Philanthropy at Work 

Medical Center.

Gifts to the University of Vermont Medical Center Fund help improve the lives of thousands of people in Vermont, northern New York and beyond. As medical care continues to advance, we are committed to remaining at the leading edge of research, treatment and prevention—for you, your loved ones and every person in our community. The impact of these gifts—no matter how large or small—is illustrated in the in our 2019 Impact Report. Please click on the image to see these incredible results.

UVM Medical Center Fund - Going Above and Beyond

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:

  • A Learning Garden to Cultivate Patient and Community Health: During four two-hour sessions in the Learning Garden, participants will learn how to grow their own food. This program aims to increase access to affordable healthy foods, improve nutrition education and increase physical activity among participants, as well as have measurable changes in objective health indicators such as BMI, blood pressure and prevention or reversal of lifestyle-related disease.
  • UVM HealthNet Community Paramedicine Outreach Program Pilot: Certified paramedics will provide transition of care services to frequent users of the UVMMC ED and thereby potentially reducing ED use. Services provided by the paramedicine team include medication reconciliation and education, review of discharge instructions, home safety checks, 211 services, follow up appointment reconciliation, weight checks and, when needed, communication with the primary care team. 
  • UVMMC Transgender Youth Program Regional Outreach Project: This project will serve transgender youth and families in the rural area of VT and NY within the UVM Health Network catchment area by conducting a needs assessment, an outreach educational project and also implementing a pilot mobile/satellite clinic in at least 4 different distinct locations: Northeast Kingdom, Rutland County, Clinton County NY and Franklin County NY. 
  • 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.  
  • Home Infusions for Head and Neck Cancer Patients: To improve access to infusion services for head and neck cancer patients, Fund resources have been awarded for intravenous hydration treatments to begin taking place within the patient's home, cutting down on transportation needs and providing a high quality of care and patient satisfaction.
  • Expansion of Culinary Medicine: The culinary medicine program combines nutritional advice with hands-on cooking instructions to provide preventative culinary medicine for patients, employees and the community. Fund resources have allowed the program to increase professional development of providers and patient participation.
  • Nurse-performed Medicare Wellness Visits: With support from the Fund, primary care is conducting a pilot where nurses will conduct Medicare wellness visits, allowing for more time with each patient to provide them with education and resources to meet their wellness goals and devote time specifically to prevention and risk assessment.
  • FAVORS Program: FAVORS serves over 9,000 patients annually, providing them with comfort items such as toiletries, clothing and books while they are in the hospital. The Fund has allowed FAVORS to enhance and expend their offerings and increase the number of individuals served. 
  • Expanded Bereavement Support: The Fund enables an expansion of anticipatory guidance, emotional support, and other resources for patients and families who experience perinatal loss while receiving care in any department at the Medical Center, including the Emergency Department and ambulatory, Peri-Operative and outpatient settings.
  • Caring for Children of Opioid-Dependent Parents: The Fund supports a more family-centered approach for recovering opioid users and their children through expanded assessments of each family member's mental health, psychiatric screenings, and support for ongoing emotional and behavioral issues.
  • Rethinking Chronic Lower Back Pain: The Fund is expanding biopsychosocial care in the Physical Therapy environment for patients living with chronic Lower Back Pain. Using the Keele STarT Back Tool, practitioners can better match patients with treatment plans, resulting in improved health outcomes and greater cost-effectiveness.
  • Training Residents, Reducing Burnout: Curriculum for training neurology residents in Technological, Regulatory, and Financial Aspects of Clinical (TEREFIC) Practice will be developed with support from the Fund. By bolstering knowledge and skills in TEREFIC, this project also aims to prevent physician burnout during and after residency.

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 [dot] Searsonatuvmhealth [dot] org.