A Message to our Community Regarding COVID-19

  Here at Springfield Medical Care Systems, we know it is a very stressful time for everyone. To protect our patients, our healthcare workers and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are doing a lot of things differently. If you are sick, please call before coming to one of our clinics. If you arrive at a clinic, we may ask you to call and talk to our triage nurses or providers from the parking lot and you may be asked to return home if it is the safest option. We will alw...
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SMCS and Springfield Hospital Services Update

Updated March 29, 2020 COVID-19 TESTING Testing for COVID-19 has been very limited due to a shortage of tests, however, it is our goal to begin to test all patients with symptoms consistent with COVID-19. We will be re-opening our drive through testing site in the upper parking lot of Springfield Hospital. To be tested, you must have an order from your primary care provider or one of our triage or walk-in providers. Once that order has been placed, you will be called by our registration de...
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NO VISITOR POLICY at Springfield Hospital

March 18, 2020   NO VISITOR POLICY at Springfield Hospital...Effective Immediately. In light of the current Coronavirus situation, and in the best interest of the health and safety of our patients, staff and the public, we must adjust our visitor policy. With the exception of visitors to patients receiving end of life care, we are instituting a NO VISITOR policy at Springfield Hospital effective immediately. If you have an appointment in one of our primary care offices, please keep your ap...
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Springfield Hospital Visitation Policy

Springfield Hospitals' Visitation Policy is designed to safeguard visitors, patients and staff by limiting face-to-face contact when faced with the threat of contracting and/or spreading illness. General Visitation to Springfield Hospital Patient Care areas: Visitors are restricted to two per patient at all times. Visitors are restricted to those over the age of 16. All visitors must enter the building through either the Main Entrance or the Emergency Department Entrance. Visito...
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Important Information Regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 6, 2020   -  At Springfield Medical Care Systems, we are dedicated to providing high quality health care to all our patients.  As concerns grow for the potential development of cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in our area, we want to assure you that we are focused on the health and safety of our patients and staff. A task force has been meeting regularly to develop preparedness plans consistent with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control under the guidance of the De...
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Katrina Taylor, DO, Named Chief Medical Officer for SMCS, Inc.

SPRINGFIELD, VT  (March 6, 2020) – Springfield Medical Care Systems is pleased to announce Katrina Taylor, DO, has been named Chief Medical Officer, effective February 12, 2020. Dr. Taylor completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, NY; and earned her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME.  She joined SMCS in September 2006, caring for patients at Ridgewood Internal...
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What Women Should Know About Abnormal Bleeding

Springfield, VT (February 21, 2020)  —  Abnormal uterine bleeding can occur at any age and, while not exclusively, it is a symptom seen quite often in women of childbearing age. Some of the causes of abnormal bleeding may include pregnancy, structural abnormalities in the uterus that may include fibroids or polyps, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, blood thinners, or hormonal changes. Women who are entering or who are in menopause may have hormonal changes that can cause the lining of t...
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SMCS and Springfield Hospital – Strengthening Ties & Local Access

Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS) and Springfield Hospital have an excellent working relationship that has served our communities well in the past; and the collaboration is expected to continue well into the future. The SMCS health center network is an anchor in our local communities, as a valued healthcare provider as well as an economic cornerstone.  Current Chapter 11 Reorganization plans anticipate doing everything we can to strengthen the health system network and to ensure ongoing...
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64th Annual Apple Blossom Cotillion is Underway

Springfield, VT (1-9-20)  -  While the 64th Apple Blossom Cotillion is almost four months away, the hard work for its participants began on Sunday, January 5th.  Weekly practices will continue at Riverside Gymnasium in Springfield, VT, each Sunday until the final performance and crowning of the 2020 Apple Blossom Queen on May 2nd.   Twenty-one high school senior girls and their chosen escorts will be joined by 21 elementary school couples at this year’s Cotillion.   The...
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What You Should Know About Breast Cancer in Women 65+

by: Kara Pitt, MD, FACOG, Springfield Gynecology A woman’s risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. If you are a senior, or a caregiver for a senior who is over 65, it is important to know the common risk factors for breast cancer and how appropriate preventative measures can help. Weight Gain and Menopause High levels of estrogen are associated with greater risk for developing breast cancer.  After menopause, the majority of estrogen comes from body fat, so losing weight can ...
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