Patient Support

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

Patient Advocate

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.

Spiritual Counseling

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. 

Emotional Counseling

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.

Financial Counseling

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. 

Supportive Care

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

Social Work Services

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.  

Support Groups

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. Bereavement Support Group
    Veterans Home Chapel
    (802) 442-5502
  5. Cancer Support Groups
    Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center
    (802) 447-1836
  6. Caregivers Support
    Bennington Project Independence
    614 Harwood Hill Bennington, VT 05201
    (802) 442-8136
  7. Depression and Bipolar Support Group
    (802) 447-3453
    Susan Hohman
    Bennington Free Library
  8. Infant Death/ Pregnancy Loss
    Debbie Mone
    (802) 447-5160
  9. Ladies First Health Screening Support for Women
    (800) 508-2222
  10. Moving Beyond Abuse Support Group
    Project Against Violent Encounters
    (802) 442-2370
  11. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group
    (800) 532-7667
  12. Quitting Tobacco
    (802) 440-4098