SVHC honors employees with 2017 Putnam Awards

BENNINGTON — Southwestern Vermont Health Care has announced the winners of its 2017 Putnam Awards, honoring 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.

"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, 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:

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, Caf 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.

The awards were presented during an Oct. 18 ceremony at the Mount Anthony Country Club.


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