SVMC, D-H partner to provide specialty care for children via telemedicine

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SVMC, D-H partner to provide specialty care for children via telemedicine

Sat, 06/15/2019 - 4:12pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) Center for Connected Care have launched cardiology and urology care for children. Visits with these pediatric specialists are provided at the SVMC Medical Office Building in Bennington via telemedicine.

“Children with conditions that affect their hearts or urinary systems sometimes have to spend a lot more time than their peers traveling to medical appointments,” said Meghan Gunn, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician and medical director of SVMC Pediatrics. “We are excited to offer this level of specialized care conveniently, and we believe this will help to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients and their families.”

These services use live, two-way, secure audio and video on a large format, high-definition mobile cart to connect providers at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD) with SVMC Pediatrics patients who have the need for cardiac or urology care.

Pediatric Cardiologist Norm Berman, MD, will evaluate cardiac concerns in pediatric patients at SVMC. Berman joined D-H in 1993 after completing his Pediatric Residency in New Mexico, and his Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center in Ohio. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology. In addition to providing direct patient care, Berman has been actively engaged in medical education at a national level. 

Pediatric Urologist David Chavez, MD, FACS, will provide care for pediatric patients with urinary or reproductive conditions. He earned his medical degree at Dartmouth Medical School in New Hampshire and bachelors in biophysics from University of California at Berkeley. He completed two fellowships in Pediatric Urology and Endourology at Duke University in North Carolina and Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, respectively. He also completed two residencies, the first in Urology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and the second in General Surgery at Stanford University Hospital in California. In addition, he was a General Surgery intern at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital.

To access these services, parents of patients with these special medical needs should ask their pediatrician for a referral. The physicians’ offices at CHaD will schedule the telehealth visits. For more information, call 603-653-9888 for telePediatricCardiology and 603-653-9882 for telePediatricUrology. 

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.

Southwestern Vermont Health Care complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate based on 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), New Hampshire’s only academic health system, serves a population of 1.9 million across New England. D-H provides access to more than 1,500 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH. DHMC was named in 2018 as the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by US News & World Report, nationally ranked in gynecology, and recognized for high performance in 14 clinical specialties. Dartmouth-Hitchcock also includes the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 49 NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation; the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state’s only children’s hospital; affiliated member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene, and New London, NH, and Windsor, VT, and Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and 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 Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT.

Source: Bennington, VT—June 12, 2019—SVMC