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.
Gary Ackerman, Stroke Survivor
|Every weekday morning, Gary Ackerman walks to West Rutland School,
where he and his wife Lynn teach computer classes. Both graduates of
Rutland High School, Gary and Lynn are raising their two boys in the
place they’ve always called home.
It was early on one of those school mornings that Gary tried to get out of bed, but realized that he couldn’t move or talk.
With a strong family history of heart disease, he wondered if he was having a heart attack.
His son Dwight called 911.
In the ambulance, the paramedics were the first to recognize that Gary was having a stroke.
Says Kirk Dufty, M.D., director of the Rutland Regional Emergency Department, “Quick identification was key. Once the CT scan identified a blood clot blocking one of the blood vessels leading to Gary’s brain, we called Fletcher Allen and asked to speak to a Stroke Center physician.
We were immediately connected to the attending on call. Because of
this rapid response system, we were able to have Mr. Ackerman receive
the care he needed—without a minute to lose.”