Fletcher Allen Exceeds $3.8 Million Fund Raising Goal

Fletcher Allen Exceeds Fundraising Goal

(Top) Foundation Board member Marc Monheimer and his wife Louise Stoll chat with Natalie Fleischman, executive director of the Fletcher Allen Foundation, at the Foundation Board reception.

(Bottom) Ed Colodny, founding chair and honorary director of the Foundation Board, and Lois McClure, honorary director of the Foundation Board.

Fletcher Allen's Foundation Board and Development staff recently celebrated a successful year, with the organization surpassing its FY12 goal of $3.8 million – raising $3,905,212, a 24 percent increase over FY11. These funds go to support many important services, including research into cancer and heart rhythm abnormalities, children's services, psychiatric care, cardiology testing and many other programs.

"We are truly fortunate to be surrounded by a giving community that continues to support this organization and the patients and families we serve during these uncertain economic times," said John Brumsted, M.D., president and chief executive officer. "We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has given to Fletcher Allen over the past year. We know there are many pressing needs out there. Your generosity is truly extraordinary, and makes it possible for us to provide our community with the highest levels of care and service every day."

Foundation Board members and contributors, Fletcher Allen trustees, senior leaders and Development staff marked the year's end with a reception in early September. The group also formally welcomed University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan and his wife Leslie Black Sullivan, who attended the gathering. President Sullivan assumed his role as the 26th UVM president in July, coming from the University of Minnesota, where he served as senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.

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Evslin Family Makes Major Gift

Drs. David Schneider, director of Cardiology, and Peter Spector, director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, with Mary and Tom Evslin.

Evslin Family Makes Major Gift for Heart Research; Encourages Others to Give

Tom and Mary Evslin of Stowe recently announced a $1 million performance grant for Fletcher Allen to support heart research into atrial fibrillation, a type of rapid heartbeat that affects approximately 5.5 million Americans.

The Evslins also announced the creation of the Cardiovascular Angel Club, an informal group working to encourage similar philanthropy. The Club, which recently met in September, holds sessions twice a year. At these sessions, top cardiology researchers at Fletcher Allen and UVM share the details of their work; philanthropists then can choose specific projects to support or help spread the word about the leading edge research being done at Fletcher Allen.

The Evslins recently joined Drs. David Schneider, M.D., director of Cardiology at Fletcher Allen, and Peter Spector, M.D., director of Cardiac Electrophysiology, at the September 5th Foundation Board meeting. They discussed the Angel Club and the importance of philanthropy to fund critical research in the wake of declining federal investment. This get-together is part of the Foundation's Philanthropy at Work program that brings together grateful patients and their physicians – giving Foundation Board members the chance to learn about patients' care experiences and fundraising needs firsthand.

Those interested in joining the Cardiovascular Angel Club should contact Natalie Fleischman, Vice President of Development, at (802) 847-2887 or

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Cancer care at Fletcher Allen and the Vermont Cancer Center.

Bequest from Morrisville Woman's Estate Funds Medical Research

Barbara G. Stevens, a long-time resident of Morrisville, Vt., wanted to support medical research at Fletcher Allen. A $525,000 bequest from her estate will fulfill that wish. A total of $400,000 is being directed to the Vermont Cancer Center at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen for cancer research. An additional $125,000 will be directed to the University of Vermont Medical Group Research Fund. Mrs. Stevens died in April 2011 at the age of 85.

"Our physicians are dedicated to the pursuit of new knowledge through discovery," said Paul Taheri, M.D., M.B.A., president of the UVM Medical Group. "Mrs. Stevens' gift will have a significant impact on our continuing desire to learn, to innovate, and to test groundbreaking new treatments."

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Annual Fund Dollars Support Efforts to Help Those at Risk for Suicide

Team members involved in the suicide risk assessment project (from left to right): Sanchit Maruti, M.D., William Cats-Baril, Ph.D., Isabelle Desjardins, M.D., and Robert Althoff, M.D.

Annual Fund Supports Efforts to Help Determine Suicide Risk

A $20,000 grant from the Annual Fund will support efforts to improve suicide risk assessment – with the ultimate goal of helping patients at risk for suicide access the treatment and services they need.

The project, led by Isabelle Desjardins, M.D., medical director of Inpatient Psychiatry at Fletcher Allen, aims to create a new assessment tool to evaluate suicide risk in patients, based on the judgment of experienced psychiatrists. The tool will then be used by clinicians of various backgrounds and levels of training.

The grant will go towards the first phase of the project, which involves convening a panel of nationally-recognized experts to guide development of the assessment tool. During a two-day workshop in October, the panel will review the literature and assess hypothetical cases. Panel members will then examine the cognitive process that leads a psychiatrist to believe that a patient is at risk.

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Lauren Curry, Grateful Patient

Lauren Curry enjoys the woods behind her home.

Cardiac Patient Grateful for Expert Care with Human Touch

It was shortly after Thanksgiving when Lauren Curry, a mother of two young children, went to see her doctor at Milton Family Practice. She was having back trouble after being rear-ended in a minor car accident.

As the intake nurse took her pulse, she noticed something unusual. "You've got a heart murmur," she said. Lauren had never heard this before and, at first, she didn't believe it. But an echocardiogram at Fletcher Allen a few weeks later indicated otherwise: Lauren had an atrial septal defect, a large hole between the top chambers of her heart that had been with her since birth.

