“Sony is looking at the environmental impact of the product we’re sending out the door,” said Chroma’s Health, Safety and Environmental Manager Chip Siler. “They want to know what chemicals, if any, are contained in these products and whether or not they are hazardous. They want to know how these chemicals are controlled through their lifetime – from the production of the part all the way through its disposal at the end of its life. European laws are much more strict about this than the U.S., and we market to Europe. But we’re doing this – and Sony’s doing this – because we’d like to make the world a better place.” Sony is a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications, and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets.Learn more about Chroma Technology at www.chroma.com(link is external) and the Sony Green Partner Environmental Quality Approval Program at http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/procurementinfo/green.html(link is external). Continuing in its mission of manufacturing while protecting the global environment, it was announced on March 15 that Chroma Technology Corp. of Bellows Falls, Vermont has been certified a Green Partner by Sony Corporation. “When I looked over the requirements, we were probably doing 90 percent of what they wanted or more,” Siler said. “But when I had to find test data and lab reports that confirmed and certified what we’re putting in our filters, I found it scattered. Sony allowed me to organize what we do in a manner that anybody can follow.” Being green is nothing new for Chroma. It made certain that its manufacturing processes and support equipment were consistent with its strong conservation principles when it built a new, energy-efficient plant in 2003. And most of the procedures Sony requires from its Green Partners are already in effect. Bellows Falls. 3.28.2012. Chroma manufactures precision optical microscope filters and coatings for biomedical research laboratories all over the world. An employee-owned company, it has satellite sales offices in Germany and China. It employs 99 people and in 2011 saw sales of $24 million. For the past three years, it has been on Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 list of the country’s fastest-growing private companies as well as on WorldBlu’s global “List of Most Democratic Workplaces.”
â Jan has done so much for women in our industry,’said Kristen Graf, executive director of WoWE. â Not only is she a visible role model of leadership and innovation, but she is committed to encouraging the development of a diverse workforce. She truly is an inspiration for all of us hoping to make a difference in the renewable energy field.â â Itâ s certainly a great honor to be recognized as a White House Champion of Change,’said Blittersdorf. â I am humbled to share the company of other talented and dedicated leaders who are advancing a renewable energy future. Despite the headwinds pushing against our progress, I will continue to work to bring renewable energy into the fore as a mainstay source of power.â The White House Champion for Change initiative seeks to recognize ordinary Americans doing extraordinary work in their communities and industries to further education and innovation in our nation. Each week, different individuals are recognized for their efforts. For more information, visithttp://www.whitehouse.gov/champions(link is external). â Jan is a change agentâ ¦with her at the helm, AWWI carves out new ground to find solutions to wind’s impact on wildlife, and brings industry and conservation partners together to think differently, creatively and innovatively toward a clean energy future,” said Abby Arnold, executive director of the American Wind Wildlife Institute. Blittersdorf was also credited for her work chairing the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI) and her service on the board of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), where she serves as chair of the public affairs committee. Jan Blittersdorf, President and CEO of NRG Systems, was recognized as a Champion of Change for renewable energy at the White House today. Blittersdorf learned late last week that she had been one of ten persons selected nationally. During this afternoonâ s award ceremony at the White House, Blittersdorf spoke on a panel with other renewable energy leaders who were also recognized as Champions of Change. Blittersdorf was a founding member of AWWI, an organization devoted to facilitating timely and responsible development of wind energy, while protecting wildlife and its habitat. Under her leadership as chair, AWWI has played a critical role in submitting joint comments from conservation groups and the wind industry for the recently released land-based wind energy guidelines proposed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. â Supporting homegrown sources of renewable energy is a key part of the Presidentâ s all-of-the-above energy strategy to create jobs, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and strengthen national security,’said Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. â The leaders weâ ve selected as Champions of Change are helping to grow our economy, reduce pollution in our communities, and position America as a world leader in clean energy.