Porter Hospital


PORTER MEDICAL CENTER has three acute care beds ready for the worst COVID-19 patients and the capability to get help from its parent organization, UVM Health Network. A sign at the entrance to the Middlebury campus directs those with an appointment where to get virus testing. Independent photo/Steve James
03/23/2020
*Update: According to the Vermont Health Department website, there are now three confirmed cases in Addison County as of Monday morning.* MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center continues to prepare for a potential influx of coronavirus patients. The institution is taking inventory of its assets, which are considerable when combined with its parent organization, the University of Vermont Health Network. As of this writing, there was one confirmed COVID-19 case in Addison County. That person was flagged at Porter’s drive-through COVID-19 testing service, and is self-isolating at home. But hospital...
03/23/2020
SPONSORED CONTENT The outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus, known as COVID-19, is cause for concern but not panic. The UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center is working with the Vermont State Health Department and our Network colleagues to coordinate our preparedness efforts based upon guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our highest priority remains providing safe, quality care for all of our patients.  New Limitations to Visitors and Outpatient Appointments We have made significant changes to our visitor policies at the hospital and...

TWO MEDICAL ASSISTANTS at Porter Medical Center’s by-appointment-only drive-through test center smiled for a picture after swabbing a five-year-old’s nose to test her for COVID-19. Independent photo/Megan James
03/19/2020
Let me start by saying this: Please don’t just drop into the drive-through test center at Porter Medical Center. If you are showing symptoms of COVID-19 — fever, a dry cough, shortness of breath — please call your primary care physician first. The test center is by appointment only. My kids started coughing on Sunday. By Monday, 5-year-old Joni’s cough was deep and hacking and… terrifying. When she developed a fever that night, it was hard for her dad and I to stay calm. We gave her Tylenol, put her to bed and planned to call her pediatrician in the morning.  Around 8 a.m. we tried calling...
03/18/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center on Wednesday morning announced the first case of coronavirus in Addison County. Tom Thompson, Porter’s Interim President and COO, announced the Vermont Department of Health told Porter that an individual in the community has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. COVID-19 is the name of the disease caused by coronavirus. The patient was screened via telemedicine, tested via the new “PMC Drive Through Testing” service and sent home to self-isolate per CDC guidelines, Thompson said in an announcement on the Porter/UVM Health Network website. Public health...
03/14/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Helen Porter Healthcare & Rehabilitation (HPHR) on March 12 began limiting visitors to cases involving terminally ill patients, with exceptions for situations when a visitor is deemed essential for the resident’s emotional well-being and care. The new Helen Porter coronavirus-driven policy is based on national Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and a new UVM Health Network-wide visitor policy that was finalized on the same day and distributed to all network affiliate employees. Porter Medical Center, including Helen Porter, is a part of the broader UVM Health Network...
03/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury Union High School student is but one of several Addison County residents to undergo testing for potential coronavirus infection, though fortunately no one locally has thus far tested positive for the disease that is sweeping across the globe. Forty Vermonters had been tested for coronavirus as of Tuesday, with one confirmed case on Bennington, according to a March 10 briefing from the Vermont Department of Health. State officials confirmed 226 Vermonters are being monitored for virus symptoms. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed 647 cases nationwide...

TOM THOMPSON IS settling in as the new interim leader of Porter Medical Center. Independent photo/John Flowers
03/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Tom Thompson began his career as a healthcare administrator more than three decades ago serving short-term stints as the CEO of small hospitals in the Midwest. This primed him for future, long-term leadership roles at medical institutions from South Dakota to Tennessee. And now Porter Medical Center becomes the beneficiary of his experience, as Thompson’s career comes full circle to the kinds of temporary posts that built his career foundation. Porter’s new interim president took some time on Thursday to discuss his stewardship plans for Addison County’s healthcare hub, which...
02/24/2020
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont Health Network announced this month that it is taking steps to ensure financial stability in the coming years, as economic forces challenge health care providers in Vermont and around the country. Each UVM Health Network affiliate — including Middlebury’s Porter Medical Center — is undertaking initiatives to preserve access to care for patients and support employees while also changing the way care is delivered to focus on wellness as much as illness and to control costs, officials said. In the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2019, UVMHN missed its budget target...
02/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — While there were no confirmed Addison County or Vermont cases of the coronavirus from China as the Independent went to press on Friday, Porter Medical Center officials are putting together an action plan in case the disease makes its way to our area. Porter Emergency Management Director Michael Leyden is spearheading the hospital’s preparedness efforts, which at this early stage involve learning a lot more about the disease and how it is spreading. “We continue the work and we’re setting up resilient systems to manage all types of infectious diseases that could have impacts,”...
02/03/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College made a splash last month when it announced it had enacted base-wage increases affecting 6% of the institution’s Vermont workforce. With a little less fanfare, another of the county’s other largest employers — Porter Medical Center — announced that it, too, had raised its hourly minimum wage, from $11 to $13. The raise took effect on Dec. 30. “We have heard loud and clear from many employees that they support this move; and this is just the right thing to do,” PMC interim President Dr. Fred Kniffin stated in a recent email message to the hospital community. “It...

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