Porter Medical Center

If the story in Thursday’s Independent about the Porter Medical Center president’s resignation falls short of helping the community understand why he resigned, chalk it up to a culture that has diminished the importance of context and nuance. In this instance, Porter’s President and COO Seleem Choudhury resigned from his post feeling, according to a press release sent out by the UMV Health Network, that the integrity of his leadership had been so comprised he could no longer lead the team. What was the infraction? In eight weekly inner-staff emails, during the five months he had been there,...

Seleem Choudhury
MIDDLEBURY— Seleem Choudhury on Tuesday resigned his post as president and chief operating officer of UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center effective immediately. The Porter Board announced that Fred Kniffin, MD, will return in an interim role during this time of transition. In an e-mail to the Porter community, Choudhury wrote that he had concluded he could no longer lead the organization, and he offered a personal apology and expressed deep admiration for the Porter community. The resignation follows recent news stories that he had plagiarized some of the work in his weekly e-mails to...

PORTER PLANT OPERATIONS Director Doug Frary, center, inspects the new Porter Hospital front entrance and ramp with architect Ashar Nelson. The new entrance and ramp opened and were available for use late last week. Photo courtesy of Ronald G. Hallman
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center leaders have drafted a five-year vision for the county’s hospital that among other things calls for new services, including women’s breast care and a pain clinic, a new medical office building, and a concerted effort to attract and retain workers in what is a particularly challenging labor market. Dr. Seleem Choudhury, Porter president, discussed the strategic plan and his organizational aspirations during a Monday interview with the Independent. It’s a potentially transformational time for Porter Medical Center, which encompasses the hospital, Helen Porter...

PORTER MEDICAL CENTER’S Suzanne Peterson, president Seleem Choudhury and Sue Spitzner will be among the 80 Porter employees to join Woofstock in Middlebury on Saturday, Sept. 14. Photo courtesy Porter Medical Center
MIDDLEBURY – Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, is gearing up for its annual Walk for the Animals, affectionately called “Woofstock.” The walk takes place on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Middlebury and is the shelter’s only annual, large-scale fundraiser. Last year, Woofstock drew just over 100 dogs and 150 walkers. This year, thanks to the UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center community, there will be many new faces at the Walk. There are currently over 80 Porter staff and family members signed up to participate. “We are blown away at the enthusiasm of the Porter employees for...
MIDDLEBURY — An anonymous donation of more than $1.1 million will be divided between the UVM Health Network-Porter Medical Center and the UVM Foundation as the result of a collaborative proposal to an Addison County supporter of both entities. The donation will provide $575,000 for a new air handling system at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing in Middlebury, as well as $98,000 for a new nurse-call system at Helen Porter, for a total gift of $673,000 to Porter. The balance of the donation, $500,000 will support the Frank Ittleman, MD Endowed Chair in Cardiac Surgery at the UVM Medical...
MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Diana Barnard, a palliative care physician and long-time member of the Addison County medical community, who works at both Porter Medical Center and the UVM Medical Center, has been awarded the UVM Health Network Home Health and Hospice Madison-Deane Award for Excellence in End-of-Life Care. This annual award is given by the Madison-Deane Education Fund, formerly the Madison- Deane Initiative (MDI), which is the educational arm of the UVM Health Network Home Health and Hospice’s Hospice and Palliative Care Program.  According to the MDI website, this award is given annually...

MEMBERS OF THE UVMHN Porter Medical Center Birthing Center accept a donation of a new “Cuddle Cot” from three area couples who have experienced infant loss, and who raised funds to purchase one of these special Cots for our patients. Photo/UVMHN Porter Medical Center
MIDDLEBURY —The Cuddle Cot, which looks like a conventional bassinet, is a cooling unit that allows parents experiencing a loss an opportunity to spend precious time with their infant, before they say their final goodbye according to Katie Irwin of Woodbridge, Conn. Irwin is the founder of Scarlet’s Mission, a non-profit organization which is named in memory of her daughter, Scarlet Suzy McGonigal. Irwin’s organization connected donor families with hospitals in Vermont, including Porter Medical Center. During a brief ceremony at Porter on July 1, Katie explained that her experience in a...

MIDDLEBURY — It was in March that Dr. Fred Kniffin agreed to assume what was then the unenviable hot seat as Porter Medical Center’s interim CEO. Porter employees and the greater community were up in arms about recent layoffs, financial problems, physician defections and the controversial tenure of Lynn Boggs, who had just resigned. What a difference seven months can make. Kniffin, during his brief stint as Porter’s top executive, has helped stop the proverbial bleeding at Porter medical Center. The organization recently won state approval for a very conservative fiscal year 2017 budget....

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