Porter Medical Center leader updates the community

SPONSORED CONTENT Porter Medical Center has been laser-focused the past several weeks on extraordinary efforts to care for our community, and to keep our staff healthy and prepared for the potential surge in COVID-19 cases. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted us to develop new ways of delivering care, such as restricting patient and resident visitation and temporarily halting all elective surgeries. We opened a drive-through test site on March 16, greatly expanded our telemedicine capabilities and doubled ou … (read more)

UVM Health Network Extends Suspension of Elective Surgeries and Procedures

SPONSORED CONTENT Network Affiliates Continue to Provide Care Through Video Appointments and in-Person Emergency Visits (Burlington, VT) – The University of Vermont Health Network is extending its directive to suspend elective surgeries and procedures acr … (read more)

Porter expands telehealth services to ensure safety of patient and health care providers

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center has a client base of 16,000 adult and pediatric patients in Addison County. That’s a lot of potential patient visits during any given year. But what’s an ailing person to do when he or she has been ordered to self-isolat … (read more)

A letter to our community from a Porter doc

Time. I learned long ago not to play the “what if” game. What if the tree branch didn’t break? What if the car didn’t swerve? What if the knife hit the avocado pit instead of the flexor tendon? What if the sadness that happened never happened? There are n … (read more)

Acute Respiratory Clinic at Middlebury Primary Care

SPONSORED CONTENT: As one element of Porter’s response/preparations to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established a new “Acute Respiratory Clinic” (ARC) at the Middlebury Primary Care office on Exchange Street. The providers at that Porter clinic care for … (read more)

Porter Hospital requires visitors to wear masks

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center on Tuesday said it will require all visitors to the Middlebury campus to wear cloth masks beginning Wednesday, April 7. It is also instructing employees at the hospital to wear masks — even ones that don’t come into clos … (read more)

Message to the Community from Porter Interim President Tom Thompson

SPONSORED CONTENT March 25, 2020   Dear Members of our Porter Medical Center Community,   Over the last month, Porter Medical Center’s team of health care professionals has been hard at work to assure our readiness to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our … (read more)

Of the 2,000 Vermonters tested for COVID-19, a dozen test positive in Addison County

UPDATE: On Friday afternoon, the Department of Health announced that the number of COVID-19 cases in Addison County now totaled 13. Of the 2,261 people tested for COVID-19 in Vermong, 184 tested positive and 10 died. MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of … (read more)

Number of COVID-19 cases in Addison County rises to eight

*Update: On Tuesday the number of Addison County cases rose to 8, according to the state Department of Health.* MIDDLEBURY — The state Department of Health announced on Monday, March 23, that a total of 75 Vermonters have tested positive for the coronavir … (read more)

Visitation policy at Porter Hospital is tightened

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center on March 18 implemented a more rigorous visitation police aimed at reducing the chances of patients, staff and the general public contracting the coronavirus. All patients and visitors are required to enter the hospital … (read more)

College, hospital and town leaders speak to the community

Leaders from the Town of Middlebury, Porter Medical Center and Middlebury College addressed this letter to the community on Thursday. —————— Dear Members of the Middlebury Community, We write in our leadership roles for the town of Middlebury and the larg … (read more)

UVH Health Network: How we’re reacting to coronavirus

For nearly two months, teams across the UVM Health Network have been planning for our clinical and operational response to what is now designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and declared a State of Emergency in both Vermont and New York … (read more)

First case of coronavirus identified in Addison County

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center on Wednesday morning announced the first case of coronavirus in Addison County. Tom Thompson, Porter’s Interim President and COO, announced the Vermont Department of Health told Porter that an individual in the community … (read more)

Porter Hospital is setting up drive-through COVID-19 testing

When this story about a new Porter Medical Center COVID-19 drive through testing service was posted briefly online earlier today some readers failed to read the whole story and headed right to Porter for testing. Don’t do that. This testing service is by … (read more)

Editorial: Have we lost nuance and context?

If the story in Thursday’s Independent about the Porter Medical Center president’s resignation falls short of helping the community understand why he resigned, chalk it up to a culture that has diminished the importance of context and nuance. In this inst … (read more)