SVMC announces GreenCare Model Oct 5

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Orthopedics Practice First to Adopt Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s GreenCare Model, Announces Partnership with Aircast Foundation


Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) has initiated a new data-gathering research program—called the GreenCare model—to achieve the triple aim for orthopedics patients, and SVMC Orthopedics will be the first outside D-H to implement it.  The best models for health care reform rely on the concept of the triple aim: increasing both health care quality and patient satisfaction while decreasing costs. The GreenCare model uses data collected from patients to predict outcomes for similar patients in the future.


The Aircast Foundation—the philanthropic arm of Aircast, a leader in orthopedic braces—took interest in the project for its proximity to its own mission of advancing the science of prevention, healing, and rehabilitation in orthopedics. The Foundation has made a pledge to the initiative, dubbed the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Orthopedic Research and Education Endowment at Southwestern Vermont Health Care.


It is anticipated that the work will improve care and shared decision making processes while providing evidence-based and measured care for the area Southwestern Vermont Medical Center serves. Ultimately, the research is expected to inform national healthcare policy for other orthopedic procedures and beyond.



In attendance will be:

Jonathan Cluett, MD, medical director, SVMC Orthopedics

Thomas A. Dee, FACHE, president and CEO, Southwestern Vermont Health Care

Michael B. Sparks, MD, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Orthopaedics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Nicholas Paddock, director of orthopedics, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Cemter

Jack McVicker, Aircast Foundation



SVMC Orthopedics

332 Dewey Street, Bennington, VT



3 p.m.

Thursday, October 5, 2017



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, 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 For news and updates, follow


Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) is a nonprofit academic health system that serves a population of 1.9 million in New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, delivering care in Lebanon, NH at its flagship, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 45 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; affiliate hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and through the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and at 24 Dartmouth-Hitchcock clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicineat Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. In 2016, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center was named one of "100 Great Hospitals in America" by Becker's Hospital Review.


The Aircast Foundation is dedicated to promoting and supporting scientific and clinical research and education leading to prevention, healing, and rehabilitation in orthopedics. Founded in 1996 by Glenn Johnson, pioneer of the Aircast, the Aircast Foundation focuses on optimizing function and improving medical outcomes with emphasis on research that exhibits creative and innovative solutions to complex medical problems.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 3:00pm