UVM Health Network

MIDDLEBURY — UVM Health Network, which includes Porter Medical Center in Middlebury, has curtailed some patient services after experiencing a confirmed cyberattack affecting some of its information technology systems last week. Officials said they have implemented well-practiced standby procedures to continue providing safe care, but the attack has caused variable impacts on services at the six hospitals and physicians’ practices in the organization. “Our IT team is working around-the-clock to restore systems as quickly as possible,” UVMHN officials said in a media release. “While we are...
All six hospitals in the UVM Health Network — including Middlebury’s Porter Medical Center — have experienced a major tech outage that has made electronic patient records inaccessible, which has had a direct impact on patient care and appointments. As of Thursday afternoon, officials said Porter Medical Center was maintaining all patient services. Health network officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation said the outage was caused by a malicious cyberattack. There is no timeline for restoring the system, according to Neal Goswami, a spokesperson for the UVM Health Network. UVMHN late...
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...
Doctors’ vacation and retirement benefits are being cut while other workers are being furloughed, as the University of Vermont Health Network cuts costs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.  As of July 1, 900 doctors across the network’s six hospitals will stop accruing vacation time and will no longer receive an employer match for their retirement benefits. Those changes, planned to be in effect for three months, will save the network $7.9 million, through the end of the fiscal year on Sept. 30.  At UVM Medical Center, the largest hospital in the network, 519 people have had their hours...
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...

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...
Even as the University of Vermont Health Network prepares for a surge of COVID-19 patients, some hospital employees will face reduced pay, fewer hours, or layoffs. The staffing changes come as part of an effort to minimize risk to employees, conserve protective gear, and prioritize care for coronavirus patients in the coming weeks, according to Stephen Leffler, president and chief operating officer of UVM Medical Center. In a letter to staff Thursday, hospital officials warned of the deluge they expect to face. As COVID-19 overwhelms health care workers in New York City hospitals, “we will be...

DR. JOHN R. BRUMSTEAD
For nearly two months, teams across the UVM Health Network have been planning for our clinical and operational response to what is now designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and declared a State of Emergency in both Vermont and New York. It is essential that all of us now move with an abundance of caution and take important measures to slow and ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19. From across the globe, and now in the United States, we are seeing examples of how important it is to act responsibly and swiftly, and we must, too. As we focus on the health and safety of our...
VERMONT — UVM Health Network produced this PSA featuring Dr. Tim Lahey. It urges people to stay home while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This is a critical message UVM health network is hoping to share as we try to stop the spread of the virus. 
For nearly two months, teams across the UVM Health Network have been planning for our clinical and operational response to what is now designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and declared a State of Emergency in both Vermont and New York. It is essential that all of us now move with an abundance of caution and take important measures to slow and ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19. From across the globe, and now in the United States, we are seeing examples of how important it is to act responsibly and swiftly, and we must, too. As we focus on the health and safety of our...

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