A Letter from Our Foundation Chair & Executive Director

Welcome to GIVING

In this first issue of the New Year, we have a great deal to share with you and much to look forward to. 2013 will bring new opportunities and challenges as we continue to grow our philanthropic efforts to benefit patients and community. Your generosity and support makes this possible, enabling us to provide the highest quality of medical care and research.

In December, as many of you know, we bid farewell to Natalie Fleischman, our vice president for Development. Natalie and her family are off to the West Coast where she has joined Stanford University's Medical Center Development team. This is a wonderful opportunity for Natalie and we wish her all the best. On the home front, we are pleased to welcome Ted Winfield as our Interim Director of Development as we search for a new, permanent Vice President of Development.

Here are a few highlights from this issue:

  • Fletcher Allen releases its 2012 Highlights of the Year report. The report provides a snapshot of Fletcher Allen's initiatives and achievements over the past year — from health care reform to heart research to philanthropy.
  • Big Change Roundup Bandits hit the saddle to round up spare change for Vermont Children's Hospital. This is our largest fundraising event of the year and we're off to a great start. It's not too late to join up!
  • A Vermont couple shares their story about the gift of their son and the amazing care they received from the team in Infertility and Reproductive Medicine at Fletcher Allen.

I hope you enjoy reading these stories and thank you for helping us continue the tradition of philanthropy established by Mary Fletcher and Fanny Allen many years ago — in service to the patient, community and medicine.


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Brian Boardman
Foundation Chair

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Ted Winfield, Interim Director of Development

Ted Winfield, Interim Director of Development

Interim Director of Development Appointed

In late January, Ted Winfield joined the Fletcher Allen Foundation as Interim Director of Development. He will work with Theresa Alberghini DiPalma, Senior Vice President of Marketing and External Relations, to provide oversight for the Foundation team as Fletcher Allen conducts a national search for a new Vice President of Development.

Ted brings extensive leadership experience to the position. Most recently, he served as Associate Vice President for Budget and Resource Management at the University of Vermont and as Senior Associate Dean for Finance and Administration for the UVM College of Medicine. His past work experience also includes serving as Vice President for Operations for the University Health Center, prior to the formation of Fletcher Allen, and as Vice President of Marketing and Program Development for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont.

"We are thrilled to have Ted join our team," said Alberghini DiPalma. "He is a gifted leader, a strong strategic thinker and a fine person."

Fletcher Allen Highlights of the Year 2012

Fletcher Allen Highlights of the Year

Fletcher Allen recently released its 2012 Highlights of the Year report. The report provides a snapshot of Fletcher Allen's initiatives and achievements over the past year — from health care reform to heart research to philanthropy.

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Big Change Roundup for Kids

Big Change Roundup for Kids

Victoria LaRen, Children's Miracle Network Champion

Victoria LaRen, Children's Miracle Network Champion

Big Change Bandits Back in the Saddle

It's time to rustle up your stray pennies, nickels and dimes and join the Big Change Roundup for Kids. Sign up to be a bandit and gather your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to form a posse and start collecting change. Help us reach our goal of $250,000! If you're a local business, consider matching or contributing a percentage of a school's donation. One-hundred percent of the funds raised stay local and directly support Vermont Children's Hospital programs and services to improve children's health and well-being.

Visit www.bigchangeroundup.org to register and learn more. You can also listen daily to WOKO 98.9 FM to learn about events and fundraisers supporting Big Change in and around your community. We'll "round up" all your change March 8-11, so come join us at the NEFCU Coin Counting Corral at participating Walmart stores.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact Sheriff Emily at (802) 847-9548 or Emily.Wright@vtmednet.org or Sheriff Jackie at (802) 847-4508 or Jacqueline.Woodwell@vtmednet.org.

Jackie Woodwell Emily Wright

Two new event specialists join the Foundation team – Jackie Woodwell (left) and Emily Wright (right).

New Event Specialists Join Foundation Team

Fletcher Allen recently hired two new event specialists to join its Foundation team. Jackie Woodwell and Emily Wright both came on board last October.

Jackie, who re-located to Vermont from the Seattle, Washington area, brings a great deal of experience to the position, having worked as a community relationship manager with the American Cancer Society and as a YMCA senior director in Washington State.

"I am thrilled to be working with the Foundation team," Jackie said. "I'm looking forward to building on and strengthening relationships in the community, and further involving community members in our fundraising events."

Emily, a Saint Michael's College graduate who grew up in Maine, previously worked at Otter Creek Brewing Company as its visitor center manager and marketing coordinator. She also has served as an events coordinator for Saint Michael's College.

"It's great to be part of a wonderful team of dedicated, talented people in our Foundation office," Emily said. "We have many great Fletcher Allen events to look forward to!"

Melissa and Jay Desautels, Grateful Patients

Melissa and Jay Desautels sit with their son.

Couple Grateful for Personal, Compassionate Care

Early one February morning in 2011, Melissa and Jay Desautels were on their morning commute to Burlington when Melissa got a call from a nurse at Fletcher Allen. She put the phone on speaker so they could both hear the news they had been waiting to hear for two years: they were going to have a baby.

"We just stopped the car as we were heading down the driveway," Jay said. Melissa started crying. "I was nervous and then elated. We drove to work happy!" she said.

The Hinesburg couple had been trying to conceive for about a year when they decided to run tests to see if anything was wrong. In late 2009, Melissa's doctor at Maitri Health Care for Women referred them to Fletcher Allen for infertility testing. The tests showed no underlying issue or reason why they couldn't conceive.

