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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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Porter officials ready for new chapter

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials last week publicly apologized for what they acknowledged have been almost 10 months of internal strife within the hospital, and urged physicians, nurses, staff and patients to help them turn the page to a new chapter in the organization’s 91-year history.

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Interim hospital chief sees better days ahead

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — Assuming the reins at Porter Medical Center at the depths of one of its worst administrative setbacks in decades isn’t for the faint of heart and may require the patience of a saint. Porter’s new interim CEO Fred Kniffin, MD, is known by his colleages to possess both qualities, as well as someone who has experience as a doctor and in the hospital administration as chief medical officer.

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Porter Medical Center is 'profitable,' but difficult financial decisions loom

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Less than a week before it convenes its annual meeting on March 30, Porter Medical Center has pushed the proverbial reset button on its top executive position and on a new compensation plan for providers. PMC officials are also searching for more stability in the institution’s operating budget, which each year is thrown a financial life preserver through a federal drug subsidy program.

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Porter Medical Center CEO resigns after doctors pass 'no-confidence' vote

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — After nine months on the job, Porter Medical Center Board President and CEO Lynn Boggs resigned on Friday afternoon, following a notice to the Porter Medical Center board and administration that the Medical Staff had met Tuesday night and had issued a vote of “no-confidence” in Boggs.

Upon receiving the medical staff’s announcement on Friday morning and Boggs’ resignation later that day, the board appointed Dr. Fred Kniffin to serve as acting president and CEO.

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Updated: Porter chief Lynn Boggs calls it quits, Kniffin named interim head

Posted on March 18, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — After nine months on the job, Porter Medical Center Board President and CEO Lynn Boggs resigned on Friday afternoon.

The board appointed Dr. Fred Kniffin to serve as acting president and CEO.

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Porter responds to public discontent, trustees admit 'rushed' process on physician contracts

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Members of Porter Medical Center board on Wednesday conceded what they now believe was too rapid a roll-out of new contract terms for the organization’s 33 physicians, and they vowed to become more inclusive and transparent in communicating what have been some major changes within Porter’s hospital, nursing home and 12 physicians’ practices.

Declaring a “mea culpa,” they said they said they would take the current contract with physicians off the table and start anew.

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Editorial: Porter board takes critical steps to address discontent

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



By openly admitting fault in their process and being willing to scrap the existing salary contracts with physicians and other providers and start anew, the Porter management team took a critically important step to improving what rapidly was becoming a toxic environment at the Middlebury hospital campus.

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Porter nurses take grievances public

Posted on March 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (PFNHP) fired a salvo at the Porter Medical Center administration last week, in the form of a flier circulated at Middlebury town meeting alleging that recent cuts and layoffs at the local hospital are jeopardizing the quality of patient care.

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