Illness can be stressful. Whether your concerns relate to your illness, your feelings, your family or your finances, we are here to help.

If you are having difficulty understanding your care, our Patient Advocate is available to help you communicate with your health care team.  If you’ve got questions about your care that you don’t feel you can discuss with your nurse or physician, call (802) 440-4054. The patient advocate will offer all the time and attention you need to sort it out.

Clergy from all faiths and denominations are welcome at SVMC. Volunteer chaplains may visit hospitalized patients. If you would like to speak with our chaplain or to request a representative from a particular faith, please ask your nurse. 

Our Social Services staff offer emotional support and help patients understand their treatment options, financial considerations, and end-of-life care planning. They can be reached by speaking with a nurse or by calling (802) 447-5079.

SVMC understands that health care is expensive and that paying for it can be stressful. To help, SVMC has a financial counselor available for patients. Call financial counseling at (802) 440-4083 between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays. 

If you or your family are struggling with the stresses of a life-limiting illness, SVMC Supportive Care may be right for you. Click here for more information

For patients who have obstacles related to meeting their basic needs, SVHC offers social workers to help. Speak with your nurse to connect with SVHC social services.  

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) provides the listing below as a public service. SVHC makes no claims or warranties with regard to the quality or availability of the services provided by these groups. To be included in this list, contact the webmaster at

  1. 12-Step Groups
    Turning Point Club
    (802) 442-9700
  2. AIDS Project of Southern Vermont
    324 Main Street Bennington, VT 05201
    (802) 447-8007
  3. Bennington County Meals on Wheels
    (802) 442-8012
  4. Living With Loss Grief Support Group
    Call 802-442-0540
    Dartmouth Health Bereavement Support Groups

  5. Grief Support
    11 a.m.  1st and 3rd Thursday at UU Fellowship School in Bennington, VT 
    Contact Mary Pleasant with VNA and Hospice: 802-442-5502

  6. Grief Support For Anyone Suffering a Loss Due to Death
    6 - 7:30 p.m. every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 2nd Congregational Church
    Contact Beth Newman 802-688-4557 or

  7. Grief Support For Parents Who’ve Lost a Child at Any Age
    6 - 7:30 p.m. every third Tuesday at 2nd Congregational Church, Bennington
    Contact Beth Newman 802-688-4557 or

  8. Living With Loss Grief Support Group
    Bennington: Thursdays 6 - 7 p.m.
    Manchester: Wednesdays 1 - 2 p.m.
    To RSVP call 802-442-0540

  9. Cancer Support Groups
    Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center
    (802) 447-1836

  10. Caregivers Support
    Bennington Project Independence
    614 Harwood Hill Bennington, VT 05201
    (802) 442-8136
  11. Depression and Bipolar Support Group
    (802) 447-3453
    Susan Hohman
    Bennington Free Library
  12. Infant Death/ Pregnancy Loss
    Debbie Mone
    (802) 447-5160
  13. You First Health Screening Support 
    (800) 508-2222
  14. Moving Beyond Abuse Support Group
    Project Against Violent Encounters
    (802) 442-2370
  15. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
    (800) 532-7667
  16. Quitting Tobacco
    (802) 440-4098

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