SVMC: COVID-19 Update Oct. 9

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October 9, 2020
SVMC Orthopedics Launches the Area’s First Same-Day Joint Replacement Program
Healthy patients in need of a hip or knee replacement can now work with their surgeon to determine if a same-day joint replacement would be right for them. Both same-day and traditional joint replacements can now be completed in as little as 4 weeks from the patient’s first appointment. 
COVID-19 Treatment Update 
Dr. Marie George, SVMC's infectious disease specialist, provides the latest information about what COVID-19 treatments have been shown to be effective, and which ones have not.
Cases, Clusters, and Outbreaks  
The differences between these three terms is important for knowing what to expect and how to respond appropriately this fall and winter. Learn More.
Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin D 
While more study is needed to determine if vitamin D prevents COVID-19, it is still an important nutrient to know and include in your diet. Learn More.
Genetic Testing and Cancer 
At its core, cancer is a genetic disorder, says Dr. Matthew Vernon. Learn how genetic tests impact some cancer treatments. Learn more.
Pictures are Important
We all know how important family photos are. They help us remember the best times in our lives. Your annual screening mammogram is a picture too, and it could be the most important picture you have taken this year.
COVID Webinars
SVHC is hosting free region-specific COVID webinars featuring its clinical experts on several evenings throughout October. Register Here.
Drive-Up Flu Vaccine Clinics
SVMC wants to make it easy for you to get a flu shot this year. Flu shots are available 2 - 6 p.m. Thursdays in October at the hospital. Details here.
SVMC's Virtual Urgent Care
You can get care any time, day or night, for a wide range of health issues with SVMC's new virtual urgent care, Try it Now.
More COVID-19 Resources
Important numbers, frequently asked questions, articles, testing information, and more are available on our website.
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SVMC To Hold Online COVID-19 Information Session

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), and Bennington's office of the Vermont Department of Health will appear in a digital information session regarding the COVID-19 vaccine distribution at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
The event is made possible with cooperation from CAT-TV and the Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce. Members of the public are invited to view and ask questions during the live broadcast at The program will also air on CAT-TV's public channel 1075.
The session will feature SVMC's Chief Medical Officer Trey Dobson and Bennington's Public Health Services District Director for the Vermont Department of Health Megan Herrington. They will discuss the status of a community vaccine clinic and answer questions. The Chamber's Executive Director Matthew Harrington will moderate.
Dr. Dobson is an emergency medicine physician with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, an instructor of Emergency Medicine at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, and the chief medical officer for Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. He serves on the Medical Executive Committee of Dartmouth-Hitchock and will join the Board of Trustees in January 2021. He is the past president of the Vermont Medical Society and currently sits on the Governance Council. He performs medical practice peer review for the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, a nonprofit organization designated by the Vermont Legislature. Prior to entering a career in medicine, Trey obtained a master's in Geology. He earned his medical degree at The University of Tennessee and completed residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Virginia. 
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