Pediatric Critical Care Physician to Discuss COVID Vaccines for Kids

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BENNINGTON, Vt. Southwestern Vermont Health Care's (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson—a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show—has produced 37 episodes since February 2021. 
It's season one finale, scheduled for October 27, will feature Pediatric Critical Care Physician Rebecca Bell, MD, MPH, of the University of Vermont (UVM) Children's Hospital. The live show will air one day after a Food and Drug Administration meeting that is expected to recommend the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 – 11.
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
In addition to her work at the Children's Hospital, Dr. Bell is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the Larner College of Medicine at UVM. Outside of clinical care, she works on injury prevention efforts for the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP). She is the current president of the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and is active in community and legislative advocacy efforts. Areas of interest include suicide prevention, firearm safe storage counseling, vaccine confidence counseling, infant safe sleep, early childhood education access, and child health advocacy. Dr. Bell received her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and her master's in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her pediatric residency training as well as her pediatric critical care fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
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.
The show is booking guests for its second season, which begins Jan. 5, 2022.

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SVHC Launches Website for Emergency Department Renovation Project

BENNINGTON, Vt. — A $25.8 million project to renovate and expand the Emergency Department and Main Entrance of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), requires a lot of coordination and communication.
The health system has launched a website to facilitate sharing news and developments about the project directly with patients. The website is located at
"We want to share the excitement of this important project with our community," said Ray E. Smith, the administrative director of Corporate Development and public information officer for SVHC. "Additionally, the website and our ongoing communications will provide key updates to assist patients as they navigate our hospital campus during construction."
The new website includes a project summary, photos and videos, illustrated designs of what the new Emergency Department will look like, a parking map, a project timeline, and recent updates.  In addition to the website, SVHC will change directional signage and publish regular updates to the local media, social media, and its weekly e-mail newsletter.
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