MIDDLEBURY-Porter Hospital has received a grant of $3,000 from the Walter Cerf Community Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation to support the establishment of the new Partners in Palliative Care practice. The practice is staffed by Drs. Diana Barnard and Will Porter, as well as nurse practitioner Leslie Orelup and began operations this month.
According to Barnard, the new practice represents an innovative and patient-centered approach that focuses on the special needs of homebound patients with serious and chronic illness and their families.
"The work of the new Partners in Palliative and Home Care practice will emphasize quality of life and life-closure issues, managing disease processes so as to minimize suffering, and helping patients and their families adjust to the changes brought on by advanced illnesses. It will promote comfort and support for patients and their families while dealing with the unique challenges of a life-limiting illness" she said. "The overall goal is to allow the patient to live at home with as much space, dignity and personal control as possible."
"We are very grateful to the trustees of the Walter Cerf Community Fund for this very generous grant that will support the start-up expenses for what promises to be a very important new community service", said PMC President, James L. Daily.