BENNINGTON, VT—June 22, 2016— Drew Totten, RN, BSN, BSc, clinical education and simulation specialist, has been promoted to the position of director of Education & Organizational Development effective June 1. He replaces Margaret Daly, who retired from the position after an 11-year career in the health system.
“I am very excited in helping to lead this organization into the future. While there will be many healthcare challenges ahead, I’m confident that together with our dedicated and caring staff, we’ll continue to show the communities we serve just how great our health system really is,” Totten said.
Totten joined SVHC in 1992 as a phlebotomist in the hospital laboratory and worked as an Emergency Department technician while attending nursing school. He also worked as a critical care registered nurse in the Emergency Department, and was a medical/surgical staff nurse with a specialty in oncology and palliative care. Totten joined the Education Department in 2007 and was responsible for creating the SVHC Innovative Learning Center for Simulation in 2011.
Totten holds Bachelor of Science degrees in nursing and business administration, and will complete his master’s in nursing education in March 2017.
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 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 svhealthcare.org.