Call for Photos and Artifacts: SVHC to Celebrate 100 Years

July 15, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—July 15, 2016—A photo taken in the Putnam Memorial Hospital nursery on the day your father was born. A coat hanger printed with the hospital's name. Nothing communicates history like photos and objects from the time. As Southwestern Vermont Health Care prepares to celebrate its Centennial Anniversary, the art and archives department is seeking photographs and other memorabilia to document the health system's history.

The cornerstone of the then Putnam Memorial Hospital was laid on Aug. 16, 1916. It accepted its first patient on June 10, 1918. Since that time, the organization has changed its name twice: to Putnam Memorial Health Corporation in 1984 and then to Southwestern Vermont Health Care in 2000.

How to participate: If you have hospital- or community-related photos or other items to contribute temporarily or to donate, contact Sarah Lewis at to have them cataloged for potential inclusion in an exhibit or publication.

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