Find out why our donors choose to support Grace Cottage Hospital in the stories below.

Because Grace Cottage – The Scheuerman Family

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Scheuerman FamilyIt was 1999, and Bill and Joyce Scheuerman were looking for a place to retire. From New Jersey, they had vacationed in southern Vermont for decades and knew they wanted to retire to this region. But which town? They looked at homes in Putney, Guilford, and Dummerston—all great locations. But Joyce was a nurse, and she placed a high value on access to good health care. When asked why they settled on Townshend, she had an easy answer: “Because it has Grace Cottage.”

Once they moved to Townshend, both became patients of Grace Cottage Family Health. After his wife’s death in 2001, Bill started giving to Grace Cottage; to honor Joyce’s career as a nurse, all of his gifts were given in her memory. Over the years, Bill’s annual gifts to Grace Cottage grew, and he never failed to return his annual giving envelope to Grace Cottage.

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Caring for the Future – The Barbara B. Crawford Endowment Fund

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Bob CrawfordRobert B. Crawford of Grafton established the Barbara B. Crawford Endowment Fund at Grace Cottage Hospital in thanks for the care that Barbara received at Grace Cottage during the last few years of her life.

“The staff, nurses and everyone else were incredibly caring and supportive during this difficult time.  It is hard to imagine not establishing an Endowment Fund, given the wonderful way Barbara was treated,” said Bob Crawford.

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A Stray Fly Ball – Dan & Peg Arguimbau

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“In 1988, our family was on vacation at Townshend Cottages and our children (then 6 and 8) were playing catch when our daughter misjudged a fly-ball and it came down on her eye. We headed to Grace Cottage Hospital (at that time a house), and were immediately greeted by a very nice woman. Dr. Shafer came through a door and basically scooped our little girl up into his arms to comfort her. After he x-rayed her, Dr. Shafer stayed with us until he was sure that all was fine.

Peg and Dan ArguimbauIt was such a calming experience for us and left such an impression that we have continued to support Grace Cottage by leaving a donation every year when we pass through Townshend. The unbelievable thing is, every time after we do that, we receive a wonderful thank you note. For the amount of our donation, bigger hospitals would never even bother. This summer, when we stopped to meet the author of these notes, she took us for a quick visit to Dr. Shafer, in almost the exact same place in the building that we were 27 years ago! We assured Dr. Shafer that, as paperwork seems to take over purpose and passion for the job, his way of caring matters to many, many people over many, many years.

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