MIDDLEBURY–Porter Medical Center is preparing to open a new “Infusion Center”, a clinical space designed to address the medical needs of hundreds of area patients who currently have to travel outside of Addison County for many types of therapeutic services required to treat a wide-range of diseases.
“Infusion (IV) therapy involves the administration of medication through a needle or a catheter. This therapy is prescribed when a patient’s condition cannot be treated effectively by oral medication,” said PMC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Fred Kniffin.
According to Kniffin, the Infusion Center will offer a variety of outpatient infusion therapies designed to treat conditions ranging from Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, immune deficiencies, infectious diseases, anemia, asthma and more.
“If you need to receive medications via infusion as part of your treatment plan, our clinical team will work with your physician to provide convenient access to care, as well as support your family in what will be a comfortable and relaxing facility. The new Infusion Center will open on November 30 and will be located in the Porter Medical Center Collins building, and is currently being outfitted with new treatment chairs and non-clinical features that will allow patients to listen to music, watch television and visit with family, all while receiving their infusion treatment.
“Our goal is to provide excellent patient care in the most convenient and comfortable setting possible,” Kniffin added. “Moving forward, we will be working closely with our patients and their families to seek their input and ideas to continually improve our service and the overall patient experience.”