â Blittersdorf was honored not only for her work leading NRG Systems, a manufacturer of measurement systems for the renewable energy industry, but also for her work supporting the advancement of women in the wind industry. She was nominated for the award by Kristen Graf, executive director of the Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), an organization dedicated to the education and professional advancement of women to support a robust renewable energy economy. Blittersdorf has been active in WoWE since its inception. Blittersdorf became CEO of NRG Systems in 2004 after serving as vice president and CFO. In 2010, she became sole owner of NRG Systems, one of only a few independent, women-owned companies in the wind energy industry. About NRG SystemsNRG Systems’measurement equipment can be found in 150 countries on every continent, serving electric utilities, renewable energy developers, turbine manufacturers, and research institutes. The Hinesburg company, celebrating 30 years in business, has been nationally recognized for its LEED gold-certified manufacturing facilities and its employee best-practices. For more information, visit www.nrgsystems.com(link is external). About Women of Wind EnergyWoWE was founded in 2005 to support the education, professional development, and advancement of women in the wind industry. Since that time, WoWE has grown to an organization with 35 local chapters in the US and Canada and a growing grassroots network of more than 2,000 women and men. The organization is supported through hundreds of volunteer hours and the generous contributions of individual members, the American Wind Energy Association, and a large number of leading wind energy companies. For more information, visit www.womenofwindenergy.org(link is external). NRG Systems. 4.19.2012.
by Andrew Stein March 5, 2013 vtdigger.org Vermont lawmakers have tossed a variety of proposals into a ‘ kitchen sink’ draft bill aimed at reducing carbon dioxide emissions and improving energy efficiency.Rep. Tony Klein. Photo by Roger CrowleyBy the end of next week, Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier, who chairs the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee, said H.216 would be whittled down and voted out of his panel.Right now, a hefty 55-page spread is on the committee’ s table, including $17 million in appropriations; an order to adopt biomass pellet standards; a study on renewable heating and cooling methods; and a cost-benefit analysis for expanding the state’ s electric vehicle capabilities, among other items.But there’ s one central ingredient missing from the current draft: A big chunk of revenue.The original version of the bill, introduced by the committee’ s vice chair Rep. Margaret Cheney, D-Norwich, included a half-percent increase in the gross receipts tax on heating fuel, which funds the state’ s low-income weatherization program. According to a report released by the state-organized Thermal Efficiency Task Force, raising the gross receipts tax rate from 0.5 percent to 1 percent on the retail sale of fossil fuels for heating purposes would generate $15.9 million annually ‘ up from $7.97 million.However the tax was struck from the latest draft, and the Vermont Fuel Dealers Association welcomed the change.‘ There is much relief that there will not be an attempt to increase the cost of heating fuel through a tax,’ Matt Cota, director of the association, said on behalf of dozens of fuel dealers.Klein cautioned that the notion is not entirely off the table, as the committee prepares to consider a wide range of revenue options early next week.Gov. Peter Shumlin proposed in his budget a tax on so-called ‘ break-open’ tickets to raise $17 million in revenues for thermal efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. But after the Legislature’ s Joint Fiscal Office ran the numbers, its staff estimated that a 10-percent excise tax on the lottery-like games would only generate $6.5 million in new state revenues.Klein said the tax on break-open tickets would be in play next week. While Klein is not keen on a gross receipts or excise tax on fuel, he said the money needs to come from somewhere, if the state is going to stop pouring dwindling dollars from the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) into homes that can’ t hold heat.‘ I know that it’ s going to be very, very difficult to raise the revenue for these programs in the current state that Vermont’ s budget is in, and with all of the valuable programs that are underfunded and vying for the revenues available,’ he said. ‘ I’ m going to fight hard, but I’ m not real optimistic we’ ll be successful.’The one revenue measure currently in the bill that the fuel dealers association supports is the removal of a gross receipts tax exemption for fuel dealers that sell less than $10,000 worth of heating fuels. According to state figures, the number of dealers, who apply for that exemption totals close to 70.While the source of the proposed $17 million is up in the air, the draft bill mirrors Gov. Peter Shumlin’ s budget proposal for how to spend it, calling for allocating $6 million to thermal efficiency initiatives, $6 million to shore up Vermont’ s Low Income Heating Assistance Program and $5 million for the state’ s Clean Energy Development Fund.The $6 million in proposed annual thermal efficiency funding doesn’ t keep pace with the roughly $267 million paid out over seven years that the Thermal Efficiency Task Force recommended. That is the amount the task force said the state should spend from 2014 to 2020, if it is to meet a statutory goal set five years ago. That Vermont statute, enacted in 2008, set a bar of ‘ substantially’ improving the energy efficiency of 80,000 homes ‘ or one quarter of all the Vermont homes ‘ by 2020.Staunch advocates of the task force’ s recommendations say the investment would more than pay off.Ben Walsh is an energy advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group and a member of the task force. He pointed to the environmental and economic benefits of launching the program as recommended by the task force, which found that every $1 of public investment in such programs would create more than $5 in benefits.