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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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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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