Fletcher Allen Teams with Vermont HITEC to Train Phlebotomists

For Release:  Immediate (December 20, 2011)

Contact:
Steven Lutton
Executive Director, Vermont HITEC
802-399-8540

Kim O'Leary
Fletcher Allen Health Care
802-847-2886

Applications for Free Training Program Due January 9

BURLINGTON, VT – Fletcher Allen and Vermont HITEC announced today that they are recruiting candidates for a phlebotomy training program, which will lead directly to employment at Fletcher Allen. Fletcher Allen employees were informed of this training opportunity last week.  A phlebotomist obtains blood specimens using venipuncture and capillary collection from patients of all ages.  

The training program, made possible with funding secured by Senator Patrick J. Leahy from the U.S. Department of Labor, is offered at no cost to unemployed and underemployed Vermonters, and to current Fletcher Allen staff.

Six individuals will be selected for the eight-week program through an extensive recruitment process. The free training will prepare individuals to take the Phlebotomy Certification exam, issued by the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCA).  Upon graduation from the training, three trainees will fill full time positions, one trainee will fill a 32 hour a week position, and two trainees will fill half time positions. All positions include an apprenticeship and receive full wages and benefits.  Between 2009 and 2011, twenty participants successfully completed a similar phlebotomy training program and were offered positions at Fletcher Allen.

The pay scale for phlebotomists starts at $12.43 per hour with long-term earning potential of up to $18.64 per hour.  However, individuals who complete this program will be hired by Fletcher Allen at a minimum of $13.33 per hour.  The positions will also include a comprehensive benefits package.

NOTE: The submission deadline for phlebotomist applications is January 9, 2012.  To apply, visit the Vermont HITEC website at www.vthitec.org and complete the online application.  For more information or assistance, contact Lisa Spaulding, ITAR Project Leader & Mentor via email at: lisa.spaulding@vthitec.org, 802-872-0660, or by writing to: Vermont HITEC, P.O. Box 1548, Williston, VT 05495.

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. Over the past 10 years, Vermont HITEC has partnered with over 30 Vermont and New Hampshire businesses to employ over 350 Vermonters in the healthcare, information technology and advanced manufacturing fields.

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. Fletcher Allen, along with Central Vermont Medical Center, are members of Fletcher Allen Partners, established to develop a more coordinated system of care throughout the region. Fletcher Allen’s mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen also 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. For more information about Fletcher Allen, find us online at http://www.fletcherallen.org or on our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at

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