SVMC Weekly Health Update: June 23

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June 21, 2024

Take Control of Your Diabetes Before It Takes Control of You


As a diabetes educator with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Paula Haytko, RN, reminds patients on a daily basis that diabetes is not just a “medical condition you learn to live with.” Instead, she says, “It’s something you need to actively manage so that you can maintain the best quality of life possible for years to come.” 


Shedding Light on the Leading Cause of Vision Loss

A significant contributor to vision impairment in the United States, and the leading cause of blindness worldwide, cataracts can actually be treated.

Learn how you can delay progression of this eye disease and become aware of the surgery options to restore your eyesight.


Migraine: More Than a Headache

Despite being the third most common disease in the world and affecting 39 million Americans, migraine often remains misunderstood and undiagnosed. Learn how you can recognize and treat a migraine attack so it does not interfere with work, school, and social activities. Read More.

Dysphagia is a Hard Pill to Swallow

Like breathing, swallowing is something we do without a second thought. When swallowing becomes difficult, painful, or challenging, known as dysphagia, it can be unsettling. The key to improving is figuring out what’s behind it. Read More.






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SVMC Summer Gala Raises $1.5M for New Cancer Center

BENNINGTON, Vt. — The Summer Gala—Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation's signature fundraising event and the region's premier philanthropic occasion—netted a record-breaking $1.5 million on June 8 at the 1768 Hubbell Homestead at Colgate Park in Bennington.
The event, which hosted nearly 400 people, broke all previous fundraising records in support of building a new regional cancer center at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC).
"The tremendous generosity we received this year is a testament to the exceptional cancer care SVMC's team provides and the importance of having a facility that matches their level of excellence and expertise," said SVMC's Vice President of Corporate Development Leslie Keefe. "Our Summer Gala Committees, guests, sponsors and employees sent a powerful message with their contributions. The matching dollars committed by Honorary Gala Committee Co-Chair Susan Hunter and her husband, Doug Watson and SVMC's Board of Trustees brought this cause to the next level, making it a monumental night for our organization and the communities we serve."
The plans for the new Hoyt-Hunter Cancer Center at SVMC is part of Vision 2020, A Decade of Transformation. The capital campaign previously raised $25 million for major renovation projects at the hospital, including the nearly completed renovation of the hospital's Emergency Department and main entrance. With plans to break ground on the new cancer center by spring 2025, the building will double the number of infusion and exam rooms. The state-of-the-art facility will also enhance the center's affiliation with Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only three National Cancer Institute-Designated comprehensive cancer centers in New England.
The Summer Gala celebration included the presentation of the Vision Award for Health Care Leadership to Eric Seyferth, MD and the Sean L. Casey Distinguished Community Service Award to Constance "Consie" West.
"Dr. Seyferth and Consie West represent the very best of our community," said Keefe. "Both of them, in their respective areas and vocations, have demonstrated great leadership, selflessness and a tireless commitment to improving the lives of others. They were the perfect honorees for such a notable evening."
The event was organized with the help of a group of volunteer Gala Committee members, including Chair, Monique Geannelis, and members Rachel Caswell, Caroline Maran Ivanov, Vicki Jerome, Carol Patterson, Janet Thibodeau and Debra Wilkin. The Honorary Summer Gala Committee members, whose generous contributions to the Putnam Challenge and live auction contributed to the success of the event, included Co-Chairs, Susie Hunter and Doug Watson, along with Bill Hoyt and Tony Hoyt and members Donna and Gordon Calder, Marianne Chaikin, Susan and Lael Kellet, Juliette and Stallworth Larson, Norene Peck, Sallyan and Steve Pelletier, Jane Told and Debbie and Bill Wight.
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