Fletcher Allen Teams with Vermont HITEC to Train Phlebotomists, 2009

For Release: Immediate (January 9, 2009)


 Julie A. Davis
Executive Director, Vermont HITEC
802-343-2539Kim O’Leary
Fletcher Allen Health Care 

Applications for Free Training Program Due January 26 

BURLINGTON, VT: Fletcher Allen Health Care and Vermont HITEC announced today that they are recruiting candidates for the partnership’s first clinical training program, which will lead directly to employment at Fletcher Allen.  Also for the first time, Fletcher Allen  has extended this training opportunity to current hospital employees. 

A total of 10 program participants will be trained to work directly with patients as full-time phlebotomists.  A phlebotomist obtains blood specimens using venipuncture and capillary collection from patients of all ages.

The phlebotomist program is conducted under the auspices of the Fletcher Allen Workforce Development Institute, a partnership between Fletcher Allen and Vermont HITEC. The Institute is funded with support from Senator Patrick J. Leahy. The phlebotomist program follows on the success of four previous training programs implemented by the partnership between Fletcher Allen and Vermont HITEC over the past four years. It is funded with support from the Vermont Department of Economic Development and the Vermont Department of Labor. 

The training programs are targeted to unemployed and underemployed Vermonters, and for the first time, current Fletcher Allen staff, and are offered free to selected participants.  Successful graduates of the program will be offered positions at Fletcher Allen at the completion of the 8-week course. 


"We deeply value our partnership with Vermont HITEC, which has grown into a long-term commitment to train Vermonters for jobs in the health care industry – not just today, but for many years to come," said Melinda L. Estes, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen.                                

"We fill the gap between motivated individuals and employers looking for trained staff," added Gerry Ghazi, President of Vermont HITEC.  "Our goal at Vermont HITEC is to provide motivated Vermonters with the opportunity to acquire the skills needed for great jobs at highly successful organizations here in Vermont - these health care training programs are an excellent way to match Fletcher Allen with exceptional individuals.  We are excited to have grown our training programs to prepare participants for clinical careers."

Individuals will be selected for the training program through an extensive recruitment process. They will be required to participate in a free 8-week training program and one-year paid internship, at full wages and benefits, at Fletcher Allen.  The free training will prepare individuals to take the Phlebotomy Certification exam, issued by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA).  The pay scale for phlebotomists starts at $11.59 per hour with long-term earning potential of up to $17.37 per hour.  However, individuals who complete this program will be hired by Fletcher Allen at a minimum of $12.69 per hour.  The positions will also include a comprehensive benefits package.

NOTE: The submission deadline for phlebotomist applications is January 26, 2009.  To apply, visit the Vermont HITEC website at www.vthitec.org and complete the online application.  For more information or assistance, contact Lisa Gorman, ITAR Project Leader & Mentor via email at: lisa.gorman@vthitec.org, 802-872-0660, or by writing to: Vermont HITEC, P.O. Box 1548, Williston, VT 05495.

About the Fletcher Allen/Vermont HITEC Partnership
The Fletcher Allen Workforce Development Institute was created in partnership with Vermont HITEC to help address critical workforce development needs by training unemployed and underemployed Vermonters for jobs that are persistently difficult to fill. The institute is designed to be flexible to match current workforce needs.

Fletcher Allen and Vermont HITEC developed their partnership in 2004 with funding assistance from both the State of Vermont and the U.S. Department of Labor.  The first Vermont HITEC training session was conducted over an eight-month period in an intensive training program for 20 medical transcriptionists.  This work-at-home program was followed by the launching of a more formal health care workforce development training institute developed with the support of a $325,000 federal grant secured by Senator Patrick Leahy.  The federal funding allowed for the implementation of the workforce institute and associated programs. Senator Leahy has since secured another $588,000 Federal Earmark to support additional training programs.

Funding for the phlebotomy program is offered in part with support from the Vermont Department of Economic Development and the Vermont Department of Labor. To date, a total of 58 Vermonters have been trained and offered positions at Fletcher Allen Health Care as a result of these programs.

About Vermont HITEC
Vermont HITEC is a 501C (3) non-profit organization with a mission to educate, train and employ Vermonters in a variety of fields. Vermont HITEC has employed over 300 Vermonters over the past seven years in medical transcription, information technology and manufacturing partnering with over 20 Vermont businesses including Fletcher Allen, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Hazelett Strip Casting Corporation, IDX Systems (GE Healthcare) and Dealer.com.

About Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont’s academic medical center.  Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment.  Fletcher Allen serves as a regional referral center – providing advanced are to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York – and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties.  With more than 30 patient care sites and 100 outreach clinics, programs and services throughout the region, Fletcher Allen is committed to being a national model for the delivery of high-quality academic health care for a rural region.  For more information about Fletcher Allen, visit our Web site at www.fletcherallen.org.