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Porter nurses, administration reach teams on three-year pact

Posted on December 22, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center administrators and representatives of the nurses’ union announced on Wednesday they had reached a tentative deal on a three-year contract for nurses.

Terms of what would be the first-ever contract for Porter nurses were not included in a brief press release issued by Porter spokesman Ron Hallman on Wednesday. More details will be available after the union members officially ratify the pact, according to Hallman.

Nurses union members are set to vote on ratification on Monday, Dec. 22.

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Porter Hospital and nurses union reach agreement on contract

Posted on December 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center  administrators and representatives of the nurses’ union announced on Wednesday they had reached a tentative deal on a three-year contract for nurses.

Terms of what would be the first-ever contract for Porter nurses were not included in a brief press release issued by Porter spokesman Ron Hallman on Wednesday. More details will be available after the union members officially ratify the pact, according to Hallman.

That ratification vote is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 22.

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Porter Medical Center asks regulator for 3 percent spending hike

Posted on August 28, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Green Mountain Care Board this week reviewed a proposed fiscal year 2015 Porter Medical Center (PMC) budget of $74,323,358, representing a 3.3-percent increase in spending. The state health care regulator is scheduled to decide within a few weeks whether to accept the budget or request that Porter make changes to it.

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Opinion: Hospitals are bearing extra burden

Posted on May 11, 2014 |
By Jessica Racusin



Thank you for your recent article on Porter Hospital’s difficulties with “boarding” patients with psychiatric emergencies in the Emergency Department. It is time that some light was shed on this situation.

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Small hospitals given big job: treating sometimes-violent psychiatric patients

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital’s Emergency Department is used to dealing with people with serious cuts, broken bones and other physical ailments.

But for the past few years, Porter’s ED has been asked to accommodate patients suffering from ailments that can’t be sutured, splinted or even seen.

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Porter CEO James Daily announces his retirement after three decades

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The past three decades have brought myriad changes to Vermont’s health care landscape, but one thing has remained constant: James Daily and his stewardship of Porter Medical Center (PMC).

But the sun must inevitably set on Daily’s tenure as CEO and president of the Middlebury institution. Daily last week announced he will retire by early 2016, ending what has been a legendary run at the helm of Addison County’s community hospital.

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Opinion: Kindness of community truly evident in time of need

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Janice Whittemore



So many times all we hear and see are the bad things people do and say to each other. Recently, I had a bad experience that really proved the other side, the good side, of people. Let me start from the beginning:

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Hospital chief Jim Daily sets retirement date

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center Chief Executive Officer James L. Daily has confirmed he will retire from his position by early 2016, after what will have been 32 years at the helm of the county’s top health care organization that he has helped transform. Daily, 59, confirmed his planned departure through a recent letter to Porter employees.

He has pledged to participate actively in the leadership transition.

The Addison Independent next week will run a longer article on Daily’s time at the medical center.

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Porter nurses union gets OK; talks on contract not yet set

Posted on December 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center nurses have officially unionized under the banner of the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals. That confirmation comes in light of the fact that union supporters and Porter administrators have resolved 16 challenged ballots that were cast in the vote held on Nov. 7.

“The hospital and the nurses have come to an agreement on the challenged votes,” Registered Nurse Alice Leo, a union supporter and co-organizer, said on Monday.

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Porter Medical Center nurses to vote on forming a union

Posted on September 26, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center’s combined total of around 130 nurses could vote as soon as next month on whether to form a union.

“I am confident it has a good chance,” Porter Hospital RN Alice Leo, one of the union organizers, said on Monday. “Nurses are feeling good about this, that it is the right thing to do.”

Leo cited staffing concerns as the motivating factor behind the union drive. She said many nurses are concerned that some units are shorthanded.

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