SVHC honors employees with 2017 Putnam Awards

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SVHC honors employees with 2017 Putnam Awards

Tue, 12/26/2017 - 3:59am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) leaders and staff gathered Wednesday, October 18 at the Mount Anthony Country Club to honor employees for their service to the organization’s mission. One award every year is presented for each of the organization’s five core values: quality, empathy, safety, teamwork, and stewardship. The employees who received the awards are noted standard bearers and role models within the organization.

“We achieve remarkable success through the hard work and dedication of employees who come to work each day with our mission in mind,” said Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, SVHC’s president and CEO. “Our Putnam Awards honorees live our mission of exceptional care and comfort and help set SVHC apart as one of the best health systems in New England.”

The 2017 Putnam Award Honorees are: (Click the linked name for a high-resolution image.)
Quality: Bentley Munsell, ED technician, Emergency Department
Empathy: Virginia Ritchie, administrative assistant, Medical Staff Office
Dr. Richard Guerrero Patient Safety Award: Elizabeth Bessette, RN, Medical Surgical
Teamwork: Christopher Callanan, Café cook, Nutrition and Dining Services
Stewardship: Ron Keefer, buyer, Materials Management

The evening also honored those celebrating employment anniversaries. Many were honored for 10, 20, and 30 years of employment with SVHC. Fourteen employees were noted for 40 or more years of service, and Christine Bacon, who works in the lab, was honored for 52 years of service. Altogether, the group represented more than 1,400 years with the organization.

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’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), which includes 19 primary and specialty care practices. Primary care offices are located in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, and Wilmington. To learn more, visit

 Source: BENNINGTON, VT—Southwestern Vermont Health Care 12.20.2017