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Southwestern Vermont Health Care has been named one of the 2019's Best Places to Work for the fifth year in a row.

Biz Briefs: SVHC Named One of Vermont's Best Places to Work Again

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Five and counting

Southwestern Vermont Health Care has been named one of the 2019's Best Places to Work for the fifth year in a row. SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015. It remains the only hospital in the state of Vermont to be recognized by the awards program. "The employees of SVHC derive genuine satisfaction in fulfilling our mission of exceptional care and comfort for the people we serve," said Tom Dee, president and chief executive officer of SVHC. "It's their commitment and teamwork that enable our groundbreaking achievements and grow SVHC’s reputation as a place to make a truly meaningful and rewarding career."

This statewide program is operated by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce with partnership from the Society for Human Resource Management, the Vermont Department of Labor, and the Vermont Department of Economic Development. The program surveys and identifies the best places of employment to recognize organizations that benefit the state’s economy, its workforce, and businesses.

In addition to the Vermont Business Magazine honor, SVHC has also appeared on Becker's Hospital Review's national list of the "Top 150 Places to Work in Healthcare" since 2016. Both Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, SVHC's skilled nursing facility, have been awarded the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services' 5-star rating, and in 2017, the hospital received the American Nurses Credentialing Center's top honor, the Magnet Prize.


The final rankings for each category of the Best Places to Work in Vermont awards will be announced at a special awards presentation in early spring 2019. A listing of SVHC's open positions and other workplace information can be found online.

 

'Partners of Hope'

In order to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer, all Big Y Supermarkets donated proceeds from their October initiative "Partners of Hope" to 32 local breast cancer support groups throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. This month long program reflects the partnership, commitment and support of breast cancer awareness and research that are so vital for many. Of the more than $216,000 donated to several organizations across the state, funds were donated to the Berkshire Medical Center Women's Imaging Center in Pittsfield.

During the entire month of October, Big Y donated a portion of the proceeds from both the Floral and Produce Departments, and 5 cents for each Big Y, Top Care, Full Circle, Simply Done, Paws Happy Life, Pure Harmony, @Ease, Tippy Toes and Culinary Tours brand products purchased between Oct. 4-10 The Big Y Butcher Shops also donated 10 cents from every pound of All Natural Angus Beef and Big Y Smart Chicken sold during the entire month of October. Big Y Pharmacy & Wellness Center donated $5 for every flu shot given. Big Y's pink reusable, earth-friendly shopping bag highlighting the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign was also available and every store promoted Partners of Hope pink ribbons for $1 for the month of October as a way of generating additional proceeds for local breast cancer organizations throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut. Big Y's dietitian team, Carrie Taylor and Andrea Luttrell, also devoted a portion of their fall newsletter to cancer prevention.

 

Nonprofit awards

The Nonprofit Center of the Berkshires, in partnership with The Berkshire Eagle, will present the second annual Berkshire Nonprofit Awards breakfast on Tuesday, May 21, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Berkshire Hills Country Club in Pittsfield. The award recognizes people who work tirelessly in the nonprofit sector to serve the Berkshire community.

Nominations are being solicited from across the Berkshires in seven categories: Executive Leadership, Board Member, Super Staffer, Unsung Hero, Volunteer, Rising Star and Lifetime Achievement. Nineteen honorees (one lifetime achievement and three in each remaining category) will be selected by a committee of business and nonprofit leaders. The nomination form is available online; the deadline for submissions is March 31.

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SVHC Welcomes New Volunteer Services Coordinator

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Southwestern Vermont Health Care Corporate Development department has welcomed Rory Price as its new coordinator of volunteer services and community engagement. This position will allow for the expansion of volunteer programs at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the health system’s several campuses.

"Rory is an energetic professional with a great track record building community and leading important group-focused projects," said Leslie Keefe, vice president for Corporate Development at SVHC. "We are eager to provide opportunities for volunteers to make a meaningful difference toward achieving SVHC's goal of exceptional care, and we are delighted to have Rory at the forefront of that important effort."

Rory holds a master's of public health from and a bachelor's in anthropology, both from the University of Michigan. Locally, she worked as the coordinator of the Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services' Kitchen Cupboard and the Bennington Oral Health Coalition programs. In 2015 and 2016, she served as the SVHC community health project coordinator with Americorps VISTA. Price has presented at the regional and national level on topics of health and community, and in 2016, she was the recipient of the Vermont Governor's Certificate of Appreciation.

"Volunteerism is such an important part of a thriving community, and SVHC is so fortunate to have a number of dedicated volunteers," Price said. "I am excited to provide meaningful opportunities for the community to engage with the health system and for volunteers to contribute to initiatives that enhance the care we provide."

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