Medical Matters Weekly Features Leader from Vermont Care Partners
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Medical Matters Weekly Features Leader from Vermont Care Partners

BENNINGTON, VT—August 24, 2021—Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson—a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show—will feature Catherine Burns, PhD, the quality director for Vermont Care Partners, on its September 1 program. The show will air at 12 p.m. She will share her work on the state’s COVID support programs.

The show is produced with cooperation from Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV). Viewers can see Medical Matters Weekly on Facebook at and show is also available to view or download a podcast on

After the program, the video will be available on area public access television stations. On CAT-TV, viewers will find the show on channel 1075 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 1:30 p.m. Monday, 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 a.m. Friday, and 7 p.m. Saturday. GNAT-TV's Comcast channel 1074 airs the program at 8 a.m. Monday, 9 p.m. Wednesday, and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Dr. Burns has been the Quality Director for Vermont Care Partners (VCP) since 2015. In that role, she has supported quality improvement efforts and methodologies across the VCP Network that are coordinated with State partner activities. Prior to VCP, she has worked in a variety of clinical and leadership roles within the Vermont Designated Agency system. Dr. Burns has experience providing clinical care to children and families in integrated care settings, schools, homes, and in the community and currently is a practicing independent psychologist providing integrated care in a pediatric primary care setting. She has provided training around the state for practitioners in community mental health and education and has been an instructor at Johnson State College, the University of Vermont, and in the Program in Community Mental Health for graduates and undergraduates studying psychology and related fields. Dr. Burns earned a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Vermont, and a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Upcoming guests include:

  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, September 8: Caitlyn Boyd, PT, and Chad DeGrenier, RT, will discuss SVMC’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation program.
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, September 15: Vikas Saini, MD, president of the Lown Institute will discuss healthcare quality metrics.
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, September 22: Ayla Ellison, editor-in-chief of Becker's Hospital Review, will address hospital trends nationwide.
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, September 29: Rebecca Graystone, MS, MBA, RN, NE-BC, of the American Nurses Association, will share her role within the Magnet program.

To contribute questions in advance of each week’s show, please e-mail or post to Facebook with #SVHCMedicalMattersWeekly.
About SVHC Medical Matters Weekly:
Medical Matters Weekly is an interactive, multiplatform guest-driven talk show hosted by Dr. Trey Dobson. It provides a behind-the-scenes perspective on health care, including topics like behavioral health, food insecurity, equitable care, and the opioid crisis. The show is produced in partnership with Catamount Access Television (CAT-TV) and is broadcast on CAT-TV, Greater Northshire Access Television, Facebook Live, YouTube, and podcast platforms. 
About SVHC:
Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, healthcare 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 includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices.
SVMC has earned several prominent distinctions. Most recently, SVMC received the American Hospital Association’s Rural Healthcare Leadership Award for transformational change in efforts toward healthcare reform and its fifth consecutive designation within the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. It ranked fourth in the nation for healthcare value by the Lown Institute Hospitals Index in 2020 and is one of Vermont’s Best Places to Work. SVMC earned an ‘A’ for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group for two years in a row. During the pandemic, SVMC and both its skilled nursing facilities, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation in Bennington, and the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Hoosick Falls, earned perfect scores on a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services evaluation meant to determine the ability to prevent transmission of COVID-19 and other infections.
Southwestern Vermont Medical Center provides exceptional care without discriminating on the basis of an individual’s age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559.

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