SVMC Awards June DAISY Award

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BENNINGTON, Vt. Sarah Weber, RN, of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's Medical/Surgical Unit, was the recipient of June's DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses.
"Sarah's a wonderful nurse with so many good qualities," Pamela Duchene, the organization's chief nursing officer and vice president of Patient Care Services said. "Her patients appreciate her above-and-beyond approach to communication. She listens and supports her patients and their families every step of the way."
Duchene presented the award during a surprise presentation on the unit on Tuesday, June 8.
Weber was nominated by the family members of a COVID-19 patient. The family shared that Weber's care marked an important turning point in their mother's illness. Weber's careful listening and relaying information made the patient's family feel more at ease. The patient is recovering at home.
In the nomination, the patient's family wrote, "She went above and beyond her normal duties and has made all the difference. She is knowledgeable, kind, and very professional."
Weber holds a bachelors in special education from Boston College and an associate's in nursing from Vermont Technical College. She has worked at SVMC since 2019. In addition, she is a preceptor and serves on the Med/Surge Advisory Council.
"I am a little overwhelmed," Weber admitted after the surprise presentation. "I come to work every day to help every single patient and make sure they feel validated. I listen to and acknowledge their problems. It is an honor to do this work here at SVMC."
Weber noted how important it has been to be a conduit of information and support between patients and their families during the COVID pandemic, as families are not able to be at the bedside with the nursing team.
"I cannot thank this extraordinary nurse enough, and I hope she can know how very grateful we are to her," the patient's family shared.
The DAISY Award is part of a national merit-based recognition program established by the DAISY Foundation. It celebrates nurses' education, training, and skill. Nominations can be submitted by patients, families, physicians, and colleagues. All nominations are blinded, so that they are anonymous before being reviewed by a selection committee. One nurse is then chosen as the DAISY Award winner. DAISY Awards are presented on a regular basis, usually bi-monthly or quarterly.

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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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