Letters to the Editor: Porter priorities are providing care, remaining viable

A recent letter published in the Addison Independent suggested that Porter Medical Center needs to re-focus its priorities.
I’d like to be clear about what our priorities have been and continue to be.
•  Increasing access to high-quality care: by joining the UVM Health Network patient care options for our community are enhanced.
•  Rebuilding our primary care network: over the past 18 months Porter has successfully recruited 10 new primary care providers and over 40 registered nurses to provide great care in our community hospital, nursing home and network of practices.
•  Expanded and/or opened new services, such as the Porter Express Care clinic and Infusion Services to provide more convenient and affordable care for patients right here in our community.
•  Financial stability: by paying careful attention to operations, we are in the black for the first time in many years.
In addition, the upcoming budget includes funds: to invest in additional nursing staff; for renovations at Helen Porter to create a state-of-the-art rehab facility and a new Palliative Care/End-of-Life suite to better serve our residents with quality, dignified and compassionate care.
As for CEO compensation, Form 990’s are public information. If the letter writer had looked further into the figures, they would have noted that the pay reported by Digger was for both the departing CEO and the new CEO. It may add up to the number reported and appear high, but the departing CEO was entitled to pay that had been deferred over the years, while the new CEO compensation was set based on external regional survey data and was quite close to what the prior CEO had been paid.
All in all, I’d say our priorities are quite clear. We have successfully navigated some difficult times, and upheld our mission to invest in health care and serve this community. We thank you for your continued support.
Maureen McLaughlin
PMC Board Chair

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