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Fletcher Allen President and CEO John Brumsted, M.D., and CVPH Medical Center President and CEO Stephens Mundy

Fletcher Allen President and CEO John Brumsted, M.D., and CVPH Medical Center President and CEO Stephens Mundy.

CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital Join Fletcher Allen Partners

CVPH Medical Center in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and Elizabethtown Community Hospital in Elizabethtown, N.Y., recently announced approval of a corporate affiliation between the two organizations' parent company, Community Providers, Inc., and Fletcher Allen Partners.

The affiliation took effect January 1 and is subject to confirmation by the New York Supreme Court, expected within the next two months. It is part of Fletcher Allen's on-going work to build an integrated delivery system for the region through improved collaboration and coordination of care.

Under the proposed affiliation, CVPH and Elizabethtown Community Hospital would join Fletcher Allen and Central Vermont Medical Center in developing and implementing system-wide initiatives and programs that promote their shared objectives. Each health care institution retains its own board, management, and medical staff.

In its first year, Fletcher Allen Partners improved quality of care systems and practices and greatly reduced costs for Fletcher Allen and Central Vermont Medical Center as the organizations worked to fully integrate clinical and administrative operations. By coordinating supply chain purchasing, human resources programs and other initiatives, the organizations were able to save approximately $1.1 million.

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Frank Ittleman, M.D.

Frank Ittleman, M.D.

Fletcher Allen Receives Major Gift in Honor of Frank Ittleman, M.D.

A former patient of cardiothoracic surgeon Frank Ittleman, M.D. has donated $1 million to Fletcher Allen to establish a professorship in Dr. Ittleman's name at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The creation of the Frank P. Ittleman Professorship will be used to help attract and retain a nationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon in the future.

The donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, and an acquaintance both were treated successfully in recent years by Dr. Ittleman, chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Fletcher Allen and professor of surgery at the College of Medicine. The donor was also inspired by a $1 million performance grant in June, 2012 from Tom and Mary Evslin of Stowe to support advanced cardiology research at Fletcher Allen and the College. The Evslins helped create the Cardiovascular Angel Club to encourage similar giving.

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Runners at the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon

Runners at the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon.

Join Team Fletcher Allen for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon

Fletcher Allen will again be participating in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon's Miles for a Mission program as part of this year's marathon on May 26. By joining Team Fletcher Allen, runners can help raise funds to support our oncology rehabilitation program, Steps to Wellness.

Two-person and 3- to 5-person relay teams are available. Each runner will be asked to raise a minimum of $250 to benefit the Steps to Wellness program. Best of all, the allocation of relay teams is hassle free through Fletcher Allen! Runners who sign up with Team Fletcher Allen don't need to enter the Vermont City Marathon's lottery process. Teams will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

To learn more about the program or to register a team, go to our Team Fletcher Allen website or call Emily Wright at (802) 847-9548 or Emily.Wright@vtmednet.org.

Golf Tournament 2012

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

Golf Tournament Registration Open, Sponsorships Available

Come enjoy a day of golf while helping raise funds to support children's health. Sign up for our 24th annual Fletcher Allen Golf Tournament to benefit Vermont Children's Hospital. This year's tournament takes place Monday, July 15 at Burlington Country Club.

Registration is now open!

  • Team: $1,000 — includes 1 foursome with a mulligan and a throw.
  • Single Player: $250 — Single players will be matched up with a team or other individual players by tournament organizers.
  • 19th Hole Reception Only: $30
  • Sponsorships: Sponsorship opportunities are available starting at $500.

For information visit our website www.fletcherallengolf.org or contact Jackie Woodwell at (802) 847-4508 or Jacqueline.Woodwell@vtmednet.org.

Melissa White

Melissa White

98 Miles Foundation Donates $85,000 to Vermont Children's Hospital

The 98 Miles Foundation, based in Barton, Vermont, recently donated $85,000 to Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen to support families of patients with cystic fibrosis. This is the 11th year the Foundation has provided this funding. The donation helps family members meet unexpected expenses when their loved ones are undergoing transplant operations, no matter where the surgery is performed.

The Foundation was formed in 2000 by David and Kathy White, the parents of Melissa White of Barton, who died in 2004 at the age of 22. The organization is named after the number of miles from Barton to Burlington that Melissa and her family had to travel for treatment at Fletcher Allen.

"Melissa received tremendous community support when she had her double lung transplant, and it was her hope that other families could receive the same kind of help. It is gratifying that more than ten years after we started the Foundation we are still fulfilling her wish with the support of so many great people from Vermont and across the country," said Kathy White.

"We're so grateful to the White family for all they have done and continue to do to support our patients facing transplantation," said Thomas Lahiri, MD, director of Pediatric Pulmonology at Vermont Children's Hospital.

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Kohl's Department Store presents a check to representatives from the Kohl's Kids Bike Smart Program.

Kohl's Department Store presents a check to representatives from the Kohl's Kids Bike Smart Program.

Kohl's Department Store Supports Pediatric Injury Prevention

Kohl's Department Store at the University Mall in South Burlington recently presented a $29,000 check to representatives from the Kohl's Kids Bike Smart Program overseen by the Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen. The grant is part of an annual program funded by Kohl's and designed to support pediatric injury prevention programs at Vermont Children's Hospital. Kohl's has donated nearly $171,000 since 2004 for this purpose.

In partnership with Local Motion of Burlington, KKBS is a bike skills training program that teaches kids how to ride bikes safely with the goal of keeping them active and injury free. During the school year, KKBS loans its trailer full of bikes, equipment and supplies to Vermont schools interested in conducting bike skills trainings for students in grades K-8. In the summer, KKBS works with municipal parks and recreation departments to incorporate bike skills into summer camps.

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