Communicating in a Health Crisis Panel

October 21, 2015

BENNINGTON, VT—October 19, 2015—The Center for Communication in Medicine presents a special video and panel discussion 5:30 – 7 p.m. Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Old Castle Theater at 331 Main Street in Bennington. The aim is to share how patients and families can partner with their doctors and nurses in making decisions about care and can secure the supports they need sooner rather than later.

The presentation, titled Building your Team & Navigating the System, is a part of the Center’s SpeakSooner initiative, which provides tools for communicating with family members and health care providers during a serious illness.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care has sponsored the program, which will include Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center oncologist Orion Howard, MD, and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s palliative care specialist Allen Hutcheson, MD, as panelists. Other panelist include patient Jan Martin Bopp, caregiver Rose-Marie Pelletier, primary care provider John Hearst, MD, and medical humanist Celia Engel Bandman. Dr. Bernard Bandman will moderate the discussion.

The event is free and open to the public, and each attendee will receive a copy of the Difficult Conversations Toolkit. Space is limited. RSVP at or by calling 802-442-5800.

About SVHC:

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is an integrated health system serving Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC consists of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, and the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington; SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, Vt.; Mountain Medical at the base of Mount Snow in West Dover, SVMC Pownal Campus in Pownal, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC’s multispecialty medical group is operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and provides a wide range of primary and specialty care to the region. To learn more, visit