As an objective and agnostic party in discussions regarding affiliation versus continued independence, Stroudwater presented hospital leadership and the board with a deeply researched menu of options, all while keeping Porter Medical Center’s dynamic and unique circumstances top of mind.

Stroudwater worked with PMC’s board, leadership and stakeholders to quantify the performance “gap” facing PMC and to develop performance improvement initiatives; after further refinement, the hospital began implementing initiatives they would need to succeed either independently or with a partner.

After extensive due diligence and outreach to PMC stakeholders at multiple levels, Stroudwater invited select potential partners to submit proposals in March 2016. The affiliation with the University of Vermont Health Network was approved unanimously and became effective in April 2017.