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NO. R-174. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING THE GRACE COTTAGE HOSPITAL ON 50 YEARS OF MEDICAL SERVICE.

(J.R.H. 134)

Offered by: Representatives Darrow of Newfane, Darrow of Dummerston,

Deen of Westminster and Partridge of Windham.

Whereas, in 1938, Dr. Carlos Otis commenced the practice of medicine in space that he rented from retired school principal Mary Plumb in the former Fletcher homestead in Townshend, and

Whereas, Dr. Otis quickly recognized that the West River communities of Windham County required a more comprehensive health care facility than an individual physician's private practice, and

Whereas, a few years later, Mary Plumb offered to donate the entire Fletcher homestead for conversion into a cottage hospital, and

Whereas, on August 7, 1949, the Grace Cottage Hospital, named in honor of Grace Grout, whose husband Dr. Abel Grout was the facility's primary financial benefactor, opened to the appreciation of hundreds of grateful area residents, and

Whereas, over the decades, adjacent houses were donated to the hospital for use as nursing and community care homes, and

Whereas, in 1993, when threatened with closure by the state for lack of a proper emergency escape path from the second floor, the hospital's many supporters gallantly rallied to its rescue and helped secure the funding for a new $2.5 million wing, and

Whereas, in this era of hospital mergers and consolidations, the uniquely rural and intimate Grace Cottage Hospital continues to meet the emergency and secondary care needs of the surrounding towns, and

Whereas, the legacy of Dr. Carlos Otis, who continued as administrator of the hospital until 1990, and served as the chair of its board until his death in 1994, is perpetuated in the Otis Health Care Center (of which Grace Cottage Hospital is an integral component) and the annual Hospital Fair Day and Grace Cottage Stork Parade that features persons whose life began in the loving surroundings of Grace Cottage Hospital, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Grace Cottage Hospital on its 50th anniversary and extends best wishes to this unique community health care institution for its future prosperity and vitality, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Al LaRochelle, the hospital administrator at Grace Cottage Hospital.