New Grace Cottage CEO Settling In

Brattleboro Reformer - May 18, 2018
Vermont Governor Phil Scott &Grace Cottage CEO Doug DiVello

An article by Bob Audette in the May 19-20 Brattleboro Reformer: “Grace Cottage Hospital’s recognition by the National Rural Health Association as one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the country comes as no surprise to its new chief executive officer. ‘Grace Cottage has assembled a team of primary care providers and staff […]

Linder and Sweeney Take Home the Syrup

Brattleboro Reformer - May 17, 2018

On Saturday morning, a cheerful group of friends and neighbors converged on the Townshend Common for the ninth annual Grace Cottage “Spring into Health” 5k walk and run, which is a benefit for the local community hospital sponsored by People’s United Bank. While there were hundreds of “Girls on the Run” across the state concurrently, 98 people ran or walked the Townshend course, and plenty more participated as volunteers and cheering fans. An additional 17 people took part in the event “virtually” from remote locations.

First place male and female finishers Jorgen Sweeney of West Dover and Elkanah Linder of Townshend were rewarded with tins of syrup from Smith Family Maple, and “Most Experienced” participants Norm and Martha LaMoria of Newfane went home with salsa from Drew’s Organics. 

Grace Cottage Hospital Cell Coverage Saved

The Brattleboro Reformer - April 10th, 2018

Greg Sukiennik of the Brattleboro Reformer reports on the quick response of Governor Phil Scott’s office and AT&T in keeping cell phone reception in tact at Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital. Grace Cottage President and CEO Doug DiVello told the Reformer the COW was driven east from Missouri and arrived at the hospital over […]

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

The Brattleboro Reformer - December 4, 2017

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. […]

American Hospital Association Highlights Grace Cottage Transportation Initiatives

American Hospital Association - November 2017

In a report just issued, the American Hospital Association highlights the work Grace Cottage is doing in collaboration with Green Mountain RSVP to address the problem patients face when transportation is a barrier to accessing healthcare. Read the report by clicking this link. See pages 19-21 for the Grace Cottage profile.

Veggie Van Go transporting healthier options

Brattleboro Reformer - October 5, 2017

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. 

Celebrating summer with a pair of fairs

Brattleboro Reformer - August 9, 2017

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.

Departing CEO sees future for small hospitals

Vermont Digger - July 17, 2017

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.

Having fun, doing good

The Brattleboro Reformer - July 11, 2017
Brattleboro Reformer Logo Square

Harmony Birch reports on the 12th annual Tour de Grace Bicycle Rally:

Saturday’s Tour de Grace Bike Rally broke records with 107 participants. Though the skies were overcast, people from at least eight different states – Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Georgia and, of course, Vermont – showed up to support Grace Cottage Hospital. The bike rally has been going on for 12 years. Cyclists paid $25 to $30 to register, with about $6,000 raised this year. All proceeds go to Grace Cottage, a nonprofit hospital in operation since 1949. It is designated as a Critical Access Hospital, a status given to hospitals in rural regions to reduce financial vulnerability.