SVMC Launches 12-Week Health Care Share Program

July 21, 2017
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BENNINGTON, VT—July 21, 2017—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) conducted the first two of 12 weekly vegetable pick-ups for participants in its Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs. The distributions are part of Health Care Share, a farm-to-patient collaboration working to increase access to healthy foods statewide.

“This is our third year connecting patients to farm-fresh produce during their visits,” said Patricia Ryan, RN, the coordinator for SVMC’s Cardiac Rehabilitation program. “Patients truly enjoy the experience and are so thankful for the difference the program has made in their efforts to live a healthier lifestyle.”

In addition to the vegetables, patients at SVMC also received a Vermont Health Care Share cookbook. It includes meal-planning advise, food-preparation tips, and healthy recipes. Executive Chef Laura LaCroix conducts several recipe demonstrations and tastings throughout the season to further encourage patients to try healthier options at home.

Image Caption: Through Health Care Shares, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center staff make fresh vegetables and expertise available for participants in the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation Programs. From left to right, Robin Fraiser, DPT; Patricia Ryan, RN; Scott Rogge, MD; Susan Lewsey; Tiffany Tobin, director of Hospitality Services; Andrea Wheeler; Executive Chef Laura LaCroix; and Rachel Newton, Americorps Vista volunteer. 

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SVHC is an integrated health system serving Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties in New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC consists of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, and the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington; SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester, SVMC Deerfield Valley Campus in Wilmington, Mountain Medical at the base of Mount Snow in West Dover, SVMC Pownal Campus in Pownal, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC’s multispecialty medical group is operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians and provides a wide range of primary and specialty care to the region. To learn more, visit

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