UVM Medical Center reopens inpatient rehab at Fanny Allen

January 15, 2022 GMT

COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont Medical Center has reopened its inpatient rehabilitation facility at its Fanny Allen campus in Colchester after working more than a year to solve an air quality issue, the hospital said.

The issue made some staff feel dizzy and nauseated.

A team worked throughout last year with outside experts to assess and renovate Fanny Allen’s outdated system of filtration, ventilation, air conditioning and heating units that didn’t allow for “optimal airflow” in spaces where staff reported symptoms, according to a news release, the Burlington Free Press reported.

Inpatient rehabilitation was moved to UVM Medical Center’s main campus in late October 2020. No patients experienced dizziness or nausea, and all staff who had symptoms were treated and recovered, the hospital said.


Air quality data continued to be safe throughout the ordeal, the news release said.

“We committed to return to this space only when we were sure it was safe, and are happy to be able to use it again,” Dr. Stephen Leffler, president and chief operating officer of UVM Medical Center, said in a statement. “We will continue to closely monitor air quality and safety going forward to ensure that the renovations are working as intended.”

The move frees up beds on the main campus as UVM Medical Center plans to improve access to health care and reduce delays for medical appointments.