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(From our most recent 2015 Annual Report to the Community)

Porter Medical Center 2015 Annual Report
Introduction: Lynn Boggs, MBA, MSN, RN, FACHE, President and CEO

“To improve the health of our community, one person at a time.”
(PMC Mission Statement)

Everything we do as an organization and as individual staff members must be consistent with our Mission, Vision and Values—it is both our fundamental obligation and our greatest opportunity.

As you read this Annual Report to our Community, I hope that you will agree that the vitally important and challenging work now underway at Porter Medical Center is truly guided by these statements, and that you feel, as I do, that we are on a new path to strengthen and improve the essential services Porter has been providing to this community since 1925.

Our board is actively engaged in developing both a Strategic Plan and a Facilities Master Plan, which has started us on a journey of exploration that will take several months and involve our board, providers, senior leadership team members and others—all representing our larger community. Several members of our leadership team are also involved with work at the state level as Vermont moves forward with ambitious and complex plans to introduce a dramatically different payment model for healthcare services within the next 12 months.

As we have seen over the past year, this is a healthcare environment unlike anything we have experienced previously in our country. The amount of change, adaptability, and flexibility that will be required cannot be understated. This has been difficult and complex change—and change is always hard—but it is essential to the long-term health and viability of our organization.

The Porter Medical Center Board of Directors, a dedicated group of community leaders who devote countless hours in support of our Mission to serve the people of this region, clearly recognizes the urgency of charting a strategic course for Porter. This plan must address our current/immediate financial situation, which was termed “fragile” by the Green Mountain Care Board, as well as determining a solid path for strengthening and sustaining our services in this community for the longer term.

Throughout this annual report you will find information on specific accomplishments or ongoing initiatives to strengthen Porter Medical Center and ensure that we are here for you and your family for another generation and beyond.

As we move forward to improve the health of Porter Medical Center through focused financial stewardship, as well as adapting to healthcare reform measures at the state and federal levels, he road ahead will be incredibly challenging and complex, and sometimes difficult to clearly communicate. However, remaining viable and relevant in fulfillment of our Mission to your healthcare needs is extremely important work, and we will do our best to keep you informed.

In conclusion, as we anticipate the changing landscape ahead, we do so with the knowledge that we have many talented and dedicated staff members who care deeply about their work and our Mission to serve our patients and residents. We value and honor their commitment to the important work they do each and every day for our patients and residents. Together, we commit to keeping those patients and residents at the center of our conversations and decisions as we chart the future course of this organization and the delivery of outstanding health care services to the people of this region.

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