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Porter Medical Center CEO resigns after doctors pass 'no-confidence' vote

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — After nine months on the job, Porter Medical Center Board President and CEO Lynn Boggs resigned on Friday afternoon, following a notice to the Porter Medical Center board and administration that the Medical Staff had met Tuesday night and had issued a vote of “no-confidence” in Boggs.

Upon receiving the medical staff’s announcement on Friday morning and Boggs’ resignation later that day, the board appointed Dr. Fred Kniffin to serve as acting president and CEO.

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Updated: Porter chief Lynn Boggs calls it quits, Kniffin named interim head

Posted on March 18, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — After nine months on the job, Porter Medical Center Board President and CEO Lynn Boggs resigned on Friday afternoon.

The board appointed Dr. Fred Kniffin to serve as acting president and CEO.

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Porter responds to public discontent, trustees admit 'rushed' process on physician contracts

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Members of Porter Medical Center board on Wednesday conceded what they now believe was too rapid a roll-out of new contract terms for the organization’s 33 physicians, and they vowed to become more inclusive and transparent in communicating what have been some major changes within Porter’s hospital, nursing home and 12 physicians’ practices.

Declaring a “mea culpa,” they said they said they would take the current contract with physicians off the table and start anew.

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Editorial: Porter board takes critical steps to address discontent

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



By openly admitting fault in their process and being willing to scrap the existing salary contracts with physicians and other providers and start anew, the Porter management team took a critically important step to improving what rapidly was becoming a toxic environment at the Middlebury hospital campus.

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Porter nurses take grievances public

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (PFNHP) fired a salvo at the Porter Medical Center administration last week, in the form of a flier circulated at Middlebury town meeting alleging that recent cuts and layoffs at the local hospital are jeopardizing the quality of patient care.

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Nurse layoffs added to list of Porter staff cuts

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center (PMC) officials on Tuesday confirmed the organization’s workforce will be trimmed by 17.5 full-time equivalent positions, as opposed to the nine jobs originally disclosed this past Friday.

Officials said the updated, higher number reflects an additional 8.5 Registered Nurse positions that PMC could not publicly divulge on Friday due to the collective bargaining process that management and the nurses’ union follow when considering a reduction in force.

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Porter Medical Center restructures, cuts jobs

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center late Friday announced a series of staff changes and management restructuring that eliminated a total of nine employees, mostly in the 12 physician practices owned and operated by Porter.

Management, clinical and clerical positions were affected by these changes, including seven at the doctors’ offices and two in the hospital proper. No jobs at the Helen Porter nursing home were cut.

Porter Medical Center employs a total of 780 people.

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Porter Hospital opens center to offer intravenous meds locally

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vergennes resident David Larrow underwent successful spinal surgery on Dec. 29, but was suddenly confronted with a new, unexpected challenge during his post-operative recovery: An aggressive bone infection. His physician told him to prepare for daily, intravenous doses of antibiotic that could not be administered in his home.

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Top stories of 2015: #9 — New leaders take charge at Middlebury College and Porter Medical Center

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Addison County’s two largest institutions and employers welcomed new top leadership this year. Laurie Patton succeeded Ron Liebowitz as Middlebury College’s 17th president and Lynn Boggs took the helm of Porter Medical Center as the president and CEO, following the retirement of James Daily.

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Nurses charge Porter Medical Center with labor law violations

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By John S. McCright



MIDDLEBURY — A nurses union and management at Porter Medical Center are squaring off over a claim that hospital administrators aren’t following federal labor laws by sanctioning a nurse for perceived union activity and failing to follow the details of a contract.

In this, the first major dispute since the two-year-old Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, AFT, and the hospital signed their first union contract, communication between the parties has been minimal.

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