‘ We feel like this bill would be a good step in the right direction, but not nearly enough,’ he said. ‘ We’ d still be leaving hundreds of millions of dollars in savings on the table and millions of tons of CO2 going into the atmosphere. The bill does a lot of good things, but it isn’ t nearly what we need to see as a state.’The vice chair of the committee, Cheney, said that the $17 million figure is still in flux. But if she has anything to say about it, the state would allocate more to thermal efficiency and renewable energy projects.‘ That amount does not reflect what the programs actually need,’ she said. DRAFT BILL H 216
With gasoline prices generally down recently as the “winter mix” is sold off in anticipation of the higher cost “summer mix,” consumers in the US saw gasoline prices steam to a record average price in February, but the motor fuel market cooled considerably in March. Contrary to public perception, average first quarter 2013 gas prices averaged below 2012 numbers, GasBuddy reported Wednesday. Meanwhile, Vermont gasoline prices are down for the week, the month and for the year, just as they are on average nationally.In fact, Americans paid about 30cts gal less for gasoline in the most recent Easter Weekend than they paid over the same period in 2012. Gas prices averaged just over $3.64 gal on Good Friday and may dip further in coming days. Consumers paid just over $3.93 gal on Easter Weekend last year. GasBuddy analyst Patrick DeHaan estimates that each penny per gallon translates into about $3.6 million per day in cost differences based on typical demand numbers. Hence, consumers are saving about $108 million each day when current costs are compared to last year.The average first quarter 2013 price, compiled by GasBuddy, was $3.548 gal, compared with a $3.584 gal price level in the first quarter of 2012. As recently as 2009, the first quarter gasoline price averaged under $1.90 gal, so these are still stiff numbers when compared with 21st century historical values. Ten years ago, U.S. gasoline prices averaged under $1.59 gal for the same period.GasBuddy ranked 363 distinct ‘ Metropolitan Statistical Areas’ or MSAs, and found two U.S. markets that actually averaged less than $3 gal during the entire first quarter. Fortunate motorists in Casper and Cheyenne, Wyoming found an average first quarter 2013 price of $2.87 gal and $2.955 gal, respectively, down about 16cts gal from last year. The Rocky Mountain region was the most attractively priced area of the country, thanks in part to relatively cheap North American crude availability for refiners.In all, 300 Metropolitan Statistical Areas saw cheaper first quarter prices for gasoline than in 2012, with two MSAs showing no statistically significant change. More expensive markets in 2013 included locations in Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. The most expensive market in the country was the Honolulu area, but the outright price of $4.157 gal this year was just 3cts gal above the 2012 number.Highest prices were generally witnessed along the New England coastline as well as Florida, California and the Pacific Northwest and the cheapest prices were in the Rockies and Great Plains.Diversity in gasoline pricing approached record levels. GasBuddy estimates that a discriminating shopper could save an average $1.13 per gallon in Washington, DC, for example. Other markets that saw huge differences between best prices and the top of the market included California, where motorists could slash costs between 50cts/gal to as much as $1.00/gal if they fueled based on the cheapest price available.Despite the recent downtrend, GasBuddy is reluctant to say that motorists have seen the peak pricing level for gasoline in 2013. Hot spots which could see local gasoline price spikes include Great Lakes’ states and Northeastern metropolitan areas, for example. Prices could swing dramatically in the heartland thanks to extensive spring maintenance for Midwestern refineries, and the East Coast could be impacted by sagging foreign imports of gasoline.www.vermontgasprices.com(link is external)
