SVHC Seeks Hospital Artifacts and Personal Histories

September 20, 2017
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BENNINGTON, VT—September 20, 2016—A handwritten letter describing a hospital stay. A nursing school graduation program. A photo taken of employees celebrating a retirement. Nothing communicates history like stories, photos, and objects from the time.

As Southwestern Vermont Health Care prepares to celebrate its Centennial in 2018, its art and archives department is seeking photographs, memorabilia, medically related antiques, and even patients, long-time employees, and their family members to help document the health system's history.

“We are looking for people who were born here or worked here in the early days and who can share interesting stories and memories or objects from that time,” said Sarah Lewis, the health system’s archivist. “Even if you have second-hand memories from a family member who was born here or worked here, we want to hear from you.”

The items and stories will be noted and may be included in an exhibit of hospital history planned at the Bennington Museum in early 2018.

Members of the public are urged to contact Sarah Lewis at sarah.lewis@svhealthcare.org or Ashley Jowett at 802-447-5019 to share items that may be of interest. Items may be contributed to the collection temporarily or permanently.

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’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 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 svhealthcare.org. For news and updates, follow facebook.com/svmedicalcenter.