Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Athlete and Coach Tim VanOrden
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Medical Matters Weekly Welcomes Athlete and Coach Tim VanOrden

BENNINGTON, VT—August 18, 2021—Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s (SVHC) Medical Matters Weekly with Dr. Trey Dobson—a weekly interactive, multiplatform medical-themed talk show—will feature extreme athlete and coach Tim VanOrden, on its August 25 program. The show will air at 12 p.m.

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

Van Orden is an athlete, coach, speaker, and writer living in Bennington. In 2006, Tim founded The Running Raw Project to test the athletic efficacy of a raw, vegan diet. At the close of the project in 2012, Tim had won nine USA Track & Field (USATF) Masters National Trail Running Championships, including the 10KM, 15KM, Half Marathon, Marathon, 50KM as well as the Mountain Running Championships. These wins led him to be named The U.S. Masters Mountain Runner of The Year in 2010 and 2011 and the U.S. Masters Trail Runner of The Year in 2011 and 2012. Since 2015, VanOrden won an additional ten U.S. Masters and Seniors titles in the mountains, on snowshoes, and on the roads, culminating in a new age group (50+) American Record for the road mile in 2019. VanOrden was the Nordic ski coach at Mount Anthony Union High School, where he helped guide the boys and girls teams to five Vermont state championship titles. He was the director of corporate training for a Los Angeles-based vegan restaurant Real Food Daily (RFD). VanOrden is a graduate of Middlebury College, where he earned a B.A. in Geography.

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, September 1: Cath Burns of Vermont Care Partners, will discuss COVID Support Programs.
  • 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.

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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