Local AAPC Supports Cancer Center Patient Resource Fund

December 21, 2015

BENNINGTON, VT—December 21, 2015—Members of the local chapter of the American Academy of Professional Coders gathered to present a check to staff at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center. More than $1,000 was raised through several fundraisers in 2015, including a bake sale, Sip and Swirl painting events, and a PartyLite candle sale. The funds will be added to the Cancer Center Patient Resource Fund, which is used to assist cancer patients with the expenses related to their diagnosis.

“Donations like this one are so important this time of year. Many patients are struggling to buy heating fuel, gas, and groceries or to pay their bills,” said Wendy Petitt, practice manager of the Cancer Center and the person who administers the fund. “Thanks to the Coders work over the past year, many patients will feel some relief from the financial stresses that come up during their diagnosis and treatment.”

Pictured seated, left to right are Dr. Matthew Vernon, MD, radiation oncologist and Sue Downey, CPC. Standing left to right are Mary Weinfurt, RN; Wendy Petitt, manager of the Cancer Center; Melinda Onorato, CPC; Diane Therrien, CPC, CCS; Diana Kipp, COC,CPC; Kristin Edwards, Cancer Center patient coordinator/financial advisor; Terry Beach, COC, CPC; Chris Greene,CPC; Stephanie Woodcock, CPC; and Theresa Keefer, LPN.

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’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is one of 31 hospitals in the world to have been recognized four consecutive times as Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org.

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