The Lake Champlain Basin Program has released the report Flood Resilience in the Lake Champlain Basin and Upper Richelieu River. The report presents results of an LCBP flood conference held in 2012 at the request of Vermont Governor Shumlin and QuÃ©bec’s (former) Premier Charest, following the spring 2011 flooding of Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River Valley. This new report provides a comprehensive review of the 2011 flooding impacts and includes specific recommendations to help inform flood resilience policies and management strategies to reduce the impact of major floods anticipated in the future.The report stresses that identifying, restoring, and protecting existing floodplains, whether they are adjacent to Lake Champlain or its tributaries, are important steps to help lessen flood damage in the future. By ensuring that tributary river flood waters can flow unimpeded into floodplains in the watershed, a lower volume of stormwater, sediments and nutrients will be delivered to Lake Champlain in times of flood. The recommendations also include the establishment of lakeshore protection zones to ensure bank stability, reduce flood damage, and protect water quality and habitat.In addition to hosting technical workshops in QuÃ©bec and New York, the LCBP hosted a two-day conference in Vermont in 2012 to help inform this report. The document includes a summary of both 2011 flood events, and the impacts to humans, community infrastructure, and the Lake Champlain ecosystem. The report also outlines 15 policy recommendations and identifies critical information data gaps for the three jurisdictions to consider for increasing our resilience to future flood events in the region.Read Flood Resilience in the Lake Champlain Basin and Upper Richelieu River (en Francais).
by Rebecca Holcombe and Scott Giles Fifty years ago, on November 8, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act of 1965 into law. This historic act marked our first commitment to universal access to higher education, and represented one of the great achievements of the Civil Rights movement. Reflecting on the momentous occasion, President Johnson proclaimed, “This legislation passed by this Congress will swing open a new door for the young people of America. For them, and for this entire land of ours, it is the most important door that will ever open – the door to education. And this legislation is the key which unlocks it. To thousands of young men and women, this act means the path of knowledge is open to all that have the determination to walk it.”Unfortunately, for too many Vermonters this is a journey still unfulfilled. Our nation, once the international leader in access to higher education, has fallen below the average for developed nations in less than 13 years.Despite having one of the highest levels of high school completion in the country, Vermont’s college-going rates lag behind those of the nation as a whole, and lag the most for boys whose parents did not go to college.Having just returned from the White House “Reach Higher” summit, a gathering of education leaders from across the country, we had an opportunity to discuss strategies and best practices to enable more students to pursue the education and training they need after high school.New data from the Vermont Student Assistance Corp. suggests when parents support and encourage their children to pursue post-secondary education, and when students have had exposure to higher-quality education, including advanced math (algebra II or higher), they are as likely to persevere in college as are students from more affluent backgrounds whose parents also went to college.What can parents do? Parents can help their children understand that completing a degree or nationally recognized certification opens up valuable opportunities beyond high school. Parents can talk with their children in middle school as they are forming their aspirations and expectations. And most of all, parents can emphasize that their children deserve the kinds of opportunities that come with postsecondary education. What are we doing? New education policy tools in Act 77 of 2013 and the Education Quality Standards provide the tools and opportunities to better support postsecondary aspirations in our young people. Act 77 gives our children access to college courses while they are in high school, so they can all see themselves as capable and worthy of postsecondary education. Act 77 also provides opportunities for work-based learning and career and technical education, which is where many of our first-generation boys can develop high levels of skill, especially in mathematics, through applied learning.Starting this school year, every seventh grader will have a personalized learning plan, developed by educators in collaboration with the student and parents. The planning process should help students clarify their aspirational goals beyond school, then map out the courses and opportunities to learn and provide the support each child needs to realize those goals.It’s a collective effort. Together we can help keep children on track by strengthening their commitment to pursue higher education. Vermont’s future economic and civic vitality depends on it, because better-educated Vermonters:Earn more, pay more in taxes and save more for retirement;Have better health outcomes and are more likely to have time to invest in their communities;Raise children who are more likely to perform well in school and pursue college themselves; andHave higher employment rates and fewer demands for social services.And on that historic occasion 50 years ago, President Johnson’s closing remarks made a promise we must uphold:“I want you to go back and say to your children and to your grandchildren, and those who come after you and follow you–tell them that we have made a promise to them. Tell them that the truth is here for them to seek. And tell them that we have opened the road and we have pulled the gates down and the way is open, and we expect them to travel it.”Rebecca Holcombe is secretary of the Vermont Agency of Education. Scott Giles is president and CEO of Vermont Student Assistance Corp.
