Hospital news and announcements


Yoga classes for cancer survivors

After a summer break, Southwestern Vermont Health Care has resumed a free weekly ongoing gentle yoga class for cancer survivors and members of their support teams.

Yoga classes are 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 each Tuesday in Conference Room C of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. Participants will learn basic balancing postures, breathing, and visualization techniques for relaxation, stress reduction, flexibility, and strength. The class is presented by Ali Wassick and Jane Schaeffer of the Yoga Place in Bennington.

Classes are free for cancer survivors and members of their support teams, through generous support from the Cancer Center Community Crusaders. For more information and to register to attend, contact Rebecca Hewson-Steller, RN, patient navigator, at 802-440-4244 or

Diabetes prevention classes forming now

Type 2 diabetes is a serious disease that causes painful and debilitating complications like nerve damage, kidney disease, and eye problems, to name a few. And once someone has diabetes, it doesn't go away. They have to manage it for the rest of their life.

But the most common type of diabetes — Type 2 — can sometimes be prevented. The diabetes education department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Vermont Blueprint for Health, and the YMCA have teamed up to provide the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program locally. Classes are forming now.

The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is based on research by the National Institute of Health and is part of the National Diabetes Prevention Program led by the Centers for Disease Control. It helps those with prediabetes understand how the disease works and encourages them to make important life changes. Participants will learn many tips for eating healthier and exercising more. Both lead to greater success with weight management, the leading risk factor for diabetes. Each workshop consists of 16 one-hour weekly core sessions followed by eight one-hour-long monthly sessions over one year.

Those who are 18 or older and overweight should ask their primary care provider for a blood test that can help determine if they have diabetes or prediabetes. Those who have prediabetes are eligible to participate. Other classes and counseling are available for those who have diabetes. Those interested should ask their provider to connect them with a diabetes educator or call Kathy Dockum at 802-440-4098 to learn more.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care Foundation's 2016 Jingle Bell announced

One of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) Foundation's most anticipated events of the year is scheduled for Dec. 3 at the Equinox Resort in Manchester. The Jingle Bell reflects the giving spirit of the season and provides local businesses and community members the opportunity to demonstrate their support for SVHC in a fun and festive way.

Highlights of the Jingle Bell include dinner, dancing, and a live auction featuring an exceptional selection of donated items. This year's auction items include vacations, exclusive memberships to ski and golf clubs, and much more. The Putnam Challenge, a call to support a specific need within SVHC, is a featured part of the program.

Last year's Jingle Bell hosted a sold-out crowd of 230 people at the Hermitage Club in Wilmington and raised $170,000 for SVHC. The 2015 sponsors included presenting sponsor, Hermitage Club; lead sponsors, Berkeley Research Group, BMA Architects, Flowers by Cara, and Sausville Construction; and many supporting and host sponsors.

Sponsorships for the 2016 Jingle Bell are available. Tickets are $150 per person. For more information about sponsoring and to reserve your tickets, contact the SVHC Foundation at 802-447-5017 or by e-mail at

SVMC ExpressCare welcomes Erica Gallen, DNP

SVMC is pleased to welcome Erica Gallen, AGACNP-BC, ARNP, DNP, to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. Dr. Gallen is a board-certified gerontology acute care nurse practitioner and an advanced registered nurse practitioner.

Gallen received her doctor of nursing practice from University of Florida in 2014. She holds dual bachelors' degrees in nursing and political science, also from the University of Florida. She has worked a nurse practitioner at Jackson Medical Group in California. Before that, she was a registered nurse in the emergency department of North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainsville.

SVMC ExpressCare's board-certified physicians are a part of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system and have access to more than 1,200 primary and specialty care physicians and state-of-the-art-technology and services.

Annika Chadee, MD, joins SVMC OB/Gyn

SVMC is pleased to welcome Annika Chadee, MD, to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group.

Dr. Chadee received her medical degree from St. George's University School of Medicine in Grenada, West Indies, and completed the Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, Bronx, NY, which is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

SVMC OB/Gyn offers women at every stage of life the opportunity to manage their care and understand their options. From education and prevention to diagnostics and treatment, SVMC's hospital-based OB/Gyn services department includes three experienced, board-certified physicians. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state's first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002.

SVMC OB/Gyn's board-certified physicians are a part of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock health system and have access to more than 1,200 primary and specialty care physicians and state-of-the-art-technology and services.

The office is localted in Suite 302 of the Medical Office Building at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington. For more information and to schedule an appointment, call 802-442-9600. For information about practice services, visit


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