Archive for September, 2011

Some exciting news just came in on the press wire. We are proud to announce we were voted one of the Top 100 Hospitals in the U.S. by This was an unexpected honor and it’s a great testament to our doctors, medical staff and hospital employees who are always working to provide patient care, second to none.

Here’s the full press release:

Townshend VT – Grace Cottage Hospital has been named one of the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals for Patient Experience by WomenCertified®, based on female patient satisfaction. WomenCertified is an organization committed to helping women identify hospitals that value the patient experience and value the needs of female patients.

Hospitals do not apply for this award, but are selected for this prestigious annual list based on a scoring process that incorporates Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores along with an additional level of analysis that weighs criteria identified as the most important to women.

Grace Cottage Hospital and Fletcher Allen Health Care were the two Vermont hospitals recognized because of their high patient satisfaction scores. “Everyone who works here at Grace Cottage goes beyond patient care,” said Grace Cottage CEO Mick Brant, “and we
are pleased that patients recognize this when they fill out their patient satisfaction surveys.
It’s an honor to be recognized in this way, and also to be a Women’s Choice Award

“Women make or influence more than 85% of all healthcare decisions for themselves
and their families,” said Delia Passi, CEO and founder of WomenCertified® and former
publisher of Working Mother and Working Women magazines. “Recognizing the
top hospitals nationwide that are women-friendly and align with women’s identified
preferences is important to our mission at WomenCertified, where we are women helping
women make smart choices.” For more information, visit

Thanks to all of our patients for continuing to spread the word about Grace Cottage Hospital and their positive experiences here. We’re elated to have you as part of the Grace Cottage family.

Raffling prizes at the Annual Poker Walk.

Every October, the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) celebrates National Physical Therapy Month to recognize the important roles that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants play in helping people maintain, improve and restore the mobility necessary to stay fit, active and independent while enjoying the things they like to do as they age.

Here at Grace Cottage, we encourage everyone to get out and exercise for their health and to enjoy the natural beauty we are blessed with here in Vermont. As part of this national celebration Grace Cottage Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department holds an Annual Poker Walk as a way to promote healthy activity, engage the community and have some fun.

This year, the 13th Annual Poker Walk will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

The course

This two-mile walk/run begins at the Grace Cottage Hospital Wolff Building, where outpatient rehabilitation is located. The course goes north for one mile on Grafton Road (Route 35), then back again to the Wolff Building. It’s a relatively flat and paved route to accommodate walkers of all ages and abilities.

The game

Playing cards are dealt to walkers at different points along the route. At the end of the route each participant’s hand is recorded.  Walkers may do the course as often as they wish, collecting a different poker hand each time and increasing their chances of winning.

The best hand gets two nights here.

The prize

Well, everyone’s a winner of course, but the participant with the best poker hand at the end of the day takes home the grand prize — a romantic weekend getaway for two at the Snow Goose Inn in West Dover.

There are also several door prizes donated  by local businesses including bed and breakfasts, auto repair shops, restaurants, artists, markets, gift shops and more that will be raffled off.

The Annual Poker Walk is held rain or shine and it’s free and open to the public. Participants may start at the Wolff Building anytime between 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Advance registration is not required.

Hundreds of walkers have attended over the years, so put on your walking shoes, practice your poker face and come out and join the fun. Good luck.

For more information contact Grace Cottage Hospital at 365-3649.