SVHC Organizes Accountable Communities Conference

July 27, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—July 27, 2016—Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), with program support from the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project, is delighted to present a regional health care conference on building accountable communities in this era of health care reform.

The conference, Leading Health Care Reform by Building Accountable Communities, is appropriate for health professionals from all backgrounds and for members of the community who are interested in improving health care. It begins with a networking reception 6 p.m. Monday, September 19 at Harriman’s Restaurant, Mount Snow, VT. The following day, September 20, features a full program of lectures and roundtables from regional health care experts at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel and Conference Center at Mount Snow, VT.

The purpose of the conference is to bring the entire range of health care professionals and community partners together to discuss evidence on the development of accountable care communities that support population health, network, and share information.

The informative program features Mary D. Naylor, PhD, FAAN, RN, the Marian S. Ware Professor in Gerontology and director of the New Courtland Center for Transitions and Health at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. For the past two decades, Dr. Naylor has led an interdisciplinary program of research designed to improve the quality of care, decrease unnecessary hospitalizations and reduce health care costs for vulnerable community-based older adults. The Transitional Care Program at SVHC was founded based on Naylor’s research.

Plenary presentations will be made by Kevin C. Stone, BA, MBA, project specialist for Accountable Care Organization Development and Regional Services at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, and Heidi A. Klein, MSPH; Public Health Director of Planning and Health Care Quality for the Vermont Department of Health. In addition, Gay Landstrom, PhD, RN, NEA-BC; executive vice president and chief nursing officer, Dartmouth-Hitchcock and interim chief executive officer of Mount Ascutney Hospital, will conduct a panel presentation about accountable care organization success stories.

Participants will receive an electronic tool box, which shares lessons learned and tips regarding how to move forward with healthcare reform innovations.

Conference partners include SVHC, the Vermont Health Care Innovation Project, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The conference received support from Rutland Regional Medical Center, Southern Vermont College, and Vermont Technical College.

Early bird registration is $175 and ends August 15. Advanced registration is $225 and ends September 16. After that date, participants may register onsite for $249. Registrants can register online at or print a registration form to register by mail.

Abstracts are being sought for inclusion in a poster display at this conference. The purpose of the poster display is to share successful projects that have made a difference in attendees’ organizations and that could be replicated at other health care facilities.

In addition, the conference is approved for 4.25 nursing credit hours by the Vermont State Nurses Association's Committee on Education, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Those interested in attending, seeking information about hotel arrangements, submitting an abstract, or receiving continuing nurse education credits can visit to learn more.

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 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