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Letter to the editor: More nurses needed at Porter Medical Center

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By Alice Leo



We’re not writing today to talk about the rising salaries of hospital administrators, even though as reported in Vermont Digger, they have increased 12% over the last year.

We’re not writing today to talk about the difficulties many of our patients have in paying for medical care — even though Vermonters voted definitively nearly a decade ago for universal healthcare.

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Porter Medical Center directors endorse affiliation with UVM Health Network; one hurdle left

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center (PMC) and University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) boards on Thursday voted unanimously to sign an affiliation agreement, a move that would result in reduced independence for Addison County’s hospital but net it greater financial stability, some key capital improvements and a more diverse menu of health care services for local patients.

Thursday’s board votes were a monumental step, but the affiliation move still hinges on some changes to Porter’s organizational bylaws.

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Editorial: Porter’s future: As hospital regains its footing, potential for affiliation is on the horizon

Posted on June 1, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Porter Medical Center rights it ship under interim CEO Dr. Fred Kniffin, there is an exciting opportunity for the community to participate in the hospital’s future — and a pressing reason for the average resident to be increasingly engaged.

The opportunity is during the upcoming discussion concerning a potential affiliation or partnership with one of the two larger medical centers in the region.

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Interim CEO Fred Kniffin takes temperature at Porter Hospital

Posted on May 29, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series.

MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Fred Kniffin has grown quite used to dealing with emergencies at Porter Hospital.

After all, he has worked many a shift as a physician in the Middlebury hospital’s Emergency Department.

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Porter Medical Center cuts nine employees

Posted on January 29, 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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Opinion: Porter is making a mistake in excluding part-timers from health benefits

Posted on November 19, 2015 |
By Sharon Racusin



I am deeply concerned that Porter Medical Center is withdrawing benefits for part-time employees and pushing these workers to the exchange. Porter Medical Center could be a leader for universal healthcare and should certainly be able to provide quality care to their employees in other, more progressive ways than the model they have chosen.

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Opinion: Porter Medical Center engaged in union busting

Posted on November 19, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



I am writing in response to Angelo Lynn’s editorial of Nov. 9. The idea that it is necessary to cut healthcare coverage to part-time employees in order to save Porter Medical Center from financial ruin would be believable if this strategy weren’t so obviously a classic union-busting tactic.

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Local doctor helps Nepal earthquake victims

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — One can certainly say that Dr. Mike Kiernan faces many challenges as a physician with Porter Hospital’s Emergency Department. Each day can bring different maladies and injuries for him to diagnose and treat, including patients with stomach viruses, compound fractures and heart attacks.

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Hospital readies for ramp, lobby projects

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The front entrance of Porter Hospital will soon get a big makeover that will include an access ramp for mobility-impaired people and a spruced-up lobby.

It’s a more-than-$140,000 project that Porter Medical Center (PMC) officials are calling “long overdue,” and one that will be made possible through the generosity of the PMC Auxiliary and an anonymous benefactor who is making a $25,000 contribution in honor of longtime Porter President Jim Daily, who will soon retire.

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Porter Hospital names North Carolina executive as new CEO

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The North Carolina hospital executive who was tapped this week to succeed James L. Daily as president and CEO of Porter Medical Center has more than two decades of experience in health care administration plus almost 10 years as a registered nurse. Daily will retire this spring after 31 years in his role at the Middlebury organization.

Lynn Boggs has worked as senior vice president, System Operations, for Mission Health in Asheville, N.C., for the past 19 months and was also president and CEO of McDowell Hospital in nearby Marion.

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