3 New Hampshire hospitals get 5-star score

Published: 12/31/2017 9:00:14 PM

Vermont officials fed up with residents bringing in cheap booze from New Hampshire want heavier penalties for trafficking booze.

Commissioner of Liquor Control Patrick Delaney told Vermont Public Radio that tax-free alcohol from the Granite State has created a bootlegger’s route from New Hampshire to New York, where excise taxes on booze are especially high.

Delaney says his enforcement officers have seized two such shipments in the last six months. Both involved tens of thousands of dollars of liquor.

It’s unclear how prevalent such shipments are, but he said the $1,000 fine isn’t a sufficient deterrent. He’s asking state lawmakers to boost the fine to $5,000.

Vermonters are permitted to bring up to 9 liters of distilled spirits across state lines. That’s the equivalent of one case of 750-milliliter bottles.Associated Press

The federal government has given its highest rating to three New Hampshire hospitals in its latest quality scores.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rates hospitals on more than 50 measures covering patient experience, timely delivery of care, readmissions and death rates from certain conditions. The most recent ratings give five stars to three of New Hampshire’s 26 acute care hospitals: Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester and Saint Joseph Hospital in Nashua.

Nationally, fewer than 10 percent of hospitals got five stars.

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