Category Archives: Caregiving

Welcome to My House

I have been a nurse at Fletcher Allen Health Care for 30 years now, but my Fletcher Allen story actually started long before that. You see, I was born here way back in the day, when the Patrick and Smith … Continue reading

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Talking about Difficult Decisions with Loved Ones

It’s hard to talk about getting sick and potentially dying.  That’s probably why only one out of every four Americans has an Advance Directive (AD) and why distraught family members struggle mightily with what treatments to authorize for a critically … Continue reading

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Care for Yourself to Better Care for Others

*This story was originally published in the winter issue of HealthSource, Fletcher Allen’s health and wellness newsletter. By Amy Jelen, HomeShare Vermont You’ve probably heard the statement that you have to take care of yourself before you can care for … Continue reading

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Finding Happiness with Aging

Pam Farnham, the Community Health Team Manager of Adult Outreach and Education at Fletcher Allen, offers tips for seniors on staying happy and aging gracefully. This story was first published in Fletcher Allen’s HealthSource wellness newsletter in September. Q:  Why … Continue reading

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Vermont Children’s Hits the “Sweet Spot” for Quality Medical Care

Having grown up in Vermont in a “medical family,” I thought that I knew the quality of our local health care system. It wasn’t until I joined the Vermont Children’s Hospital as an employee however, that I saw just how … Continue reading

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Guest Blogger: A Better Understanding of the Essence of Medicine

In late May, I and 13 other community members had the opportunity to participate in the Community Rounds Internship Program at Fletcher Allen.  In addition to learning specific things about the hospital, such as infection rates, we all had an … Continue reading

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Preventing Hospital Acquired Infections: How Fletcher Allen is Meeting the Challenge

Editor’s Note: This blog originally ran in October 2010; statistics have been updated to reflect current data.  Given community interest in our infection prevention efforts, we wanted to share Dr. Alston’s insights with you again – feel free to share!  … Continue reading

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