The University of Vermont Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine The UVM Medical Center and Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals resumed contract negotiations Monday with an additional federal mediator. The two sides are also meeting Tuesday. The nurses went on a two-day strike July 12 and 13 and have been working without a contract since July 9. The union represents 1,800 nurses at the Burlington hospital.The hospital issued the following statement Monday evening: “Throughout negotiations, we have worked in good faith to reach an agreement that addresses the legitimate concerns raised by the nurses,” said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, president and chief operating officer of the UVM Medical Center. “We have heard what the nurses have told us and over the course of 25 bargaining sessions have made significant proposals to address their concerns. We are hopeful we can find a resolution soon that balances higher wages for nurses with our commitment to provide affordable, high quality care to members of our community.”The UVM Medical Center and representatives of the union returned to the table Tuesday morning.RELATED STORIES:UVMMC nurses go on strike in historic actionNurses union divests from New England Federal Credit UnionAbout the University of Vermont Medical CenterThe University of Vermont Medical Center (link is external) is a 447-bed tertiary care regional referral center providing advanced care to approximately 1 million residents in Vermont and northern New York. Together with our partners at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, we are Vermont’s academic medical center. The University of Vermont Medical Center also serves as a community hospital for approximately 150,000 residents in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. The University of Vermont Medical Center is a member of The University of Vermont Health Network(link is external), an integrated system established to deliver high quality academic medicine to every community we serve.For more information visit www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenter(link is external) or visit our Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and blog sites at www.UVMHealth.org/MedCenterSocialMedia(link is external).