New Trustee Joins Southwestern Vermont Health Care Board

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care has welcomed Kristyn Harrington to its Board of Trustees.

"Strong leadership is one of the key components to a successful health system," said Tommy Harmon, the board chair. "Kristyn has the qualities we need to continue Southwestern Vermont Health Care's success and fulfill its mission to provide exceptional care."

Harrington is the owner of KDH Counseling PLLC, which provides mental health and substance abuse evaluations and treatment. For nearly 20 years, she worked in various positions within the Mount Anthony Union School District in Bennington, including as a school-based clinician, a clinical coordinator, and the assistant principal. In addition, she was a school board member for five years, serving both Union District #23 and the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union. She received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Ithaca College in New York, a master's in social work from the University of Maryland at Baltimore, and a master's in education leadership from Castleton State College in Vermont.

"With her skills and experience, Kristyn understands SVHC's crucial role in the community, and she will make important contributions to our Board of Trustees," said Thomas A. Dee, SVHC's president and CEO. "I am pleased that she accepted this appointment to serve the ongoing advancement of health care in our region."

Board members are nominated by the board’s Governance Committee and voted on by the entire board. In selecting new SVHC board members, the nominating committee looks for candidates who exemplify SVHC's values, can be counted on to actively participate in board work, and have leadership capabilities. SVHC looks for candidates who represent the communities the health system serves and have special expertise in fulfilling board duties.

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SVMC ExpressCare Practice Welcomes Family Nurse Practitioner

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's ExpressCare in Bennington has welcomed family nurse practitioner Christine Burke. With this appointment, Burke also joins the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group.

Burke earned her master's degree in nursing from Simmons University in Massachusetts. She received her bachelor's in nursing from the University of Vermont and is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Most recently, Burke worked as a registered nurse at Rutland Regional Medical Center Diagnostic Imaging and Infusion and at Castleton Family Health Center Urgent Care in Castleton, Vt. She also worked in the Emergency Department at Rutland Regional Medical Center.

Open seven days a week, including holidays, except Thanksgiving and Christmas, ExpressCare is a convenient walk-in medical office. No appointment is necessary. ExpressCare offers care for minor illnesses and injuries to patients of all ages. Patients may seek care at Suite 111 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive. For more information, call 802-440-4077.

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