When Grace Cottage Hospital
opened the Messenger Valley
Pharmacy as a service to the
community on July 1, 1996, no one could
have predicted that fifteen years later over
5,000 prescriptions per month would routinely
be filled in this small space on the first floor
of an old house across from Grace Cottage.
With the nearest pharmacies located at least
20 miles in any direction (Brattleboro,
Bellows Falls, Londonderry and Wilmington),
many area patients rely on the convenience
and high level of service provided by the
pharmacists and pharmacy technicians at
Messenger Valley Pharmacy.
The new design by architect Vance Hosford for the Messenger Valley
Pharmacy doesn’t look much different from the original on the exterior,
but the interior will provide much more space for pharmacy customers.
However, no one would argue that
Messenger Valley Pharmacy, made possible
by a gift from his family in honor of Eli
Messenger, outgrew the space years ago.
Therefore, the services and space will be
expanded this fall. In preparation for the
expansion, the barn behind the pharmacy
has been demolished, and a new structure
will be constructed.
This expansion in services is being made
possible by an initial grant provided by the
Fanny Holt Ames and the Edna Louise
Holt Fund; architectural services donated
by Vance Hosford, AIA; and two weeks of
labor donated by 30 ServCorps volunteers
from Hartford, CT, in early October (the
same group that helped to build Grace
Cottage’s Community Wellness Center in
2009). The total project cost is $350,000
and 40% of this amount has already been
raised; to make a donation, call (802)
365-9109 or go to www.gracecottage.org.
Pharmacists Margaret Bourbeau, Greg Dean,
Valerie Hall, Jim Heal, and Joanne Ryan, and
pharmacy technicians Dewey Barry, Kerry
Capponcelli, Pauline Hopkins, Sharon
Redfield, Jeanette Reynolds, and Sue Tweedy
thank you for your support — they’ve all been
tripping over one another to serve patients
at this hometown pharmacy (voted The Best
of Brattleboro in 2010) for many years!