Vt.’s largest hospital approved to plan expansion

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Burlington’s Fletcher Allen Health Care has been given permission by Vermont health care regulators to spend $3.7 million to begin planning a new inpatient bed facility that would replace some hospital rooms that are 70 years old.

If constructed, the new building with up to 128 beds would take the hospital’s oldest patient rooms out of use for acute patient care.

Fletcher Allen officials announced Thursday that the Green Mountain Care Board had issued a Conceptual Development Phase Certificate of Need to begin the planning process.

Once the planning has been completed, the hospital would ask the board for a certificate of need to build the project.

The hospital says it needs new inpatient rooms that are consistent with modern hospital design standards.

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