SVHC's Jingle Bell Raises $150,000

January 27, 2017

BENNINGTON, VT—January 27, 2017—The 3rd Annual Jingle Bell on December 3 at the Equinox Resort in Manchester, VT, hosted a sold-out crowd of 160 people and raised more than $153,000 for Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC).

“The success of this event is thanks to the Jingle Bell Committee members, led by Katie Brooks, and our extraordinary sponsors,” said Leslie Keefe, SVHC’s vice president for corporate development. “We are grateful for the success of this event, which could not have been realized without a truly impressive outpouring of dedication and generosity to support excellent health care in our community.”

The proceeds of the event are dedicated to SVHC’s telemedicine initiative. Telemedicine leverages sophisticated, secure video technology to provide enhanced treatment to patients with complex conditions closer to where they live.

The Jingle Bell Committee included: Katie Brooks, chair; Connie Blatchford; Cara Boshart; Marcia Holland; Dricka Kimball; Nancy Kimball; Judy Livingston; Caren McVicker; and Joy Slusarek.

Jingle Bell sponsors included: presenting sponsor, the Equinox Resort; lead sponsors, the Bennington Banner, Flowers by Cara, Hays Companies, Nixon Peabody, and Stratton Magazine; and many supporting and host sponsors.

The event could not have been successful without the contributions of many companies and individuals, including: Von Bargen’s Jewelry; Eric Goode; John and Marie La Penta; Pavilion Grand Hotel; the Hermitage Club; Wenke and Bill Sterns; Susie Hunter; Joe and Caren McVicker; Dartmouth-Hitchcock; Nancy and Denis Noel; Elm Street Market; ski areas Bromley, Stratton, Mount Snow, and more.

For information, contact the SVHC Foundation at 802-447-5017.


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 SVHC Foundation; the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; 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