Fletcher Allen, a Vermont university hospital and medical center, serves all of
Vermont and the northern New York region. Located in Burlington, Fletcher Allen is a regional, academic healthcare center and teaching hospital in alliance with the University of Vermont.
Fletcher Allen Accolades
Fletcher Allen's quality and patient care achievements are often recognized. We are pleased to share some of the many awards and accolades our health care teams have achieved.
U.S. News & World Report Names Fletcher Allen a "Best Regional Hospital" for the 4th Consecutive Year
For the 4th year in a row, U.S. News & World Report has designated Fletcher Allen as a “Best Regional Hospital” after a thorough review of quality indicators and a national survey of specialists. The U.S. News rankings, now in their 25th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. Only 14% of the 5,000 hospitals analyzed earned Best Regional status.
Fletcher Allen has been ranked in the top ten among university hospitals participating in the annual University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) study, for providing safe patient care. The study is recognized as the most important analysis of its kind. UHC is an alliance of nearly all of the academic medical centers in the United States.
Fletcher Allen has been ranked #2 in supply chain efficiency, which involves buying and distributing all clinical and non-clinical items at the lowest possible cost. Among other functions, the supply chain operation makes sure doctors and other providers have the items they need at the time they need them to provide the best care for patients.
Fletcher Allen Health Care made the first annual list of "100 Integrated Health Systems to Know" by Becker's Hospital Review. The rankings recognize systems which have embraced care delivery and payment reform initiatives, including accountable care organizations (ACOs). The list highlights health care systems that focus on the continum of care, from wellness and prevention to emergency, inpatient, outpatient and hospice care.
Fletcher Allen's Stroke Program received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's "Get With The Guidelines" Silver Plus Performance Achievement award for acheiving stroke care benchmarks. The award recognizes the Stroke Program's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
U.S. News and World Report has once again named Fletcher Allen a Best Regional Hospital. The magazine also named twenty-one physicians to its Top Doctors list and recognized five specialties - Orthopedics, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Gynecology, and Nephrology - as High Performing. Twelve of the physicians on the Top Doctors list were ranked in the best 1% nationally.
Vermont's academic medical center was also selected for the U.S. News Most Connected list for the second consecutive year.
U.S. News & World Report has cited two pediatric specialties at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care as being among the best in the nation. The magazine’s health care experts have determined that both pulmonology and gastroenterology care ranks at or near the top 25% of pediatric centers nationwide, qualifying Vermont Children’s for the magazine’s Best Children’s Hospitals list. It is the only children’s hospital identified in northern New England and northern New York state on the list.
Fletcher Allen Recieves Gold Plus Quality Award from the American Heart Association And American Stroke Association For Achieving Stroke Care Benchmarks, 2011
Fletcher Allen's Stroke Program received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's "Get With The Guidelines" Gold Plus Quality Achievement award. for achieving stroke care benchmarks. The award recognizes the Stroke Program's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
To receive the award, the program achieved of 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care.
Fletcher Allen Health Care has received a full three-year accreditation from The Joint Commission following a visit by the commission's site surveyors in August 2011. Accreditation means that Fletcher Allen meets the numerous quality standards of The Joint Commission and continues to be eligible to receive Medicare and Medicaid payments for services provided to patients. The Joint Commission is a non-profit organization that accredits health care organizations on behalf of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Fletcher Allen has ranked 14th among 101 member academic medical centers in the annual UHC Quality and Accountability Study. UHC, formerly known as the University HealthSystem Consortium, is an alliance of the nation's leading nonprofit academic medical centers. The UHC Quality and Accountability Study relies on data from the UHC Clinical Data Base and results from the publicly-reported Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems survey.
Twenty-three physicians and six specialty areas at Fletcher Allen Health Care were recognized by U.S. News and World Report magazine as being the best in Vermont and northern New York for 2011. Half of the 23 physicians were ranked within the top 1% in their specialties nationally. The academic medical center was also honored for being one of the leading hospitals in the nation in the adoption of electronic medical records.
Six adult specialty areas Ear, Nose & Throat, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Nephrology, Neurology & Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics, were ranked as "High Performing." To earn this distinction, performance must be competitive with the level of nationally ranked U.S. News Best Hospitals.
Fletcher Allen Wins National Awards for Sustainable Food Leadership from Health Care Without Harm, 2011
Fletcher Allen Health Care’s innovative food service program has been recognized with two awards from Health Care Without Harm (HCWH), an international coalition of more than 430 organizations in 52 countries, working to transform the health care industry worldwide, without compromising patient safety or care, so that it is ecologically sustainable and no longer a source of harm to public health and the environment. Fletcher Allen won first place in two categories - sustainable food procurement, and public policy and advocacy - to highlight its significant achievements and leadership in improving food service in health care.
