SVMC Maternity Care Receives National and Regional Recognition

March 03, 2016
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BENNINGTON—March 3, 2016—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s OB/Gyn and Maternity Services departments have recently been recognized for clinical excellence and patient satisfaction by a number of regional and national organizations.

SVMC has been designated by Blue Cross Blue Shield as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Maternity Care. To achieve this status, SVMC demonstrated cost efficiency, expertise, and a commitment to quality care during deliveries. SVMC was one of only two in the state to have received the additional distinction of being a Blue Distinction Center+. This designation is granted to those with a proven track-record for delivering better results—such as fewer complications and readmissions—than facilities without this recognition.

The SVMC Obstetrics program was recently named to the Women’s Choice Awards 2016 list of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics. Awarded hospitals ranked above the national average for patient recommendations, as indicated by the data reported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) surveys. Additional considerations include low rates of early elective deliveries (between 0  1 percent) and ranking above the national average for patient safety.

“We are proud of the doctors and nurses who do all that they can to provide the best possible outcomes and experiences for the families under their care,” said Shiela Boni, MSN, RN, administrative director of Inpatient & Emergency Services at SVMC. “It is certainly gratifying to have those efforts acknowledged from external organizations such as Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Women’s Choice Awards.”

In addition, SVMC OB/Gyn Drs. Malcolm Paine, who recently has been elected to a three-year term as vice chair of the Vermont section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and Kimberley Sampson appeared as guests on the January 19th episode of the WAMC Northeast Public Radio Medical Monday program. The show airs at 2 p.m. each Monday and looks to medical experts to answer questions from listeners. The audio is available online at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group physicians are scheduled to appear on the show to discuss cancer care on April 18 and tick-borne illness on July 11.

“Drs. Paine and Sampson are skilled and compassionate physicians,” said Dr. Trey Dobson, chief medical officer at SVMC and medical director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group. “We are grateful to WAMC for the opportunity to share the expertise of our doctors with a larger audience.”

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 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