SVHC Honors Employees with 2016 Putnam Awards

November 22, 2016

BENNINGTON, VT—November 22, 2016— Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) leaders and staff gathered Tuesday, November 1 at the Mount Anthony Country Club to honor employees for their service to the organization’s mission. One award every year is presented for each of the organization’s five core values: quality, empathy, safety, teamwork, and stewardship. The employees who received the awards are noted standard bearers and role models within the organization.

The 2016 Putnam Award Honorees are: Lisa Jacobs, Physician Billing office manager, exceptional teamwork; Patricia Bradley, Corporate Compliance and Legal Services assistant, Dr. Richard Guerrero Safety Award; Ryan Booth, Information Systems desktop support specialist, empathy; Kathy Brandi, MSN, RN, clinical nurse specialist in Medical Surgical Services, quality; and Joy Bull, RN, Operating Room, stewardship.

The evening also honored those celebrating employment anniversaries. Many were honored for 10, 20, and 30 years of employment with SVHC. Fifteen employees were noted for 40 or more years of service, and Christine Bacon, who works in the lab, was honored for 51 years of service. Together, the group represented more than 1,400 years with the organization.

In his remarks, Dee said, “The honorees we recognize tonight set the example for employees throughout our organization. Their longstanding commitment to our shared values makes Southwestern Vermont Health Care one of the finest health systems in New England.”

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The 2016 Putnam Award Honorees Lisa Jacobs, Patricia Bradley, Ryan Booth, Kathy Brandi, and Joy Bull stand with SVHC’s President and CEO Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, at the 6th Annual Putnam Awards and Service Recognition Ceremony the evening of Tuesday, November 1 at the Mount Anthony Country Club in Bennington.


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), which includes 19 primary and specialty care practices. Primary care offices are located in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, and Wilmington. To learn more, visit

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