Alice Hyde, Champlain Valley Physician’s Hospital Streamline Operations

MALONE/PLATTSBUGH, NY (10/4/2017) ‐ Alice Hyde Medical Center (AHMC) and Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH), both part of the University of Vermont Health Network are creating a blended executive leadership team to support an integrated, high quality health care system that will set a new standard of care in Northern New York.

“In leveraging the strength of The Network, we’re able to share resources and positively impact the quality of care provided to our patients. It is one of the many benefits of being part of The Network,” explained Stephens Mundy, who has served as interim chief executive Officer (CEO) for AHMC since May 3 and now serves as CEO & President for both organizations as part of the new leadership structure.

Reporting to Mundy as well as their respective Boards of Directors will be the chief operating officers (COO) of AHMC and CVPH. A search for a COO at AHMC will begin shortly. The COOs will be part of a team that supports both organizations, eliminating the need to recruit and hire duplicative executives. Members of the team include vice presidents in finance, professional services, medicine, physician practices, population health/information services and development.

“We’re fortunate to have so many qualified health care professionals at Alice Hyde and CVPH. We are tapping into that expertise to support both organizations as we navigate today’s challenging health care environment,” Mundy said. “Ultimately, we will create a truly seamless care experience for patients in both communities.”

Dan Clark, chairman of the Alice Hyde Medical Center Board of Directors said, “As part of the UVM Health Network, we continue to change to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Our board is taking advantage of the resources of The Network, tapping into the expertise of both our existing leadership and that of our network counterparts. Together we are driving change and continuing to provide quality health care to northern New York.”

Both Alice Hyde and CVPH have been benefiting from the effort to share resources. Amy O’Connor (originally from Alice Hyde) is overseeing diagnostic imaging for both organizations and Brad Heller

(originally from CVPH), serves as the administrator for both The Alice Center and the CVPH Skilled Nursing Home. Additionally, the hospitals’ cardiology and oncology teams have been working together to create a more seamless experience for patients in both communities. This plan is a formalization and expansion of that cooperative spirit.

“Collaboration between organizations doing similar work has proven to be an excellent strategy as evidence by successful stories of The United Way of the Adirondacks, the City and Town of Plattsburgh and The North Country Chamber of Commerce with The Development Corporation. Alice Hyde and CVPH working together will become stronger and continue to provide excellent patient care to their respective communities. Exceptional professionals in both organizations will work as a team to provide that care as close to home as possible,” explained Robert Smith, chairman of the CVPH Board of Directors.

The newly formed team has been charged with removing barriers and facilitating the provision of the highest quality patient care by the exceptional teams already in place in Malone and Plattsburgh. The change in organizational structure provides boots‐on‐the‐ground leadership, local autonomy and a direct line of support from the Network.



UVM Health Network - Alice Hyde Medical Center Auxiliary Donates for Patient Beds

Pictured from Left: Daniel Clark, UVMHN-Alice Hyde Medical Center Board Chairman; Sheila Hargrave AHMC Auxiliary President; Mary Kay Smith, Auxiliary Second Vice-President, and Stephens Mundy, UVMHN-AHMC Interim President and CEO.  

Malone, NY – The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center Auxiliary recently presented the UVMHN-AHMC Board of Directors with their 2017 Annual Donation in the amount of $44,500 for the purchase of new hospital beds for the Medical Center’s Medical/Surgical Unit. 

The Auxiliary, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Hospital, contributes significantly to the growth and enhancement of our community Medical Center. Our Auxilians donate their time and talents to organize fundraisers every year for the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment and to support programs and services.  

Mr. Daniel Clark, Board Chairman stated “the AHMC Auxiliary has been a strong supporter of the Medical Center for many, many years, and we are extremely grateful for the dedication, support and generosity of our local Auxilians.  Mr. Stephens Mundy, Interim President and CEO of AHMC noted “The Auxiliary’s commitment to our community Medical Center and the funding they provide year in and year out to support patient care initiatives is deeply appreciated.”


Porter Medical Center Has Joined The UVM Health Network

Get To Know Our Newest Partner with Dr. Fred Kniffin, President of Porter Medical Center


What should we know about Porter Medical Center?

Porter Medical Center is comprised of a 25 BED critical access hospital with all of the services you would expect in a small community hospital (ED, Surgical Services, Birthing Center and ancillary clinical departments), 105-bed skilled nursing facility and a network of provider practices serving the people of Addison County and Brandon, Vermont. Founded in 1925 through a donation of William Henry Porter, UVM Health Network—Porter Medical Center offers a variety of primary and specialty care services to our community, including a new ExpressCare and an Infusion Center at the hospital as well as a Memory Care/Dementia, short-term rehabilitation and long-term nursing home care at our Helen Porter Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 

Tell us more about your service area

Our primary service area is Addison County, Vermont (approximate population of 38,000). We do have one medical practice in the town of Brandon (Rutland County) and also serve many patients who come to our hospital or clinics from Essex County, New York.  As the home of Middlebury College, Porter provides services to both the staff and students of the College, and our hospital and nursing home are actually located on College-owned land (literally on the campus of Middlebury College).

Who was William Henry Porter?                                                                                  

William Henry Porter was born in Middlebury, Vermont and came from a farm family which struggled financially. Through hard work and perseverance, he secured a job in the banking industry and climbed steadily through the ranks, until he became the president of the Chemical National Bank in 1908 and a member of J.P. Morgan and Company.

