Grace Cottage Hospital Receives Top 20 National Award

Grace Cottage Hospital recently received national recognition as a “Top 20 Critical Access Hospital (CAH) for Best Practice – Patient Satisfaction.”

Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Eaton represented Grace Cottage at the awards ceremony Sept. 28 during the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) CAH Conference in Kansas City, Mo.

Grace Cottage was chosen for this exclusive “Top 20” list out of all 1,339 CAH facilities throughout the U.S. It is the only CAH in the Northeast to receive this designation.

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Veggie Van Go transporting healthier options

By Chris Mays cmays@reformer.com
Photo by Kristopher Radder

TOWNSHEND — Morty Fink, of Jamaica, goes to Veggie Van Go every month.

“You never know what’s going to come out of that truck,” he said, standing in line waiting for fresh produce provided at Grace Cottage Hospital via the Vermont Food Bank.

Fink can usually pick up onions, tomatoes and potatoes there.

“Every once in a while, we get yogurt,” he said. “But not all the time.”

He called the offerings “good and wholesome stuff.”

“The stuff you get in the grocery store is questionable,” he said.

Jacki Brown, marketing administrator at Grace Cottage Hospital, said her group started a relationship with the food bank in October 2015. 

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Healthy Aging Conference slated for November

Seniors, do you have questions about aging? Grace Cottage’s Healthy Aging Conference is a great place to get answers. Presented by Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital staff members and other professionals, this conference will help you take charge of your health, your vitality, your financial security, and perhaps even your longevity. The conference will […]

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Healthcare Matters: Ep 3 – Women’s Health Screenings

Marty Cohn hosts episode three of Grace Cottage Hospital’s Healthcare Matters, discussing women’s health screening for breast and cervical cancer, as well as osteoporosis, with guests Dr. Ewa Arnold, a primary care provider at Grace Cottage Family Health and Emma Higley, Diagnostic Imaging Manager at Grace Cottage Hospital.

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Fall Wellness Classes at Grace Cottage

Making time to exercise and participate in healthy activities is vitally important to your health! Benefits may include improved muscle tone, better balance, increased confidence, reduced stress, better sleep, more energy, emotional relief, and a happier YOU! Grace Cottage’s Community Wellness Center offers a variety of opportunities. If you are unsure about what class is […]

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Tomatoes Wanted!

Attention gardeners: how are your tomatoes doing? If you have more tomatoes than you need this year, please consider donating some to the “Ton of Tomatoes” project, which is bringing local, nutritious food to area residents by collecting tomatoes during the growing season, processing and freezing them, and distributing them throughout the year via the […]

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Healthcare Matters: Ep 2 – Back to School

Healthcare Matters: Ep 2 - Back to School

Join Healthcare Matters host Marty Cohn as he kicks of the second episode of Grace Cottage’s monthly show on health-related topics with this ‘Back to School’ edition.

In the first half learn more about how to recognize children with sensory processing challenges and fine motor coordination difficulties and learn what you can do to help with Grace Cottage Pediatric Occupational Therapist Melinda Roy (MSOT).

In the second half join Liz Harrison (CCN), a Health Coach on the Grace Cottage Community Health Team, as she talks about the dos and don’ts of nutrition as kids start the school year up again.

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Celebrating summer with a pair of fairs

Reporter Harmony Birch’s article on the 67th Annual Grace Cotttage Hospital Fair Day

WINDHAM COUNTY — The stormy weather didn’t stop Windham County residents from enjoying two August traditions: Grace Cottage Fair Day and Rockingham Old Home Days. Locals from the Townshend and Rockingham areas marched their brightly colored umbrellas to the respective downtown areas, determined to have fun.

Grace Cottage Fair Day started in 1950, a year after the hospital opened, according to Andrea Seaton, director of Grace Cottage Foundation’s Office of Community Relations. The fair is used every year to raise money for Grace Cottage Hospital’s general operating budget. This year was more critical, however, because the money raised will be used to fund a new heating system to replace one that is old and “beyond repair,” said Jacki Brown, the marketing administrator at Grace Cottage. The best option the hospital could find was $542,000, she said. The money is being raised through donations, grants and the fair.

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Departing CEO sees future for small hospitals

Reporter Mike Faher interviews Grace Cottage CEO Roger Allbee upon Allbee’s announcement of his forthcoming retirement:

In early 2014, Roger Allbee set aside the issue he knew best — agriculture — to become the top administrator of Vermont’s smallest hospital. It has been, he says, “a learning experience.” Last week, as Allbee announced his retirement from Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend, he said he’s become well acquainted with the regulatory and financial problems rural hospitals face. But he’s also convinced there’s still a place for a small, independent hospital that’s focused on community health care.

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