GMC Board approves new inpatient building at UVM Medical Center, sets financial conditions

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GMC Board approves new inpatient building at UVM Medical Center, sets financial conditions

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 1:55pm -- tim

Today, the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) approved The University of Vermont Medical Center’s Certificate of Need (CON) application to build a new building to replace aging inpatient facilities. The $187.3 million project will be on the west side of the Medical Center Campus above the existing Emergency Department parking lot. In approving the project, the board supported the need for the project, and noted the building will improve the quality of health care in the state and that single rooms will provide patients a better care experience. Due to the scope and cost of the project, the board included conditions requiring additional financial reporting and changes to debt financing prior to the start of construction.     

There will be four patient floors, each containing 32 single-occupancy, medical-surgical rooms for a total of 128 inpatient rooms. There will be two floors of mechanical space, and a first floor will provide ambulance access to the Emergency Department entrance. There will not be any increase in the number of UVM Medical Center’s inpatient beds.

“I appreciate the board’s thoughtful review and approval of the project. We still have some work to do to meet the board’s conditions, which will lead to providing patients and families in our region with inpatient facilities that match the high quality of health care our doctors, nurses and staff deliver every day.” said John Brumsted, M.D., president and CEO, UVM Health Network and CEO, UVM Medical Center.

Medical Center staff are reviewing and analyzing the decision and are in the process of developing a plan to address the conditions set by the Board.

Northwest view above. Very top rendering is the southwest view. Courtesy.

About the University of Vermont Medical Center

The University of Vermont Medical Center (formerly Fletcher Allen Health Care), is a 447 bed tertiary care regional referral center serving approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York.  Together with our partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont’s academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. 

Source: The University of Vermont Medical Center. 7.1.2015. The UVM Med Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network, a four-hospital system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve. Our partners are: