SVMC Launches Multispecialty Practice

September 01, 2017

BENNINGTON, VT—September 1, 2017—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) has opened a Multispecialty Practice office, combining existing specialties together in one space for improved coordination and patient convenience. The specialties include gastroenterology, infectious disease, neurology, pulmonology, and rheumatology. The practice is located in suite 307 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington.

“Sometimes patients with a single condition—like certain types of lung disease or gastrointestinal problems—may need to see several specialists,” said Trey Dobson, chief medical officer at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. “By bringing this team of doctors together, we improve our providers’ ability to coordinate care and simplify care for patients.”

Patients will be able to schedule visits for multiple providers with a single call to the SVMC Multispecialty Practice. Whenever possible, the office staff will coordinate to allow adjacent appointments. The physicians in the office will also find it more convenient to communicate with each other about patients they share.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center completely remodeled the space on the third floor of its Medical Office Building to improve the patient experience. Walls were reinsulated to improve sound proofing and privacy. Thoughtful colors, lighting, and furniture choices were selected to improve patient comfort and experience. In addition, a new spacious procedure room will enable the SVMC Multispecialty Practice physicians to perform procedures more conveniently for patients.

For more information about all of the physicians, the conditions they treat, and their contact details, visit

About Gastroenterology:
SVMC Gastroenterology, formerly located in suite 104 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington, offers screening and diagnostic colonoscopies and other tests to diagnose digestive issues. The practice’s two board-certified gastroenterologists—Drs. Maranino and Sohail—and nurse practitioner—Stephanie Sauer, NP—offer treatments for dietary sensitivities, Hepatitis C, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, and others. The practice also offers two highly specialized tests—EUS (endoscopic ultrasound) and ERCP (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography)—that patients had to travel for in the past. To reach gastroenterology services at SVMC, call 802-447-1536.

About Infectious Disease:
Dr. Marie George and the team at SVMC Infectious Disease specialize in the treatment of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses, skin infections and wound care, respiratory infections like MRSA, and other infectious diseases. In addition, the SVMC Infectious Disease Travel Clinic consults on those planning to travel abroad. The service provides recommendations, specific vaccinations, and other medical preparation necessary for the region of the trip and helps ensure travelers are protected against the most common diseases and dangers. To reach SVMC Infectious Disease, call 802-447-4555. Messages from patients of the Infectious Disease practice are picked up daily.

About Neurology:
The Neurology practice at SVMC offers diagnosis and treatment for movement disorders (tremors, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington's disease, and dystonia), dementia, seizures, stroke, headache disorders, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, and spasticity. Call 802-440-6089 for neurology services at SVMC.

About Pulmonology:
SVMC Pulmonology offers diagnosis and treatment for conditions relating to lung function and trouble with sleep. Some common conditions include COPD, asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis and obstructive and central sleep apnea and hypopnea, insomnia, narcolepsy and idiopathic hypersomnia (excessive sleepiness), and Restless Leg Syndrome. Dr. Michael Algus and Physician Assistant Crystal Labbe-Hasty work in conjunction with teams at the SVMC Pulmonary Function and the Sleep Labs. To reach SVMC Pulmonology, call 802-442-4855.

About Rheumatology:
Dr. Matthew Stanishewski at SVMC Rheumatology treats rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, lupus, scleroderma, ankylosing spondylitis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, bursitis, tendonitis, and more. Therapies are tailored to the individual, including medications, biologic and non-biologic infusions, and office-based injections. To reach SVMC Rheumatology, call 802-442-7881.

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