News From Grace Cottage

Brattleboro Memorial Hospital & Grace Cottage Hospital

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BRATTLEBORO – Since the spring of 2013, the Boards of Trustees of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital (BMH) and Grace Cottage Hospital (GCH) have engaged in discussions about how the two organizations might collaborate to jointly address the healthcare needs of patients in Windham County. This process included valuable input from patients, the public, and medical staffs of both organizations.

The Boards of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and Grace Cottage Hospital have determined that BMH and GCH will continue to work together, but will remain independent, separate entities.

“Both hospitals share a long and strong relationship and are committed to continuing to work to provide the highest level of patient care, together and individually, in the future,” said Stephan Morse, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Grace Cottage Hospital and Peter Carvell, Chairman of the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.


Grace Cottage Takes Gold for Worksite Wellness

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TOWNSHEND, Vt. — Grace Cottage Hospital Wellness Director Crystal Mansfield was in Burlington on March 27, receiving a Workplace Wellness Initiative Gold Level Award from the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. One of 91 businesses considered for this award, Grace Cottage was recognized for its success in promoting physical fitness and a healthy work-life balance for its employees.

“Vermont employers have come to understand that physically fit workers are more productive and invested in their careers. Business leaders see the benefits of worksite wellness programs to their bottom line,” said Janet Franz, chair of the Governor’s Council.

This is the second year in a row that Grace Cottage has been recognized. Last year, Grace Cottage received a Bronze Level award.

Grace Cottage Hospital Wellness Director Crystal Mansfield receives a Gold Level Workplace Wellness Initiative Award from (left) Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen and (right) Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.

Grace Cottage Hospital Wellness Director Crystal Mansfield receives a Gold Level Workplace Wellness Initiative Award from (left) Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen and (right) Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.

Free Tobacco Cessation Class at Grace Cottage

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NO SMOKINGReady to quit smoking? Grace Cottage Hospital’s “802Quits” tobacco cessation class can help. Free nicotine replacement products are available for any Vermont resident enrolled in this program.

This free class will be held on six Tuesdays, May 6 to June 10, from 5:00-6:30 p.m., in the hospital’s Community Wellness Center, 133 Grafton Rd. (Rte. 35), Townshend.

If you have tried to quit but are still smoking or chewing tobacco, you are particularly encouraged to attend this class. Call (802) 365-3715 to register.

This Spring, ‘Make Your Moment Now’ to be Healthier

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This Spring, ‘Make Your Moment Now’ to be HealthierNational Public Health Week is April 7-13 – Working Every Day for Your Health

BURLINGTON – Guy Esiverne was chosen for the Vermont Department of Health Make My Moment campaign last year after sharing his story about how he lost 53 pounds, from 300 down to 247.

Serving as a spokesperson on TV and online videos increased his drive for physical activity and healthier eating. In recent months, he lost 10 more pounds, put a treadmill in his living room, and routinely wakes up at 5 a.m. to hit the gym.

He noticed that as he improved his fitness, others around him began to change as well. His children now walk on the treadmill, just to be like their father.

The Health Department is encouraging all Vermonters to inspire each other and “Make Spring your Moment.” Longer days and warmer weather create endless opportunities to be physically active.

“All it takes is a moment to change a lifetime,” said Sue Kamp, health systems program administrator. “We invite you to take inspiration this spring from those Vermonters who have shared their stories, and take advantage of the tools we offer for healthier eating and active living at And if you’re so inspired, share your own story to encourage others.”

Change is never easy, but those who commit to new habits see rewards in every aspect of their lives. Esiverne outlines his daily plan that includes eating six small meals throughout the day instead of three big meals. He recently added pushups and planks to his physical training.

“The benefit of living in Vermont,” says Esiverne, who grew up in a city, “is we have so many healthier choices, and a lot of great people here who will encourage and work with you if you want to get fit.”

You can watch Guy talk about the moment he realized he needed to make a change in his life. His inspiring story describes how his weight gain and chronic chest pains led him to step it up for his son and to perform better at work, by eating healthier and making time to exercise:


Grace Cottage Connections Manage Your Health Online 24/7

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Grace Cottage Connections is a secure  online resource that is personalized for you, so that you can stay current with  your healthcare information.
Grace Cottage Connections provides you  with the ability to:

  • Look at test results
  • renew prescriptions
  • view your medical records
  • request provider appointments, and
  • communicate with your physician and physician’s office when it’s convenient for you.

Grace Cottage Connections helps you make the best of time spent with your medical provider by providing you with access to your test results, and helping you get ready for follow-up.

Grace Cottage Connections gives you access to your medical information from anywhere, day or night. Click to download the sign-up form for Grace Cottage Connections.

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Grace Cottage Hospital wins Gold Medal!

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BURLINGTON – Grace Cottage Hospital will be honored with the Worksite Wellness Gold Level Award, presented by the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports and the Vermont Department of Health at the Worksite Wellness Conference on March 27.
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Organ Donor Information

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Become a Donor:

Organ and tissue donation and transplantation provide a second chance at life for thousands of people each year. You have the opportunity to be one of the individuals who make these miracles happen.

By deciding to be a donor, you give the gift of hope … hope for the thousands of individuals awaiting organ transplants and hope for the millions of individuals whose lives could be enhanced through tissue transplants.

Use the link below and then select your state to register as an organ, tissue, and eye donor.

A Letter from Dr. Robert Backus

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A Letter from Dr. Robert BackusA Letter from Dr. Robert BackusOctober 2013

Dear Friend of Grace Cottage

Thank you for your support of the little hospital with the big heart. It is a beacon of light in the night to those who need us.

  • Grace Cottage Hospital is a place to come to for personal medical care, wellness care, and for a variety of modern health care services via our family medical clinics.
  • It is a fully-staffed 24-hour-a-day emergency room tied in by jointlydeveloped protocols that can rapidly stabilize and transfer patients with heart attacks, strokes, respiratory failure, and other serious illness by helicopter or land to higher levels of care, if needed.
  • It is a hospital with a highly skilled Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy/Speech team and trained nurses staffing our Rehabilitation beds for people needing post-operative, post-stroke, post-injury care.
    It is also an Acute Care hospital, caring for people with pneumonia, congestive heart failure, cellulitis, and other illnesses not needing a higher level of care.Grace Cottage’s Hospice Room was the first one in Vermont. In this lovely two-room setting, our wonderful nurses, doctors, and pharmacy team know how to do palliative care well, with full involvement of the patient and the family.

We are the original community hospital funded, supported, and promoted by you. Without your help, this small hospital and community health care system would not have survived in the seemingly chronic turbulence of our national healthcare system.

Bless you all, who contribute so generously to us.


Bob Backus
Rural Family Doctor
A Letter from Dr. Robert Backus