The Bank of Bennington Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Donation to SVHC

July 10, 2017

BENNINGTON, VT—July 10, 2017—The Bank of Bennington presented a $25,000 donation to Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Wednesday morning at the bank’s flagship location at 155 North Street in Bennington. The funds, given in celebration of the bank’s centennial year, are dedicated to the creation of several interactive, child-friendly waiting areas within the health system.

“The hospital is a great asset to the community,” said Jim Brown, The Bank of Bennington’s president and CEO, who presented the donation. “We’re happy to make an investment that benefits not only the hospital but also improves the experience for families using its services.”

Dubbed Kids Korner, the first two interactive play waiting areas will be developed at the pediatrics practice and on the Women’s and Children’s unit at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington.

“Southwestern Vermont Health Care is grateful to The Bank of Bennington for its support, partnership, and generosity,” said Thomas A. Dee, SVHC’s president and CEO, while accepting the donation. “We are committed to providing exceptional care to our community, and The Bank of Bennington Kids Korner will definitely have a positive impact for patients and families.”

This is the first of several donations the bank plans to make to celebrate its centennial year. The Bank of Bennington has a strong history of supporting community activities throughout the region—especially those that bring community together and benefit children, such as Little League, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, and local food pantries.

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Image Caption: Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, president and CEO of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (left), accepts a $25,000 donation from James Brown, president and CEO of The Bank of Bennington. The donation will be used to create several interactive, child-friendly waiting areas within the health system.

About The Bank of Bennington:
The Bank of Bennington is proud to be a full-service mutual community bank headquartered in Bennington with branches in Manchester, Arlington, Bennington, and Rutland. It was founded in 1917 by a group of local business leaders to help mill workers buy homes. One hundred years later, The Bank of Bennington is known for its exceptional customer service, financial strength, and its commitment to the community it serves. Bauer Financial, an independent bank-rating service, has awarded The Bank of Bennington their 5-star “superior” rating for more than 25 consecutive years. The bank employs nearly 60 employees across all five offices. To learn more about The Bank of Bennington, visit

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 updates, follow

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