UVM Medical Center Fund - Going Above and Beyond

Safety Devices

Excellence isn’t enough for us at the UVM Medical Center: every day, we pursue even better approaches to the compassionate care we give to our patients, the cutting-edge biomedical research we conduct, and the education we provide to our students and trainees.

Without the UVM Medical Center Fund, these new approaches would never take flight. The fund includes “unrestricted” gifts from donors who allow us to direct their contributions toward the ideas that have the best chance to move the human health needle – but haven’t yet received the validation required to qualify for other funding sources, like insurance reimbursement and federal grant funding or ongoing budget support.

Adding to their special status, many Fund initiatives are chosen by a committee comprised of leadership, staff, and volunteers from across UVM Medical Center – further ensuring these initiatives have the full weight of the Medical Center community behind them.

Below are just a few of the extraordinary endeavors supported by the UVM Medical Center Fund:

Safety Devices
  • First-Ever Orthopedic Device: Ronald Moulton, a CT Technologist in the Radiology Department, received Fund support to build a special new orthopedic device that solves a critical issue: how to safely scan patients in traction. 
  • Nurse Leadership Training: The Fund enabled 12 outstanding nurses to receive their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree, helping them provide even better patient care while opening doors to new professional opportunity.
  • New Psychiatry Exercise Space: David Tomasi, PhD and the Department of Inpatient Psychiatry wanted more patients to experience the proven benefits of exercise – so they’re using Fund resources to double the amount of dedicated exercise space.
  • Stress Management for Chronic Conditions: Our Employee Wellness team received Fund support to launch Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) for caregivers, who are then passing these techniques along to their chronic disease patients.
  • Unique Dialysis Technology: Fund resources are allowing Christopher S. Morris, MD, Professor of Radiology and Surgery, to develop a novel dialysis “anchor” that will prevent many patients from requiring catheterization – a complex, expensive treatment that takes a big physical toll.  
Learn more about these UVM Medical Center Fund grant-winning projects.

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If you are an employee of the UVM Medical Center and want to learn about the grant program, please contact Allison Searson at 802-656-5270 or email Allison.Searson@uvmhealth.org.