MIND & BODY
SVHC Physician Aims for the Olympics
Ivette Guttmann , MD , a sports medicine physician with SVMC Orthopedics , part of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center ( SVMC ) and Southwestern Vermont Health Care ( SVHC ) in Bennington , has something in common with the best athletes in the world ; she has a dream to make it to the Olympic Games . Her hope is to serve the athletes as a volunteer physician .
As a first step , Dr . Guttmann will serve as a lead physician at the Lake Placid 2023 FISU World University Games January 11 – 22 . The 11-day winter multisport and educational festival will bring more than 2,500 athletes and delegates from 600 universities and 50-plus nations to compete in 12 sports and 86 medal events . From Lake Placid , she will go on to the U . S . Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs January 22 – February 4 . After this month-long training with elite athletes in Lake Placid and Colorado , she may be chosen to serve as a team physician during an upcoming Olympic Games .
For more about Dr . Guttmann ’ s journey to the Olympics , follow Southwestern Vermont Health Care at facebook . com / svmedicalcenter and Instagram . com / svmedicalcenter .
SVHC Celebrates Survey Results
Throughout the month of August , the nurses of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center ( SVMC ) participated in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators ( NDNQI ) RN Survey , which measures nurse job satisfaction . The results are in . SVMC ’ s nurses scored higher than the national average in all categories . Studies link high nurse satisfaction with improved patient outcomes . Nurses from all departments rated the practice environment , staff participation in policy decisions , accessibility of chief nursing officer , job enjoyment , administration ’ s demonstrated response to employee concerns , recognition for a job well done , adequate staffing and resources , nurse-physician working relationships , autonomy , and others .
SVMC ’ s nurses rated the hospital particularly high in a category designed to determine nurses ’ satisfaction with their role in making important decisions about care . While all measures were positive compared with industry averages nationwide , the survey provided information about areas that hold the greatest opportunity for improvement , including the need to offer more career development and continuing education programs . It also identified departments that are thriving and those that need additional support .
Kaftan Joins SVMC ExpressCare
SVMC is pleased to welcome Physician Assistant Samantha Kaftan , PA-C , to SVMC ExpressCare and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians . Kaftan earned her master ’ s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center . She received a bachelor ’ s in biology from the University of Dallas in Texas . She is certified by the National Committee on Certification of Physician Assistants . Most recently , Kaftan has worked as a physician assistant in the Emergency Department at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon , NH . She also worked as a physician assistant in Hospital Medicine at CHI Health Clinic in Omaha , Nebraska , and Council Bluffs , Iowa .
ExpressCare is located at 120 Hospital Drive . Open seven days a week — including holidays , except Thanksgiving and Christmas — ExpressCare is a convenient walk-in clinic . For more , call 802-440-4077 .
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