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Public asks medical center execs about the future of health care

Posted on October 26, 2017 |
By Charlie Mitchell



MIDDLEBURY — While the heads of Porter Medical Center and University of Vermont Health Network came to Monday evening’s community forum to talk about how the affiliation of the two institutions has gone over the past six months, many of those at the event were looking at their health care going forward.

One prominent question from the audience of around 60 at the Middlebury Regional EMS building was how their care will change as Porter transitions to an “all-payer” system.

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Local hospital officials to talk about all-payer care, UVMHN affiliation

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Charlie Mitchell



MIDDLEBURY — This coming Monday, the Addison County community will have the opportunity to engage the leaders who are steering the healthcare system on the local and state level.

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Porter nurses' contract includes pay increases

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Nurses at University of Vermont/Porter Medical Center (PMC) will receive cost-of-living salary adjustments of 2 percent in each of the three years of their new deal, which also establishes a Nursing Practice Council that will help ensure “appropriate staffing levels” and “the highest quality patient and resident care” at the facility.

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PMC nurses, board agree on new pact

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
By Wilson Ring for the AP and John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The University of Vermont Health Network-Porter Medical Center and its nurses’ union have reached a tentative agreement on a new, three-year contract. Porter officials shared this news with employees in a Tuesday, Sept. 19 email.

Terms of the pact will be publicly released once the nurses’ union has formally ratified the document, according to PMC spokesman Ron Hallman. Members of the Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (PFNHP) are scheduled to hold a vote on Thursday, Sept. 21.

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Porter nurses optimistic about reaching a new contract

Posted on September 18, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — University of Vermont Health Network-Porter Medical Center officials and nurses’ union leaders returned to the bargaining table on Wednesday, Sept. 13, for 11 hours of talks that failed to produce a new pact for PMC’s more than 140 full- and part-time nurses. But negotiators on Thursday were optimistic a new deal would be struck before the nurses’ current, three-year contract expires at the end of this month.

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Porter nurses in talks for a new contract: Hospital budget calls for seven new RNs

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center nurses and management are trying to hammer out a new contract that could soon affect a larger staff.

As reported in the Addison Independent on July 20, the proposed fiscal year 2018 PMC budget calls for adding seven new registered nurse positions to the current staff of 145. Porter officials believe a bolstered nursing staff would help the organization shave around $2.5 million in what it is currently spending for more costly travellers.

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Porter sends Congress health care plea

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON / MIDDLEBURY — After the collapse of the latest effort in the U.S. Senate to repeal and replace existing federal health care policy, leaders of the University of Vermont Health Network, including Porter Medical Center, are calling on Congress to maintain critical funding that provides access to affordable insurance coverage for tens of thousands of vulnerable residents in Vermont and Northern New York. 

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Porter Express Care to open June 13

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The new UVM Health Network/Porter Express Care clinic will open on Tuesday, June 13, in the Collins Building on the main Porter campus.

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Porter Medical Center to open new 'Express Care' clinic

Posted on June 8, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center is preparing to open this month its “Porter Express Care” clinic that will serve people requiring immediate medical services, but who do not require the resources of an emergency department.

Tom Beauregard, PA-C, is one of the healthcare providers who will be working at the new clinic, which is being built into a 1,600-square-foot space within Porter’s Collins Building.

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Porter Medical Center celebrates new partnership

Posted on May 15, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center CEO Dr. Fred Kniffin has always compared the hospital’s affiliation process with University of Vermont Health Network to a courtship.

There was an initial period of “dating” last year when Porter was considering the possibility of joining UVMHN’s family of five medical institutions in Northern New York and Vermont.

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