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CEO Coronavirus Update – January 12, 2021

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The question on almost everyone’s mind right now is “When can I get the COVID-19 vaccine?” Many people have been calling, e-mailing, texting, and even stopping us on the street or in the grocery store to ask this. We understand that your level of frustration may be mounting as days and weeks go by with no update, and we ask for your patience as the state of Vermont continues to develop its plan for the next phase of distribution.

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Grace Cottage PA Elected to National Board

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Grace Cottage Emergency Department Physician Assistant (PA) Joshua Rosenblum has been elected to the national Board of Directors of the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants (SEMPA). Rosenblum is a Senior Fellow of SEMPA. He was elected to the board along with one other PA from a field of six candidates. His term starts in May 2021. As a board member, he hopes to provide a voice for Rural Emergency Medicine PAs.

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Townshend VeggieVanGo Switches Days in 2021

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The “VeggieVanGo” free food event, hosted by Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital and organized by the Vermont Foodbank, will switch to a new schedule in 2021. The Townshend distribution will now take place on the second Wednesday of the month, at the same time, noon to 1 p.m., and the same location, the lower parking lot of Leland & Gray Middle High School. VeggieVanGo dates for the first three months of 2021 are January 13, February 10, and March 10.

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Staying Active for Your Health

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It’s easy to go into hibernation mode during the dark, cold days of winter. We all do it on occasion. But staying active can help us to chase away the winter blues and enjoy what the winter season has to offer! During this holiday season, I’d like to encourage you to make a gift to yourself, by staying active this winter for your health.

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CEO Coronavirus Update – December 14, 2020

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The fact that the first COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States today (at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, and then elsewhere) is excellent news. However, we still have a long way to go before the vast majority of people are vaccinated and the virus is largely defeated, and we must continue to take all of the precautions that we all know so well now, including “masks on faces, six-foot spaces, uncrowded places.”

We’ve been receiving many questions at Grace Cottage, and I want to share the answers that we have, as of now, with all of you. As you know, things change rapidly these days, and we will be keeping you updated.

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VeggieVanGo Free Food Distribution

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Grace Cottage Hospital hosts the Vermont Foodbank’s “VeggieVanGo” free food distribution program in Townshend at least once a month. Upcoming dates are November 30, 2020 and December 17, 2020 from noon to 1pm at the lower parking lot at Leland and Gray High School.
 

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Successful Diabetes Management

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More than 34 million Americans have diabetes, and 88 million more are sliding that direction with prediabetes. The bad news is that these people are at rising risk of hardening of the arteries, heart attacks, stroke, kidney disease and failure, progressive retina (vision) damage, painful nerve deterioration, increased susceptibility to many infections including Covid, and shortened life expectancy. It can become a complicated, expensive, exhausting condition. The good news is that it can be radically controlled, even reversed and sometimes normalized with good attention to self-care such as dietary change and exercise.

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CEO Coronavirus Update – November 17, 2020

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A lot can change, and has, in the six weeks since my last Message to the Community. It had been anticipated that the spread of Covid-19 would accelerate as winter approached and that has certainly been the case. What wasn’t predicted was the rapid rate at which numbers of cases in Vermont would increase – we’d all fervently hoped that our “brave little state” would be able to continue to keep our numbers low with physical distancing and widespread mask wearing.

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Grace Cottage Hosts Flu Shot Clinic and Food Drive

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Grace Cottage Family Health will be offering a flu vaccine clinic on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon. Pre-registration is recommended; please call 802-365-4331. You do not need to be an established patient at Grace Cottage in order to participate. Masks are required, and anyone under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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