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Fletcher Allen Named “Best Regional Hospital” for 4th Year – What That Means for Quality of Patient Care

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Fletcher Allen was named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for the fourth year in a row. Additionally, three of our specialty areas – Gynecology, Orthopedics, and Urology – were ranked as “High Performing.” We’re very proud. The rankings are a great reflection on Fletcher Allen – our people, our processes, and ...Read More

Vermont Now One of Top 3 States for Lyme Disease

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Ten or 20 years ago, most Vermonters never gave Lyme disease a second thought. It was a distant threat, something that people in, say, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey or Massachusetts worried about. Now you don’t even have to leave the Green Mountain state to hear about someone’s experience with Lyme disease. That’s because ...Read More

Life Jackets: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know (& Need to Know!)

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Summer is so many things to all of us. For many, it means fun on and in the water: swimming, boating, water skiing – and much more. We are lucky to live near some beautiful places for recreation on the water. There is one important accessory for any summer adventure on the water: a ...Read More

From the Midwife: Do I Need a Birth Plan?

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If you are pregnant, chances are you spend a good amount of time thinking, worrying, and learning about what labor and birth will be like. And for all the time that women spend preparing mentally and physically for this significant event, one would think that it would simply play out just as we want ...Read More

Fruit: The Best Ways to Add Fruit to Your Diet

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Summer is a great time for fruit – berries, stone fruits, and melons are at peak ripeness and flavor. It’s also the perfect time of year to focus on eating more fruit every day, and develop the habit of including fruit with every meal and as a focus of snacks. Why? Eating fruit provides ...Read More

From Patient to Intern: How One Girl’s Experience with a Life-Threatening Illness Turned Her Into a Vermont Children’s Hospital Champion

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Hello, my name is Victoria LaRen. I am currently the Development Intern for the Fletcher Allen Health Care Foundation. My passion for Vermont Children’s Hospital began when I was six years old and admitted to the hospital with a rare life-threatening illness called Congenital Intestinal Gestational Malrotation. Every year, my determination for raising funds ...Read More

Shape Up: Fletcher Allen Launches Facebook Summer Fitness Calendar

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Do you want to shape up this summer? Fletcher Allen Health Care wants to help you achieve your goals! We have launched a new Facebook Summer Fitness Calendar for you. During July and August, we will have a new calendar post every day featuring a tip about physical fitness, nutrition, stress management, and simple ...Read More

Deep Vein Thrombosis: A Survivor’s Story

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Two years, three months, and 24 days have passed since November 25, 2011 – the day my life changed forever. I awoke around 3 a.m. that day with a sensation in my chest area that I will never forget. It was not until I sat up that I noticed my heart was racing so fast ...Read More

Make Way for Baby: 8 Tips for a More Comfortable Labor & Birth

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People often track a woman’s labor progress by how much her cervix is dilating (opening), but much more is happening during labor. With each contraction, a woman’s uterus pushes her baby down into her pelvis, and the baby tucks and turns to find its way through. A woman feels intense pressure and stretching as ...Read More

Skin Safety: Risk Factors for Skin Cancer – and Safety Tips You Can Use Today!

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Summer is here – and Vermonters are finally able to get out and enjoy the sunshine. However, when we are out in the sun, we risk damage to our skin from ultraviolet (UV) radiation if we do not take the proper safety precautions. Researchers have identified excessive UV light exposure as an important risk ...Read More