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SVMC Issues Flu Alert and Visitor Policy Update

To help protect the community, patients and staff, SVMC has temporarily restricted its Visitor Policy, requesting that people who have the flu or flu-like symptoms not visit patients. These symptoms include cough, fever, diarrhea, rash, or known exposure to a contagious illness in the past 14 days. Additionally, no visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed in the hospital until further notice.

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SVHC Foundation Welcomes Two To Its Leadership Team

The SVHC Foundation Board of Directors consists of 20 members. Directors are nominated by members of the board. The SVHC Foundation's mission is to engage in development and fundraising activities exclusively for the support of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Corporation.

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Health Matters: Antibiotic Resistance And What You Can Do About It

In fact, the time between when a new antibiotic is introduced and when resistance starts to be noticed among bacteria has fallen from 10 years to just 1. These developments have given rise to the "super bugs." These bacteria can be resistant to nearly every antibiotic developed to kill them.

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Opens Dental Practice

The practice is now open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the newly renovated suite 104 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington. Both patients with and without dental coverage will be accepted.

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New Nurse Joins SVMC's Emergency Department

Roberts earned a dual master's degree in nursing and as an acute and primary pediatric nurse practitioner from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In addition, she holds a master's in nursing with adult acute and critical care nurse practitioner certification from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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SVMC Hosts Life Hacks Meme Competition for Teens

The program at SVMC aims to use memes created by students to influence the attitudes and behaviors of their peers, increase feelings of self-worth, and reduce the risks of developing chronic diseases.

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SVMC Waiting Rooms Now Kid-Friendly Thanks to Bennington Bank

A "dingy" waiting room at the Women's and Children's Unit was brightened up with new wall colors and paintings, new seating and several interactive play areas with an underwater theme, all with a large window looking out at the Green Mountains. A similar makeover was done to the waiting area in the pediatrics practice but with a jungle theme.

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SVHC Adds New Member to its Board of Trustees

With more than 20 years of health insurance leadership experience, O'Grady serves as executive vice president of commercial and Medicare business and chief marketing officer for Capital District Physicians' Health Plan.

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SVMC Earns Highest Medicare Rating in Vermont

CMS launched its overall quality rating system in July 2016. Each year, hospital ratings are calculated based on a weighted average of up to 57 quality indicators.

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SVHC Taps New Head of Ambulatory and Continuing Care Services

In her new role at SVHC, Marano will provide administrative leadership to the hospitalís 19 primary and specialty care practices, Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and several hospital-based services, including Imaging, Laboratory, and Rehabilitation services. She will also work to develop the health systemís strategies for creating additional community health care programs.

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SVHC Honors Employees with 2017 Putnam Awards

One award every year is presented for each of the organizationís five core values: quality, empathy, safety, teamwork and stewardship. The employees who received the awards are noted standard bearers and role models within the organization.

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Berkshires Beat: BArT Students Help Puerto Rico, Local Community

The students put on a dance and hosted a "Penny Wars" event to reach their fundraising goal.

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SVMC Cancer Center Welcomes New Oncologist

Brooks earned her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She holds a PhD in molecular biology from Princeton University in New Jersey and both bachelor's and master's degrees in biological sciences from Stanford University in California.

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Vermont Regulators Declare Centers for Living and Rehabilitation Deficiency Free

Last month, five surveyors from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living arrived unannounced for their yearly survey. They reviewed the facility for three days to check that the nursing home is meeting each of more than 300 standards covering every aspect of care, including administration, cleanliness, nursing care, activity programming, protection of resident rights and food service.

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Appoints One to Board of Trustees

Kelly works as the chief financial officer for The Boma Project, a 106-employee international non-profit headquartered in Manchester, Vt., which works to relieve poverty in East Africa.

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Weathering the Storm: What to Do If You Catch the Flu

According to a recent study reported by the Centers for Disease Control, flu vaccination reduces the risk of flu illness by 40 percent to 60 percent. By taking other precautions, like hand washing and avoiding close contact with those who are ill, in addition to getting a flu shot, you get excellent overall protection.

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SVMC Wins Magnet Prize for Nursing Program

The prize was given for SVMCís Transitional Care Nursing Program, a part of the Accountable Community for Health Project. It is the highest honor that can be granted to a Magnet organization. Only one Magnet Prize is given worldwide each year.

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SVMC Grant Enables Data Collection to Boost Patient-Centered Care

On Thursday afternoon, Houle joined Cluett, doctors from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and officials from Aircast to discuss the grant, which is enabling SVMC Orthopedics to adopt Dartmouth-Hitchcock's GreenCare Model, a data-gathering research program DHMC has been using since 2011.

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New Doctor Joins SVMC's Emergency Department

Neal earned his medical degree from University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed a combined internal medicine and emergency medicine residency at Vidant Medical Center and East Carolina University, Brody School of Medicine in North Carolina.

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Health Matters: The Hidden Benefits of Local Food

If you are not accustomed to shopping at a farmers market, it is a great time to check it out. What you'll find there ó in addition to the festival atmosphere, friendly neighbors, live music and delicious ready-made ethnic foods ó are conditions that make it easier to eat healthfully.

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SVMC Seeks Hospital Artifacts, Personal Histories as Hospital Turns 100

As Southwestern Vermont Health Care prepares to celebrate its centennial in 2018, its art and archives department is seeking photographs, memorabilia, medically related antiques, and even patients, long-time employees, and their family members to help document the health system's history.

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SVMC ExpressCare Practice Welcomes New Physician Assistant

Racela earned her certificate in Physician Assistant Studies from Yale University School of Medicine in Connecticut and a Master of Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska. She completed her undergraduate education in biology from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams.

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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation Names 2017 Vision Award Honorees

This year, SVHC will honor a physician and a family for their efforts to advance the health system's vision of healthier communities. The honoree for SVHC's 2017 Health Care Leadership Award is Dr. Brian Cunningham. The Hoyt Family is the recipient of SVHC's 2017 Distinguished Community Service Award.

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Centers for Living and Rehabilitation Earns Medicare's Highest Rating for Patient Care

The CMS rating system is designed to assist the public in choosing care for themselves and their family members. Facilities are rated based on results of health inspections; levels of staffing, including the number of registered nurses providing care; and quality measures, including patient outcomes, infection rates, pressure ulcers, and falls.

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