Fletcher Allen and Inter-Lakes Sign Affiliation Agreement

Fletcher Allen Health Care and Inter-Lakes Health, Inc., in Ticonderoga, NY, signed an affiliation agreement in July 2010 that enables both organizations to work more closely together to meet the health care needs of the Ticonderoga community.

The affiliation builds on a strong foundation of collaboration between the two organizations. For many years, Fletcher Allen, Vermont's academic medical center, and Inter-Lakes Health, a critical access hospital, have participated in a joint telemedicine program that allows health care providers in the Emergency Department at Inter-Lakes Health to consult with trauma care experts at Fletcher Allen on difficult trauma cases. More recently, Fletcher Allen has operated three clinics at Inter-Lakes Health - Cardiology, Dermatology and Neurology - staffed by Fletcher Allen physicians who travel to Ticonderoga on a monthly basis to see patients who need specialty care.

With this new affiliation, there is a commitment to increase Fletcher Allen's clinical collaboration with Inter-Lakes Health in areas such as Emergency Services to bring an even greater level of service to the hospital.

At the time of the affiliation announcement, Sandra R. Bolton, chairperson, Inter-Lakes Health Board of Directors, said, "The leadership and board of directors of Inter-Lakes Health are excited to be affiliating with Fletcher Allen as we greatly appreciate the benefits of an academic medical center to our patients. We see this new partnership as a win-win for everyone involved."

Melinda Estes, M.D., president and chief executive officer at Fletcher Allen, said, "We at Fletcher Allen look forward to this new partnership, which will allow us to work together more closely with our friends at Inter-Lakes Health for the benefit of patients in the Ticonderoga area. In this new era of health care reform, it is more important than ever that we collaborate and coordinate with other hospitals in the region to provide high-quality care to the people in the communities we serve. This aligns with Fletcher Allen's vision, which is to be a national model for the delivery of high-quality academic health care for a rural region."