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Bennington Banner Op-Ed Explaining Southwestern Vermont Medical Center’s Decision to Participate as Little as Legally Possible in Vermont’s Assisted Suicide Law

In italics below is an op-ed  published in the Bennington Banner on June 29, 2013: (http://www.benningtonbanner.com/opinion/ci_23564325/clarifying-reporting-patient-choice-at-end-life-law.html). Because Southwestern Vermont Medical Center is a subsidiary of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital, it is signed by the Chief Medical Officers of both hospitals.  The opt-out applies to all facilities operated under the auspices of SVMC. While SVMC’s decision is good […]

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The List of Hospitals to Opt Out Grows

Northwestern Medical Center in St. Albans has joined the growing list of Vermont hospitals choosing to opt out of participating in the new Physician Aid in Dying law (S.77), according to a column written by NMC CEO Jill Berry Bowen, published in the St. Albans Messenger on June 25  and available on the hospital’s website: […]

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Southwestern Vermont Medical Center and Gifford Medical Center Choose Not to Participate in Assisted Suicide

We have confirmation from both these hospitals that they have chosen the exemption to Vermont’s assisted suicide law, but the spokesperson for Southern Vermont Medical Center added the cautionary phrase, “for now”. We congratulate all the VT hospitals that are choosing the exemption, but our rejoicing is muted, both by that “for now” phrase that […]

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Grace Cottage Becomes the Third Vermont Hospital to Enact the Facilities Exemption, But Only While It Makes Up Its Mind What to Do about Assisted Suicide

Here is a link to an article from the June 22 Brattleboro Reformer about the decision of tiny Grace Cottage Hospital to avail itself of its limited ability not to cooperate with assisted suicide:  http://www.reformer.com/localnews/ci_23515442/grace-cottage-opts-out-assisted-suicide-law-now. The law allows health care facilities to prohibit a physician practicing in the facility from writing a prescription to a […]

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