Health news and notes


Blood drive

The Brattleboro July Blood Donor Day was held at the Eagles Club No. 2445, 54 Chickering Drive, on July 13. A total of 46 pints was donated.

Multiple and one-gallon donors included Nancy Shulman, 18 gallons; Robert C. Bingham, 15 gallons; and Luigi J. Palmeri, six gallons. First-time donors included Alsion Cox, Erin M. O'Keefe and William Poulter.

The August Blood Donor Day was held on Aug. 8. A total of 55 pints was donated.

Multiple and one-gallon donors included Stephen D. Brown, 31 gallons; James C. Corman Jr., 11 gallons; Martin Cohn, 10 gallons; Gretchen Harvey and Daniel E. Smith, both at three gallons; and Dawn Petrovsky, one gallon. First-time donors included Rory Foster and Sarah K. Warner.

The September Blood Donor Day is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12, at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Club from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.


'Being Mortal' community showing

On Sept. 7 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Grace Cottage Hospital and Brattleboro Area Hospice will host a community screening of the documentary "Being Mortal."

After the screening, audience members can participate in a facilitated conversation about the film, including how to identify and communicate one's wishes about end-of- life goals and preferences.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Robert Backus, MD. A panel of local healthcare professionals will join the conversation: Susanne Shapiro, RN, Director of West River Valley Cares Assisted Living; Claire Bemis, RN, Clinical Coordinator, Community Health Team; and Joanna Rueter, MSW, Coordinator, Taking Steps Brattleboro.

The event will take place at the Holt Conference Rm at Grace Cottage at 185 Grafton Rd. This event is free and open to the public.

"Being Mortal" delves into the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness. The film investigates the practice of caring for the dying and explores the relationships between patients and their doctors. It follows a surgeon, Dr. Atul Gawande, as he shares stories from the people and families he encounters. When Gawande's own father gets cancer, his search for answers about how best to care for the dying becomes a personal quest. The film sheds light on how a medical system focused on a cure often leaves out the sensitive conversations that need to happen so a patient's true wishes can be known and honored at the end.

"Being Mortal" underscores the importance of people planning ahead and talking with family members about end-of- life decisions.

Seventy percent of Americans say they would prefer to die at home, but nearly 70 percent die in hospitals and institutions. Ninety percent of Americans know they should have conversations about end-of- life care, yet only 30 percent have done so.

The free screening is made possible by a grant from The John and Wauna Harman Foundation in partnership with the Hospice Foundation of America.

Grace Cottage Hospital is a small, private, 19-bed, community-based hospital known for warm, individualized and professional care and enjoying a well-deserved excellent reputation throughout the region.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Patty Dunn at 802-257- 0775, ext. 102, or


The Compassionate Friends of Brattleboro, a national self-help organization for families that have endured the death of a child, will hold its next monthly meeting on Sunday, Aug. 20 , from 2 to 4 p.m. at the West Village Meetinghouse, 29 South St.

The Compassionate Friends provides highly personal comfort, hope and support to every family experiencing the death of a son or a daughter, a brother or sister, or a grandchild, and helps others better assist the grieving family. Meetings are for all families regardless of race, religious orientation, economic background, or the cause and age of the child at death, from pre-birth up. We welcome all immediate family members including adult siblings.

Meetings are held each month the third Sunday of the month .

The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad and the West River Farmers' Market invite

YOU to learn CPR Saturday, September 9th from 9 AM to 1 PM.

Thousands of people die every year from cardiac arrest. It happens at home, work, the

movies, on buses, trains, planes, and grocery stores . For these people their BEST

CHANCE of survival is a witness starting hands-only CPR. It is easy and quick to learn

hands-only CPR; please come and learn how to save a life!

If you have never been to the West River Farmers' Market, come have breakfast, lunch,

or a latte and a sweet treat from our diverse food vendors. Sample a variety of cheeses,

hot relishes, or jams. See the variety of fall crops grown here in Vermont. Check out

locally-raised fresh organic chicken, beef, lamb, and pork. It is never too early to start

holiday shopping from our outstanding Artisan vendors who round out the market's


Please come learn CPR! It is FREE and OPEN to all who want to learn. The more

people who learn CPR, the more lives will be saved! For information contact


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