SVHC Launches Healthy+ Magazine
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SVHC Launches Healthy+ Magazine

BENNINGTON, VT—March 31, 2022—In an effort to distribute health and lifestyle information in an accessible and interesting way, Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) has launched a quarterly magazine called Healthy+.  The publication is free and available wherever the Vermont News Guide is distributed and is accessible online at

“Through this new magazine, we are listening to the public and aiming to get them the information they need most,” said Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, chief nursing officer and vice president for Patient Care Services who also directs the health system’s population health programs. “It is one of many ways we are trying to develop a regional culture where it’s easier for everyone to live a healthy life.”

The magazine topics are based on those identified by the community health needs assessment, a triannual process that includes a wide-ranging health and wellness survey and regional focus groups. It was conducted last year.

“The entire magazine—all of the articles and the design—is focused on our communities’ particular health needs,” said Ray Smith, the health system’s administrative director for Corporate Development, who oversees communications. “We think our community members will look forward to each issue and find it useful in their efforts to improve their health and the health of their families.”

The first issue addresses vaping, child development, heart health, mental health, among others, and is available now. The back of the publication includes a comprehensive directory of services available to local residents in addition to the medical services the health system offers.

About SVHC:
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.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care is among the most lauded small rural health systems in the nation. It is the recipient of the American Hospital Association’s 2020 Rural Hospital Leadership Award. In addition, SVMC ranked fourth nationwide for the value of care it provides by the Lown Institute Hospital Index in 2020 and is a five-time recipient of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence. It has also received the highest marks possible from the Leapfrog Group. The health system is fortunate to have the support of platinum-level corporate sponsor Mack, a leading supplier of contract manufacturing services and injection molded plastic parts based in Arlington, VT.

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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