Porter Hospital

I was recently a patient at Porter Hospital. I want to thank and praise all people working in an atmosphere of uncertainty due to COVID-19. The nurses were kind and attentive with problems and issues in each of their own homes. They are hands-on in the rooms so their risk is high, as is the risk for nurses’ aids and physicians. But all are willing to show up and I was treated professionally and compassionately. I cannot thank them enough. I pray for the safety of all who are stepping up in the midst of this dreadful pandemic. Let’s support them in every possible way, for they are the heroic...

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital has doubled, from three to six, its number of “negative-pressure” rooms in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients that could come within the next two weeks, officials said on Tuesday. Negative-pressure rooms are designed to prevent potentially contaminated air from spreading to other areas of the hospital. Lower air pressure in a patient’s room allows air to flow into the room but not escape from it. While the local hospital’s census as of Tuesday included no coronavirus-positive patients, Porter officials are gaining experience with the malady, which has...
MIDDLEBURY — It is not surprising that doctors and first responders on the front lines of the effort to contain the coronavirus pandemic are wearing facemasks to protect themselves around contagious individuals. But officials have been telling members of the general public that they didn’t need masks when grocery shopping or stepping out in public. Now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is reconsidering that advice, according to news reports. Due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, government officials this week could update their advice and suggest...
MIDDLEBURY — This past weekend Middlebury College and Porter Medical Center announced preliminary plans to house some hospital staff on the college campus during the coronavirus pandemic. “We are working closely with Middlebury College operational leaders to identify appropriate housing for (Porter Medical Center) employees in high-risk areas who are working with our most vulnerable patients,” wrote Porter officials in a March 27 newsletter. “In the very near future we will be able to place staff who are interested in this housing option.” Housing would be provided for a small number of...
SPONSORED CONTENT MIDDLEBURY — Over the past month, Porter Medical Center has received many positive notes, emails and other expressions of appreciation to its staff, according to Vice President of Communications Ron Hallman. The hospital wanted to make it easy for community members to help bolster health care workers' spirits during this challenging time.  To that end, they've created a new "Gratitude Page." Feeling thankful for our tireless, fearless frontline health care workers? Drop them a line here.  
I am an ER doc. I am lucky. I work in a place where I get the chance to help people when they are worried, sick, or in pain. I get to work with members of an incredible healthcare team and solve mysteries, provide reassurance, and feel connected to my community in ways that many do not. It is a gift and a privilege to do this. Thank you for this gift.  I have worked in the Porter Emergency Department for 12 years. The “guy” who hired me, Dr. Fred Kniffin, handed me his ED director job in 2012 as he moved upwards in the ranks of administration. As you might imagine, he is a really hard act to...
SPONSORED CONTENT A Letter to our Porter and Wider Community, I am grateful.  The current Porter Medical Center campus is oddly quiet, but the energy and purpose in the activities that are happening here is truly inspirational.  Every member of this hospital, nursing home and the practices are working tirelessly to prepare for something we can only imagine could be a life changing event in our community. And what is the fuel that keeps us moving forward?  All of you. I see the signs of community support on the windows of houses, on the trees, and in the yards.  Fuel.  I hear about the...
MIDDLEBURY — In its COVID-19 newsletter on Thursday, Porter Medical Center said that it was now accepting hand sewn mask donations. We have been so grateful for our community’s outpouring of support to Porter Medical Center in response to the Center for Disease Control's guidance that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. While we currently have enough supplies on hand to care for our community right now, in order to build a strategic reserve we are now accepting donations of hand sewn masks. Donated masks can be dropped off at the Round Robin...

PORTER MEDICAL CENTER Director of Environment Services Carol Aines stands next to the first barrel of locally made hand-sanitizer. Three businesses in Middlebury’s industrial park are providing the resources to make sure the county’s hospital has enough hand sanitizer. Photo courtesy of Porter Medical Center
MIDDLEBURY — What do you do when a global pandemic tightens the market for your product so much that it forces you to pare back on manufacturing? If you’re the leaders of three Middlebury businesses, you plow your resources into making a hand sanitizer, a critical tool for area hospitals to prevent the potential spread of said pandemic, COVID-19. Appalachian Gap Distillery, Aqua ViTea and Vermont Soap have pooled their equipment, raw materials and manpower to make a hand sanitizer that will be distributed, initially in 55-gallon drums, to all hospital affiliates within the University of...
SPONSORED CONTENT A message from Ron Hallman on behalf of The Porter Senior Leadership Team: This morning while rounding in the hospital, I saw this poster taped to the wall in one of our public corridors. I actually stopped walking and paused—something that very few of us have been able to do during the last few weeks. Over the next few seconds I found myself filled with a deep sense of pride and appreciation for the way our Porter community, and our larger community, are coming together to support each other and to care for our patients, our residents and each other. Whether you are...


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