MIDDLEBURY–The new UVM Health Network/Porter Express Care clinic will open in early June, in the Collins Building on the main Porter campus.
“This location offers easy access to a variety of hospital support services including lab and radiology, while providing convenient, high-quality healthcare services to our community, said UVMHN-PMC President Dr. Fred Kniffin. “We have been working diligently for months to design and build a comfortable 5-bed clinic with all of the resources to streamline care for our community, and it is an exciting new service for Porter and our community.”
Dr. Kniffin’s enthusiasm is echoed by Dr. Amanda Young, the medical director for the new clinic. “Porter Express Care” will be open seven days a week, to serve our patients who are unable to be seen in a primary care office for a variety of reasons, those who are visitors to our community, or people who require urgent medical attention but who do not require the level of clinical care associated with a traditional emergency department visit”, she said. “We believe that the introduction of this new service is a true milestone for Porter and the people we serve”.
The clinic will be Open 7-Days a Week from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on weekdays; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Sundays. Patients will be seen on a walk-in basis with no appointments needed. Services will include point of care lab tests and diagnostic tests including radiology exams, as well as common injuries such as sprains, strains and lacerations. “Beyond providing immediate care, all patients will be assisted with referral and follow-up appointments to area primary care and specialty providers,” Young said. “The goal is to wrap our healthcare system around our patients and make easy transitions between acute and chronic care.”
According to Kniffin, the support from our community for this project has been overwhelming.
“We are thankful to our PMC Auxiliary for their commitment of $75,000 to this project, to the Middlebury Lions Club for their pledge of $15,000 and to two anonymous donors who have donated $100,000; as well as to Middlebury College for their assistance and to everyone on our staff who has worked so hard over the past several months to make this project possible,” he said.