Grace Cottage Hospital
We Go Beyond Patient Care
185 Grafton Road
Townshend Vermont 05353-0216
(802) 365-7357 info@gracecottage.org
Grace Cottage Hospital

Community Benefit Report 2011

Health Needs Identified by the Community
Financial Assistance & Charity Care
Collaboration for Community Safety

Grace Cottage Hospital is a not-for-profit hospital with a long tradition of providing benefit to the communities of rural southern Vermont. Grace Cottage continues to respond to community needs with programs that increase access to health care and improve the health of the community. Grace Cottageís community benefit programs are designed to address specific community health needs in meeting its charitable tax-exempt mission of providing excellence in health care and well being, putting people first.

Grace Cottage Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital located in rural, mountainous Townshend, Vermont. The hospital is served by a Board of Trustees consisting of local citizens active in community businesses and organizations. Only one of the eleven trustees, a physician, is a hospital employee. All trustees reside in the hospitalís service area and bring a wealth of community input to the hospitalís strategic planning process.

Although we are Vermontís smallest Critical Access Hospital, Grace Cottage Hospital believes that we all have a responsibility to help others in need regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital makes extensive efforts to educate both patients and staff about our various payment plans and charity care, and employs a resource advocate to help patients locate and procure services for which they may qualify. The hospital houses the local patient transport ambulance service, Rescue, Inc., free of charge, to respond to medical emergencies in the area; and collaborates extensively with local, regional and state disaster preparedness organizations. In 2011, Grace Cottage Hospital responded to the community need for local access to wellness programs through organizing a Community Health Fair, and exercise classes at the Community Wellness Center on the hospitalís grounds. These programs are heavily used by the elderly population for programs designed to prevent falls and broken bones. The objective is to maintain the participantsí independence in their own homes and of decreasing the incidence of institutionalization within this vulnerable population.

Despite its small size, Grace Cottage Hospital is committed to giving back to the community to the greatest extent possible. Area non-profit organizations providing health-related and emergency preparedness-related services to the community are provided with meeting and training space at the hospital. In response to the Community Health Needs Assessment, the hospital has worked collaboratively with local schools and organizations to promote healthy, fun activities and provides opportunities that make the most of staying as healthy as possible. Grace Cottage Hospital applies all surplus funds towards improving its ability to provide quality patient care and being an integral part of assuring the health and well being of the community.

Health Needs Identified by the Community
Health Needs Identified
by the Community
Financial Assistance & Charity Care
Financial Assistance
and Charity Care
Collaboration for Community Safety
Collaboration for
Community Safety

 

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