“The Front Lines of Health Care Reform”

A Partnership of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and the Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Living

Wednesday, January 31st at 5:30 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public


Equinox Village will host the presentation “The Front Lines of Health Care Reform” on Wednesday, January 31st at 6 p.m.

While lawmakers try to decide how to pay for health care, nurses and doctors both locally and nationwide are working to decrease health care costs, improve the quality of care, and ensure patient satisfaction; Billie Lynn Allard, MSN, RN and Dr. James Poole from Southwestern Vermont Medical Center will give you the opportunity to look behind the scenes at the projects that are happening now and hear predictions for the future of health care in Vermont, and the United States.

Billie Lynn Allard is the administrative director of Community Services at Southwestern Vermont Health Care and Dartmouth Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group. Allard completed the Wharton Fellows Nurse Executive program at the University of Pennsylvania, John Hopkins’ Patient Safety Practitioner program, and Transitional Care training at the University of Pennsylvania.  Together with her team, she developed the Accountable Community of Health Program at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The Transitional Care Nursing program, at the heart of the Accountable Community of Health, was a recipient of the Vermont Health Care Innovation Grant.  Allard has presented at national conferences across the country, published numerous articles, and assists other health systems to replicate this program.  On October 6, 2017, Allard and her team were the recipients of the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Prize from the Cerner Corporation.

 Dr. Jim Poole has worked as a hospitalist with Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) since 2008 and has been a member of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians since its inception in 2012. In addition, he is the medical director of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, hospitalist director, and medical director of medical affairs. He received his undergraduate education in physical therapy from the University of Hartford in Connecticut and worked for 2 years as an acute care physical therapist before attending medical school at Ross University in Dominica, West Indies. He completed his residency at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

To register for this free event, please visit the following link: https://www.greenmtnacademy.org/calendar-entry/445/medicine-today—the-frontlines-of-health-care-reform