Porter floats a flat fiscal year 2021 budget

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital is asking the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) to green-light a fiscal year 2021 budget of $92.3 million to cover its expenses, an increase of $2.1 million compared to this year’s spending plan. Porter, which sustained major revenue hits this year from the COVID-19 pandemic, is also seeking permission for a 2.7% increase in net revenues — around $2.3 million — in order to deliver health care to Addison County residents next year.  If approved, the budget won’t result in an incre … (read more)

UVMHN Porter Medical Center announces new welcoming policy

SPONSORED CONTENT MIDDLEBURY — The University of Vermont Health Network Porter Medical Center announced a revised Welcoming Policy for visitors this week. “At Porter Medical Center we recognize that family members/support people are valued members of the … (read more)

Auxiliary to donate $50,000 to hospital

MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center Auxiliary voted on June 18 to donate $50,000 to the UVMHN Porter Medical Center as an unrestricted contribution to assist Porter during this unprecedented and challenging time, as the organization continues to transi … (read more)

Porter program to honor nurses

MIDDLEBURY— The UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center announced this week the establishment of a recognition program to honor Porter nurses for outstanding patient care, an effort in collaboration with the national DAISY Foundation. The nonprofit DAISY … (read more)

Hospital network cuts some positions; Porter spared

Doctors’ vacation and retirement benefits are being cut while other workers are being furloughed, as the University of Vermont Health Network cuts costs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  As of July 1, 900 doctors across the network’s six hospitals … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Porter Hospital officials helpful and professional

Recently I spent a few days in Porter Hospital with a medical episode that had me quite worried. The doctor in the emergency room was very competent and sent me with my diagnosis into the Medical-Surgical unit in the East wing, where I was cared for by a … (read more)

Porter is ready, safe and open for you

SPONSORED CONTENT Across our network, we’re welcoming back patients for non-urgent and elective appointments and procedures, including procedures requiring a hospital stay. We’re starting with those that had been postponed by COVID-19. I want you to know … (read more)

Porter ramps up services, confronts deficits

MIDDLEBURY — With COVID-19 activity on a steady, downward trend in Addison County, Porter Medical Center continues to ramp up services, including elective surgeries. And while Porter has been assigned the task of mopping up $5.7 million of the $152 millio … (read more)

A Porter doctor sees action in NYC hospital

I am an anesthesiologist at Porter Hospital in Middlebury, but I lived in New York City for over 20 years. When it became clear that the excellent work of Vermonters was turning our state into something of a COVID-19 success story, I volunteered late last … (read more)

Porter ExpressCare changes protocols

SPONSORED CONTENT MIDDLEBURY — UVM/Porter Medical Center today changed some of the procedures for how it is operating its urgent care service as positive milestones are achieved in the battle against COVID-19. The goal is to make care more easily accessib … (read more)

Thank you to our health care heroes

SPONSORED CONTENT Interim Porter President Tom Thompson wanted to share the letters below to Porter and Helen Porter colleagues with the wider community. During National Nursing Home Week, we honor and acknowledge the incredible work, commitment and compa … (read more)

Porter readies for more COVID-19 cases

MIDDLEBURY — In addition to its telemedicine efforts, Porter Medical Center has taken a number of other steps to ensure it is handing the growing cases of COVID-19 in the safest and most efficient manner. Among those steps, Porter has: •  Firmly establish … (read more)

American Legion posts donate food to Porter

MIDDLEBURY — The Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes American Legion posts are joining forces to thank Porter Medical Center workers for their service during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Post 19 in Bristol, Post 27 in Middlebury and Post 14 in Vergennes a … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Giving thanks to Porter’s staff

I was recently a patient at Porter Hospital. I want to thank and praise all people working in an atmosphere of uncertainty due to COVID-19. The nurses were kind and attentive with problems and issues in each of their own homes. They are hands-on in the ro … (read more)

Porter transforms for virus surge, adds acute-care beds

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital has doubled, from three to six, its number of “negative-pressure” rooms in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients that could come within the next two weeks, officials said on Tuesday. Negative-pressure rooms are designed … (read more)