SVHC Honors Employees with 2017 Putnam Awards

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care leaders and staff gathered Oct. 18 at the Mount Anthony Country Club to honor employees for their service to the organization’s mission. 

One award every year is presented for each of the organization’s 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.

"We achieve remarkable success through the hard work and dedication of employees who come to work each day with our mission in mind," said Thomas A. Dee, SVHC's president and CEO. "Our Putnam Awards honorees live our mission of exceptional care and comfort and help set SVHC apart as one of the best health systems in New England."

The 2017 Putnam Award Honorees are:

* Quality: Bentley Munsell, ED technician, Emergency Department

* Empathy: Virginia Ritchie, administrative assistant, Medical Staff Office

* Dr. Richard Guerrero Patient Safety Award: Elizabeth Bessette, RN, Medical Surgical

* Teamwork: Christopher Callanan, Café cook, Nutrition and Dining Services

* Stewardship: Ron Keefer, buyer, Materials Management

The evening also honored those celebrating employment anniversaries. Many were honored for 10, 20, and 30 years of employment with SVHC. Fourteen employees were noted for 40 or more years of service, and Christine Bacon, who works in the lab, was honored for 52 years of service. Altogether, the group represented more than 1,400 years with the organization.

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