SVHC Employees Donate 170 Backpacks to Local Students

August 30, 2016
2016 Backpack Driveb

BENNINGTON, VT—August 30, 2016—Employees from 33 departments at Southwestern Vermont Health Care collectively purchased 170 backpacks and filled them with school supplies for local children whose families may have financial difficulty purchasing items for the return to school. The children attend 16 local schools, and each school will receive 10 – 11 backpacks to distribute.

“It is a pleasure for SVHC employees to help support local kids get off to a good start for the school year,” said Suzanne Anair, administrator of Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, whose staff organizes the drive. “We hope that these backpacks and supplies are an indication to the students that their community supports them in their studies and that we are proud of them.”

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About SVHC:

Southwestern Vermont Health Care 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 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 with 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 distinction it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit