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Porter spending plan reflects new programs, raises

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Green Mountain Care Board is considering a fiscal year 2019 budget proposal for Porter Medical Center that reflects a 3.2-percent increase in net patient revenue, a 4.9-percent boost in expenses and — for the second year in a row — no increase in its charges for medical services.

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Porter Medical Center receives waiver for skilled nursing care

Posted on August 23, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



COLCHESTER — Hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in Middlebury and Brattleboro have received approval from OneCare Vermont, a statewide accountable care organization (ACO), to accept patients into a skilled nursing facility (SNF) without the Medicare required three-day inpatient and/or previous SNF admission.

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Kniffin stepping down as Porter Hospital president

Posted on August 20, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center Board Chair Maureen McLaughlin has announced that Porter’s President, Dr. Fred Kniffin, will step down from his leadership role next spring. The search for a new leader for Porter will begin shortly.

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New transport system to benefit Porter

Posted on August 13, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — A project led by the University of Vermont Health Network to improve care for critically ill patients who need to be moved urgently among hospitals in our region is marking major steps forward in August.

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Porter hires new general surgeon

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center President Dr. Fred Kniffin, has announced that Dr. Elya Vasiliou has accepted a general surgery position with the UVMHN Medical Group-Porter Medical Center and will start this December. “Dr. Vasiliou is a Johns Hopkins fellowship trained head and neck surgeon and will continue Porter’s long tradition of outstanding general surgery services,” he said.

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Porter Hospital seeks 'Epic' software upgrade; project would unify electronic medical records

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — For 28 years now, Betty Diette has been battling a formidable foe: multiple sclerosis, a neurological disorder that has confined her to a wheelchair — but has not diminished her intellect or her dignity.

Now a resident of Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Diette often finds herself shuttling to medical appointments throughout Addison and Chittenden counties. Being in a wheelchair, she can find it hard to access some buildings.

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Letter to the editor: More nurses needed at Porter Medical Center

Posted on September 1, 2017 |
By Alice Leo



We’re not writing today to talk about the rising salaries of hospital administrators, even though as reported in Vermont Digger, they have increased 12% over the last year.

We’re not writing today to talk about the difficulties many of our patients have in paying for medical care — even though Vermonters voted definitively nearly a decade ago for universal healthcare.

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Porter Medical Center directors endorse affiliation with UVM Health Network; one hurdle left

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center (PMC) and University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) boards on Thursday voted unanimously to sign an affiliation agreement, a move that would result in reduced independence for Addison County’s hospital but net it greater financial stability, some key capital improvements and a more diverse menu of health care services for local patients.

Thursday’s board votes were a monumental step, but the affiliation move still hinges on some changes to Porter’s organizational bylaws.

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Editorial: Porter’s future: As hospital regains its footing, potential for affiliation is on the horizon

Posted on June 1, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Porter Medical Center rights it ship under interim CEO Dr. Fred Kniffin, there is an exciting opportunity for the community to participate in the hospital’s future — and a pressing reason for the average resident to be increasingly engaged.

The opportunity is during the upcoming discussion concerning a potential affiliation or partnership with one of the two larger medical centers in the region.

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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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