Remedy Partners, a Darien-based risk-bearing entity in Medicare’s Bundled Payments for Care Improvement program, has hired Chip Howard as senior vice president of partner services.

Under Howard’s leadership, Remedy’s partner services team would provide partners use of its suite of tools, resources and capabilities to improve quality of care and cost effectiveness.

Howard has 18 years of experience in payer organizations and previously served as vice president and payment innovations leader in Humana’s Provider Development Center of Excellence.

Dr. Susann Varano is the new resident care specialist for Maplewood Senior Living, a Westport-based operator of senior communities with locations in Bethel, Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Norwalk, Newtown and Orange.

Varanno has experience as a medical director for Clinical Research Consulting, a Milford firm that provides patient care during clinical trials. Previously she created the Elder Horizons program at Yale-New Haven Hospital, having completed her residency at Yale University.

Long-time Darien resident Graham Goodrich has been named to the Boehriner Ingelheim Cares Foundation’s Steering Committee.

The foundation is a Ridgefield-based nonprofit organization with a mission to improve patients’ lives and strengthen communities in Connecticut.

Goodrich joins a group of cross-functional leaders who provide strategic input and make community investment decisions. In addition to this responsibility, Goodrich is vice president of marketing for Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals’ diverse portfolio of diabetes products. His career includes more than 20 years of marketing, sales and management experience in biopharmaceutical and management consulting industries.

The Stamford Health Medical Group received Level Three Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its primary care practices, which include offices in Stamford, Greenwich, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan and Wilton.

This is the highest distinction awarded to medical practices by the NCQA for the use of evidence-based, patient-centered processes focusing on highly coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships between clinicians and patients.

More than 70 percent of Prime Bank shareholders have approved Stamford-based Patriot National Bancorp’s planned acquisition of Orange-based Prime Bank, company officials reported last week. The merger, which is expected to close by the end of this year, will result in a new Patriot Bank branch in Orange.

Patriot also operates banking centers in Stamford, Norwalk, Greenwich, Fairfield, Trumbull, Milford, Westport, Darien, as well as two in Westchester County, N.Y.

Connecticut is receiving $3.2 million as part of General Motors’ $120 million settlement with states nationally, according to Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, after an investigation into whether GM concealed ignition switch problems in seven models.

Affecting 9 million vehicles, the recall fixed ignition switches that could move out of the “run” position into the “accessory” or “off” positions, rendering inoperable key systems like power steering, brakes and air bags.