Officials at Vermont's largest hospital say the number of overdoses of heroin and other opiate drugs being treated in the emergency department has gone from about 40 cases a month three years ago to 60 this past August.
Health care providers at Vermont's largest hospital have developed techniques that reduce the number of potentially fatal infections that a generation ago were considered an inevitable byproduct of treating acutely ill patients.
Vermont's largest hospital is seeking approval to increase its budget by nearly 5 percent.
The Burlington Free Press reports that Fletcher Allen Health Care wants to raise an additional $44 million next year to cover operating expenses and new health reform initiatives, add 282 full-time positions and begin planning for a new building.
The proposals have been submitted to the Green Mountain Care Board, which has set a 3 percent cap on the budget growth it allows for hospitals. Hearings are set for Aug. 27-29.