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.
Frederick C. Binter Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Center Debuts
The Frederick C. Binter Movement Disorders Center – a multidisciplinary center for the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders – will debut in 2013.
The Center will encompass a range of facilities and multidisciplinary approaches to problems that affects nearly one-third of the population, with the greatest prevalence in the elderly. It is funded by a $2 million gift from former neurosurgeon Nancy Ratkovitz MD, and her husband Bela Ratkovitz, MD, a former Fletcher Allen neuroradiologist, in honor of Dr. Binter’s father, Frederick C. Binter, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in his early 60’s and passed away in 1996.
The Movement Disorders Center will reflect our organization’s tripartite mission: patient care, education and research. There will be a summer student research fellowship opportunity and an internal granting arm available, and the clinic will bring together health care professionals with specialty training from a number of disciplines, including neurology and neurosurgery.
As part of this effort, a multidisciplinary clinic including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech/language pathology will open in February on the Fanny Allen Campus.
In addition, the center will act as a central coordinator for all the services for people with movement disorders, both within Fletcher Allen and in the community, including psychology, case management, and exercise programs. “There will be one phone number for people to call,” says Fletcher Allen Neurologist Jim Boyd, MD, who developed the plan and has been steering this effort. “The calls will be triaged from there so that patients can more easily identify and access the services they need. Our goal is to streamline each patient’s experience, and make it the best it can be.”
This comprehensive approach to movement disorders will roll out throughout the year. Stay tuned for updates in upcoming issues of ONE.