An Integrative Medical Center That Brings Innovation, More Accessibility, and a Higher Quality of Life to Vermonters

Vermont Business Journal The University of Vermont today announced a broad new initiative that will bring innovative, multidisciplinary, evidence-based health care to our region. Funded by a $5.5 million grant) drug.

“The Osher Center will help advance our focus on serving the people of Vermont and beyond,” said UVM President Suresh Garimella. “As a research and education center for holistic healthcare, this new center will help us achieve our strategic goals of serving Vermont, investing in research strengths, and ensuring student success. We are grateful to the Osher Foundation for their continued trust and their generous new investment in the future of UVM and Vermont.”

A recognized leader in integrative clinical and educational programs, UVM joins an international collaborative network of ten academic institutions—from Harvard and Northwest to the University of Washington and UC San Francisco—as a center of excellence for integrative healthcare focused on improved patient care and wellbeing.

“We are pleased that the University of Vermont has become a member of the Osher Collaborative for Integrative Health, given the institution’s reputation as a champion of integrative care and the strong collaboration among its several health sciences divisions,” said Mary Bitterman, president of the Bernard Osher Foundation. “UVM has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to our mission to improve the quality of life and has the expertise and innovative culture to drive sustainable and meaningful change in the areas of health and wellness.”

“This grant has the potential to improve the lives of many patients in Vermont and Upstate New York. As our region’s academic medical center, we are proud to be partnering with the University of Vermont on this new assignment,” said UVM Medical Center President and COO Steven Loeffler, MD. “All communities served by the UVM Health Network will benefit from the innovation made possible by this partnership while supporting our mission to provide high-quality care that improves people’s lives.”

Integrative medical practices allow patients to take better control of their quality of life, rather than relying solely on medications or invasive procedures.

For example, the UVM Medical Center’s Comprehensive Pain Management Program, led by John Porter, MD, Chief of Comprehensive Pain Management, has gained nationwide attention through its use of a multidisciplinary integrative clinical team dedicated to chronic pain management and a new comprehensive system that allows payment for comprehensive services. not traditionally covered by health insurance plans. Porter will lead the new center.

“The national movement for integrative care brings together all we know about the proven benefits of a wide range of treatments, including acupuncture, mindfulness, movement, reiki, nutrition, and culinary medicine,” said Porter.

Interest in integrative care has grown as health systems and individual service providers look for effective value-based solutions for a wide range of chronic conditions in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Integrative approaches have attracted the attention of health systems because they show more positive results at a lower cost than some traditional approaches.

The center’s political arm will benefit from Vermont’s health care reform progress to achieve greater health equity, especially in rural and underserved communities. Studies that show promise in urban areas will be tested in rural areas where people live further away from health care providers.

“UVM and the UVM Medical Center are playing an important leadership role in delivering healthcare in our region and in the conversation about making quality care more accessible to the community,” said Patricia Prelock, UVM Provost and Senior Vice President.

The Osher Center will report to Prelock, who is also a former dean of UVM’s College of Nursing and Health Sciences and an internationally recognized researcher in the field of autism spectrum disorders. In addition to appointing Porter as director of the center, the center’s leadership team includes Kara Feldman-Hunt, deputy director; Kim Dittus, MD, Medical Director of Oncology Support Services; and Karen Westervelt, Ph.D., Director of Education Program.

The Osher Center will include practitioners, educators, researchers and students from the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the Larner Medical College. And it will serve the patients and clinics of UVM Medical Center, UVM Cancer Center and the entire UVM healthcare network. Together, UVM’s patient care, research and education extend beyond Vermont to New York and other New England states.

“The Osher Center represents a rare and important opportunity to come together as ‘One UVM’ for the benefit of people in our immediate community and throughout Vermont,” Prelock said. “It will showcase UVM at its best – building a healthier society.”

Plans for the new center include space on the main Burlington campus and offices at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington South. The center is expected to be operational by the end of this year.

About the University of Vermont

Since 1791, the University of Vermont has been working to move humanity forward. UVM’s strengths align with the most pressing needs of our time: the health of our communities and the health of our environment. Our size—large enough to offer a breadth of ideas, resources, and opportunities, but close enough to allow for close mentorship between faculty and students at all levels of learning—allows us to address these interconnected issues through interdisciplinary research and collaboration. Providing an unparalleled educational experience for our students and ensuring their success is at the heart of what we do. As one of the nation’s first land-grant universities, UVM advances Vermont and society at large by discovering and applying new knowledge.

“UVM” is an abbreviation for the Latin Viridis Montis University (in English, Green Mountains University).

BURLINGTON, VA – University of Vermont 06/23/2022

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