Tarnas to Chair SVMC Pownal
Robert Tarnas, MD, a physician at the Pownal Campus of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), has been elected as chair of the Department of Family Medicine. Tarnas has worked at the practice since 2015 and has been a member of the SVMC medical staff since 1985. Tarnas was the leader of the medical team at SVMC ExpressCare when it opened in February 2015. Members of the Department of Family Medicine are primary care providers who offer medical care to men, women and children as well as the elderly, with a focus on preventive medicine and the management of chronic diseases. Providers also treat acute problems in the office. Working with a primary care family physician has been shown to help patients stay healthy and avoid hospital admissions. The practice is accepting new patients. The SVMC Pownal Campus provides a number of preventive health services, including a diabetes educator, a registered dietician, a mental health counselor, a nurse case manager, and other specialized staff, all in one place. In addition to these services, the practice offers blood draw and X-ray on site. The campus is located less than one mile north of the Vermont-Massachusetts border. For information, call 802-681-2780 or visit myhealth.svhealthcare.org.