Fletcher Allen Partners is planning to change its name and the names of its member hospitals to reflect its affiliation as a larger hospital system, a spokesperson said Wednesday.
Fletcher Allen Partners is the nonprofit parent organization of four hospitals in Vermont and New York — Fletcher Allen Health Care, Central Vermont Medical Center, CVPH Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital.
The organization was founded in 2012 to integrate the delivery of health care in Vermont and northern New York.
The purpose of the name change, which still needs approval from Fletcher Allen Partner’s 17-member board, would be to increase the public’s awareness that the hospital system is affiliated with the University of Vermont Medical School, according to Mike Noble, a spokesman for the organization.
“Somebody in Elizabethtown, N.Y., might not know the hospital is connected with an academic medical center, a center of excellence,” Noble said. “The name change would convey that all these hospitals are affiliated with the academic medical center at the core of it all.”
If you walk into a physician’s office that has Mayo Clinic, the national nonprofit medical clinic and research group, written on the door it inspires confidence and implies a level of quality, and Fletcher Allen Partners hopes to do something similar, Noble said.
The changes will also apply to the parent organization, and is partly driven by the fact that Fletcher Allen Partners doesn’t reflect that the organization is a larger hospital system that stretches beyond the Burlington hospital, Noble said.
Noble would not say what the new names might be, and said a final decision is “many months” away.
“I’m not going to get ahead of the process,” Noble said, adding that the organization would hold a news conference to announce the new names.
The changes will need to be approved by the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office and the New York Department of Health.