Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), is continuously working to minimize the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring safety for patients and their families. Below are updates and links to COVID-19 resources.
COVID-19 Update | March 24, 2020
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and The Southwestern Vermont Chamber of Commerce partnered to provide a special online Lunch and Learn with the support of Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) to update the community regarding COVID-19 (Corona Virus). CEO Tom Dee and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Trey Dobson joined Chamber Executive Director Matt Harrington for an hour long show dedicated to providing the most current information regarding the virus to both businesses and the communities of the area.
Postponement of Non-Urgent Appointments
SVMC practices and inpatient departments have postponed non-urgent visits and procedures beginning Thursday, March 19 until at least Sunday, April 5. Office staff will notify patients directly. Generally, patients should expect that well visits and annual exams will be postponed. Somewhat urgent needs—such as follow-up visits or appointments to address the need for changes to medications, for instance—will be evaluated and held at the discretion of the provider. Appointments for acute problems will be scheduled. Lab studies, imaging, and physical therapy will continue, using social distancing and other techniques to minimize exposure. Read More
Updates to Visitors Policy
SVMC has revised its visitor policy to align with Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s recommendations. They reflect what is necessary to maintain patient safety at this time and may change as conditions warrant. Read More
Closure of Putnam Café
In response to Governor Scott’s executive order that restaurants and bars discontinue seated service, the Putnam Café, the hospital’s on-campus restaurant, will close to the public at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 17th. Visitors can use a coffee machine outside the Café and vending machines in the West Wing waiting area. Meals for employees will continue at an alternative location.