Celebration of the Century

A major anniversary calls for celebrations of all kinds. Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) celebrated its Centennial weekend with events and observances for all.

The Centennial Gala


Image 1 (left): Michael Brady, DDS, the 2018 Vision Award Honoree for Health Care Leadership

Image 2 (right): SVHC Board of Trustees Chair Tommy Harmon (right) presents the 2018 Vision Award for Distinguished Community Service to Susan Hunter for the Hunter Family.

SVHC hosted a sold-out crowd of more than 420 people at Centennial Gala on June 9 at the Hubbell Homestead in Bennington. The date was chosen to correspond with the eve of the hospital’s 100th birthday.

The 2018 Vision Awards, which honor recipients for their efforts to advance the health system’s vision of healthier communities, were presented by Tommy Harmon, chair of the SVHC Board of Trustees. Michael Brady, DDS, received the 2018 Health Care Leadership Award, and Susan Hunter accepted the 2018 Distinguished Community Service Award on behalf of the Hunter Family. In addition to the awards, dinner, and dancing, the event included special Centennial observances, including a birthday cake and “Happy Birthday” sung by barbershop quartet The Frosty Four.

The event was made possible through generous support of many donors and sponsors, including Dartmouth-Hitchcock, MACK Molding, Jerome Construction, the Richard and Pamela Ader Foundation, Walker S. Kimball, Anesthesiology Associates of Bennington, The Bank of Bennington, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Dee, John and Deborah Larkin, Mazzone Hospitality, Mr. Anthony Veterinary Hospital, Rowley Agency, Salem Dentistry, SVMC Orthopedics, TD Bank, and many others. The event raised $150,000 in support of health care in our region.

Centennial Community Day: Southwestern Vermont Health Care's 100th Birthday Party


Thousands of community members, employees, nurses, and medical staff came to Southwestern Vermont Medical Center on Sunday, June 10 to celebrate a century of caring. There was free food, games, activities, live entertainment, and more. For photos, see Greg Nesbit Photography.

Welcoming the Next Generation


You’ve heard of the New Year baby. Meet Michael Todd Parker, Jr., the SVHC Centennial baby. Malcolm Paine, MD, joined parents Rebecca Rigeny and Michael Todd Parker to welcome Michael Todd Parker, Jr. Young Mr. Parker was born at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center on Sunday, June 10, 2018, exactly 100 years after the hospital first opened to patients. The family lives in Bennington.

Welcoming the Next Generation


Bennington Post Office staff kicked-off Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Centennial Weekend by stamping community members’ outgoing mail with a commemorative pictorial postmark from the U.S. Postal Service. It is an exciting federal recognition of the health system’s 100th year. More than 150 people came to the lobby of SVHC’s Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington on the morning of Saturday, June 9, 2018 to have mail stamped, including father and son Ted and Max Cutsumpas.