SVHC Launches Foundation, Names Board Chairman and Executive Director

BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has launched a foundation and tapped a senior college official, Carolanne Marquis, as its executive director and David Newell, the president of Wills Insurance, as the chairman of its board of directors. The Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation takes over the health system’s fundraising activities, which had been operated as a department of SVHC. The foundation’s goal is to expand on the health system’s existing fundraising work and prepare it for the future.

“The SVHC Foundation is the next chapter in our health system’s long tradition of fundraising that dates to our founders, Henry W. Putnam and his son Henry Putnam Jr.,” said Dr. Michael Brady, chairman of the health system’s board of trustees. “The generosity of donors enables our health system to bring high-quality care to the people we serve. The foundation will take SVHC’s very successful fundraising and development program to the next level.”

Bennington resident and president of Wills Insurance, David Newell, will lead the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation's board of directors.

The foundation itself is a separate 501(c)3 corporation operated by a board of directors that is separate from the health system’s board of trustees. The board’s main purpose will be to assist the foundation and its staff with fundraising and provide advice and guidance on fundraising matters to the health system’s board of trustees.

“The foundation board will take over the heavy lifting of fundraising from the health system’s board of trustees,” explained Thomas A. Dee, SVHC president and CEO. “The SVHC Board of Trustees is tasked with setting policy and overseeing the strategic direction of the entire health system. They have a very large responsibility that requires a substantial amount of time and effort. The foundation’s board of directors will be a strategic partner, collaborating with the health system board to strengthen the health system's fundraising efforts.”

The foundation’s board of directors provides leadership and oversight to ensure that the foundation carries out its primary responsibilities: promoting awareness, raising funds, and advocating for SVHC. Although the foundation’s primary role is to maximize philanthropic support for SVHC, the board also will provide advice on strategic planning and distribution of donor-restricted funds.

Board Chairman
Longtime Bennington resident, David Newell, has agreed to lead the foundation’s board of directors as its chairman. Newell is best known as the president of Wills Insurance in Bennington where he has worked since 1979. However, he also has been the executive director of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., and a master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania.

Carolanne Marquis joins the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation as its executive director.

“I was surprised and delighted to be asked to chair the board of directors for SVHC’s new foundation,” Newell said. “SVHC is the largest employer in our community. It is recognized as one of New England’s premier small hospitals. Our efforts in the foundation will enable this legacy to continue long into the future.”

Newell added that he is looking forward to working with the health system’s professional development staff to plan and complete a capital campaign to modernize the hospital’s facilities. “Updating the hospital’s facilities is an important step in preparing for the coming changes in health care,” he said. “It’s exciting to be a part of this process.”

Newell is very active in the Bennington community. In the early 1980s, he served on the SVHC Board of Trustees. He a trustee of the Bennington Free Library and member of the Oldcastle Theater board. He also is a member of the Bennington Rotary Club and has served as its president as well as the president of the Bennington County United Way and the Better Bennington Corp.

Executive Director
On April 30, Carolanne Marquis joined the foundation as its executive director. Marquis comes to SVHC after 14 years with Keuka College in Keuka Park, N.Y. Marquis started at Keuka in 1998 as the vice president for college advancement, the college’s fundraising arm, eventually rising to become the college’s chief operating officer and executive vice president. She also served acting president during the president’s sabbatical.

“We are excited to have a person of Carolanne’s caliber joining our organization,” explained Dee. “She has extensive experience, and we look forward to her leadership and advice as we build on the solid fundraising history that our development staff has already created.”

While at Keuka, Marquis led the college’s fundraising efforts, which resulted in more than $50 million in gifts and $18 million in grants. In total, Marquis has more than 35 years of experience in management, fundraising, donor relations, capital campaign planning, and communications. Her career has led her to Judson College in Elgin, Ill., Northwestern College in St. Paul, Minn., and the Salvation Army in Chicago. Prior to joining Keuka, she served as the international director of development at the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, based in Chicago and Washington, D.C.

As executive director of the SVHC Foundation, Marquis will work with SVHC’s existing development office staff and the foundation’s board of directors to chart a strategic plan for philanthropy as SVHC begins to consider fundraising for upcoming building projects.

“My first goal is to get to know the community and the physicians and employees at the health system,” she said. “In my visits, I was struck by the dedication to high quality care that I saw everywhere I visited. I’m looking forward to learning more about SVHC and helping build even greater community support for such a fine institution.”

For Immediate Release
10 May 2012
Media Contact: Kevin Robinson