Porter to host community meeting Oct. 23

MIDDLEBURY — Six months after Porter Medical Center and the University of Vermont Health Network formally affiliated, officials from the now combined institution will give a progress report and update on how its going in a community-wide town hall meeting next week.
The meeting will take place on Monday, Oct. 23, at 7 p.m. at the Middlebury Regional EMS Conference Center just north of the hospital.
Dr. Fred Kniffin, president of Porter Medical Center, and Dr. John Brumsted, president and CEO of the UVM Health Network, will provide brief remarks and offer their perspectives on the progress and collaboration that has occurred since Porter joined the network on April 1.
“We have so much to share about specific initiatives now under way here in Addison County that will improve access to the highest quality of care for our community,” said Kniffin. “This special meeting will provide an opportunity for us to highlight our progress as we continue to benefit from our affiliation with the UVM Health Network.”
“Gatherings like these make it possible for us to have face-to-face conversations that help us learn more about what’s important in the communities we serve,” said Brumsted. “We’ll talk about our work with the outstanding health care providers at Porter and how we are working together to make a positive difference in people’s lives.”
The meeting is free and open to the entire community. The UVM Health Network is a six-hospital system that encompasses UVM Medical Center, Alice Hyde Medical Center (Malone, N.Y.), Central Vermont Medical Center (Berlin), Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (Plattsburgh, N.Y.), Elizabethtown (N.Y.) Community Hospital and Porter Medical Center.

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