Archive for December, 2011

In the short time since its grand opening on November, 18, the new Medical Imaging Suite at Grace Cottage Hospital has already begun to improve patient care in Townshend, Vermont. And this is only the beginning.

Flinging dirt at the Groundbreaking Ceremony in June, 2011.

“The patients who have used the new space love the privacy of the self-contained suite,” says Director of Diagnostic Imaging Angie Clark. “And if more than one type of imaging is needed, such as ultrasound and CT, it’s easy to move from one room to another within the imaging suite.”

The new suite, a 20′ x 40′ expansion on the back of the Grace Cottage facility near the ER, houses several state-of-the-art devices for diagnosing patient needs including a CT scanner, ultrasound machine, digital X-ray, and bone density machine.

“Keeping up with changes in technology can be very expensive for a small, rural hospital, but it’s absolutely necessary.” Mick Brant, CEO

Thanks to donations and grants from a very generous community of supporters, just over $712,000 has been raised to date in donations and pledges, with under $90,000 left to go to reach our goal.

“This project represents a big step forward in patient care at Grace Cottage,” Brant added. “The newly installed 40-slice CT scanner scans quickly and with less radiation than the old 4-slice machine.”

The new CT room and 40-slice scanner.

So what is a CT-scanner anyway? “CT” stands for Computerized Tomography. Rather than sending a single X-ray through the body, as with ordinary X-rays, CT scanners send several beams simultaneously from different angles. A computer then assembles the images into a three dimensional model that is much more detailed than traditional X-rays.

Being able to offer these new kinds of imaging helps patients at Grace Cottage “get a convenient, rapid and accurate diagnosis, which in some situations is life saving,” says Dr. Robert Backus.

Grace Cottage is very grateful for the ongoing support of its patients and community. We look forward to using this new suite to better serve our patients in the future.

It’s not too late to have your name on the Medical Imaging Suite donor wall – contact Andrea or Mary at Grace Cottage Foundation at (802) 365-9109 if you would like to make a gift.

Exciting news everyone. According to a press release by the Vermont Department of Health, Vermont was again named the healthiest state in the nation as the United Health Foundation released its 2011 edition of America’s Health Rankings™. Here are some highlights from the press release.

Vermont has been among the top five healthiest states for the past eight years, climbing steadily from 20th in 1990 to 12th in 2000, to become first in 2007, 2009 and 2010.

This year, Vermont ranked among the top 10 healthiest states in 15 of 23 public health measures relating to behaviors, community and environment, health policies, clinical care, and health outcomes.

“Public health is what we all do together to assure the conditions in which people can be their healthiest,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD. “Compared to other states, Vermonters are faring well. But not all of us are as healthy as we can be – especially those who are younger, have less education and lower incomes.”

Vermont is notable for its high rates of high school graduation, lower incidence of infectious disease, low violent crime rate, and high use of early prenatal care. Vermont also this year received the first and only ‘A’ on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.

“We can all take pride in Vermont’s standing as the healthiest state,” said Gov. Peter Shumlin. “This is a time to celebrate and learn from our successes to meet the great health challenges ahead.”

View the full state report from the United Health Foundation.

Congratulations fellow Vermonters. If you’re looking for more ways to stay healthy, be sure to check out the upcoming events in our Wellness Calendar.