Palliative Care at Porter Medical Center, Middlebury, VT
Under the leadership of Dr. Diana Barnard, the Palliative Care Team at Porter Medical Center offers a comprehensive approach to patient care, incorporating clinical excellence and specialized treatments with the compassion that comes through personalized care.
Our Palliative Care Team is staffed by providers who are specially trained to support the physical and psychological needs of patients and families facing the complex challenges of life-threatening or chronic illness.
The Role of Palliative Medicine
The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) defines it as “specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness – whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.”
At Porter Medical Center, we help keep patients as comfortable and active as possible by aggressively treating pain and symptoms. Our goal is to help our patients remain independent and live fully. We work with our patients throughout their hospital stay.
Our consultants also support patients and families as they navigate the medical system, helping with difficult decisions about care and treatments; providing answers and emotional support; and identifying services to support them after they leave the hospital.
Comprehensive and Collaborative Palliative Medicine
The Palliative Care Team works collaboratively with social workers, case managers, and the pastoral care program, as well as community health agencies throughout Vermont and our region.
Facing the challenges of life-threatening or chronic illness, patients and their families can benefit from the sensitive, thoughtful care that our Palliative Care program provides.
Locations for Palliative Care
- Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing is an attractive, secure residence where loved ones are assured of skilled nursing care and assistance with daily living and where privacy is honored and individuality respected.
- Respite & Hospice Care Services
- Addison County Respite Care Hospice (ARCH) for End-of-Life Care located at Helen Porter. There are two rooms in the main area and one in the memory care unit. These rooms wil be renovated in the summer of 2018.
- Arch Estuary Suite. Estuary is a palliative care suite inside the main hospital building that dispenses comfort care to dying patients and some basic amenities to their loved ones. The suite is a collaboration between Porter and Addison Respite Care Home Ltd.
Major Renovation Project Launched at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing
After many months of planning, fund-raising and anticipation, a major renovation project was launched this week at Helen Porter Rehabilitation and Nursing. This $900,000 project will result in a state-of-the-art post-acute unit for residents recovering from surgery or other conditions requiring short-term rehabilitation, and a new end-of-life suite offering a comfortable and family-centered environment for residents and their loved ones which, for the ARCH organization, represents the realization of their founding mission.
“These two distinct but equally important initiatives have been combined into one major renovation project thanks to the outstanding financial support of our general community, the Porter Medical Center Auxiliary and the Addison Respite Care Home (ARCH) organization,” said UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center Dr. Fred Kniffin. “Helen Porter is an invaluable part of Porter’s ability to provide a full spectrum of comprehensive health care services to the people of our community, and this investment of almost a million dollars to create outstanding new resident care facilities is essential to supporting that key strategic goal,” he added.
Working closely with the ARCH board of directors, Porter raised more than $350,000 of the overall cost of the project from local citizens, with a major boost from the Porter Medical Center Auxiliary which capped off the campaign with a two-year commitment of $150,000 as well as a significant contribution from ARCH. “Our community and our partners at ARCH stepped up last fall in a major way, as they recognized the importance of taking Helen Porter to the next level in terms of both palliative and end-of-life facilities and a modern rehabilitation unit designed to help folks to recover and achieve the highest level of independence possible and return to their community setting.”
The renovation project is slated to run for approximately five months, and Porter is planning a community celebration and open house in September.