Fletcher Allen Receives $13 Million Gift

Miller Gift is Largest in Hospital’s History

BURLINGTON VT – Fletcher Allen Health Care announced today it has received the largest gift in its history from Vermont philanthropists Bob and Holly Miller of Burlington who are donating Holly Court, a 15- acre commercial site in Williston valued at $13 million.

“We are extremely grateful to the Millers for this very generous donation,” said John Brumsted, M.D., president and chief executive officer at Fletcher Allen.  “With this gift, the Millers have demonstrated a huge commitment to Fletcher Allen and to its future.  This valuable asset opens up a myriad of opportunities for us, including relocation of some non-clinical functions.”

“Our association with Fletcher Allen goes back decades,” said Bob Miller. “Holly and I are very pleased to be able to make this gift to help provide flexibility in Fletcher Allen’s overall facilities planning.”

The Millers have been strong supporters of the hospital and academic medical center since the early 1980’s when they became involved with the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.  They have also made significant contributions to major facilities projects at Fletcher Allen over the past several decades, and Holly Miller is a founding member of the Fletcher Allen Foundation Board - the entity that guides the organization’s philanthropic efforts. 

In addition, the couple has provided leadership gifts to:

  • Establish the Holly and Robert Miller "Caring for Nurses Initiative" at the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences (2010)
  • Create Fletcher Allen's Rural Palliative Care Network (2011)
  • Institute a new fellowship in hospice and palliative care for advanced practice nurses at the Vermont Palliative Care Collaborative (2012)

Their interest in and support of palliative and end-of-life care includes Holly's founding membership on the Vermont Respite House board and a lead gift for the initial construction.  Holly also serves as a council member of Madison-Deane Initiative, a program under the Visiting Nurse Association's umbrella of end-of-life services.

Bob and Holly support a number of other local organizations, including their own scholarship program to assist college-bound students who attended the Integrated Arts Academy at H. O. Wheeler in the old north end.  They have been generous supporters of Champlain College, The Visiting Nurse Association, UVM and the King Street Youth Center, to name a few.

“We want to give back to our community – it brings great meaning to our lives,” said Bob Miller.  “And our interest is in helping those organizations that help others in need and make a difference in our community.  We are fortunate to have a medical center such as this and I feel strongly it is deserving of our support.”

Approximately 35 staff are located at Holly Court, many of whom are engaged in managing and delivering supplies and equipment from inventory. The remainder of the larger building is being vacated to allow Fletcher Allen to make full use of the space as part of its future facilities planning. Fletcher Allen also occupies space in the smaller building along with a scientific supply company.

Millers Make Brief Remarks on Gift
Millers Discuss Gift and What They Hope It Achieves