are going out on a limb to conduct a benefit, or contribute proceeds of an event in DVR’s name.
Very truly yours,
Steven E. Adams
Deerfield Valley Rescue