Kinney Drugs Foundation donates $250,000 to UVMMC inpatient building

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Kinney Drugs Foundation donates $250,000 to UVMMC inpatient building

Thu, 07/13/2017 - 3:34pm -- tim

Dr John Brumsted, CEO of the UVM Medical Center, and David McClure, president of the Kinney Drugs Foundation (front row center, l to r) gathered with senior leaders of both organizations to mark a $250,000 donation from the Kinney Drugs Foundation to the Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building.  The donation will sponsor gathering spaces for families of oncology and cardiology patients in the facility, which is being constructed to increase the number of single-bed rooms at the hospital. 

Vermont Business Magazine The Kinney Drugs Foundation is donating $250,000 to provide supportive spaces for families in the Robert E and Holly D Miller Building at the University of Vermont Medical Center, which will contain 128 new single-patient rooms. Completion of the building is expected in the Fall of 2019. Patients in the Miller Building will experience enhanced quality of care due to the privacy, space for families, and healing environment single-bed rooms provide. Studies show that facilities designed with the needs of patients and families in mind result in better outcomes and a better experience overall. Currently, only thirty percent of patient rooms at the UVM Medical Center have one bed.

The gift will be recognized with the naming of two of the four “Family Lounges” located in the building (one in Cardiology and one in Oncology). These rooms provide comfortable seating, natural light, and tables where family and guests of Miller Building patients can gather for quiet time.

“We’re so grateful for the generosity of the Kinney Drugs Foundation, which has been a longtime donor to the UVM Children’s Hospital, and the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Campaign,” said Eileen Whalen MHA, RN, president and chief operating officer of the UVM Medical Center.  “We are especially appreciative of their recognition that families need respite and support as they help care for their loved ones. We consider families part of the care team, and these spaces are just one of the ways we can help them manage the critically important and often taxing role they play.”

“The Kinney Drugs Foundation Board saw this as a perfect fit because the Miller Building project fulfills the joint mission of the Foundation and the UVM Medical Center to help people live healthier lives,” said Foundation President David McClure. “We are proud to be part of a wonderful community that supports constant improvements to our health care system.”

This donation will help the UVM Medical Center surpass the $24 million mark toward its goal of raising $30 million from the community for the Miller Building.


Fact Sheet: Robert E. and Holly D. Miller Building

Location: Medical Center Campus, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, VT

Function: The building will connect with existing facilities and house 128 single-occupancy patient rooms on four floors, replacing outdated double-occupancy rooms in current inpatient areas. This will result in the medical center having 85-90% of the medical/surgical beds located in up-to-date, single-occupancy rooms with private bath, facilitating the goal of providing patient and family-centered care.  Currently, only 30% of the medical/surgical beds are located in single-occupancy rooms.

Exterior Finish: Stone and glass to match adjoining structure

Cost: $187.7 million with $30 million coming from fund raising activities

Size: Seven levels, 180,000 square feet

            Level 1: Modified Emergency Department Entrance

            Level 2: Mechanical Space

            Levels 3 – 6: Inpatient Rooms, 32 rooms on each level, designed with staff, patient & family input.

While future flexibility is anticipated, initial services by floor are as follows:             

Level 3 –Cardiothoracic, Vascular and Bariatric Surgery patients;

Level 4 – Cardiology patients;

Level 5 – Oncology patients & related surgical services;

Level 6 – Orthopedic patients.

Level 7: Mechanical Space

Construction Start: Spring 2016

Building Completed and Occupied: Planned for summer 2019

For information on the project or to donate, visit or call the UVM Academic Health Sciences development office at 802-656-2887.

For additional information about the project visit:

Watch the construction live:

About the Kinney Drugs Foundation
The Kinney Drugs Foundation began in June 2002. It is the philanthropic arm of KPH Healthcare Services, a leading community pharmacy and retail business in New York and Vermont. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over $9 million to charities. KPH Healthcare Services is comprised of four divisions: (1) Kinney Drugs, a 114-year-old chain of nearly 100 full-service drug stores located throughout New York and Vermont; (2) Health Direct Institutional Pharmacy Services, which serves long-term care and alternative care needs; (3) ProAct, Inc., a pharmacy benefit management company with sales offices throughout the country and a mail-order pharmacy; and (4) Noble Health Services, a specialty pharmacy that dispenses medications used to treat complex and chronic diseases. KPH Healthcare Services is an employee-owned company with more than 3,600 employees that provides the highest quality pharmacy and healthcare services. Every aspect of KPH’s business is guided by the values of excellence, moral responsibility, and community spirit.

About the University of Vermont Medical Center
The University of Vermont Medical Center  is a 447-bed tertiary care regional referral center, including the UVM Children’s Hospital, providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York.  Together with our partners at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont 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 approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. 

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

Source: UVMMC 7.13.2017