Porter Hospital

MIDDLEBURY/VERGENNES — A Vergennes woman will soon take over as new director of development at the UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center in Middlebury. Amy Bodette Barr comes to Porter from her most recent position as Director of Development and Marketing for the United Way of Addison County. “We are thrilled to have Amy join our organization and be our first full-time Development Director,” said Porter Vice President for Communications and Engagement Ron Hallman.  “Our community has been supporting Porter generously for many years through our annual campaign and a variety of special...
The Living with Dying Partnership is exploring cultural rituals and practices around death and dying. Neighbor to neighbor, companioning those at the end of life is an art of living that can be embraced instead of feared. Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos, is a Mexican holiday that we would like to celebrate here in Addison County annually. So we went to the Open Door Clinic to learn more from Alicia Rodriguez. Alicia moved here from northern Mexico 16 years ago after she and her husband came to visit his father, who worked on a farm in Salisbury. The owner of the farm offered a job to his...

MIDDLEBURY— The UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center Board of Directors has hired a Wisconsin man with decades of experience running hospitals to lead Porter on an interim basis. Thomas R. Thompson is the new interim president/chief operating officer for Middlebury’s PMC, which encompasses a hospital, nursing facility and physicians’ practices. He replaces Dr. Fred Kniffin, who took over leadership of Porter on a temporary basis after Porter President and COO Seleem Choudhury abruptly resigned his position following complaints that he plagiarized parts of some Porter newsletters. Kniffin...

THIS WAS OUR front page on May 16, 2019.
Dr. Seleem Choudhury’s tenure as Porter Medical Center (PMC) president ended in October after only five months, following revelations he had plagiarized material for a series of weekly emails he had used to keep the health care community abreast of goings-on at Addison County’s hospital. Choudhury in May had succeeded Dr. Fred Kniffin as PMC’s top administrative officer. Porter Medical Center includes the hospital, Helen Porter Rehab & Nursing, and around a dozen affiliated health care provider practices. Choudhury acclimated himself to the president’s role by pitching in at various jobs...
In late November, I was interviewed by a reporter who asked for my perspective regarding the topic of hospital “consolidations” and to discuss some national studies that indicate that hospitals coming together means higher prices for patients. The reporter wanted to hear about our experience as an affiliate of the UVM Health Network since we joined the Network in early 2017.  I am not a healthcare finance expert nor a student of national trends. I am, however, intimately familiar with our finances here at Porter and what is happening locally and in our region. Each of the three years since...

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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