Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital announces three additions to its boards

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Mon, 03/16/2020 - 9:37am -- Denise Sortor

Lucas Farrell, of Townshend, VT, and Dr. Thomas Kalchthaler, of Jamaica, VT, have joined the Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital Board of Trustees.

Farrell and his wife, Louisa, own and operate Big Picture Farm, a hillside goat dairy farm known for its award-winning farmstead caramels and cheeses, sold in stores across the country.

Prior to moving to Townshend in 2010, Farrell taught creative writing at Middlebury College. Farrell earned his BA in Environmental Studies and English from Middlebury College, and his MFA in Poetry from the University of Montana. His poetry book The Many Woods of Grief was awarded the Juniper Prize in Poetry and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2011. His writing has appeared in various national publications.

Dr. Kalchthaler is a graduate of the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai City Hospital Center, Elmhurst Queens, NY, then became the second physician nationwide to train in Geriatric Medicine. He was subsequently inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Physicians.

After retiring from active medical practice that included teaching and patient care, Dr. Kalchthaler and his wife Mary Lynne moved to Jamaica. A lifelong skier and cyclist, Dr. Kalchthaler spends many weekends at Stratton Mountain. 

Tracy J. Sloan, CPA, has joined the Grace Cottage Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. Grace Cottage Foundation was created in 1994 specifically to raise funds for the hospital and family health clinic.

Sloan is a Certified Public Accountant with a tax practice in Brattleboro, working with individuals and small businesses. She resides in Guilford, VT, with her partner, Leslie Olcott.

Born and raised in Fort Pierce, FL, Sloan graduated summa cum laude from Western New England College with a B.S. in Business Administration. She previously worked for Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers) and Vermont National Bank (now People’s United Bank).

Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital includes a 19-bed hospital and ER, a primary care clinic, a full-service lab and radiology department, and both inpatient and outpatient physical, occupational, and speech therapy.  The Messenger Valley Pharmacy, a full retail pharmacy owned by Grace Cottage, is located across the street from the hospital. For more information, go to or call (802) 365-7357.