I am Grateful
Growing up in Vermont, graduating from Vergennes Union High School and ultimately raising my family in Addison County has brought to life the importance of community, support, and ingenuity. When I joined University of Vermont Health Network Porter Medical Center in 2016, I immediately recognized that I was called to serve as the Chief Nursing Officer/VP of Patient Care Services during a challenging time in the life of our community. We have overcome several hurdles over the past several years and this moment in history is another opportunity to rise to...
Gov. Phil Scott on Monday announced that Vermont’s hospitals may reopen for some elective procedures and non-essential visits, if they follow a long list of conditions.
Hospitals had to cancel non-essential visits and elective surgeries on March 20 as part of Vermont’s efforts to reorient the healthcare system to focus on COVID-19 care. Hospitals can now restart “non-essential outpatient clinic visits, diagnostic imaging and outpatient surgeries and procedures,” according to a statement from Scott’s office.
Scott called Monday’s announcement the first phase of restarting Vermont health care...
Dr. John Brumsted, University of Vermont Health Network
VTDigger file photo by Erin Mansfield
The University of Vermont Health Network expects to lose $152 million this fiscal year because of the coronavirus crisis.
Porter Medical Center in Middlebury is a member of the network.
The UVM Health Network outlined a series of steps to fill the gap Friday, including reducing salaries and eliminating retirement benefits for leadership, freezing new hiring, reducing doctors’ pay, and halting new capital projects.
Those measures will save $25 million for the network, which is composed of UVM Medical Center and five other hospitals in New York and Vermont.
In a release, Health Network CEO John...
Porter Medical Center has been laser-focused the past several weeks on extraordinary efforts to care for our community, and to keep our staff healthy and prepared for the potential surge in COVID-19 cases. The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted us to develop new ways of delivering care, such as restricting patient and resident visitation and temporarily halting all elective surgeries. We opened a drive-through test site on March 16, greatly expanded our telemedicine capabilities and doubled our number of negative-pressure rooms. We have taken these actions, and more, to help...
Network Affiliates Continue to Provide Care Through Video Appointments and in-Person Emergency Visits
(Burlington, VT) – The University of Vermont Health Network is extending its directive to suspend elective surgeries and procedures across the Network to continue our efforts to protect patients and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The Network is continuing to analyze the current state of the pandemic, but to stay in-line with continuations of social distancing measures and executive orders in New York and Vermont, we are extending the suspension of “non-urgent...
DR. NATASHA WITHERS, shown in her office with some equipment used in telehealth, is the medical director for primary care at Porter Medical Center.
Independent file photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center has a client base of 16,000 adult and pediatric patients in Addison County.
That’s a lot of potential patient visits during any given year.
But what’s an ailing person to do when he or she has been ordered to self-isolate during a pandemic?
The answer: Telehealth visits, through which patients receive remote, “virtual” checkups — through a phone and/or computer monitor — with their physician. Though not as ideal as an in-person visit, telehealth appointments are allowing physicians to diagnose patients from afar and either link them with medications and...
Time. I learned long ago not to play the “what if” game. What if the tree branch didn’t break? What if the car didn’t swerve? What if the knife hit the avocado pit instead of the flexor tendon? What if the sadness that happened never happened? There are no answers to these questions that ever change the outcome. I have learned that what is most important is how we deal with the now. But, I am not perfect. I must admit to playing that game a little bit these days, but given everything that is happening in this world, I imagine that we all are.
Pants. Apparently, Amazon is having a spike in...
As one element of Porter’s response/preparations to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established a new “Acute Respiratory Clinic” (ARC) at the Middlebury Primary Care office on Exchange Street. The providers at that Porter clinic care for pediatric and adult patients with COVID, ear infections, pneumonia, flu, asthma, COPD, and cardiac conditions in what is designed to be a safe setting (individually, outside in tents, with providers garbed in PPE). They perform COVID tests on sick patients and provide triaging for more advanced care.
According to Dr. Deb Huber, one of the...
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center on Tuesday said it will require all visitors to the Middlebury campus to wear cloth masks beginning Wednesday, April 7. It is also instructing employees at the hospital to wear masks — even ones that don’t come into close contact with patients.
With the increased need for such masks, Porter is renewing its call for more donations of masks.
“Porter Medical Center is deeply grateful for our community response to our efforts to meet the needs of our patients and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Porter spokesman Ron Hallman. He noted that over the...
March 25, 2020
Dear Members of our Porter Medical Center Community,
Over the last month, Porter Medical Center’s team of health care professionals has been hard at work to assure our readiness to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our commitment is to continue communicating with you to share the steps we are taking to keep you and our staff safe, in addition to local developments as they occur. You can rely on our website and Facebook page for the most current updates.
Today, however, I wanted to pause and to thank you for the outpouring of support that we have seen...