SVMC Welcomes Physician Assistant to Northshire Campus

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has welcomed physician assistant Pamela Adams-Lackey to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.

Adams-Lackey received her master's in physician assistant studies from the University of New England in Maine and a bachelor's degree in science from the University of Vermont. She has worked as a hospitalist physician assistant for Springfield Hospital in Springfield, Vt., since 2017. In addition, she worked as an internal medicine physician assistant at Springfield Health Center in Springfield, Vt. and for Brattleboro Retreat in Brattleboro, Vt. She is certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants.

SVMC's Northshire Campus offers comprehensive medical care for the whole family. Its services include family medicine, cardiology, orthopedics, pediatrics, physical therapy, diabetes education, nutrition counseling, health promotion and wellness programs, on-site laboratory and x-ray services, and appointment-free care through Northshire ExpressCare.

The office is located at 5957 Main St. in Manchester Center. Current patients may call 802-362-4440 for an appointment.

 


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Berkshires Beat: Community Members Donate Guided Technology for PICC Line Placement

SVMC donation

The Interventional and Perioperative Services Departments at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center received a special gift from donors Bob and Anne Farrara of Eagle Bridge, N.Y. The couple donated $10,000 for the purchase of an Arrow Vascular Positioning System (VPS) G4 Device from Teleflex. The machine expedites the placement of Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter lines—a long thin tube inserted into a vein in the heart. PICC lines remain in place long term and provide clinicians convenient access to deliver intravenous (IV) antibiotics, nutrition, or medications or to draw blood over several encounters without the need for a needle stick.

"Everyone’s heart anatomy is a little different," said registered nurse Tanya Cowder, SVMC's senior director of Perioperative and Interventional Services. "Just as a GPS system helps you navigate your car to your destination, this new technology helps clinicians place the PICC catheter tip in the optimal location for treatment."

Before this technology was available at SVMC, a radiologic technologist would need to take a chest X-ray, and a radiologist would need to read it in order to determine catheter tip placement. This machine uses a sophisticated biosensor, rather than X-rays. It allows nurses with specialized training to place PICC lines and validate that the placement is accurate. The technology eliminates both the delay in initiation of therapy and the patients' exposure to the radiation X-rays emit.

The Farraras have donated to SVHC for many years. A number of their gifts have supported equipment needs. "SVMC is a great place," Bob Farrara said. "When I am here, I feel like I am home. The staff are caring."

 

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