Tick Questions Answered at Special Presentation Oct 10

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the Vermont Department of Health Present What You Need to Know about Tick-Borne Illness

BENNINGTON, VT—September 21, 2017—According to the Vermont Department of Health, tick-borne illnesses are on the rise in Vermont. Tick bites and tick-borne illnesses spike in the fall. In an effort to address the many tick-related questions from patients, clinicians from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s (SVMC) and the Vermont Department of Health have partnered to offer a special presentation: What You Need to Know about Tick-Borne Illness: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  The talk is scheduled for 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 10 at Historic Memorial Hall in Wilmington, VT.

Attendees will get expert answers to the most common tick-related questions, including: 

·         How do I prevent tick bites?

·         What should I do if I find a tick on me or a member of my family?

·         What are the tick-borne illnesses and how do I recognize them?

·         What are the treatments available?

·         What if I still don’t feel good after treatment?

Speakers include: Marie George, MD; infectious disease specialist at SVMC Infectious Disease, now part of SVMC Multispecialty Practice; Bradley Tompkins, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Vermont Department of Health; and Trey Dobson, MD, emergency medicine physician, chief medical officer at SVMC and medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians.

To reserve your seat online, visit svhealthcare.org/tick. For more information, call 802-447-5019 or e-mail Ashley.Jowett@svhealthcare.org.

About the Presenters:

In addition to his leadership roles, Dr. Dobson is an emergency medicine physician at SVMC. He received his bachelor’s degree in physics from The University of the South in Tennessee, a master’s degree in geology from the University of Wyoming and his medical degree from The University of Tennessee. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at the University of Virginia.

Dr. George studied at the University of Connecticut and received her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC. She completed her residency at St. Elizabth’s Medical Center and a fellowship at Tufts University, both in Massachusetts. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Bradley Tompkins is an infectious disease epidemiologist at Vermont Department of Health in Burlington, where he leads the Enteric, Zoonotic & Vector-borne Disease programs. He received his master’s in epidemiology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in 2009, a master’s in biology from Wake Forest University in 2003 and a bachelor’s in environmental biology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1999.

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. For news and updates, follow Facebook.com/svmedicalcenter.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex. Language assistance services, free of charge, are available at 1-800-367-9559

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 5:30pm