Two Named to SVHC Foundation Northshire Regional Advisory Board
Ashley Jowett
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Two Named to SVHC Foundation Northshire Regional Advisory Board

Left to right: Regina Downer, RN, MS, PNP-C, and Parker Rice

Bennington, VT—January 24, 2022—Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation Northshire Regional Advisory Board welcomes two new members: Regina Downer and Parker Rice. 

“We are delighted to have Regina and Parker join our family of compassionate volunteers,” said Northshire Regional Advisory Board Chair Keith Michl, MD. “Each of them has all of the qualities we look for in a member of the Regional Advisory Boards, most importantly, a deep commitment to this community.”

Regina Downer, RN, MS, PNP-C, holds a master’s degree in maternal-child health from Boston University and a certification as a pediatric nurse practitioner from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. She works for My Community Nurse Project, a non-profit agency providing home visits, wellness/safety checks, and advocacy at no charge to seniors residing in six mountain towns. She worked in pediatric care and health education in Dutchess County, New York, for 45 years before retiring to Weston, VT. She lives there with her husband and enjoys her three grown children and four grandchildren.

“I am happy to serve on the Northshire Regional Advisory Board,” said Downer. “I hope that I can offer a healthcare perspective that is unique to the mountain towns of southern Vermont.

Parker Rice is a life-long resident of the Northshire and the co-owner of Equipe Sport, an outdoor sport store, which has four locations in southern Vermont. Rice graduated from Hobart and William Smith College. He lives in Manchester Center with his wife Karen and son Pearson. He has served on numerous civic boards, including the Stratton Foundation.

“The quality of the health system here is part of what makes our corner of Vermont such a wonderful place to live,” Rice said. “I am proud to lend my support though service to the SVHC Foundation’s Northshire Regional Advisory Board.”

The SVHC Foundation Northshire Regional Advisory Board consists of 12 members. Members are nominated by members of the group or by the health system. Other Regional Advisory Boards represent patients from the Berkshires in Massachusetts, the Deerfield Valley area of Vermont, and Hoosick Falls and surrounding towns in New York. The SVHC Foundation’s mission is to engage in development and fundraising activities exclusively for the support of the Southwestern Vermont Health Care Corporation.

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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