Vermont Regulators Declare CLR Deficiency Free
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Vermont Regulators Declare CLR Deficiency Free

BENNINGTON, VT—November 20, 2019—Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Centers for Living and Rehabilitation (CLR), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Bennington, recently earned Vermont regulators’ highest commendation, deficiency free. It is the third time in 6 years they have received a deficiency-free rating.

“We put residents at the center of everything we do,” said Suzanne Anair, the facility’s administrator. “Meeting the state and Federal standards is one way to showcase our commitment to taking the best possible care of residents.”

Five surveyors from the Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging, and Independent Living arrived unannounced for their yearly survey. They reviewed the facility for 3 days to check that the nursing home is meeting each of more than 300 standards covering every aspect of care, including administration, cleanliness, nursing care, activity programming, protection of resident rights, and food service.

They spoke with current residents and residents’ family members, interviewed staff, reviewed the record-keeping practices for current and discharged residents, and observed all of the programs and services offered.

“Meeting and maintaining these standards for every resident every day requires incredible dedication from our team, and we are so proud to have earned this distinction again,” Anair said. “A deficiency-free survey is a good indication for those looking for care that we are providing the best care possible.”

CLR is located at 160 Hospital Drive in Bennington. It shares a campus with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and provides short-term rehabilitation, respite care, long-term care, and palliative and hospice care. For information about becoming a patient or resident call 802-447-1547 or visit

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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