BENNINGTON — United Counseling Service (UCS) held its annual staff recognition event Wednesday on the Spring Center Lawn on the grounds of Bennington Community Center. UCS staff, board members from United Counseling Service and United Children’s Services, and honored members of the community enjoyed the beautiful day with lunch, slushies and music.
Staff were recognized for their years of service, performing with distinction, earning licenses and degrees, and demonstrating they uphold the agency’s core values. Three staff members received the Dr. Peter D. Scully Award: Rebecca Bishop, Keili Trottier and Stacey Ray. The Scully Award is presented annually to long-serving employees who exemplify the characteristics of Dr. Scully, former medical director of UCS, and perform their work with compassion, skill and distinction.
The Cleveland and Phyllis Dodge Community Service Award, given to members of the community whose support for UCS and its mission has been outstanding and significant, was presented to Dr. Trey Dobson, Chief Medical Officer of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center.
“Dr. Dobson works with UCS as a true partner in healthcare,” said Lorna Mattern, Executive Director of UCS. “His guidance and expertise enabled us to make sound safety decisions related to COVID for our staff and clients.Our ongoing relationship with Dr. Dobson and close ties with SVMC allow us to better serve our community.
UCS awarded this year’s Harold C. “Archie” Warner Memorial Award to the Bennington Free Library and the John G. McCullough Free Library for their support of our early childhood services. This award is given to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to UCS’s children’s programs.
A team award was presented to the nursing staff at UCS.
“We have a superb nursing staff dedicated to the well-being of our clients and our staff,” Mattern said. “They are trusted advisors and consultants, while facing challenges with a calm presence and competence that inspires peace of mind as they serve both clients and 300 employees.”
United Counseling Service (UCS) is a private, not-for-profit community mental health center that has been a vital part of Bennington County’s integrated health care system since 1958. UCS provides outpatient counseling and substance abuse services, health services emergency mental health services, extensive rehabilitation services, home and school-based services, employment services for people recovering from mental illness or developmental disabilities, and early childhood services . For more information, visit www.ucsvt.org.