SVMC Outpatient Rehabilitation Offers Certified Hand Therapy

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BENNINGTON, Vt.— Michaelia St. Jacques, OTR/L, CWCE, CHT, occupational therapist at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's (SVMC) Outpatient Rehabilitation department, has completed advanced training and certification for Hand Therapy. 
 
She is now a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) with the Hand Therapy Certification Commission.  
 
"This is welcome news for our patients," said Dr. David Veltre, a hand and upper extremity specialist at SVMC Orthopedics. "The added knowledge and understanding Michaelia has undertaken through the certification means that patients are getting the most advanced hand therapy techniques available in Bennington."
 
Until St. Jacques was certified last week, local patients had to drive more than 15 miles for this specialized treatment. The next nearest therapist was more than 20 miles away. 
 
St. Jacques received her undergraduate degree in biology at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She completed her masters in occupational therapy from The Sage Colleges in New York. She is a member of the National Board of Certified Occupational Therapists, the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Society of Hand Therapists.
 
"My goal is to provide this important specialized care to our community, so they can spend their time doing the things they want and need to do," St. Jacques said. "As a certified hand therapist I know that I am giving my patients the best shot at recovering from their upper extremity injury."
 
Outpatient Rehabilitation Department is located in the Toolan Building on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center campus, 120 Hospital Drive in Bennington. Those interested in more information may call 802-447-5140.

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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes American Nurses Credentialing Center Executive

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 Rebecca Graystone, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC, the vice president of the Magnet Recognition® and Pathway to Excellence® Programs, on its Sept. 29 program. 
 
The show will air at 1 p.m. The American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet program is an internationally renowned credentialing program that recognizes health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. Graystone will share what makes Magnet hospitals different from conventional ones.
 
The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on Facebook at facebook.com/svmedicalcenter and facebook.com/CATTVBennington. The show is also available to view or download a podcast on www.svhealthcare.org/medicalmatters.
 
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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