SVMC Launches Community Health Needs Assessment Survey
Ashley Jowett
/ Categories: NEWS, 2021

SVMC Launches Community Health Needs Assessment Survey

BENNINGTON, VT—March 26, 2021—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is initiating a comprehensive health assessment of the communities that it serves. Conducted every 3 years, the Community Health Needs Assessment process allows SVMC to understand the current health needs of its region, assess the services available to residents, and identify where and how improvements can be made. Information and opinions will be collected using a digital survey and virtual forums targeted to specific communities.

“SVHC uses many methods to continually collect feedback from patients,” said Rory Price, the health system’s coordinator of Population Health. “But this tri-annual process is special. In addition to medical needs, we also ask participants to share their vision for a healthier community. This learning helps SVHC to continue addressing priority health needs both within and outside of the hospital walls.”

The short, anonymous survey will ascertain health and wellness information from respondents and will help to identify health-related priorities at the community-level. Those who complete the survey can opt to be included in a drawing to receive one of ten $50 gift cards.

The survey is available at The link is published on; on the hospital’s social media pages, including; and in the health system’s weekly e-newsletter.

Forums have taken place for people in Manchester and Wilmington. Remaining forums are planned for Hoosick Falls on March 30, Williamstown on April 1, and Bennington  on April 6. Visit to register to attend a community forum.

Those with questions about the Community Health Needs Assessment process or with questions to submit for discussion may contact Rory Price at or 802-440-4024.

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. SVMC ranked fourth nationwide for the value of care it provides by the Lown Institute Hospital Index 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. 

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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