Vermont Business Magazine The Champlain Housing Trust announced today that it has purchased the Ethan Allen Apartments in Essex from the University of Vermont. The property, with 31 apartments in 11 buildings, was sold for $3.9 million. “We are excited to acquire this property, and appreciate UVM’s desire to work with us to eventually create more affordable homeownership opportunity,” said Michael Monte, chief operating and financial officer for Champlain Housing Trust (CHT).The organization will offer existing tenants an opportunity to sign a new lease in June. Eventually, 19 of the 31 apartments will slowly be converted to affordable homeownership through CHT’s shared equity program.The remaining twelve apartments will remain for rent, and will provide future flexibility for CHT to address affordable housing needs for people in need.”Champlain Housing Trust have been ideal partners to work with on the sale of Ethan Allen Apartments,” said Annie Stevens, Vice Provost for Student Affairs at UVM. “We know that Champlain Housing Trust will be excellent stewards of this property and that they are committed to providing a smooth transition for the student residents and their families as well as assistance for their ongoing affordable housing needs.”CHT is receiving financing for the purchase through Community Housing Capital, a national Community Development Financial Institution which serves as a direct lender to members of the NeighborWorks America network, like CHT. Most recently, Community Housing Capital financed a similar rental-to-homeownership initiative of CHT’s in Burlington’s south end. The university is also financing a portion of the sale.The Champlain Housing Trust, founded in 1984, is the largest community land trust in the country. Throughout Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties, CHT manages 2,200 apartments, stewards 565 owner-occupied homes in its signature shared-equity program, offers homebuyer education and financial fitness counseling, provides services to five housing cooperatives, and offers affordable energy efficiency and rehab loans. For more information, visit www.getahome.org(link is external).
Vermont Business Magazine Weekly unemployment claims rose last week and are ahead of numbers from the same time last year. For the week of April 2, 2016, there were 738 claims, up 99 from the previous week’s total and 137 more than they were a year ago. By industry, claims fell steeply for construction as that season is starting a little earlier than usual because of the warmer winter, in contrast to Services, which was up, likely due to the same reason, as the winter hospitality industry suffered and closed early. Altogether 6,858 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 82 from a week ago, and 120 fewer than a year ago.The Department processed 0 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08).The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)Vermont’s unemployment rate held at 3.4 percent in February, as the labor force and total employment increased, along with a decrease in the number of unemployed. SEE STORY.NOTE: Employment (nonfarm payroll) – A count of all persons who worked full- or part-time or received pay from a nonagricultural employer for any part of the pay period which included the 12th of the month. Because this count comes from a survey of employers, persons who work for two different companies would be counted twice. Therefore, nonfarm payroll employment is really a count of the number of jobs, rather than the number of persons employed. Persons may receive pay from a job if they are temporarily absent due to illness, bad weather, vacation, or labor-management dispute. This count is based on where the jobs are located, regardless of where the workers reside, and is therefore sometimes referred to as employment “by place of work.” Nonfarm payroll employment data are collected and compiled based on the Current Employment Statistics (CES) survey, conducted by the Vermont Department of Labor. This count was formerly referred to as nonagricultural wage and salary employment.
