Porter Hospital

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...
Doctors’ vacation and retirement benefits are being cut while other workers are being furloughed, as the University of Vermont Health Network cuts costs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  As of July 1, 900 doctors across the network’s six hospitals will stop accruing vacation time and will no longer receive an employer match for their retirement benefits. Those changes, planned to be in effect for three months, will save the network $7.9 million, through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.  At UVM Medical Center, the largest hospital in the network, 519 people have had their hours...
Recently I spent a few days in Porter Hospital with a medical episode that had me quite worried. The doctor in the emergency room was very competent and sent me with my diagnosis into the Medical-Surgical unit in the East wing, where I was cared for by a fantastic group of nurses. Not only did they all do an excellent job of monitoring me, drawing blood and administrating the drugs that I needed, but they also did a great job helping me with the stress of my situation. Everyone wore masks, gloves and always used the hand sanitizer, but otherwise they did not hesitate to touch me and use their...
SPONSORED CONTENT Across our network, we’re welcoming back patients for non-urgent and elective appointments and procedures, including procedures requiring a hospital stay. We’re starting with those that had been postponed by COVID-19. I want you to know that we are taking every possible step to make sure you and your families are safe when you see us again. As part of our commitment to safety and high-quality patient care, we’d like to introduce some of the changes you’ll experience during your next appointment.  
MIDDLEBURY — With COVID-19 activity on a steady, downward trend in Addison County, Porter Medical Center continues to ramp up services, including elective surgeries. And while Porter has been assigned the task of mopping up $5.7 million of the $152 million in COVID-related red ink the University of Vermont Health Network is projected to incur by Sept. 30, PMC officials are confident they’ll be able to do that — and more — without layoffs. “Our overarching message at this moment in time to our community is that we are here for them, and that they shouldn’t delay necessary care,” said Ron...

PORTER MEDICAL CENTER anesthesiologist Dr. Wesley Clark was all suited up with personal protective equipment, including a P-100 respirator, for work with COVID-19 patients during a recent stint at a New York City hospital.
I am an anesthesiologist at Porter Hospital in Middlebury, but I lived in New York City for over 20 years. When it became clear that the excellent work of Vermonters was turning our state into something of a COVID-19 success story, I volunteered late last month to go down and work in my old hometown. I was deployed for almost two weeks to a hospital in Queens, a very hard-hit part of the city. The minute I arrived, I could feel the difference. At Employee Health, several people (sometimes with their masks off) approached the desk to talk about their positive tests or their worrisome symptoms...

AMANDA SEARS, MA, (left) and Diana Tutelo, NP, are two of the critical staffers at Porter ExpressCare, which is trying to become more easily available to patients while maintaining protections from COVID-19.
SPONSORED CONTENT MIDDLEBURY — UVM/Porter Medical Center today changed some of the procedures for how it is operating its urgent care service as positive milestones are achieved in the battle against COVID-19. The goal is to make care more easily accessible. As part of UVM/Porter Medical Center overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Porter ExpressCare remained available to care for patients with urgent medical needs, operating during their regularly scheduled hours. However, early in the pandemic, ExpressCare changed two important access details in order to minimize exposure risk for...
SPONSORED CONTENT Interim Porter President Tom Thompson wanted to share the letters below to Porter and Helen Porter colleagues with the wider community. During National Nursing Home Week, we honor and acknowledge the incredible work, commitment and compassion of our Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Staff.  They truly are inspiring "Healthcare Heroes" and are caring for our most vulnerable neighbors during this challenging time.  We cannot thank them enough, but we want them to know that they are appreciated and valued by our community and by our organization. Thank you.   During...

THIS TENT OUTSIDE Middlebury Primary Care off Exchange Street houses Porter’s recently opened “Acute Respiratory Clinic,” which allows clinicians to see pediatric and adult patients with COVID, ear infections, pneumonia, flu, asthma, COPD, and cardiac conditions in a space that can keep patient and caregiver safer from respiratory disease.
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to its telemedicine efforts, Porter Medical Center has taken a number of other steps to ensure it is handing the growing cases of COVID-19 in the safest and most efficient manner. Among those steps, Porter has: •  Firmly established an incident command system for COVID-19. Porter leaders meet regularly at 8:30 a.m. and in 3:30 p.m., sharing all relevant information so each person knows what’s going on in the different areas of the organization. This ensures no overlap in assignments or mission. •  Opened an Acute Respiratory Clinic (ARC), stationed at the Porter...
MIDDLEBURY — The Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes American Legion posts are joining forces to thank Porter Medical Center workers for their service during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Post 19 in Bristol, Post 27 in Middlebury and Post 14 in Vergennes are each contributing $1,000 to buy pizza, salads and sandwiches to Porter workers as they toil away under stressful circumstances.  Porter officials are on guard for a possible surge of coronavirus cases. In the meantime, the hospital has already accommodated several COVID-19 patients, and has put in place security and screening measures to...


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