SVMC: COVID-19 Update Oct. 16

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October 16, 2020
Seven Questions with Same-Day Total Knee Replacement Patient Kevin Dailey
Southwestern Vermont Health Care's Vice President of Administration and Chief Human Resources Officer Kevin Dailey was among the first patients to receive a same day joint replacement with SVMC Orthopedics. 
Decoding the CDC’s Brief on Airborne Transmission 
Last week, the CDC issued a much-anticipated brief about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, and how it spreads. Under some conditions, it can travel through the air for distances greater than 6 feet.
Going from Thumb Pain to Thumbs Up 
Practically everything we do involves our thumbs. So thumb pain can really make everyday activities more difficult. Learn More.
Nutrient Spotlight: Zinc 
Especially as we head into cold and flu season, everyone is interested in boosting their immunity. Zinc plays a key role in the immune response. Learn More.
Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, October 24 is National Drug Take Back Day. Learn how to participate and keep potentially harmful medications out of the community and the environment. Read On.
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 Earns 'A' Rating from Leapfrog

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), earned an 'A' for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group. 
The national distinction recognizes SVMC's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
"Safety is always at the forefront of our minds. This recognition is a reflection on the diligent professionals we have working in patients' best interests," said Thomas A. Dee, SVHC's president and CEO. "Our team of outstanding physicians, nurses, and support staff fulfill our mission to provide exceptional care and comfort each day. We're very proud of that."
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care. The organization is committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an 'A,' 'B,' 'C,' 'D' or 'F' grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
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