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Opinion: Changes at Porter will be for the better

I have been a member of Porter Medical Center since April of 1999. I have been a medical speech language pathologist for 26 years and the rehabilitation director at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center for 16 years. I became the director of Rehabilitation Services for Porter Medical Center 3 years ago.
I am proud each day of the work I do as well as my staff. We have provided rehabilitation services to thousands of people and are fortunate that they allow us to do this for them. The feeling of community, respect and well-being that comes with every interaction is what makes us want to come to work. It is tremendously rewarding to work with an individual and assist them with reaching their goals. The sense of family that I experience working at Porter is not the sense that I received at any of the previous employment sites.
I have worked in other states and settings and when I came to Porter, I knew this was the place I wanted to be. I have had my three children at Porter and my family and I continue to receive all our medical care within the Porter family by extremely knowledge, caring and committed staff. In daily interactions, sometimes just by walking down the hallway, you are greeted by fellow workers, patients and volunteers that are supportive, committed and genuinely interested in helping each other.
The Rehabilitation Department is growing and changing in response to needs that have been identified within the community, in the hopes that we can provide services that currently local people have to travel outside for. I am very positive about the changes and while acknowledging that change is difficult, know that the department is headed down a path of being stronger than ever.
Doreen S. Kadric, M.A., CCC-SLP
Director of Rehabilitation Services
Porter Medical Center
Resident of Ferrisburgh

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