SVHC Offers Free Paid Training for Licensed Nursing Assistants

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Over the past several years, Southwestern Vermont Health Care has trained hundreds of people to become licensed nursing assistants. Many have gone on to rewarding careers in the health system's skilled nursing facilities or in the hospital’s inpatient units.

"This is a great, very cost-effective way to begin a health care career," said Peg Daly, who leads the SVHC Education and Organizational Development Department. "LNAs earn good wages, gain valuable experience, and help others. It can be very satisfying."

The training typically costs as much as $1,400. Those who enter SVHC's program agree to a one-year contract, receive free training, and earn the starting hourly rate while they train.

Those who are interested apply and are hired at SVHC in the care assistant role. From there, they may be considered for a slot in the class and are provided with time off to complete the three-week training and study for the state licensing exam.

"We have an excellent program with a good clinical foundation and lots of support for students," Daly said. "Most of our students, more than 90 percent, pass on the first attempt and advance to become LNAs."

The next training section begins at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 10, at the Innovative Learning Center on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Campus in Bennington. The training schedule is Monday through Friday. Prospective students should apply to the care assistant position by May 6 to be considered.  Visit the "Current Openings" link online and search for “care assistant” to get started.


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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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