Southwestern Vermont Health Care news and announcements


SVMC welcomes Patti L. Miller, MD, to the hospital medicine department

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) is pleased to welcome Hospitalist Patti L. Miller, MD, to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group. Miller is board certified in Internal Medicine.

Dr. Miller has worked as a hospitalist in Massachusetts—including in positions at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield and North Adams Regional Hospital—since 2005. She worked from 2001 – 2005 at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Missouri, before which she was a geophysicist working in the oil industry.

She received her medical degree from Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans in 1997 and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine and Family Medicine at Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans in 2001. In addition, Miller holds both bachelor's and master's degrees in geology from Texas Christian University and Baylor University, TX, respectively. She has lived in North Pownal since 2005.

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center hospitalists offer medical-surgical care, telemetry, and intensive care services to as many as 99 patients. 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.

SVHC employees donate 170 backpacks to local students

Employees from 33 departments at Southwestern Vermont Health Care collectively purchased 170 backpacks and filled them with school supplies for local children whose families may have financial difficulty purchasing items for the return to school. The children attend 16 local schools, and each school will receive 10 – 11 backpacks to distribute.

"It is a pleasure for SVHC employees to help support local kids get off to a good start for the school year," said Suzanne Anair, administrator of Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, whose staff organizes the drive. "We hope that these backpacks and supplies are an indication to the students that their community supports them in their studies and that we are proud of them."


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


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