Ceremony Marks Start of SVMC Pownal Construction

May 22, 2015
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POWNAL, VT—May 22, 2015—A ceremony to celebrate the start of construction of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) new Pownal Campus was held Wednesday, May 20, at the building site on Route 7, just north of the Massachusetts border. The new 5,000-square-foot primary care office building is expected to open in the fall of 2015 with two providers and the capacity to see hundreds of new patients.

“The preventive and early care patients receive from primary care providers make centers like this one the best starting points for high quality medical care. We are excited to expand this important service in Pownal,” said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care.

Others gathered for the unveiling of the project sign were Vermont State Representative Bill Botzow, Vice Chair of the Pownal Select Board Nelson Brownell, Pownal Residents and Philanthropists Richard and Leslie Morgenthal, Bennington’s Representative to the Vermont House Mary Morrissey, members of the SVHC Board of Trustees, the SVHC Foundation Board of Directors, and the Pownal Select Board, officials from the Vermont Department of Health, representatives from Vermont Medical Properties and BMA Architects, local residents, and several SVHC staff members.

Dee, Botzow, and Mr. Morgenthal addressed the supporters who attended the event.

SVMC is a full-service community hospital whose physicians are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVMC is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), an integrated health system serving Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, upper New York State, and Northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. In addition to the medical center, SVHC consists of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation (CLR), SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, Mountain Medical at the base of Mount Snow in West Dover, and the SVHC Foundation. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org.

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