Grace Cottage’s Online Auction – Don’t Miss Out!

Wouldn’t a dinner out be lovely? An African Safari?! How about some new artwork for your walls? From 6 a.m. on February 14, ‘til the clock strikes 9:00 p.m. on February 28, you can bid on these items and many more through the Grace Cottage’s annual Cabin Fever Online Auction. (Link to auction site.) An […]


Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital Welcomes New CEO

Douglas DeVillo

The Board of Trustees of Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital has appointed Douglas F. DiVello to the position of chief executive officer, effective February 12, 2018. DiVello is replacing Roger Allbee, who announced his plans last July to retire from this position as soon as a replacement was hired. DiVello was the CEO at […]


WCAX TV Visits Grace Cottage

WCAX Generator Video

On January 8th, Vermont television news station, WCAX Channel 3 ran a feature on Grace Cottage Hospital’s campaign to raise remaining funds necessary for the installation of four emergency generators. Thanks to an excellent job by reporter Taylor Young, and compelling interviews with staffers Andrea Seaton, Scott Hitchcock and Jen Good ale, the goal was reached just three days later.

With just over $17,000 to raise towards the goal of $115,793 when the story aired, generous people from all over the state of Vermont made donations. The largest gift, and one that came in completely unexpectedly, was from the Vermont Lions Charities, the Valley Lions Club, and the Troy (Vermont) & Area Lions Club.


Backus Honored with Vermont EMS Lifetime Achievement Award

On December 4th, the legendary retired Grace Cottage physician Dr. Robert Backus received a prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the Vermont Department of Health for his vast contributions to “the creation, maintenance, and betterment of Emergency Medical Services up and down the West River Valley and beyond.” Chris Mays covered the ceremony at Rescue, Inc. […]


Healthcare Matters – Ep. 5 Preparing for the Holidays

Healthcare Matters - Preparing for the Holidays

Marty Cohn hosts episode five of Grace Cottage Hospital’s Healthcare Matters, discussing ways to be good to your mind, body, and spirit throughout December and into the winter, with guests Deb Brown, Diabetes Educator and Caroline Chase, Behavioral Health Counselor. Both are members of Grace Cottage’s Community Health Team that offers free services to area residents.


“Giving Tuesday” at Grace Cottage Hospital

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day of philanthropy during the season of gratitude. Grace Cottage Hospital asks its friends and neighbors to participate in its Giving Tuesday campaign on November 28th and help fund a highly desirable piece of equipment for its Emergency Department – a noninvasive ventilator. The price of the desired ICU-grade unit is $14,000. Thanks to three jump-starting contributions totaling $7,500, the campaign goal is set at $6,500.

For patients with acute respiratory distress from conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), congestive heart failure (CHF), or pneumonia, the use of a noninvasive ventilation support system can save lives, reduce fear, and improve the quality and rapidity of care.


Fall Prevention Program Offered

It’s true that advancing age increases one’s risk of falling, but falling does not have to be a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know has fallen or had an “almost” fall, then Grace Cottage’s Fall Prevention Program may be beneficial.

The Fall Prevention Program begins with an initial assessment to determine one’s risk factors, the issues that are most likely to lead to a fall. Licensed professionals, including a physical therapist, an occupational therapist and a pharmacist, gather information about any previous falls, any changes in medication, and potential hazards in the home.