BENNINGTON, VT—June 15, 2015— Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) Chief Nursing Officer Carol Conroy, DNP, accepted the 2016 Nursing Excellence in Administration Award from the University of Vermont’s Kappa Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.
“This is a tremendous honor for me,” said Conroy. “Sigma Theta Tau’s work to encourage scholarship in the nursing profession is closely aligned with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s approach to nursing excellence and one of the primary reasons for SVMC’s having been named a Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence for four consecutive times.”
Nominees for the award possess clinical expertise and scholarship in an area of nursing leadership, advance the scope of nursing practice, develop creative nursing approaches that contribute to quality care, participate in the development of clinical nursing leaders, interact collegially with both nursing and non-nursing practitioners, and participate in community affairs.
The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to make a difference in health worldwide. Membership is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing.
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.