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.
Inpatient Bed Replacement
We are going to be making a major investment in health care for the people of Vermont and northern New York, by creating facilities that will match the high quality of health care that our doctors, nurses and staff deliver each and every day. We need to modernize and replace outdated inpatient buildings to increase the number of single-occupancy rooms - the current standard of inpatient care. Our oldest inpatient buildings date back more than 50 years, and many rooms are doubles that do not offer adequate space and privacy. New facilities will greatly enhance our efficiency and will be more cost effective over time. Most importantly, they are a better space to care for our patients - enhancing quality, privacy and healing, and also providing more room for their families.
Inpatient Bed Replacement FAQs
We’re proposing an inpatient bed replacement building that includes up to 128 medical/surgical patient rooms. This does not add beds but will allow us to place more of the beds we do have in private rooms. Current hospital design standards require private rooms for new hospital construction. With these additional rooms, we can increase our single-occupancy rate from 42% to 85%. We plan to locate the new building next to our Emergency Department, located on the west side of our Burlington campus.
Why are we doing this now?
Now is the right time to invest in updating our facilities, some of which are 50 to 70 years old. They have served us well and we’ve gotten great use out of them. However, they need to be replaced or remodeled to meet today’s hospital design standards.
- Currently, many of Fletcher Allen’s inpatient rooms are double rooms that do not provide adequate space for patient care. By creating more single bed rooms, we can provide enough space in inpatient rooms for families and medical equipment.
- Newer, more spacious rooms will also improve quality of care by allowing us to continue to more effectively practice infection prevention, one of our highest priorities.
- Having more inpatient rooms means we can make better use of the beds we have. For example, we won’t have to leave a bed empty because of infection concerns.
What will this cost, and how can the hospital afford it?
We are going through a planning process right now to determine a final cost of the project, which will be included in the Certificate of Need (CON) application that we file with the State later this year. We will make this information publicly available at that time.
Like any prudent family or business planning big projects, Fletcher Allen has been putting aside funds into our reserves for the past several years to support these projects. Because of our prudent operating practices and financial stability, we are in a good position to issue bonds for additional funds. We have also been receiving donations to support this effort, and will continue to engage interested donors and community members. For the inpatient project, our fundraising goal is projected to be $30M.
Who has been involved in the process?
The detailed planning process has included patients, families, physicians, nurses, staff and community leaders and neighbors, as well as design, planning and construction teams. To ensure our new building is patient and family-centered, we are getting input from patients and families in a variety of ways: through participation in design groups, interviews, and via written feedback in patient satisfaction surveys.
What’s the project timeline?
We plan to submit a Certificate of Need (CON) application to the State of Vermont by the end of September 2014. After the regulatory review period is completed, we will finalize design planning and then move into a three-year construction phase.
Who is doing the construction for this project?
MorrisSwitzer~ Environments for Health of Williston is the project architect, and The Whiting Turner Contracting Company of Baltimore, MD is the construction manager, partnering with Neagley & Chase Construction Company of South Burlington, VT. MorrisSwitzer is one of the few architectural firms in the country devoted exclusively to healthcare. They designed our Vermont Children’s Hospital inpatient unit, the Walk-In Clinic at Fanny Allen, and several other Fletcher Allen projects in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. They are also designing the new Mother-Baby unit which is under construction now. Whiting Turner has over a century of construction experience and prominent healthcare clients like Johns Hopkins, Cleveland Clinic, and Kaiser Permanente.
Who can I contact with questions?
Dave Keelty, Director of Facilities Planning and Development, at 802-847-8443 or Dave.Keelty@vtmednet.org.