Monthly Archives: April 2012

Integrative Health Exhibit

An exhibit on Integrative Health is now on display at the Dana Medical Library.  “Integrative Health: Local Resources, Luminaries and Community Connections” spotlights the research and publications of UVM professors Helene Langevin, MD and Ge Wu, Ph.D.  The UVM College of Medicine is a member of the Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Health, joining 50 other academic centers to further understanding and knowledge in integrative health.

The exhibit defines integrative health and the overall goal of academic health centers to foster an exchange of constructive ideas, bridging Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Conventional Medicine.  The UVM College of Medicine collaborates with the Laura Mann Center to help educate all interested health care providers and medical students about the integration of alternative and allopathic medicine.  Also highlighted in the exhibit is the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on CAM.

Visit the Library to view the exhibit and Dana’s resources on complementary and alternative medicine.

Fletcher Allen Ranks in Top 10% of Integrated Health Care Networks in the U.S.

April 12, 2012

Michael Carrese
Marketing and Communications

Burlington, VT – Fletcher Allen Health Care is in the top 10% of integrated health care networks in the United States according to a quality survey conducted by IMS Health, a Connecticut- based healthcare data research firm. Fletcher Allen is one of only three hospital systems in New England and one of ten in the northeast to make the list.

“We’re proud of this national recognition of Fletcher Allen’s efforts to deliver the highest quality care in the right place and at the right time with the greatest efficiency,” said John R. Brumsted, M.D., president and CEO of Fletcher Allen. “Going forward we’re committed to building on the progress we’ve made in strengthening the integrated delivery system in our region,” he added.

An integrated health care network consists of several health care facilities that form partnerships – either through ownership or formal agreements – in an attempt to improve quality and cost. Nearly 600 regional, non-specialty health care systems were analyzed in the survey which measures the level of integration in organizational operations, quality of care, scope of services and efficiency.

The other two hospital systems in New England were:

Yale New Haven Health System, New Haven, CT
Baystate Health, Springfield, MA

Complete survey results can be found on the IMS website.

College of Medicine Co-Hosts OUR BODY Exhibit at ECHO

By Jennifer Nachbur

Burlington, Vermont’s ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center has partnered with the University of Vermont College of Medicine to bring a fascinating, world class scientific exhibit called “OUR BODY: The Universe Within” to the region. The exhibit opens Saturday, April 14, 2012 and runs until Monday, September 3, 2012.

Both ECHO and the UVM College of Medicine are committed to teaching not only the next generation of scientists and physicians, but the Vermont community, North Country region and beyond. In jointly supporting this exhibit, both organizations aim to inspire all visitors to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the body’s form, function and uniqueness. Dozens of University of Vermont College of Medicine faculty, medical students, and graduate students are contributing to the exhibit experience, providing anatomy expertise, serving as special speakers, and volunteering with school groups.

A traveling exhibit on human anatomy produced by Studio 2 Promotions, OUR BODY: The Universe Within dramatically displays approximately 200 organs, human bodies and other anatomical specimens that provide visitors with a unique opportunity to gain a real “beneath the skin” view of the human body. The ECHO version of this exhibit, which has been scaled down to 6,000 square feet, features actual human specimens that show the body and its parts as they really exist. Each unique specimen has been preserved through a process called polymer impregnation, in which the body’s water and fat is replaced with reactive plastics. The polymer plastic is initially pliable, enabling the specimens to be placed in different life-like positions, and then hardens after infusions. Organs are identical to their preservation state down to the microscopic level.

In conjunction with the exhibit, ECHO is offering a special After Dark OUR BODY: The Universe Within Speaker Series featuring University of Vermont faculty, which runs Thursday evenings, April 19 through May 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and includes two twenty-minute “walk-and-talk” tours in the exhibit. In addition, ECHO’s OUR BODY: The Universe Within website features Educational Resources, including seven videos, created by the UVM College of Medicine’s Medical AV unit and featuring UVM College of Medicine faculty who provide an overview of each of the body systems featured in the exhibit.

Information about admission to ECHO, the OUR BODY exhibit, as well as the Speaker Series is featured on the ECHO website.