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Step back in time for an exciting turn-of-the-century celebration for Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) 100th birthday. SVHC invites the community to be their guests for its Centennial Community Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2018, the 100th anniversary of it’s opening in 1918. The event will take place on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Campus at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington, VT.

The day’s Centennial-themed events are free and include good, old-fashioned barbecue and activities for all ages. The purpose of the event is to acknowledge SVHC’s rich history, starting with Founder Henry Putnam, and to thank physicians, staff, and community members, who have contributed to making SVHC the award-winning health system it is today.

Presenting Sponsors

MACKMolding        JeromeLogo        BankofBennington


Banner        SubaruCooley        Foley        GVH        Howard        

MountainGrove                USFoods        PriceChopper                Farrell

Event Schedule

7:30 – 10 a.m. UCS Go the Distance 5K
Kick start your day with some invigorating exercise. Registration for the United Counseling Service’s (UCS) Go the Distance 5K, Kids Fun Run, and SVHC’s World-Record Jump Rope Race begins at 7:30 a.m. at UCS, 316 Dewey Street in Bennington. The 5K race begins at 9 a.m., and the Kids’ Fun Run begins immediately following the race. Visit to register in advance.

10 a.m. Parade Line-up
Join the ranks of SVMC's Centennial Community Day Parade and march from United Counseling Service, 100 Ledgewood Drive, up through the hospital's main campus.

10:30 - 11 a.m. Parade and Opening Ceremonies
The Cambridge Band will begin at the UCS Parking Lot and parade up Hospital Drive to the Fair Grounds, the parking lot between Medical Office Building and Centers for Living and Rehabilitation. The Parade specifically honors our cancer survivors and their families, our guests of honor for the day’s festivities. The Parade will be followed by opening remarks.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Day-Long Activities
Enjoy a free, old-fashioned barbecue, fair-style treats, games and prizes, rides, touch-a-truck exhibit, photo booth, and more! It’s all free and open to all in honor of 100 years of caring. Plus, you can discover the fun at the Cancer Center Community Crusaders Cupcake Contest fundraiser, DJ, and vendor booths.

12 p.m. Youth Performances
Tune in for a performance of "Ja-Da," a song written in 1918, by Bennington Elementary Chorus; a performance by the Mount Anthony Union High School Choruses; and a number by the gymnasts of MAYCA Studio.

12:15 p.m. World-Record Jump Rope Race Start
That’s right! Community members are joining together to make an exciting attempt to break a world record for the largest jump rope race. Online sign-up is available within UCS’s Go the Distance 5K on and throughout the morning of the event. The race starts at the Monument Avenue Entrance Lot.

12:45 p.m. Renowned Circus Artist Joshua J. Superstar of CircOvation

1 p.m. An Official Proclamation, a Few Remarks, and Cake
The official ceremonies for the day include the reading of Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s Centennial Proclamation and comments from SVHC’s President and CEO Tom Dee. This part of the program will culminate with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” by the renowned Frosty Four and birthday cake for all.

2 – 4 p.m. Music, Music, Music
Local legend Julie Shea will keep the party going right on through the food, games, and fun of the day, including a special tribute to those lost to cancer and their families and caregivers.

4 p.m. Closing Remarks
We’ll end the day with thanks for our community and staff before looking forward to our next century of caring.


Space will be available on the SVMC's Main Campus on a first come, first serve basis and will be clearly marked. Additional off-site parking will be available on June 10th, including shuttles to and from campus between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Off-site Parking Locations with Shuttle Service:

Greenberg’s Parking Lot, 321 Main Street

United Counseling Service Facilities; 100 Ledge Hill Drive, 314 Dewey Street, 316 Dewey Street, 335 Dewey Street, and 339 Dewey Street

Steven Kane, DDS, 320 Dewey Street

Advanced Eye Care, 322 Dewey Street

Bennington Physical Therapy, 328 Dewey Street

SVMC Orthopedics, 332 Dewey Street

Off-site Parking with No Shuttle Service:

VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region, 1128 Monument Ave.

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Cancer Center Community Crusaders

The 4Cs mission is to provide short-term financial, physical, and emotional support to cancer patients who live within the SVRCC service area. The group's 3-year fundraising total tops $125,000. Financial assistance from the SVRCC Patient Resource Fund is available to those currently undergoing cancer treatment and struggling to make ends meet. Types of assistance available include travel expenses for treatments or second opinions, gas cards, help with utility and fuel expenses, dental care, wellness classes, and more.

Cancer Survivors' Day

Cancer Survivors' Day is an annual celebration of life held in hundreds of communities nationwide and embraced wholeheartedly by the staff and patients of the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center. Now in its 31st year, the national event aims to draw communities together around survivors, those who are recently diagnosed and their families. Much anticipated, the annual event includes lunch and entertainment. In 2018, cancer survivors are our guests of honor in our Centennial Community Day, a celebration of resilience and perseverance.


This year UCS celebrates its 60th year! UCS is a private, non-profit community mental health center serving Bennington County since 1958. UCS promotes healthy lifestyles through all its programs and offers care at 15 different facilities, including two primary outpatient facilities in Bennington and Manchester. UCS provides comprehensive, community-based behavioral and developmental services for children, adults, families, and seniors. UCS employs 300 people and annually serves nearly 3,000 Bennington County residents. UCS has been designated a Center of Excellence by Vermont Care Partners.