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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 SVMC’s 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 — in addition to the festival atmosphere, friendly neighbors, live music and delicious ready-made ethnic foods — 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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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Wins Two Regional Marketing Awards

SVHC received a Silver Lamplighter Award for Digital Strategy, including the integration of website, social media, and e-newsletter content. In the category for Community Relations Events, the health system's Jump Rope Challenge was also honored with a Silver Lamplighter Award.

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New PA Joins Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's Emergency Department

Evankow earned his master's degree in Physician Assistant Studies from University of New England in Maine and his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Vermont.

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SVMC Becomes 24-Hour Drug Take-Back Location

The MedSafe collection receptacle is located in the lobby of SVMC at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. It looks like a mailbox, featuring a one-way medicine drop. It can be used to dispose of unused or expired controlled substances, non-controlled substances, and even over-the-counter medications. The lobby is open 24 hours a day.

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Centers for Living and Rehabilitation Welcomes New Medical Director

Dr. Poole has served as a hospitalist with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center since 2008 and has been a member of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians since its inception in 2012. In addition to his roles as a hospitalist and as medical director of CLR, Dr. Poole is hospitalist director and medical director of medical affairs.

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SVMC Podiatry Residency Graduates First Resident

Six residents remain in the program. They are incoming third-year residents Suzanne McGuire and Evan Yoo, second-year residents Marie "McCamie" DeArmon and Jeffrey Pantano, and first-year residents Cody Anderson and Kurt Malkames.

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Avoiding the Top Six Hiking Injuries

For a carefree hiking experience, hike with friends or on trails you know well and with daylight to spare. Also take precautions to prevent the most common hiking-related injuries.

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SVMC Launches ExpressCare Service at Northshire Campus

The service will be available 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Both SVMC Northshire and Northshire ExpressCare are located at 5957 Main Street, Route 7A, in Manchester Center.

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Centers for Living and Rehabilitation Graduates Four New LNAs

Holly Buckley, Brian Cody, Laura Lampman and Kourtnie Lamson finished the three-week, 120-hour course on June 6 and passed their LNA examination on June 26.

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SVMC Announces Winners of SVMC Orthopedics Active Lifestyle Photo Contest

The contest drew nearly 70 entries between January and April. Participants' photos were judged based on creativity, photographic quality, genuineness, connection to local community, and relation to an active life. Judges included Dr. Jonathan Cluett and a team from SVMC Orthopedics; local artist Rita Dee; and photographer Greg Nesbit. They selected nine winning photos.

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Telemedicine Initiative Connects SVMC to Specialists Nationwide

With the push of a button, doctors and nurses can tap into certified specialists in emergency medicine — both registered nurses and physicians — through Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Center for Connected Care during the day and through Avera Health, which partners with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, at night. A company called Specialist on Call is also available.

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Gardening For Your Life

Gardening also relates to many desirable health benefits. According to the Centers for Disease Control, "gardening is an excellent way to get physical activity." And physical activity is a great way to ward off lots of common diseases, like type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, depression, colon cancer and more.

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Launches Multispecialty Practice

The specialties include gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology, pulmonology, and rheumatology. The practice is located in suite 307 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington.

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New Member SVHC Foundation Northshire Regional Advisory Board

Kimball worked for NASCAR as both their track services manager and premier touring series' credentials manager. She has also worked as an administrator of a $1 million training and education grant for women in construction in New Jersey.

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