SVMC: COVID-19 Update June 18

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June 18, 2021
Medical Matters Weekly: Listening to Your Heart
On this week's Medical Matters Weekly, Dr. Trey Dobson speaks with Patty Ryan, RN, MSN, CRRP, nurse leader of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. She helps patients strengthen their hearts after heart procedures and illnesses.
SVHC Vaccine Champions
Lewis and his mom Sam were happy to get their COVID-19 vaccine. They lost a close family friend to the disease. He knows that getting a vaccine is a good way to keep neighbors and friends safe.
Updated Visitor Guide
As Vermont reopens, SVMC has expanded visiting hours and permitted patients to have more visitors in many areas.
Now What?
Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Marie George provides COVID mitigation guidance now that most restrictions are lifted.
Novavax Releases Efficacy Data
A fourth COVID-19 vaccine nears approval with with excellent Phase 3 clinical trial results. Read More.
Patient Story
Leigh Oliva had surgery for diverticulitis with Dr. Simon Drew at SVMC General Surgery. He couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Watch Now.
First Aid for Insect Bites and Stings
Physician Assistant Crystal Labbe-Hasty of SVMC ExpressCare offers a definitive summer guide. Read More.
Medical Matters Weekly Preview
Dr. Meghan Gunn of SVMC Pediatrics will share her thoughts on the COVID vaccine for kids and more. Read More.
Walk In for Your Vaccine
It's never been easier to get your COVID-19 vaccine. Shots are available 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. every day, including Saturday and Sunday, at SVMC's Respiratory Evaluation Center/ ExpressCare. No appointment needed. Read More.
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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Alya Reeve

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 Alya Reeve, MD, MPH, the medical director of Untied Counseling Service in Bennington, on its August 4 program.

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

Dr. Reeve is responsible for overseeing clinical psychiatric services and providing guidance to clinical staff. She assures that agency patients receive appropriate evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, medical screening, and medical or psychiatric evaluation. In addition, she serves as the liaison for UCS with community physicians, hospital staff, and other professionals and agencies associated with psychiatric services.

Dr. Reeve has served in multiple professional and academic roles at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pediatrics. Dr. Reeve earned her medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, with residencies in psychiatry at the Dartmouth School of Medicine and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. She also spent time as the registrar in the Epilepsy Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry and Maudsley Hospital in London, UK. Dr. Reeve was a fellow in the clinical brain disorders branch at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Washington, D.C. She earned her master’s in public health at the University of New Mexico and a bachelor’s degree in French and Zoology from Connecticut College.

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.

Upcoming guests include:

  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, August 11: Art Groux, executive director of the Bennington Rescue Squad, will discuss the Rescue Squad and its work in our community.
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, August 18: Patricia Johnson, RN, and Caitlin Tilley, RN, of SVMC, will discuss their efforts to make vaccines available to the BIPOC community in Bennington and the surrounding area.
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, August 25: Tim VanOrden, athlete and coach, will share his ideas for increasing activity and health in your life.
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, September 1: Cath Burns of Vermont Care Partners, will discuss COVID Support Programs.

To contribute questions in advance of each week’s show, please e-mail or post to Facebook with #SVHCMedicalMattersWeekly.

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