BENNINGTON, Vt. — Mack Molding, the privately-owned business of Don Kendall and his family, has donated $5 million for Southwestern Vermont Health Care's emergency department expansion and renovation project at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
"The Kendall Emergency Department" will be unveiled at a ribbon-cutting event once the future project is approved by the state and construction is completed. The gift constitutes the largest in the health system's history since Henry W. Putnam Sr. bequeathed the Bennington public water system for the construction of the community hospital more than 100 years ago.
"Mack Molding is pleased and honored to be able to give something back to the people of Bennington County, who have been so good to our company for over 85 years. After all, what could be more important than a modern emergency department?" said Don Kendall.
Kendall is the chief executive officer of Mack Group, the parent company of Mack Molding, a leading supplier of contract manufacturing services and injection molded plastic parts to companies in a wide range of industries.
"On behalf of the board of trustees, the medical staff, nurses and all of the SVHC family, we are incredibly thankful to Mack Molding, Don Kendall and his family, for this transformational gift," said trustees Chairman Tommy Harmon. "Mack Molding and the Kendall family have a storied history of supporting organizations throughout southern Vermont."
This year marks SVHC's 100th anniversary, and many originally constructed buildings and infrastructure of the hospital are still in use today. SVHC is developing a modernization plan to transform its facility into a sustainable, modern health system for the region. Constructed in the 1970s to accommodate 12,000 patients per year, the current emergency department annually treats nearly 25,000.
The health system's board-certified physicians and Magnet-recognized nurses' dedication to delivering the highest quality care has led to national and worldwide recognition for clinical excellence, quality, patient safety and satisfaction, say officials. SVHC accomplishes this mission despite operating out of the oldest hospital facility in Vermont and one of the oldest in New England.
"The emergency department is the most important service our health system provides to this region. This tremendous gift from Mack Molding, Don Kendall and his family will have a significant and meaningful impact to the 75,000 patients we serve in our local communities for future generations, and for that we are eternally grateful," said Tom Dee, president and CEO of SVHC.
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Southwestern Vermont Health Care Launches Virtual Urgent Care
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care has launched a virtual urgent care platform called CAREqd to improve access to medical care.
In medical terminology, "qd" is shorthand for "every day." Through CAREqd the community can receive urgent care at any time of day, every day. CAREqd can be accessed through a live, secure video connection on its website or a mobile app for smartphones.
"Our mission of exceptional care drives us to provide our community with increased access and convenience," said Dr. Trey Dobson, the medical center’s chief medical officer. "The CAREqd virtual urgent care platform is a way to extend the use of technology to make high-quality care even easier for patients."
The CAREqd platform provides patients access to urgent care around the clock every day of the year, including weekends and holidays. Patients can access urgent care from anywhere by phone or from an internet-enabled device, whether they are at home, at work or traveling. The mobile app makes it quick and easy to access a provider from a smartphone or tablet.
CAREqd is secure, confidential and easy to use. Patients create a free account online or via the mobile app and fill out their brief medical history. There is no cost to activate the account. When they need it, patients can request a video or phone visit at a time that fits their schedule or see a provider right away.
The CAREqd providers can diagnose, recommend treatment and prescribe medication for a wide range of conditions, including allergies, cough, diarrhea, earache, fever, flu, insect bites and stings, nausea, pink eye, rash, respiratory problems, and more.
SVMC has partnered with MDLive, a national virtual urgent care system, to develop CAREqd. Partnering with MDLive also brings a broad network of more than 1,000 providers, including physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners. When patients use CAREqd they can choose between an SVMC/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam provider or an MDLive provider that has particular expertise and experience in diagnosing and treating urgent care conditions over the phone and using video.
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