SVHC Names Executive Director of VNA & Hospice


Contact:   Eileen Druckenmiller
(802) 447-5558

BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has named Mary Hagarty as the executive director of VNA & Hospice of SVHC. Hagarty has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare management, most recently serving as the director of quality and performance improvement and the director of hospice care at the VNA of Manchester and Southern New Hampshire. Hagarty also served as the president of a health care consulting company that specializes in senior care.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to join SVHC at this time,” stated Hagarty. “The partnership of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the VNA is a great opportunity to offer clients a fully-engaged care environment that is connected on all levels. It’s a great way to provide patients with high quality, fully integrated care.”
Hagarty is a registered nurse and has a Masters of Science in Geriatric and Community Health Nursing from Northern Illinois University.
“When I first began working with older adults and in community health, I knew that this was the field I wanted to be in,” said Hagarty. “I feel it is our role as health care administrators to aid our older patients and those who need home care so they can be in the environment they want to be in for as long as possible. In reality, that can be a challenge in our current health system, but an organization such as VNA & Hospice of SVHC can help make that happen.”
Everyone at SVHC is so committed to the work they do,” continued Hagarty. “I knew it would be a good fit for me.”
Hagarty is moving to the area and is looking forward to the many outdoor activities that are available year-round. “I’ve been in New England for the past 18 years and I love the change of seasons.”
Hagerty enjoys cycling, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing, as well as aerobics and spinning classes. She has four children: two boys in their twenties, Caleb, 25, and Eric, 23, and two girls, Alana, 21, and Melanie, 17.
“The people of VNA & Hospice of SVHC have a real vision for the care they offer,” said Hagarty. “It’s an exciting time to be joining them in making this vision a reality.”
VNA & Hospice of SVHC is a not-for-profit organization that makes more than 30,000 home visits each year to residents of Bennington, North Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, and Woodford. In addition to offering services such as home nursing, high-tech care, and rehabilitative services, the agency houses Bennington’s only full-service, Medicare-certified hospice program.