New Plastic Surgeon Joins SVMC

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BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center has welcomed plastic surgeon Dr. Gerald "Jerry" A. Drabyn to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group and SVMC.  He will see patients at SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, Vt., and at SVMC General Surgery in Bennington.

Dr. Drabyn is a board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has more than 35 years of experience. Surgeries provided include those on breasts, including reduction and augmentation; facial fractures; skin, including burns and scar revision; cosmetic procedures, like facelift, rhinoplasty, and mastopexy; and hands, for carpal tunnel.

Drabyn holds a doctor of medicine degree from Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis. He completed both an internship and his general surgery residency at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis and his plastic surgery residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

He is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.

Dr. Drabyn joins doctors Gina Melissa Diaz, Simon Drew, Graham Moore and Charles Salem at SVMC General Surgery, located in suite 205 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington. For more information or to make an appointment in Bennington or at SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, Vt., call 802-447-5060.

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

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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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