Fletcher Allen moves ahead with new inpatient facility

Fletcher Allen Health Care expects to deliver design plans and cost estimates for a new inpatient care facility to the Green Mountain Care Board by the fall of this year.

The state’s largest hospital is planning a multi-story building above its existing Emergency Department parking lot, hospital officials said. The new facility will replace many of the hospital’s aging inpatient rooms with private rooms.

Fletcher Allen announced Thursday that it has hired MorrisSwitzer-Environments for Health of Williston as project architect for design work, and the Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. of Baltimore as the construction management firm for pre-construction planning.

“It’s the right time to invest in renewing our facilities, some of which are 50 years old,” John Brumsted, president and chief executive officer of Fletcher Allen, said in a statement. “They have served us well and we’ve gotten great use out of them. However, they were constructed during a different era in health care. We have remodeled where we can, but new inpatient facilities are clearly needed.”

The hospital received a certificate of need from GMCB, which regulates hospitals in Vermont, in August to pursue a conceptual design. It will seek approval of the construction phase in the fall when the architectural design and pre-construction planning are complete. The application will include building details and cost estimates, hospital officials said.

If approved, construction is expected to take up to three years.

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  • Connie Godin

    Anyone who’ been a patient or visited a patient has to agree this is badly needed.

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