TICONDEROGA - Fletcher Allen Health Care and Inter-Lakes Health, Inc., in Ticonderoga, have signed an affiliation agreement that will enable both organizations to work more closely together to meet the health care needs of the Ticonderoga community. Inter-Lakes Health is more commonly known by its historical name: Moses-Ludington Hospital.
This formal 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.
"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," said Sandra R. Bolton, chairperson, Inter-Lakes Health Board of Directors. "We see this new partnership as a win-win for everyone involved."
"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," said Melinda Estes, M.D., president and chief executive officer at Fletcher Allen. "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."
About Inter-Lakes Health
Inter-lakes Health, formally known as Moses-Ludington Corporation, is a family of health services located in Ticonderoga, between Lake George and Lake Champlain in the Adirondack Mountains. Inter-lakes Health services patients from Essex, Warren and Washington Counties. The not-for-profit family members include Moses-Ludington Hospital, a 15-bed Critical Access Hospital, Heritage Commons Residential Health Care, a 84-bed nursing home, Moses-Ludington Adult Care, a 23-bed adult home, the Inter-Lakes Dental Clinic, and Lord Howe Estates, a 43-unit HUD Section 8 202 multi-family housing complex for low income elderly.
Inter-Lakes Health is the sole provider of safety-net services for an area with a local resident population of 14,000 that welcomes approximately 15,000 additional summer residents, and we're there for the estimated 200,000 summer tourists who pass through our corner of the mountains. Additionally, Inter-Lakes Health maintains working relationships with care providers from around the region to help support the community's health needs.
Our mission is to be a caring, community responsive health care partner that promotes wellness, individual dignity, and quality and value.
It is our vision to facilitate a coordinated continuum of quality, cost-effective health services which include acute and emergency services, assessment and referral, primary care, long- term care, restorative services, education and community outreach. To learn more, go to www.interlakeshealth.com.
About Fletcher Allen
Fletcher Allen Health Care, together with its partners at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, is Vermont's academic medical center. Our mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve by integrating patient care, education and research in a caring environment. Fletcher Allen serves as a regional referral center -- providing advanced care to approximately one million people in Vermont and northern New York -- and as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties.
Fletcher Allen now has affiliations with three northern New York hospitals - Inter-Lakes Health (Ticonderoga), Alice Hyde Medical Center (Malone) and Canton-Potsdam Hospital (Potsdam). With more than 30 patient care sites and 100 outreach clinics, programs and services throughout the region, Fletcher Allen is committed to being a national model for the delivery of high-quality academic health care for a rural region.
For more information about Fletcher Allen, go to http://www.fletcherallen.org.