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Dr. Kniffin sheds 'interim' title as head of Porter Medical Center

Posted on October 10, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was in March that Dr. Fred Kniffin agreed to assume what was then the unenviable hot seat as Porter Medical Center’s interim CEO. Porter employees and the greater community were up in arms about recent layoffs, financial problems, physician defections and the controversial tenure of Lynn Boggs, who had just resigned.

What a difference seven months can make.

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Porter Medical Center plans affiliation with UVM Health Network

Posted on October 10, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center Board of Directors and the University of Vermont Health Network Board of Trustees have voted unanimously to sign a non-binding “letter of intent” to formally negotiate terms under which PMC would join the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) as an affiliate.

The Oct. 5 action by both boards follows an in-depth exploration by the PMC community on the pros and cons of affiliation with UVMHN.

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Kniffin sheds 'interim' title as head of Porter Medical Center

Posted on October 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was in March that Dr. Fred Kniffin agreed to assume what was then the unenviable hot seat as Porter Medical Center’s interim CEO. Porter employees and the greater community were up in arms about recent layoffs, financial problems, physician defections and the controversial tenure of Lynn Boggs, who had just resigned.

What a difference seven months can make.

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Nursing home, which is losing money, is a part of Porter affiliation debate

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — At its first public meeting to discuss a possible affiliation with a bigger health care provider, Porter Medical Center officials last Wednesday answered serious questions about the future of the Helen Porter nursing home, as well as about other aspects of the partnership.

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Pioneering teamwork between college and Porter Hospital supports sexual assault victims

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



MIDDLEBURY — A groundbreaking partnership between Middlebury College and Porter Medical Center should make it easier for victims of sexual assault to get immediate, local care from medical professionals who are specially trained to work with trauma survivors and collect forensic evidence.

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Porter Medical Center affiliation draws support

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials will spend the next few months determining whether the county’s health care hub should remain independent or pursue affiliation with the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN). And some key PMC stakeholders and health care industry observers indicated this week that they are already leaning toward supporting affiliation.

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Porter brings new doctors on board

Posted on August 8, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center (PMC) officials have announced the hiring of four new health care providers to further bolster a medical staff that had seen some defections earlier this year in wake of turbulent times at the county’s hospital and its 12 affiliated physicians’ practices.

And in other PMC news, Porter spokesman Ron Hallman said he expects to be able to share, within the “next several weeks,” some details about PMC’s potential affiliation with a larger medical institution.

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Porter to upgrade patient monitoring system

Posted on June 30, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center Auxiliary Board of Directors has approved a contribution of $131,000 to Porter Hospital in support of a state-of-the-art patient monitoring system upgrade project. The total cost of the project is $350,000, with the auxiliary donation providing the final funding portion of what Porter’s Interim CEO Dr. Fred Kniffin has called “one of my highest-priority projects and a significant step forward for our community hospital.”

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Porter eyes affiliation with medical partner

Posted on June 9, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center is inviting the public to help shape what officials called one of the biggest decisions in the 91-year history of the county’s hospital: Whether to continue on an independent path or seek more financial stability and new services through an affiliation with a larger medical institution.

The Porter administration has dubbed the conversation, “Our Legacy — Creating a Vision for Porter’s Future.”

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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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