Porter Hospital

PORTER MEDICAL CENTER surgeon Dr. Elya Vasiliou is spearheading the use of a new protocol that Porter physicians say will help patients bounce back more quickly from major surgery. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Tiny Porter Hospital is making giant strides in adopting new patient-care techniques that are allowing patients to better prepare for, and recover from, major surgery. The Middlebury medical center is practicing a new health care protocol dubbed Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, or ERAS, which is primarily being applied to those undergoing colorectal surgery. Piloted with great effect at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, ERAS represents a departure from such traditional strategies as prescribing ample bed rest and dispensing narcotic painkillers following colorectal surgery....
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center this Saturday will begin its transition to “Epic,” a new electronic medical records system that will greatly enhance the institution’s ability to share and protect patients’ information, while also allowing consumers to become more involved in their health care. Dr. Fred Kniffin, interim president of PMC, said the importance of Porter’s conversion to Epic can’t be underestimated. The new system replaces a patchwork of computer programs that haven’t communicated across hospital boundaries, which can be a barrier to providing the highest quality and...
MIDDLEBURY — RiseVT has awarded The Blueprint for Health, in partnership with Porter Hospital, a $1000 grant to offer free cooking classes as part of the Blueprint’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The cooking classes will take place once per month for 12 months immediately following the one-hour-long Diabetes Prevention class. The cooking class will be led by Hannaford Career Center’s Culinary Arts Instructor Woody Danforth. More than 1 in 3 people have a condition called prediabetes. This means their blood sugar levels are too high, but not yet high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes....

MIDDLEBURY — Recently hired Porter Medical Center President and COO Seleem Choudhury resigned from his post on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the aftermath of a PMC board investigation into allegations he plagiarized material for a series of weekly messages to the hospital community. Dr. Choudhury started at Porter as chief operating officer on April 29 and took the mantle as president on June 1, when previous Porter President Dr. Fred Kniffin returned to his full-time responsibility as an Emergency Department physician. However, Choudhury faced some criticism late in the summer that his weekly emails...
MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center Board is investigating allegations that the organization’s president, Dr. Seleem Choudhury, plagiarized material used in a series of recent, weekly addresses to the hospital community. Porter officials released the following statement on Tuesday, Sept. 24: “The Porter Medical Center Board is continuing its due diligence with regard to the complaint that, when writing his weekly messages to the Porter community, our president, Seleem Choudhury, used language from other sources without authorization or attribution. We share the PMC community’s need for...

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