SVHC Named One of Vermont's Best Places to Work Two Years Running

January 25, 2016
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BENNINGTON—January 25, 2016—Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has been named one of 2016’s Best Places to Work by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce for the second year in a row. SVHC received the honor for the first time in 2015, and is the first and only hospital or health system to be recognized.

“We are pleased to have received this award for the second time,” said Tom Dee, president and chief executive officer of SVHC. “This recognition is directly attributed to our talented, dedicated employees, who have built our reputation for exceptional care, comfort for the communities we serve, and our positive workplace culture.”

This statewide program by Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Chamber of Commerce surveys and identifies the best places of employment. In addition, it has partnered with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Vermont State Council, the Vermont Department of Labor, and the Vermont Department of Economic Development to recognize organizations that benefit the state’s economy, its workforce, and businesses.

Only 38 organizations are being honored this year by Best Places to Work.

The program evaluates workplace policies, benefits practices, and demographics. This portion of the evaluation is worth 25 percent of the total score. An employee engagement and satisfaction survey accounts for the remaining 75 percent. The program looks for a minimum of 40 percent participation on the survey and positive results.

The final rankings for each category will be announced at an event March 31, 2016 at the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, VT. A listing of open positions and other workplace information can be found at

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 in the world to have been recognized four consecutive times as Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence. To learn more, visit