TOWNSHEND — Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital has received a grant from the Thomas Thompson Trust in response to its appeal for COVID-related assistance.
Like many other hospitals in the nation, Grace Cottage said it experienced a dramatic decrease in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as people canceled or postponed healthcare services in response to Vermont Gov. Phil Scott's stay-at-home instructions. This, along with increased expenses in order to be prepared to respond to community needs, led to a huge financial gap.
Grace Cottage has appealed to individuals and charitable organizations for help to maintain basic services. The Thomas Thompson Trust's $10,000 grant was in response to this appeal.
The Thomas Thompson Trust is one of the oldest charitable foundations in the United States. It limits its distribution of funds to organizations located in Windham County, Vermont, or Dutchess County, New York. The Trust makes grants to charitable organizations whose work and purposes promote health, education, or the general social or civic betterment in the stated geographical areas. For the foreseeable future, special consideration is being given to nonprofits working on the front lines to meet the basic needs of those most impacted by COVID-19.
Grace Cottage is still seeking gifts for support of its basic operations. In addition, Grace Cottage is raising funds for equipment upgrades, including its current campaign to replace its inpatient hospital beds, with newer beds that have features that improve safety and comfort for patients and are easier for caregivers to adjust and move.
Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital serves approximately 7,500 patients annually, mainly from towns throughout Windham County. Among its services, it offers primary care, inpatient hospitalization, physical and occupational rehabilitation, and 24-7-365 emergency medical services.