Giving to Southwestern Vermont Health Care through the SVHC Foundation 

Since it was first established by a gift from Henry W. Putnam, the generosity of donors has allowed Southwestern Vermont Health Care to provide high quality health care in a rural setting.Donations allow us to keep current with advances in technology, invest in our facilities, and maintain the margin of excellence our health system provides.

Henry W. Putnam's goal in founding Southwestern Vermont Health Care was to create a hospital where members of the greater Bennington community could receive high-quality health care without regard for ability to pay.

Henry W. Putnam, Sr.

Our Philanthropic History
Two extraordinary donors, Henry W. Putnam and his son, Henry W. Putnam, Jr., gave the funds that launched the hospital we now call Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC). The spirit of philanthropy — gifts large and small — has helped Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) since the hospital cornerstone was laid in 1916.

SVHC Foundation Is a Not-for-Profit
The SVHC Foundation is a charitable organization with the sole mission of raising philanthropic support for the SVHC family of not-for-profit organizations. All gifts support Southwestern Vermont Medical CenterCenters for Living & RehabilitationVisiting Nurse Association & HospiceSouthwestern Vermont Regional Cancer CenterSVMC Deerfield Valley Campus, and SVMC Northshire Campus.

The SVHC Foundation accepts charitable gifts and distributes them as needed and per donor specifications. SVHC uses these donations, along with patient and insurance payments, to operate the health system. It invests all revenue in excess of costs back into the health system to support capital projects, such as new technology or buildings, and renovations of existing property. These investments sustain and improve the quality of care given throughout our system.

A volunteer Board of Trustees governs the organization as a whole and a volunteer Board of Directors oversees the SVHC Foundation. Trustees and Directors serve without pay as a public trust, so that the health system is managed by the community it serves. They ensure that the citizens of Bennington County and the surrounding area receive quality patient care.

Support SVHC - Make Your Gift Today
Every year, more and more residents of our community invest in quality health care close to home.They do it by making a gift to the SVHC Foundation. Some are grateful patients and family members. Others simply recognize how important it is to keep a strong health care system in our community.

Outright gifts of cash and appreciated securities benefit SVHC immediately. Planned gifts secure the future and can provide benefits during a donor's lifetime. Please review the ways to give. Contact a member of the SVHC Foundation Team if you have questions or call our general office number, 802-447-5017.

Won't you make a gift today?