BENNINGTON—June 15, 2015—Michael J. Welther, MD—who founded Arlington Family Practice in 1987, most recently the Battenkill Valley Health Center (BVHC)—has accepted a position at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) Pownal Campus.
Welther will continue serving patients in Arlington through the summer and will begin work in Pownal in advance of the site’s opening in October.
“I look forward to starting another new practice from scratch and to providing personalized care to families in Pownal,” Welther said. “I also look forward to joining the SVMC and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group family.”
“Dr. Welther’s experience establishing a practice and his reputation as a highly skilled and caring primary care physician will be a tremendous asset to the regional community we will serve at our Pownal Campus,” said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC). “Enhanced primary care is a cornerstone of our ongoing efforts to contain health care costs and improve community health.”
Welther received both his undergraduate education and his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is board certified in family medicine.
“Serving generations of families in Arlington for nearly 28 years has been a very rewarding part of my life. My family and I have very much appreciated being a part of this community,” said Welther. “BVHC is now firmly established with a community-based board that will continue to provide medical and eventually dental care to the community. It’s a good time to make this change.”
“Dr. Welther’s experience in starting up and building successful primary care medical practices aligns with SVMC’s organizational goal of increasing primary care access to Bennington and the surrounding area,” said Trey Dobson, MD, the medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group and SVMC’s chief medical officer. “We are very excited to have him joining us.”
SVMC Pownal Campus will be located less than one mile north of the Vt.-Mass. border. The 5,000-square-foot building will include 10 exam rooms and is designed to expand, if necessary.