SVMC Seeks Participation in Community Health Assessment
Kathryn Czaplinski
/ Categories: NEWS, 2024

SVMC Seeks Participation in Community Health Assessment


BENNINGTON, VT—February 20, 2024—Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) has launched a comprehensive health assessment of the communities it serves, seeking feedback through a short anonymous survey, open to all.

SVMC is encouraging residents in Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts to take the brief survey, now available at this link. In addition to the digital survey, SVMC will be conducting in-person community outreach to collect responses.

 “The voices of our patients and community at large help set SVMC’s priorities over the next three years,” said Pamela Duchene, PhD, APRN, SVMC’s Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Patient Care Services. “That’s why it is vitally important we hear from all community members, at every level, to ensure we understand the challenges they are facing and the ways our health system can make an impact.”

Conducted every 3 years, the Community Health Needs Assessment process allows SVMC, a member of Dartmouth Health, to understand the current health needs of its region, assess the services available to residents, and identify where and how improvements can be made.

Community leaders throughout SVMC’s tristate region will also receive a Leadership Scan, requesting insight on the needs of the populations these leaders work with and serve. 

The health assessment will be open through early spring 2024.

With questions, please contact SVMC’s Director of Marketing & Communications Kate Czaplinski at or 802-447-5003.


About SVMC:

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a member hospital of Dartmouth Health, 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. SVMC includes Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the SVHC Foundation, as well as 25 primary and specialty care practices. Southwestern Vermont Medical Center 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 is a five-time recipient of the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence. SVMC 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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About Dartmouth Health:

Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire’s only academic health system and the state’s largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)

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