SVHC and D-HH partner to offer specialized multiple sclerosis care

Vermont Business MagazineSouthwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is partnering with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health (D-HH) to provide doctor visits in Bennington using telemedicine.The program will alleviate the significant travel required for some patients to see certain specialists.The first specialty to become active will evaluate and treat patients with multiple sclerosis.

Andrew (Trey) D. Smith III, MD, a neurologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, will meet with multiple sclerosis patients initially in person at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Second and subsequent visits may be conducted at SVMC in Bennington over a live, two-way, secure video connection on a large format, high-definition monitor. The arrangement allows Dr. Smith to interact with SVHC patients and local medical care teams in Bennington.

Andrew (Trey) D. Smith III, MD

“This is a valuable extension of services for multiple sclerosis patients,” said Trey Dobson, MD, Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) chief medical officer and medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians. “We are grateful to Dr. Smith and Dartmouth-Hitchcock for making this convenient, quality care possible closer to where patients live.”

Smith received his medical degree at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. He completed a residency, internship, and fellowship all at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. He is board certified in neurology.

“The goal of Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Center for Connected Care is to help deliver outstanding care to our region independent of patient location,” stated Kevin Curtis, MD, MS, medical director of D-H Connected Care.“We are thrilled to add this specialized neurology service to the telemedicine collaboration that already exists between Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.”

For more information, patients should ask their primary care provider for a referral to Dr. Andrew Smith, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. This one call will begin the process to arrange an initial appointment at Dartmouth and follow up appointments at SVMC Neurology,140 Hospital Drive, Suite 307in Bennington.

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 includes Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center, the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, and the SVHC Foundation. SVMC includes 25 primary and specialty care practices. For more information,

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.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock:

DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK(D-H)is a nonprofit academic health system serving communities in northern New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; theNorris Cotton Cancer Center, theChildren’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, four affiliate hospitals, 24 ambulatory clinics and through the Visiting Nurse and Hospice for VT and NH. The D-H system trains nearly 400 residents and fellows annually, and performs world-class research, in partnership with theAudrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouthand theWhite River Junction VA Medical Center.

Source:Southwestern Vermont Health Care