SVMC Presents Don't Miss a Beat

February 12, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—February 12, 2016—Clinicians from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) will present Don’t Miss a Beat at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 2 at the Manchester Community Library in Manchester, VT. This special talk, by women for women, aims to provide a better understanding of heart disease and to help women lower their risk.

Heart disease is the number one killer of women, causing one in three deaths each year. Misconceptions among women about heart disease puts them at greater risk. The talk will cover the types of heart disease, factors that put women at the greatest risk, how to prevent heart-related issues, recognizing the women-specific symptoms of a heart attack, treatment, and recovery. The program will close with questions and answers. Heart healthy refreshments will be offered.

Don’t Miss a Beat will be presented by Jennifer Thuermer, MSN, ACNP-BC, of SVMC Cardiology, and Patricia Ryan, BSN, RN, CCRP, from The Cardiac Rehabilitation program at SVMC.

Thuermer has treated cardiac patients at SVMC Cardiology since 2000. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is an associate in the American College of Cardiology. Thuermer is finishing her doctor of nursing practice degree from Regis College in Weston, MA, in May.

Ryan is a certified cardiac rehabilitation professional who has been treating patients recovering from heart disease since 1992. She received her bachelor of science in Nursing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY, and is a student in the master of nursing program at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.

Eileen Murray, a patient of SVMC Cardiology and a former participant in the Cardiac Rehabilitation program at SVMC, will attend to share her story as well.

To reserve your seat online, visit For more information, call 802-447-5019 or e-mail

About SVHC:

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit