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Opinion: Vermont hospitals can learn much from other states

Recent changes at Porter Medical Center have resulted in a circling of the wagons and a regrouping. Rather than looking inside the ring, Porter and Middlebury may be better served by looking a bit outside.
To be played well, medicine is a team sport. Prior to moving back to Vermont and since moving on from Vermont, I have been affiliated with a large fleet of all sizes of hospitals under one umbrella. This umbrella does admittedly lead to a small loss of autonomy, however massively increases efficient patient care through seamless communication, telemedicine and — on the business side — buying power. There is strength in numbers and Porter and the local community would be well served by a strong consideration of an affiliation with a large and powerful entity in the region.
The medical world is in turmoil and there are wolves at the door. Rather than recoiling further in and falling further out of sync with the current medical paradigm, a fresh look at Vermont’s care of patients as a statewide community would be a worthy endeavor. Vermont itself would be wise to consider replicating the proven statewide team approach to medicine enjoyed by patients in many other states and health care systems. Necessity is the mother of invention.
Maybe the last sentence should be, “Necessity is the mother of reinvention.”
Anders Holm
Summit, Wisc.
Editor’s note: The writer is a doctor who formerly was associated with Porter Medical Center.

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