SVHC Honors Employees with Putnam Awards
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SVHC Honors Employees with Putnam Awards

Front, left to right: Terry Thibodeau of Peri-Operative Services; Katie Plue of Environmental Services; Billie Lynn Allard, MSN, RN, on behalf of Nancy White, LNA, of the Intensive Care Unit; Jessica Woodward of Human Resources; and Kyle DeGraff, RN, of SVMC Cardiology, accepted Putnam Awards from Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s president and CEO, at back.

BENNINGTON, VT—November 6, 2019— Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) leaders and staff gathered last month at the Mount Anthony Country Club on Wednesday, October 16, to honor employees for their service to the organization’s mission. One award every year is presented for each of the organization’s five core values: quality, empathy, safety, teamwork, and stewardship. The employees who received the awards are noted standard bearers and role models within the organization.

The 2019 Putnam Award Honorees are:
Quality:  Katie Plue of Environmental Services
Empathy: Nancy White, LNA, of the Intensive Care Unit
Stewardship: Terry Thibodeau of Peri-Operative Services
Dr. Richard Guerrero Patient Safety Award: Kyle DeGraff, RN, of SVMC Cardiology
Teamwork: Jessica Woodward of Human Resources

The evening also honored those celebrating employment anniversaries. Many were honored for 10, 20, and 30 years of employment with SVHC. Thirteen employees were noted for having surpassed 40 years of service, including Christine Bacon, Joy Bull, Judy Carpenter, Joyce Caslin,  Mary Anne Cushing, Cheryl Jacobs, Gregory Jacobs, Laurie Lachant, Marie McAuliffe, Maydene Mort, Roberta Smith, Jane Wright, and Colleen Wyman.

About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices. For more information, visit

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.



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