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SPONSORED CONTENT MIDDLEBURY — The University of Vermont Health Network Porter Medical Center announced a revised Welcoming Policy for visitors this week. “At Porter Medical Center we recognize that family members/support people are valued members of the health care team who play a key role in the healing process. Back in March, in response to the ongoing response to COVID-19 in our community, we made temporary changes to our Welcoming Policy. We are now welcoming visitors in a limited fashion. Some restrictions remain in place to protect the health and well-being of our patients and families...
SPONSORED CONTENT Across our network, we’re welcoming back patients for non-urgent and elective appointments and procedures, including procedures requiring a hospital stay. We’re starting with those that had been postponed by COVID-19. I want you to know that we are taking every possible step to make sure you and your families are safe when you see us again. As part of our commitment to safety and high-quality patient care, we’d like to introduce some of the changes you’ll experience during your next appointment.  
SPONSORED CONTENT 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...

AMANDA SEARS, MA, (left) and Diana Tutelo, NP, are two of the critical staffers at Porter ExpressCare, which is trying to become more easily available to patients while maintaining protections from COVID-19.
SPONSORED CONTENT MIDDLEBURY — UVM/Porter Medical Center today changed some of the procedures for how it is operating its urgent care service as positive milestones are achieved in the battle against COVID-19. The goal is to make care more easily accessible. As part of UVM/Porter Medical Center overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Porter ExpressCare remained available to care for patients with urgent medical needs, operating during their regularly scheduled hours. However, early in the pandemic, ExpressCare changed two important access details in order to minimize exposure risk for...
SPONSORED CONTENT Interim Porter President Tom Thompson wanted to share the letters below to Porter and Helen Porter colleagues with the wider community. During National Nursing Home Week, we honor and acknowledge the incredible work, commitment and compassion of our Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Staff.  They truly are inspiring "Healthcare Heroes" and are caring for our most vulnerable neighbors during this challenging time.  We cannot thank them enough, but we want them to know that they are appreciated and valued by our community and by our organization. Thank you.   During...
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.  
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...
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...
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...

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