It was shocking news. "I was 34 years old. I'd been an athlete my whole life and was perfectly healthy," Lauren said.

Her cardiologist, Marc Tischler, M.D., director of Fletcher Allen's Echocardiology Lab, explained the damage caused by the defect – her heart was distended and there was a large amount of blood flowing in the wrong direction – and told her the options for fixing it.

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Circle of Giving: Fletcher Allen's Grateful Patient Program

Fletcher Allen's Circle of Giving initiative – which will launch in early 2013 – gives grateful patients the opportunity to say thank you or make a donation in honor of an individual caregiver. The donations can then be directed, either by the patient or the employee, to a specific clinical program, helping continuously improve care for others. For more information, contact the Fletcher Allen Foundation at (802) 847-2887 or Email:

Golf Tournament 2012

In the swing of it, at this year’s golf tournament.

23rd Annual Golf Tournament Raises $75,000 for Vermont Children's Hospital

This year's golf tournament, held last July at the Burlington Country Club, was a great success, with the most players we've had to date and a net total of $75,000. Twenty-eight morning teams and 34 afternoon teams enjoyed a day of delicious meals, golfing contests, music played by the all-employee band Eva Channel, a raffle and a live auction. These funds will support families, programs and services at Vermont Children's Hospital. Key sponsors this year included Farrington Construction, Sugarbush, Farrell Distributing, People's United Bank and Fidelity Investments.

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Young Fairway Fundraiser

Gavin Shamis at the golf course.

Young Fairway Fundraiser Brings in $1,600 for Vermont Children's

When eight-year-old Gavin Shamis heard about the Fletcher Allen Golf Tournament two summers ago, he wanted to help raise money for the hospital that was treating him for leukemia. With donations of lemonade from Shaw's Supermarket and cookies from Doubletree Inn, he set up a lemonade stand on the Burlington Country Club golf course. At the end of the day, he had raised $500 for the Vermont Children's Hospital.

This year, inspired by that success, Gavin set up his lemonade stand again – with a goal of doubling last year's amount. With help from his sister and dad, Gavin was able to collect $1,100 in donations by the end of the July 16th tournament.

But he didn't stop there. He announced that he wanted to triple last year's earnings. So after the tournament, Gavin brought a giant pretzel jar to the banquet and continued to solicit donations. As the evening began to wind down he was still short about $200. Two generous individuals stepped up and donated $100 each, helping Gavin meet his goal. At the end of the evening, he presented Lewis First, M.D., chief of Vermont Children's Hospital, with just over $1,600.

Gavin, a Burlington fourth-grader, is already thinking about ways to at least double what he raises next year and is hoping to find matching sponsors.

Team Fletcher Allen

Runners at the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon.

Fletcher Allen, UVM Runners Raise Funds for Cancer Rehabilitation Program

At the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon on May 27, runners on Team Fletcher Allen joined with runners from the University of Vermont College of Medicine to raise funds for Steps to Wellness, a new rehabilitation program for cancer survivors. The runners included patients and staff from Steps to Wellness. Team Fletcher Allen raised $12,940 and the College of Medicine team brought in $30,000 – contributing a total of $42,940 for the program. The joint fundraising is part of an ongoing effort to strengthen Fletcher Allen's collaboration with UVM and work in partnership on fundraising activities and events.

Wake Robin Residents

President and CEO John Brumsted, M.D., with Lois McClure and Betty Woods at Wake Robin.

Wake Robin Residents Learn About Integrated Delivery System

Earlier this year, President and CEO John Brumsted, M.D., spoke to a group of residents at Wake Robin about Fletcher Allen's work to develop an integrated delivery system for the region. Dr. Brumsted was graciously invited to the Shelburne community by Lois McClure, Betty Woods and Estelle Deane.

"Health care reform is pushing hospitals and providers to collaborate and create efficiencies," Brumsted told the group. "At Fletcher Allen, we are partnering with other hospitals in our region to improve quality, increase access and reduce costs. The goal is to be highly coordinated with the other folks who deliver care to this region without duplication and overlap, and using resources efficiently."

Last fall, Fletcher Allen entered into a formal affiliation agreement with Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) in Berlin and created Fletcher Allen Partners, a new parent organization with governing powers over both Fletcher Allen and CVMC. Efforts are nearing completion to bring Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh and Elizabethtown Community Hospital, a 25-bed critical access hospital serving Essex County, New York, into Fletcher Allen Partners, along with Fletcher Allen and CVMC.

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Rockville Market Farm

Eric and Keenann Rozendaal, owners of Rockville Market Farm, a Fletcher Allen Nutrition Services Partner.

Fletcher Allen Hosts Health Care Reform Forum on October 24

Is high-quality health care that’s also affordable just a dream? Not in Vermont. Please join us on October 24 as Fletcher Allen brings together leaders from the hospital community, business community and representatives from state government to discuss new ways to deliver high-quality, affordable health care to Vermonters. Fletcher Allen CEO Dr. John Brumsted, Central Vermont Medical Center CEO Judy Tartaglia, Dartmouth Hitchcock Executive VP Steve LeBlanc, Green Mountain Care Board member Al Gobeille, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont CEO Don George and Mitch Fleischer, CEO of the Fleischer Jacobs Group, are among the experts who will address the opportunities and challenges facing the nation – and how we in Vermont are taking a leadership role in today’s dynamic health care environment.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Sheraton Conference Center, S. Burlington

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