Fletcher Allen's Radiation Oncology facility earned gold certification in the nationally recognized Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. LEED is a program overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council, a private non-profit trade organization that promotes sustainability in building design, construction and operations. This is the first hospital project in Vermont to be certified at the gold level, and only the second in New England to achieve this status.
Cigna has added Fletcher Allen Health Care to its centers of excellence transplant network for kidney, pancreas, and simultaneous kidney/pancreas transplants, making it possible for individuals in Vermont to receive this critical care closer to home. To be included in the Cigna LifeSOURCE Transplant Network®, Fletcher Allen's Transplant Program had to demonstrate superior outcomes and meet stringent cost management requirements.
Fletcher Allen Health Care Earned Blue Distinction Center Recognition from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont, 2011
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont announced that Fletcher Allen Health Care earned two Blue Distinction Center recognitions: one for knee and hip replacement, and another for spine surgery. Fletcher Allen is the only northern Vermont hospital and one of two state facilities to earn this designation. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association determines Blue Center Distinctions through a number of demanding criteria, including: the hospital must be fully accredited; physicians and surgeons must be Board Certified, and; the hospital must perform a high volume of appropriate procedures.
Fletcher Allen Recognized by American Heart Association And American Stroke Association For Implementing a Higher Standard of Stroke Care, 2010
Fletcher Allen's Stroke Program received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's "Get With The Guidelines" Silver Plus Performance Achievement award for achieving stroke care benchmarks. The award recognizes the Stroke Program's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
Fletcher Allen Health Care was awarded one of the first accreditations in the nation for breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by the American College of Radiology. The gold seal accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR) certifies that providers are delivering the highest levels of image quality and patient safety. The ACR had previously designated Fletcher Allen as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.
Fletcher Allen Selected by Practice Greenhealth for the Environmental Leadership Circle, Awarded 2011, 2010 & 2009
Fletcher Allen was selected to be in the "Environmental Leadership Circle" by Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading association devoted to environmentally responsible health care. The Leadership Circle awards are given to institutions that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to reducing the environmental footprint of their operations, including environmentally-friendly practices and sustainability. Fletcher Allen participates in dozens of pro-environment initiatives, including seeking out environmentally-friendly products for use in maintaining and cleaning its facilities, selecting sustainable food choices, and composting.
Fletcher Allen is One of New England’s "Best Workplaces for Commuters" in 2010 & 2009
Programs to make commuting easier for employees earned Fletcher Allen a repeat award as one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters by the National Center for Transit Research at the University of Florida. The designation – which is shared with the Campus Area Transportation Management Authority (CATMA) – recognizes employers who meet the Environmental Protection Agency national standard of excellence for offering outstanding commuter benefits. The award recognizes employers committed to improving their communities by reducing traffic congestion and air pollution and improving health and quality of life for consumers. Fletcher Allen employees have demonstrated their commitment to alternative transportation by carpooling (less than half drive alone to work), using public transportation (15%), and riding a bike or walking to work (15%).
Fletcher Allen Receives Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence in Earth Stewardship & Resource Protection, 2010
Fletcher Allen was one of four Vermont organizations to receive the award, which recognizes projects with "measurable and direct benefits to air, land or water – or fish, wildlife and human communities dependent upon a clean and healthy environment." The award citation noted organization-wide projects to improve the environmental impact of Fletcher Allen, including a commitment to local and sustainable food.
Fletcher Allen was named to the list of top 100 hospitals for Cardiovascular Care in the United States in an annual study released December 2009 by Thomson Reuters, Inc. The 11th annual study identifies the 100 U.S. hospitals that set the nation's benchmarks for inpatient cardiovascular care. Thomson Reuters supplies information to professionals working in finance, legal, tax and accounting, healthcare and science, and media fields.
Fletcher Allen has been ranked among the top 100 Integrated Healthcare Networks in the United States, in a survey published by Modern Healthcare Magazine. The annual ranking consists of the 100 most integrated networks out of more than 580 health systems that are graded by Verispan, a health care data and consulting firm, on operations, quality, scope of services and efficiency. An integrated health care network is an organization that has joined together several health care facilities. Fletcher Allen, which ranked 74th on the top 100 list, was one of only nine hospital systems in the New York/New England area that made the list.
Fletcher Allen is one of 50 health care organizations nationwide to receive a Partners for Change Award from Practice Greenhealth, an organization that seeks to advance environmental excellence in health care. The Partners for Change Award recognizes organizations for a demonstrated commitment to environmental practices and sustainability. The Award is presented to those organizations that are working to improve and expand upon their programs to eliminate mercury, reduce waste and prevent pollution.
Burlington, VT is Nation’s Healthiest City
Ninety-two percent of Burlington residents say they are in good or great health – the largest proportion of people in any U.S. metropolitan area, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.