SVHC Foundation Announces Two New Members to its Board of Directors

February 25, 2016

High-resolution photos: Brooks and Seidel

BENNINGTON, VT—February 25, 2016—Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation has announced the appointment of Kathryn Brooks of Dorset, VT, and Scott Seidel, of Arlington, VT, to its Board of Directors.

“The SVHC Foundation will certainly benefit from Katie’s and Scott’s enthusiasm, their experience, and their understanding of both SVHC and the region,” said SVHC’s Vice President for Corporate Development Leslie Keefe.

Brooks draws on rich experience in advertising and sales. She founded, owned, and operated Cat Country Radio and cofounded Vermont Wood Pellet manufacturing plant in Rutland County, VT. In addition to her work on the SVHC Foundation Northshire Regional Advisory Board, she has served on several community boards and advisory boards, including The Women’s Business Owners Network, Manchester Parks and Recreation, Riley Rink, The Collaborative, Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, The Dorset Theatre Festival and the Rutland Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“I am honored by the invitation to join the SVHC Foundation Board of Directors,” Brooks remarked. “Since I moved to the area 30 years ago, I’ve always been impressed by the high quality care at SVHC. I’ve seen this excellence first hand, and I’m thrilled to be part of such a great organization.”

Scott Seidel divides time between Arlington, VT and Springfield, NJ. He has been a commercial real estate broker and developer with Cardinal Land Properties, his family company, since 1979. He also has been a licensed real estate broker in Vermont since 1993. In addition, he is the emergency management coordinator for the Town of Springfield. In that role, he oversees the town’s emergency operations plan; heads the auxiliary police unit and other volunteers; and coordinates police, fire, department of public works, and administration resources and chairs the Fourth of July committee. He is a founding member of Springfield H.O.P.E., a non-profit that aims to provide financial aid to those in need, and the chairman of the Springfield Mayor’s Day at Baltusrol committee, which provides scholarships to high school seniors in Springfield. He is a trustee of the Arlington Rescue Squad Board and serves on the board of the Battenkill Valley Health Center.

“Health care is such an important service in any community. It affects us all,” said Seidel. “The hospital, with its affiliation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock, is poised to make significant progress in health care delivery for this region, and I am happy and privileged to be involved.”

Members of the SVHC Foundation Board of Directors are nominated by members of the group or health system and are voted on and approved by both the members of the Foundation Board and the SVHC Board of Trustees. SVHC Foundation’s mission is to engage in development and fundraising activities exclusively for the support of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Corporation.


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 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 the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit