SVHC Foundation Receives $2 Million Donation
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SVHC Foundation Receives $2 Million Donation

BENNINGTON, VT—November 2, 2020—The Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation has received a $2 million gift from friends of the hospital for the expansion and renovation of the emergency department and front entrance of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington.  

“We are deeply humbled by this remarkable show of support for our health system,” said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, SVHC’s president and CEO. “The impact that these funds will make, as we pursue our goal to transform the health system, is difficult to overstate.”

The gift is dedicated to support VISION 2020, the health system’s strategic direction. The initiative outlines transformational projects for SVMC’s main entrance, Emergency Department, and Cancer Center over the next few years. Construction is planned to start in the spring of 2021, pending regulatory approval. 

“Our doctors and nurses, our patients, and our community are all unbelievably fortunate to have this level of support for health care,” said Adam Cohen, MD, medical director and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at SVMC. “This gift and those from other generous donors will transform SVMC’s Emergency Department and create a space equal to the care our extraordinary teams provide.” 

The $2 million gift is one of the largest donations in the hospital’s history. The Donald Kendall family, owners of Mack Molding, pledged $5 million towards VISION 2020 projects in 2018. SVHC has also received three other $1M gifts for the project.

For more information, contact the SVHC Foundation at e-mail, or call (802) 447-5017.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent, health care 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. For more information, visit

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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