Despite his change in circumstances, William Porter did not forget the town where he had spent his childhood.  Middlebury, like most rural places in this period, had no local hospital, and Middlebury College worried that it could not provide adequate student health care without one. In 1914, Middlebury College President John Thomas was thinking that the college needed an infirmary to care for sick students.

Thomas floated his infirmary idea to William Porter, now a wealthy member of the College's Board of Trustees. Porter was sympathetic to the plan, but felt it did not go far enough. What about health care for the people of the town of Middlebury and Addison County? 

Mr. Porter agreed to donate the then-substantial sum of $50,000 to build a facility that would serve the dual role of community hospital and College infirmary. The hospital opened in 1925. Porter Medical Center is the quintessential “town and gown” project.

What has the process of joining the Network been like?

The process of affiliation has been like many things in life—the journey has been as meaningful as the destination!  At Porter, we spent a year examining the topic of affiliation and it has been and open, thorough, thoughtful conversation among our board, medical staff, employees and community.  The process concluded in March with a unanimous vote of our members at the annual meeting to support the affiliation. I have been saying for years that we have a “virtual affiliation” with the UVM Medical Center, as half of our patients also receive care at UVMMC, and much of our medical staff (myself included) received some part of our educational training at the University of Vermont.  We are natural partners.  Our role as a community hospital and our geographic proximity to Burlington has created a natural and positive synergy between Porter and the UVM Medical Center for generations; so joining the UVM Health Network has been a very comfortable and positive process for our board, staff and community.  We are excited about the opportunities to strengthen our bond with our academic medical center and to take advantage of the many resources and expertise that will benefit our local patients through this closer connection and shared commitment to serving the people of this region with exceptional healthcare.

What are you most excited about with the affiliation?

At every step along the way as we explored the affiliation with the UVM Health Network, our guiding principle was our Mission: “Improving the health of our community, one person at a time”. As we explored the many possibilities and final elements of the affiliation agreement, it became clearer and clearer that this affiliation was going to strengthen our organization and, therefore, improve our ability to fulfill our mission.  We feel as if we have opened an exciting new chapter in the 90+ year history of our organization; and we are looking forward to leveraging the expertise and resources of the network in ways that will improve the health of our community for generations to come.


UVM Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center Named as 2017 Top Rural & Community Hospital

The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center was recently named one of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the United States by iVantage Health Analytics and The Chartis Center for Rural Health.

“We are incredibly honored to receive this recognition,” said Doug DiVello, President and CEO at UVM Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center. “It is gratifying to know that our dedication to providing the best health care possible to our community is paying off. Our staff strives daily to provide high quality care in both an efficient and effective manner, and this national recognition is validation that we are doing the right thing.”

UVM Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength INDEX®. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural providers.  The Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to the communities across America. The INDEX aggregates hospital-specific data for 50 performance indicator variables across eight pillars of hospital strength: Inpatient Share Ranking, Outpatient Share Ranking, Cost, Charge, Quality, Outcomes, Patient Perspectives, and Financial Stability. They then calculate each hospital’s percentile rankings compared to all Rural Hospitals in the study group. Alice Hyde demonstrated strong performance overall, with particular strength in Inpatient and Outpatient Market Share, Cost, and Charges.

“It is more important than ever that rural hospitals proactively understand and address performance in the areas of cost, quality, outcomes, and patient perspective. iVantage’s INDEX was designed to serve as this industry model,” said Michael Topchik, national leader of the Chartis Center for Rural Health. “Across the spectrum of performance indicators, there are rural providers that are writing the blueprint for success as they transition to value-based healthcare. Our analysis shows that this group of top performers exhibits a focused concern for their community needs.”

The list of the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals and more information about the study can be found at www.iVantageINDEX.com/top-performing-hospitals/.


3D Mammography Now Available at Alice Hyde

The University of Vermont Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center is now offering 3D Mammography thanks to its new Three-Dimensional Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Unit.

Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, or 3D Mammography, is one of the latest technological innovations in women’s healthcare.  It enables images of the whole breast to be taken in slices, helping the doctor see in between the breast tissues to search for possible abnormalities.  The 3D technology helps to see behind normal breast tissue, where cancer could remain hidden in 2D images, and between overlapping breast tissues to see more clearly through the breast. While all patients can benefit from the use of 3D mammography, women with dense breasts will see significant benefits.

Dense breast tissue can hide cancer on two-dimensional mammography, resulting in delayed diagnosis and worse outcomes.  Women with dense breasts often require supplemental screenings, such as ultrasound procedures, or breast MRI procedures.  These additional screenings are not only time consuming and expensive, they also leave the patient with a greater sense of uncertainty and stress throughout the extended process.  3D mammography increases cancer detection across all breast densities. It also reduces false-positive recalls because areas of overlapping normal tissue are easily recognized.

“This is a huge benefit to the women in this community,” said Dr. Mordi Rehany, Radiologist at UVM Health Network – Alice Hyde Medical Center.  “They can now get the latest in mammogram technology without having to travel to another hospital.”  The generous community played an important role in bringing this technology to Alice Hyde, raising nearly $72,000 to aid in the purchase of this new technology. “The outpouring of generosity has been incredible,” said Doug DiVello, President and CEO. “It is evident how much this new technology means to this community.”  If it is time for your mammogram, consult with your physician to schedule your 3D Mammogram at Alice Hyde today.  

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