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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Wins 2017 ANCC Magnet Prize

Rachel Farbman, 301-628-5062

Silver Spring, MD—The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) announced today that Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), in Bennington, Vermont is the winner of the 2017 ANCC Magnet Prize™, sponsored by Cerner, a global leader in health care technology.

The prize recognizes innovative nursing programs and practices in ANCC Magnet®-recognized organizations. Cerner encourages cutting-edge nursing programs and practices by sponsoring the $50,000 purse attached to the ANCC Magnet Prize. The money will help SVMC further develop the innovative program that was selected. The award was presented today at the 2017 National Magnet Conference® in Houston.

"ANCC is proud to recognize Southwestern Vermont Medical Center for its extraordinary work through their innovative Accountable Community for Health Project," said Jeff Doucette, DNP, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, CENP, LNHA , vice president of the Magnet Recognition Program® & Pathway to Excellence® Program. “It is always exciting to see nurses leading the way and working in such a collaborative manner to improve delivery of care for their patients.”

SVMC was awarded the ANCC Magnet Prize for its development of an accountable community model for health. The project is rooted in the Mary Naylor, PhD, RN, FAAN Transitional Care Model, but has expanded to include the creation of an integrated care delivery system. The new model implements various innovations and allows for continuous evaluation of gaps and adjustments to delivery of care, specific to individual patient needs. The interdisciplinary team, led by nurses, strives to improve both the patient and caregiver experience, while decreasing costs and advancing the overall population health.

The model demonstrates the elements of the Magnet® Model while providing a comprehensive care plan for patients. Over the past three years, the project team has successfully applied its model to high-risk, chronically ill patients, behavioral health patients and patients dealing with substance abuse. Since the project’s inception, there has been a significant reduction in the number of emergency department visits and hospital admissions. Patients and caregivers alike have gained a better understanding of the patient’s ability to make decisions about their care and community collaboration has led to an improved knowledge base of resources and improved patient outcomes.

“Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is thoughtfully expanding the traditional role of nursing in patient-centered care,” said Eva Karp, RN-BC, MBA, FACHE, senior vice president and chief clinical and patient safety officer, Cerner. “We are thrilled to recognize their efforts to extend the impact of nurses through an innovative community care model.”

The Magnet Recognition Program® recognizes health care organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition of professional nursing practice. Winning organizations must meet specific criteria such as extraordinary nursing activities that have been sustained over an extended period of time, innovations that are beyond the characteristics of Magnet organizations, and positive outcomes that have been demonstrated and empirically linked to the innovation.

“The ANCC Magnet Prize™ represents the successful implementation of our nurse-driven initiative through the collaboration and partnership of multiple organizations with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and our skilled nurses to deliver integrated care in our community,” stated Southwestern Vermont Health Care’s Chief Nursing Officer Carol Conroy, DNP, CENP. “SVMC is pleased to be recognized for our innovative nursing approach as it represents a foundation for healthcare in the future.”


About the ANCC Magnet Prize®
In 2002, the ANCC board of directors established the Magnet Prize to encourage the pursuit of excellence. The prize recognizes organizations with unique programs where innovative action transforms nursing practice. The interventions and outcomes benefit the nursing profession as a whole and have direct impact on patients in various settings. This award serves as a means for acknowledging peak performance within credentialed Magnet® organizations and is the highest honor ANCC bestows within the Magnet® community. Cerner has sponsored the award since 2007.

About ANCC
The mission of the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association (ANA), is to promote excellence in nursing and health care globally through credentialing programs. ANCC's internationally renowned credentialing programs certify and recognize individual nurses in specialty practice areas. ANCC recognizes health care organizations that promote nursing excellence and quality patient outcomes while providing safe, positive work environments. In addition, ANCC accredits health care organizations that provide and approve continuing nursing education. ANCC is the only nurse credentialing organization to successfully achieve ISO 9001:2008 certification.

About Cerner:
Cerner’s health information technologies connect people, information and systems at more than 25,000 provider facilities worldwide. Recognized for innovation, Cerner solutions assist clinicians in making care decisions and enable organizations to manage the health of populations. The company also offers an integrated clinical and financial system to help health care organizations manage revenue, as well as a wide range of services to support clients’ clinical, financial and operational needs. Cerner’s mission is to contribute to the systemic improvement of health care delivery and the health of communities. Nasdaq: CERN. For more information about Cerner, visit, read our blog at, connect with us on Twitter at and on Facebook at Our websiteblogTwitter account and Facebook page contain a significant amount of information about Cerner, including financial and other information for investors.

About Southwestern Vermont Health Care
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

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