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'Giving Tuesday' at Grace Cottage Hospital

After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a worldwide day of philanthropy during the season of gratitude. Grace Cottage Hospital asks its friends and neighbors to participate in its Giving Tuesday campaign on Nov. 28 and help fund a highly desirable piece of equipment for its emergency department — a noninvasive ventilator.

The price of the desired ICU-grade unit is $14,000. Thanks to three jump-starting contributions totaling $7,500, the campaign goal is set at $6,500.

For patients with acute respiratory distress from conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia, the use of a non-invasive ventilation support system can save lives, reduce fear, and improve the quality and rapidity of care.

"NIV will help us provide more aggressive oxygen support to patients in the ED and in the hospital, and allow us to continue their care here at Grace Cottage, rather than having to perform an invasive intubation and send them to an intensive care unit for care," said Grace Cottage Emergency Department Director Kimona Alin.

To make a donation, visit www.gracecottage.org and click on donate, or call 802-365-9109 after 5 p.m. on Nov. 27 or between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Nov. 28.

Checks may be made out to Grace Cottage with Giving Tuesday on the memo line, and sent to PO Box 1, Townshend, Vt. 05353.

Any money raised beyond the campaign goal will be applied to the purchase of a new microscope for the Grace Cottage laboratory.

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