SVMC to Present at the Next Chamber DAZE Event at Equinox Village

Contact: Eileen Druckenmiller
(802) 447-5558
03 August 2010

MANCHESTER — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) CEO Thomas Dee, along with Oncologist Charlene Ives and Surgeon Elizabeth Warner, will be a part of the next Chamber DAZE event sponsored by the Manchester and the Mountains Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 12. Dee, Ives, and Warner will be at Equinox Village at 49 Maple St. in Manchester Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to speak about SVMC and the comprehensive breast care program SVMC offers. The evening will include light refreshments and a chance to ask questions of the presenters. 

Dee joined SVMC in December 2009, with more than 20 years of experience as a hospital CEO. Most recently, he was the president and CEO of Benedictine Hospital in Kingston, N.Y. While there, Dee led the planning and implementation of a wide range of new services including a breast center, cardiac diagnostic testing, and primary care centers. During his tenure, Benedictine built a state-of-the-art cancer center and medical office building that included medical and radiation oncology, an inpatient hospice and palliative care unit, and a special cancer support house for family members..

Dr. Warner earned her medical degree at Albany Medical College and was chief surgery resident at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and joined SVMC’s surgical team in 2007.
In 2009, Dr. Warner was named to a three-year appointment as a Cancer Liaison Physician for Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center. Cancer Liaison Physicians serve an important role for cancer programs such as SVMC’s that are accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Warner is among a national network of over 1,600 volunteer physicians who provide leadership and direction regarding cancer care at their programs.

“Surgery is a crucial part of cancer treatment,” Warner explained. “As the Cancer Liaison Physician, I am able to work alongside my colleagues at the cancer center, such as Dr. Ives, to develop new protocols for treating breast cancer that put women at the center of the care we provide.”

Dr. Ives received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania and completed her residency in internal medicine at Boston University. She was the chief fellow in hematology-oncology at Boston Medical Center and is certified in medical oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She has been associated with the Cancer Center since 2002.

“The breast care program at SVMC is another example of how SVMC and the Cancer Center put the focus on the patient. The program allows us to more specifically address the physical and emotional needs of the women we treat,” said Ives.

Dr. Warner and Dr. Ives both offer appointments in the Northshire at SVMC’s Northshire Campus on Route 7A North, as well as in Bennington. To make an appointment with Dr. Warner, call (802) 447-5060. For an appointment with Dr. Ives, call (802) 447-1836.
To find out more about the Chamber DAZE event on August 12 or more about Equinox Village, call Ashley Brenon at (802) 362-4061.

SVMC and the Cancer Center are a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, a community-based, not-for-profit health system that exists solely for the benefit of the communities it serves. To find out more, visit

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