SVMC Nurse Named as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Registered nurse Billie Lynn Allard, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's administrative director of Population Health and Transitions of Care, will receive one of the nursing profession's highest honors when she is inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at the academy's annual policy conference in Washington, D.C., in October.

The AAN is composed of 2,400 of the nation’s top nurse researchers, policy makers, scholars, executives, educators, and practitioners from across the country.

"I am honored to be recognized by my professional nursing colleagues for work developing transitional care and population health programs at SVMC," Allard said. "I look forward to making continuing contributions to improve health care outcomes for our communities."

Fellow selection criteria include evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care and sponsorship by two current academy fellows. Applicants are reviewed by a panel comprised of elected and appointed fellows, and selection is based, in part, on the extent the nominee's nursing career has influenced health policies and the health and well-being of all.

"Billie Lynn exhibits an inspiring drive to improve the health our communities, and she has the evidence-based practice and leadership skills to bring these transformational projects to fruition," said Thomas A. Dee, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care. "We are so proud that her vision and hard work have been recognized by this distinguished national academy and hope that this honor will serve as a platform for the proliferation of her ideas to improve health care delivery."

 


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SVHC Podiatry Residency Program Graduates Two


Cody Anderson and Kurt Malkames are shown with their certificates of completion.

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care has graduated two residents in the Podiatry Residency Program. 

At a small masked-and-distanced gathering of health system leadership, Cody Anderson and Kurt Malkames were awarded certificates of completion.

“It's tough to leave. The mountains are beautiful, and we made a lot of friends here," Anderson said. "I have enjoyed all of the people I have met and the tight-knit community."

"I had excellent training here, and I enjoyed it. I am appreciative of the staff for dedicating their time to my training," Malkames said.

Dr. Anderson will originate a hospital practice in a rural community in South Carolina, and Dr. Malkames will join a private practice in Silver Springs, Md.

"I am very proud of them. They did extremely well and are prepared to face all of the aspects of podiatric medicine and podiatric surgery," said William Sarchino, the program's director. "I wish them luck and encourage them to keep in touch as they progress in their careers. They are a part of the SVHC family."

Six residents are currently in the program. They are third-year residents Shazad Buksh and Breton Fox, second-year residents Kyle Lewis and Nathalie Santos, and first-year residents Daniel Hennessey and Daryl Silva.

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