On June 10, 1918, Putnam Memorial Hospital, now known as Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), opened to patients. A century later that 30-bed hospital has grown into one of New England’s leading rural healthcare systems.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) has been designated four consecutive times as a Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence®. SVMC’s Transitional Care Nurse Barbara Richardson, RN, was named the 2016 Magnet Nurse of the Year, and in 2017, the hospital won the Magnet Prize—given to only one hospital worldwide each year—for its Transitional Care Nursing program. SVHC is accredited by the Joint Commission and recognized as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®. In addition, the health system received workplace honors from both Vermont Business Magazine and Becker’s Hospital Review. In the fall of 2017, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation earned the prestigious five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is an integrated health system that consists of:

Guiding Principles


SVHC exists to provide exceptional health care and comfort to the people we serve.


SVHC is recognized as a preeminent, rural, integrated health care system that provides exceptional, convenient, safe, and affordable care.


SVHC expects its employees to model the following values:

Quality: achieving the best possible outcomes and satisfying the customer in the most cost-effective manner.

Empathy: treating others in a compassionate and sensitive manner.

Safety: preventing harm to patients from treatment that is intended to help them and to employees from an environment that is intended to support them.

Teamwork: achieving shared goals through collaboration, accountability, and mutual respect and supports.

Stewardship: conserving resources and making decisions that achieve the highest value at the lowest cost.