Glen Wright to Chair Fletcher Allen Foundation

F O R  R E L E A S E: 
September 17, 2009 

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Maria McClellan      
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BURLINGTON, VT - Fletcher Allen Health Care today announced that Glen Wright has been elected Chair of the hospital's Foundation board.

Wright, a native Vermonter and former managing partner of KPMG LLP's Burlington office, succeeds Edwin I. Colodny as chair of Fletcher Allen's fundraising board.  In addition, Brian Boardman has been elected Vice Chair, and Emily Morrow has assumed the position of Secretary.

"Fletcher Allen has touched both my life and that of my family," said Wright, 60, who suffered two heart attacks in his 50's.   "As a result, I have a great devotion to the hospital and view it as one of the most significant and valuable assets in Vermont and upstate New York. I am honored to serve as chair of the Fletcher Allen Foundation, and I look forward to continuing to build on the success of the philanthropic efforts of the medical center."

Wright's commitment to fundraising for Fletcher Allen also comes from his father, Wilbur Wright, now deceased, who used the hospital extensively, and like Glen, was a cardiac patient. 

"We are extremely fortunate to have Glen Wright step forward to lead our Foundation," said Melinda L. Estes, M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Fletcher Allen. "Glen has deep roots in the community and longstanding ties to Fletcher Allen.  He understands firsthand the value of our academic medical center and the important role that philanthropy plays in helping us achieve our vision of being a national model of the delivery of high-quality academic health care in a rural region."

Other members of the Fletcher Allen Foundation Board include:  Dr. Nancy Binter, Dr. John Brumsted, David Coates, Phil Daniels, Holly Miller, Marc Monheimer, Dr. David Schneider, Roger Stone and ex officio member Dr. Melinda Estes.

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 care 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 http://www.fletcherallen.org/.