Vermont Business Magazine Vermont’s General Assembly today gave final approval of H620, the Access to Birth Control bill. The legislation increases access to the full range of reproductive health care. The bill received strong tripartisan support in both chambers, passing 128-15-7 in the House and by unanimous voice vote in the Senate. The legislation is now on it’s way to Governor Shumlin for his signature. Representative Ann Pugh, lead sponsor of the legislation said, “Access to contraceptive services is essential to women’s health, equality, economic opportunity, and the well-being of families. I am proud that Vermont has long recognized the central role that contraception plays in women’s health and lives and has led efforts to expand access to reproductive health care.”The legislation codifies the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Birth Control Benefit for Vermont, which increases access to contraceptive methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for all insured individuals in Vermont without cost-sharing, delays, or denial of coverage. Vermont is only the second state in the nation to codify the Birth Control Benefit in the ACA, which will protect Vermonters’ access to no-cost share birth control from the unpredictable federal landscape. California codified it in 2014. H.620 expands the federal Birth Control Benefit in important ways: 1) Vermont is the first state to extend the Birth Control Benefit to men by requiring no-cost sharing coverage to vasectomies, bringing men’s insurance coverage in line with the benefits enjoyed by women, and2) Vermont is the second state after Oregon in 2015 to allow women with private or public insurance to obtain up to twelve months of hormonal contraceptive methods during one visit, improving chances of consistent use and decreasing the likelihood of unintended pregnancy by 30%, bringing Vermont in-line with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) contraception dispensing best-practice.“This legislation is so important for ensuring equity in access to birth control all Vermonters – women and men,” said Representative Kiah Morris, D-Bennington, House Health Care Committee Member and Chair of the Vermont Legislative Women’s Caucus. “Over the past two years our state has bucked the nationwide regressive trend; last year passing Telemedicine access to reproductive services, and this year not only protecting but EXPANDING access to reproductive health care. Vermont provides a startling contrast to the rest of the nation, especially in the area of women’s health,” celebrated Morris.In addition the legislation will increase the Medicaid reimbursement rate for Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC), which are IUDs and the implant. LARC are the most effective method of birth control and the most expensive for the provider to stock.Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) applauded the passage of legislation which increases access to birth control. “Whether it is the recent US Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision or extreme efforts in many states to restrict women’s health and rights, the nation continues to march backward when it comes to women’s access to reproductive health care. I am so proud to live in a state that chooses again and again to march forward,” said Meagan Gallagher, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.
Southwestern Vermont Health Care,Vermont Business Magazine An Open House and Community Celebration to commemorate the renovation of the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Northshire Campus is scheduled for 12 – 2 p.m. Sunday, July 24 at the practice, 5957 Main Street—Route 7A in Manchester. The event will include a healthy barbecue and family fun, including kids’ activities, games and prizes. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet providers and tour the building. The event is free and open to the public.The renovated building includes a comfortable new waiting room, the addition of consultation rooms on the second floor, a new telemedicine-enabled room, and five new exam rooms, which allowed the addition of another provider. The renovation is part of broader, SVHC strategy to boost access to primary care in the areas it serves.The practice is a National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Level 2 Patient Centered Medical Home. The distinction means that the practice provides preventive and counseling services, in addition to routine medical care.A dedication ceremony planned during the Open House and Community Celebration will thank the renovation’s donors. They include: Mr. and Mrs. Warren D. Fuller; Mr. and Mrs. Roby Harrington, III; Ms. Susan Hunter and Mr. Doug Watson; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Mortiz; Mr. and Mrs. John K. Runnette; and Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Sullivan.The SVMC Northshire Campus is open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday –Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. Call 802-362-4440 to learn about availability for new patients. About SVHC: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), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC’s services include an emergency department staffed by physicians each of whom is board certified in emergency medicine; the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, which is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and managed by Dartmouth-Hitchcock; and a fully-digital imaging department. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. 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. To learn more, visit svhealthcare.org(link is external).