A world-class teaching hospital and its affiliated medical and nursing schools are the stars of Burlington’s heath care services.
Fletcher Allen Medical Center has Vermont’s only Level 1 trauma center and was the first hospital in the nation verified as such for both adults and children. It performs thousands of heart surgeries each year and its Vermont Cancer Center is one of only 39 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive care centers in the country.
Together, Fletcher Allen and UVM have more than 1,000 active clinical trials under way.
The medical and nursing schools are notable in their own right. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences offers the only nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists in the state. The College of Medicine ranked fifth in U.S. News & World Report’s 2008 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools for quality in primary care training among U.S. medical schools.
UVM’s Dana Medical Library maintains the Vermont Community Health Information Network, which uses the Internet to help match people with providers. The UVM Speech and Hearing Club sponsors periodic free hearing screenings for those ages 7 and up.
The Community Health Center of Burlington on Riverside Avenue provides primary and preventative care, including pre-natal and obstetrics, regardless of financial circumstances. United Way funding helps maintain a sliding fee scale for qualified residents, interpreter services and transportation.
As a popular spot for active retirees, Burlington has wide ranging residential options for older adults. Cathedral Square Corp. has four different sites, ranging from units in an old Victorian mansion to housing on a 6-acre site within walking distance of UVM, assisted living and apartments downtown overlooking Lake Champlain and a center in the city’s North End designed to provide living for older adults of all incomes.
Another popular spot is , which is next to the Chittenden County Senior Center. Family owned and operated for 20 years, Pillsbury Manor has grown with the times and now serves more than 200 seniors.
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