SVHC's Weekly Health Update: Oct 22

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October 22, 2021
Medical Matters Weekly: Campus Life During the Pandemic
Vanessa Britto, MD, of Brown University, was this week's guest on Medical Matters Weekly with Trey Dobson, MD. They talked about the university's important role as one of the first institutions in the United States to mandate COVID vaccines for their students, faculty, and staff.
Booster Update
Get details about receiving your COVID vaccine booster and check out our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about eligibility and appointments.
PLEASE NOTE: We expect high volumes over the next several days with longer wait times than usual. Thank you for your patience.
Retired SVMC Surgeon Dr. Robert Pezzulich received his booster at the COVID Resource Center.
2021 Halloween Advice
SVMC Infection Preventionist Donna Barron, RN, shares the information you need to celebrate our second COVID Halloween safely. Read More.
How Breast Density Affects You
Radiologist James Keenan, MD, describes breast density and what it means for breast cancer risk. Read More.
Medical Matters Weekly Season Finale
UVM Pediatric Critical Care Physician Rebecca Bell, MD, talks COVID vaccines for kids. Read More.
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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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