Medical Matters Weekly to Focus on Diversity and Inclusion at SVMC
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Medical Matters Weekly to Focus on Diversity and Inclusion at SVMC

BENNINGTON, VT—July 6, 2021—Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson—a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show—will feature Dr. Lisa Downing-Forget, a physician at SVMC Internal Medicine (shown left), and Rebecca Filson, FNP,  a hospital medicine provider (right), on its July 14 program. The show will air live at 12 p.m. Both guests are involved in diversity and inclusion programs at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) .

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

Dr. Downing-Forget specializes in geriatrics. She earned a bachelor’s in Human Development & Family Studies from Cornell University in New York and holds a master’s in Public Health with a focus in sociocultural aspects of health from the University of California Los Angeles. She earned her medical degree from Charles Drew University of the University of California Los Angeles and completed a family medicine residency and fellowship in Geriatrics at the University of Rochester in New York. In addition, Dr. Downing-Forget holds a Certificate in Medical Direction (CMD). She is board certified in geriatrics and family medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Ms. Filson earned a bachelor’s in sociology from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of San Diego in California. She earned her post-master’s family nurse practitioner certificate from the University of Massachusetts and is board certified by the ANCC. She is a past chairperson of the Professional Practice Council, Critical Care Consortium liaison and Nursing Strategic Planning Committee. She is the founding member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, and currently sits on the hospital Ethics Committee and Peer Support Team.

Both guest are members of SVMC’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

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.

Upcoming guests include:

  • 12 p.m.  Wednesday, July 21: Rosalind Case, PhD, of Monash University in Australia, about the psychological aspects of healthcare choices.
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, July 28: Kelsey Dueland, of the Project Against Violent Encounters in Bennington, will share local resources for those attempting to escape threats in the home.
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, August 4: Alya Reeve, MD, medical director of United Counseling Service in Bennington, will discuss the most pressing mental health needs in our community.
  • 12 p.m. Wednesday, August 11: Art Groux, executive director of the Bennington Rescue Squad, will discuss the Rescue Squad and its work in our community.

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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