Porter takes first steps toward joining UVM Health Network

Middlebury, VT hospital could join network in spring 2017

In October 2016, the Porter Medical Center Board of Directors in Middlebury, VT, and The University of Vermont Health Network Board of Trustees agreed to formally negotiate terms under which Porter Medical Center would join The University of Vermont Health Network. The agreement would allow Porter to opt for continued independence during the negotiation process.

In late December 2016, Porter Medical Center President Fred Kniffin, MD, expressed confidence in the progress made to date. “Both sides see benefit to affiliation; both sides recognize the need to proceed thoughtfully, but both sides want to move the process forward. It is much easier to negotiate when both sides view the outcome as beneficial, rather than a deal that benefits only one party.”

Negotiation could lead to an agreement where Porter Medical Center becomes an affiliate of the UVM Health Network as early as the spring of 2017.

Working together with Porter Medical Center providers, staff and leadership, we have the opportunity, through collaboration, to improve access to health care and specialized services, and contribute positively to the overall health of the Addison County community. ”

John Brumsted, MD, president and CEO, UVM Health Network and CEO, UVM Medical Center