Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Present The Front Lines of Health Care Reform


Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) and Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning (GMALL) will partner to present a “Medicine Today” lecture about health care reform.

The talk, The Front Lines of Health Care Reform, will be co-presented by Billie Lynn Allard, MS, RN, administrative director of Nursing for Community Health at Southwestern Vermont Health Care and the Putnam Medical Group, and Dr. James Poole, a hospitalist, the medical director of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, hospitalist director, and medical director of medical affairs at Southwestern Vermont Health Care.

The talk will be held 5:30 – 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Equinox Village, at 49 Maple Street in Manchester Center, VT. The event is free, but advanced registration is required. Visit the science section of the programs tab at to register.

While lawmakers try to decide how to pay for health care, nurses and doctors both locally and nationwide are working to decrease health care costs, improve the quality of care, and ensure patient satisfaction. This is your opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes at some of the fascinating projects that are happening now and hear predictions for the future of health care in Vermont and the United States.

Billie Lynn Allard completed the Wharton Fellows Nurse Executive program at the University of Pennsylvania, John Hopkins’ Patient Safety Practitioner program, and Transitional Care training at the University of Pennsylvania. Together with her team, she developed the Accountable Community of Health Program at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The Transitional Care Nursing program, at the heart of the Accountable Community of Health, was a recipient of the Vermont Health Care Innovation Grant. Allard has presented at national conferences across the country, published numerous articles, and assists other health systems to replicate this program. On October 6, 2017, Allard and her team were the recipients of the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Prize from the Cerner Corporation. James Poole, MD, has worked as a hospitalist with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) since 2008 and has been a member of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians since its inception in 2012. In addition, he is the medical director of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, hospitalist director, and medical director of medical affairs. He received his undergraduate education in physical therapy from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and worked for 2 years as an acute care physical therapist before attending medical school at Ross University in Dominica, West Indies. He completed his residency at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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

About GMALL:

The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning is an independent non-profit organization whose mission it is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the community by providing accessible, diversified, and high quality educational programs to the public. The group facilitates interactive lectures, courses, and workshops on such topics as current events (politics, international studies, and economics), history, science, religion, the arts, recreation, and culinary classes.