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.
Profiling Our Patients
As a health care organization, there is nothing more gratifying than positively influencing the lives of individuals and families, often under the most trying of circumstances.
At Fletcher Allen, we are truly humbled to have touched the lives of these special people. We are grateful to possess the resources necessary to provide advanced-level care, and to have highly skilled professionals whose talent and dedication made these stories a reality.
John Evarts regularly travels throughout New England. While on one of his trips, John noticed a distinct burning sensation in his ankle and heaviness in his legs.
Joan Landon was walking from the beach to her Florida condo in the spring of 2010, when a vein in her leg ruptured. She was later diagnosed her with venous insufficiency with varicose veins.
Mike was born with a heart problem known as a bicuspid aortic valve. One of his heart’s four valves – which open and close to control blood flow through the heart – wasn’t shaped properly.
Emily Thole Stark has had problems with her back. She remembers dealing with back pain in sixth grade and again, while playing volleyball in high school.
Brain tumor treatment
Debbie Short’s friends and family started noticing changes in her behavior. A usually outgoing, bubbly person, she seemed depressed and withdrawn.
Carotid artery disease treatment
Roland Brousseau lives life to the fullest. But in the spring of 2010, it became difficult to do the things he enjoyed. "I was sluggish, it just wasn’t me," Roland said.
In May of 2010, just before his 90th birthday, Stan Haggett started feeling short of breath and soon learned he had 90 percent blockages in his arteries and would need surgery.
Brain aneurysm treatment
Marla Blankenship had had migraines before. But she had never had anything like this – a sudden, massive head pain that felt about 100 times worse than a migraine.
Cystic Fibrosis patient & Children's Miracle Network ChampionYou’d never guess by Courtney's energy and ever-present smile that her life has been defined by doctor’s appointments, hospital visits and medications.
Heart Valve & Aortic Aneurysm Surgery
Mark Moye was at Fletcher Allen, being treated for an unrelated condition, when his doctors noticed an alarming decrease in his heart function.
Provided emergency treatment"If it were my daughter, I’d get here as soon as possible." It was a heartfelt recommendation, from one parent to another.
Stroke survivorIt was a warning sign: the disorienting shock of jumbled vision as 44-year-old Tim Boyea prepared to tee off in a golf tournament.
Heart attack survivorTim tried to ignore the cold, clammy weak feeling he first noticed when he got out of the shower. He tried to ignore the weakness in his arms, even as he drove his 42 mile commute.
Treated for heart issuesEarly one morning, in the house he built with his own hands by a sparkling lake in northern New York, 77-year-old David Fayette awoke to some disturbing symptoms.
Stroke survivorEvery weekday morning, Gary Ackerman walks to West Rutland School. It was early on one of those school mornings that Gary realized that he couldn’t move or talk.
Treated for a severe bacterial infectionMerry chaos - that's how an observer might describe Doug and Heidi Sutton's rambunctious Ferrisburgh household, where their four kids tumble around the property in happy unison.
Breast cancer survivorMaureen and George Harriman say they’ve probably made the two-and-a-half hour trip from Tupper Lake, N.Y. to Burlington over 20 times...and it all started with one tiny spot on a mammogram.
Heart attack survivorNinety minutes. 5,400 seconds. Avid runner, Erik Fitzpatrick, would not have imagined that 90 minutes would mean the difference between life and death.
Cancer survivorWayne decided to have a colonoscopy at age 48 — two years before the recommended age for this procedure. That decision may be the reason Wayne is alive today.
Treated for heart rhythm disorderPhysical activity is the centerpiece of 67-year-old Jane Yagoda’s busy life, as co-owner of a kayak touring company.
Treated for a neurological disorderThe sea sparkled as Jamila Headley slowly stood up on her surfboard. This was supposed to have been a pause in Jamila's remarkable young life - a Barbados vacation before graduating.
Treated for multiple gun shot woundsJune 18 was New York State Trooper Amanda Reif’s 29th birthday. It was also the day she almost lost her life.
Treated for shoulder injuryBruce Anderson was repairing a forklift when one of the 300-pound wheels started to roll into a nearby car. He reached out to stop it and felt a pop in his shoulder.
Benefited from Our Health Access ProgramThe night was ink black as Phan Chung stood outside her Burlington apartment gasping for breath. She wondered if she was going to die right here.
Rotator cuff injuryAs a former competitive athlete, Herb Noyes, 55, is no stranger to injury.
Rheumatoid arthritis & knee replacementPhil Gullion has always enjoyed outdoor activities – scuba diving, sailing, skiing, going for nature walks.
Hip replacementDavid Brandt, 52, of Upper Jay, New York, remembers when each step he took was a chore.
Knee replacementClaudia Tudhope, 62, of Grand Isle, likes going for long walks, working in her garden and playing tennis. But persistent knee pain recently forced her to give up some of those things.
Sports injury, kneeIt was only a split second – a fraction of a moment in time – but that’s all it took to make something go terribly wrong for Jesse Beck, 52 of Burlington.
Scoliosis careRachel Baginski was 10 years old and at a routine pediatrician’s visit when she first found out there was a curve in her spine.
Vascular surgery treatment
As highway superintendent of Chazy, N.Y. and the owner of an excavating business, Dick Lewis, 63, is always on the move.
Parkinson's Disease Treatment
Ken Loseby of Rutland was 50 when he first learned he had Parkinson's Disease from his primary care physician.
Stroke survivorIt was a headache. Or that’s what 42-year-old Kristin Laberge thought, as she washed her hair one morning last May.
Diabetes patientFor Sister Mary Boiselle, diabetes was the dark shadow around every corner –her mother, father and brother had developed the condition as adults.