Health Notes


BMH Volunteer Receives Award

The New Hampshire Association of Hospital Auxiliaries recently awarded Brattleboro Memorial Hospital volunteer Russ Stephens the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award.

Stephens began volunteering at BMH in 1993, after retiring as a Vice President from the former Vermont National Bank.

"Over two decades and 10,000 hours of service, Russ has listened to the fears and concerns of thousands of patients and he has become a great advocate for both patients and families. Russ has a huge heart, a kind smile, and an encouraging word for everyone he encounters," noted JoAnne Rogers, BMH Volunteer Coordinator.

BMH President and CEO Steven R. Gordon echoed Rogers' sentiments, "Volunteers like Russ are essential to the life of our community and absolutely critical to the care we provide to our patients. His reassuring, welcoming face is often the first one our patients see when they come through our doors, and he is exceptionally dedicated to our vision of providing the best patient care experience for every patient, every time."


Mount Snow Adaptive Sports appoints program director, assistant director

The Mount Snow Adaptive Sports (MSAS) Board of Directors announced that Tera Adams has been appointed as program director and Yuri Czmola as assistant director for MSAS, beginning Nov. 1.

Adams joins MSAS with a background in adaptive and therapeutic recreation since 2005. She earned her BS and MS degrees from the University of Utah in Parks, Recreation and Tourism, the latter degree with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy. She worked for the National Ability Center in Park City, Steamboat Adaptive Recreational Sports, All Seasons Adventures in Park City and Vail Family Resorts, Park City-Canyons. Adams is PSIA certified in Alpine Level I, Adaptive Level II, and Child Specialist Level II and is AASI certified Snowboard Level II and Adaptive Snowboard Level II. She is also certified as a Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

Czmola joins MSAS having pursued teaching and coaching in the snowsports industry since 2007. He earned a B.S. in Business Management from St Peter's University and has worked as a staff trainer at Hunter Mountain, as the Snowboard School Manager at Bromley Mountain, and at Mount Snow as an Adult Lessons Supervisor, Staff Trainer, and Training Center Competition Coach. He has recently split his time between his responsibilities at Mount Snow and working with students at the Bart J. Ruggiere, Adaptive Sports Center at Bromley. Yuri is certified AASI Level III, Child Specialist Level II and Freestyle Level I. He is also United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) Level 100, a certification for coaches.

Mount Snow Adaptive Sports is a fully independent non-profit that provides life changing opportunities for people with disability to participate in sports and recreation activities alongside family and friends. For more information, contact Tera Adams at 802-464- 4069 or


Free Food at Grace Cottage: Schedule Changes

Grace Cottage Hospital hosts the Vermont Foodbank's "VeggieVanGo" free food distribution each month. Due to the upcoming holidays, the schedule will change for November and December.

For these two months, the distribution will be held on Thursday, Nov. 30, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and on Friday, Dec. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The food is available at the Grace Cottage Hospital Ambulance Garage (185 Grafton Rd./Route 35, Townshend), behind the hospital.

Starting in January, the food distribution will resume its regular schedule, occurring on the fourth Thursday of every month, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., unless otherwise announced.

Fresh food items generally available include potatoes, carrots, squash, kale, yogurt, apples, and more. Participants are asked to take only what they need for their own household use and to bring reusable shopping bags or boxes to carry their items home.

A core function of the Vermont Foodbank is to provide fresh produce, perishable products, and shelf-stable food to 153,000 Vermonters in need through its 225 network partners and through other innovative programs, including VeggieVanGo. Through VeggieVanGo, the Vermont Foodbank provides fresh and healthy foods to people who need food help at schools, healthcare facilities, and affordable housing sites. The purpose of the program is to help people who cannot afford to buy enough fruits and vegetables to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

For more information about VeggieVanGo at Grace Cottage, call 365-9109.


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