Porter Hospital

10/01/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In a move that could have dire long-term consequences for Addison County’s nursing home, the Green Mountain Care Board (GMBC) on Tuesday rejected Porter Hospital’s request for a 5.75% increase in its commercial rate as part of its fiscal year 2021 budget, instead determining the hospital should make do with a 4% hike. The board had been asked on Tuesday to reconsider its prior rejection of Porter’s proposed rate hike. The GMCB did however give Porter a little good news. The panel had originally ruled that 1% of the 4% increase for Porter should be tied to the COVID pandemic,...
10/01/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Tom Thompson, who has been serving as the interim president and chief operating officer of UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center since last February, has been selected as the permanent president/chief operating officer of Porter by the UVMHN and Porter boards.  Thompson joined Porter last winter to help lead the organization through the implementation of the next phase of the Epic Electronic Health Record system and develop a three-year strategic plan for the organization. Soon after his arrival, the COVID-19 pandemic emerged and became an unanticipated and primary...
10/01/2020
MIDDLEBURY — University of Vermont Health Network Porter Medical Center announced on Tuesday it had reached a tentative, three-year agreement with the union representing 130 Porter registered nurses. The deal will increase salaries by 21% over the course of the pact.  The size of the increase, according to Porter management and nurses’ union, reflects a commitment to paying RNs a more competitive wage that will make PMC better able to retain and recruit personnel. The contract assures nurses a 9% raise in year one, and a 6% raise in years two and three, amounting to a total of 21%. “I think...
09/25/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials on Friday morning indicated that Helen Porter Nursing & Rehabilitation is not in imminent peril of closing in spite of its ongoing budget shortfalls, but said the facility will be in serious financial trouble going forward if state regulators maintain that Porter can no longer partially subsidize the service through its hospital budget. Porter Hospital officials on Tuesday, Sept. 29, will lobby the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) to reconsider its recommendation to pare back the hospital’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request because it in part...

HELEN PORTER NURSING & Rehabilitation is Addison County's largest nursing home. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
09/24/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital officials on Tuesday, Sept. 29, will lobby the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) to reconsider its recommendation to pare back the hospital’s Fiscal Year 2021 budget request because it, in part, subsidizes operations at Helen Porter Nursing & Rehabilitation — Addison County’s largest nursing home. Porter Medical Center officials are warning that the GMCB’s failure to reconsider its budget directive could have catastrophic impacts on both the hospital and Helen Porter. “Porter Hospital’s budget was submitted in complete alignment with established guidelines and...
09/10/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital officials are thanking the Addison County community for helping the region deal with an initial wave of COVID-19 cases this past spring, but they’re asking residents to not let up on mask wearing and social distancing — especially since cooler weather is pushing people indoors, where the chance for coronavirus transmissions increase. Porter officials recently shared information on the current state of COVID-19 in the county, how the hospital’s operations have evolved to meet current pandemic conditions, and how/when individuals should seek testing. After more than...

Jennifer Bertrand
08/13/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital is asking the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) to green-light a fiscal year 2021 budget of $92.3 million to cover its expenses, an increase of $2.1 million compared to this year’s spending plan. Porter, which sustained major revenue hits this year from the COVID-19 pandemic, is also seeking permission for a 2.7% increase in net revenues — around $2.3 million — in order to deliver health care to Addison County residents next year.  If approved, the budget won’t result in an increase in inpatient or outpatient fees next year, according to the Middlebury hospital’s...
07/09/2020
SPONSORED CONTENT MIDDLEBURY — The University of Vermont Health Network Porter Medical Center announced a revised Welcoming Policy for visitors this week. “At Porter Medical Center we recognize that family members/support people are valued members of the health care team who play a key role in the healing process. Back in March, in response to the ongoing response to COVID-19 in our community, we made temporary changes to our Welcoming Policy. We are now welcoming visitors in a limited fashion. Some restrictions remain in place to protect the health and well-being of our patients and families...
07/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center Auxiliary voted on June 18 to donate $50,000 to the UVMHN Porter Medical Center as an unrestricted contribution to assist Porter during this unprecedented and challenging time, as the organization continues to transition to re-establishing elective services and procedures under strict protocols. “We are deeply grateful to our Porter Auxiliary for this significant donation and their willingness to allow us to use it where most needed as we work to re-open services and address the financial challenges that were directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic,”...
07/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY— The UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center announced this week the establishment of a recognition program to honor Porter nurses for outstanding patient care, an effort in collaboration with the national DAISY Foundation. The nonprofit DAISY Foundation is based in Glen Ellen, Calif., and was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes. DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System. According to PMC Chief Nursing Officer Karen Beinhaur, the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses has been adopted by healthcare facilitiesaround the world to celebrate...

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