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Talking about Difficult Decisions with Loved Ones

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It’s hard to talk about getting sick and potentially dying.  That’s probably why only one out of every four Americans has an Advance Directive (AD) and why distraught family members struggle mightily with what treatments to authorize for a critically ill loved one. Here are some tips for having those difficult discussions: Reframe the discussion: Instead …Read More

Community Rounds: How I Learned That Communication is the Hallmark of Great Health Care

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In May, I was privileged to participate in the Community Rounds program sponsored by Fletcher Allen Health Care and the UVM College of Medicine and College of Nursing and Health Sciences. For more than 25 years, this innovative outreach activity has invited community members like me to come to Fletcher Allen, meet with its leaders, …Read More

Moving Forward Boldly: How OneCare Vermont Brings Health Care Providers Together

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OneCare Vermont is an excellent example of Vermonters partnering to tackle a complex challenge: lowering the cost of health care and providing even greater quality of care.  In our last blog post, we shared what an ACO is, how OneCare Vermont originated, and cleared up some myths about how it operates.  Now, we want to …Read More

Innovation in Nursing

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This article was originally published by the Burlington Free Press on Thursday, July 25, 2013 in the “Innovate” section of the paper.  When you think about innovation in health care, do you think of nursing first? Probably not. It’s a safe bet that new technologies, medicines or surgical procedures are what come to mind. But …Read More

If You Can’t Stand the Heat…

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While Vermont isn’t known for its heat, we all know that once it hits 90 degrees for a few days, it gets oppressive!  And we all know it’s not a dry heat.  Once the high temperatures combine with high humidity you have the recipe for uncomfortable conditions.  We value our summers here in Vermont, and …Read More

Fletcher Allen Named “Best Regional Hospital” for 3rd Year – What That Means for Quality of Patient Care

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This week, Fletcher Allen was named a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for the third year in a row. Additionally, four of our specialty areas – Ear, Nose & Throat, Gynecology, Nephrology, and Orthopedics – were ranked as “High Performing.” We’re very proud. The rankings are a great reflection on Fletcher Allen – …Read More

Tips for the New Mother: The Postpartum Period & Beyond

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Motherhood is a rewarding and exciting time for a new mom and her family. It is also a challenging time, whether you are a new mother learning to care for a newborn, or a seasoned mother juggling the care of a new baby and other children. It is normal to experience a roller coaster of …Read More

National Bike Challenge Takes Off at Fletcher Allen

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The 2013 National Bike Challenge is underway, and once again, Vermont is in the lead amongst all 50 states. The challenge is an exciting health and wellness initiative that encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation. In 2013, the goal is to have 50,000 riders pedal 20 million miles from May 1 to September …Read More

Fletcher Allen Launches First-Ever Community Garden Project For Employees

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This summer, Fletcher Allen employees are gathering on the beautiful rooftop garden at the Medical Center Campus to plant seeds and vegetable starters in their own community garden plots. Fletcher Allen gardener Lisa Hoare, dietitian Maryann Ludlow, and director of nutrition services Diane Imrie have created the community garden project to help employees learn about square-foot …Read More

Kids and Technology: When to Limit it and How

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A few years ago, I was driving my son and his three teammates to a hockey tournament in Montreal when I noticed it was oddly quiet in my car. Looking around, I saw four boys, all best pals, texting each other while they sat in the same car. That is when the GLOVE BOX RULE was born …Read More

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