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President and CEO Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, thanked nurses for their extraordinary dedication over the past year and praised them as a critical component of the organizationís success.
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The Healerís Touch statue is the centerpiece of the hospitalís memorial garden. A miniature version of the statue is presented to each DAISY Award winner.

SVMC Celebrates Nurses Week

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The outdoor ceremony had been postponed three times in order to ensure that it could be executed safely. Presenters masked when they were not speaking. Attendees wore masks, as well. Refreshments were served in to-go packages to ensure safety.
BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center nurses gather for dedication and celebration
As a part of activities to celebrate Nurses Week, nurses and leadership from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, gathered at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 11, 2021, in the Memorial Garden on the eastern end of the hospital campus for a nursing celebration. 
The program included a welcome and invocation; remarks from President and CEO Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, and Trustee Carol Conroy; the recognition of DAISY Award recipients; the dedications of both the Healers' Touch statue and a brick in the garden path to Mary Botter, PhD, RN, former chief nursing officer. 
The program concluded with a benediction by Rev. Gary Strubel of All Saints Church in Hoosick Falls, N.Y.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Meghan Gunn

BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson, a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show, will feature Meghan Gunn, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), on its June 23 program. The show will air at 12 p.m., and Gunn will her insights about COVID-19 vaccines for children.
The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on Facebook at and The show is also available to view or download a podcast on
Meghan Gunn, is a pediatrician at SVMC Pediatrics and the chair of the Department of Pediatrics at SVMC. She  has worked at SVMC since 2013.  She received her undergraduate education in Biology from Syracuse University and earned her medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. She continued with a residency in Pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.
After the program, the video will be available on area public access television stations. On CAT-TV, viewers will find the show on channel 1075 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 a.m. Friday, and 7 p.m. Saturday. GNAT-TV's Comcast channel 1074 airs the program at 8 a.m. Monday, 9 p.m. Wednesday, and 1 p.m. Saturday.
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