SVHC Auxiliary Makes 2016 Gift in Honor of Magnet Nurses

October 09, 2016

Caption: Members of the SVHC Auxiliary board shown from left to right are Tedi Petrelis, Maureen Loy, Nancy Whitten, Lila Cestone, Noreen Gardner, Sue Lewsey, Peg Baratto, and Beverly Petrelis. Barb Gross, who is also on the board, was unavailable for the photo. For a high-resolution image, click here

BENNINGTON, VT—September 23, 2016—Over the past 20 years, the Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Auxiliary has given more than $1 million to support services and equipment upgrades to SVHC. Their 2016 gift will be given in honor of nurses at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and their achievement of their fourth Magnet designation for nursing excellence. The gift provides additions to the education lab at SVMC and patient support.

“Our nurses care deeply about their patients and are in constant pursuit of continuing education. That’s what makes them so successful,” said Lila Cestone, president of the Auxiliary. “This year’s gift is a way of honoring these goals and lending the Auxiliary’s heartfelt support to these aims.”

SVHC Auxiliary fundraising activities are ingrained in the hospital’s culture and mission. The Auxiliary manages the hospital gift shop, the Corridor Gallery, and the Personal Emergency Response System. Each endeavor provides care, convenience, and comfort to patients.

For information about joining the SVHC Auxiliary, visit or call 802-440-6080.

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