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As part of marking June 2022 as LGBTQ Pride Month, Grace Cottage Hospital, in association with Valley Cares and Frog Meadow, hosted a remembrance, celebration, and commemoration of the legacy of Leon Ingall & Warren Kronemeyer – life partners of 58 years –  which included a presentation Warlé, Yesterday, and Today by their cousin, Andrew Ingall (bio below).

In 2004, Warren Kronemeyer generously donated their home and 9.85 acres on Route 35 in Townshend that he had owned with his lifetime partner of 58 years, Leon Ingall, to Grace Cottage (the couple operated their business, Warlé Antiques, in their beautiful 1810 Federal style red brick home). In 2005, Grace Cottage donated the house and property to Valley Cares for their assisted- and independent living project which, since it opened in 2007, has been providing excellent care and housing for elders in our community. Leon & Warren were with us in spirit the day of the presentation in the form of remembrances, stories and artifacts shared by those in the community who knew and loved them both.

This engaging and inspiring presentation took place on Tuesday, June 28 at 2 pm with a small audience of those who knew Leon & Warren. Owing to COVID-gathering restrictions and space constraints, this was a virtual presentation, open to all via ZOOM.

Frog Meadow’s Community Partnership with Grace Cottage Hospital includes the creation of an Equity Team at GCH that has been working to improve LGBTQ+ awareness and access, as well as training for employees to provide equitable, knowledgeable, sensitive, and welcoming health care for all, free from discrimination. The Equity Team consists of Grace Cottage Physicians, Physician Assistants, Family Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, support staff, and local community members Scott Heller and Dave King of Frog Meadow Farm.

The team at Grace Cottage believes that healthcare which is specifically supportive of and focused on gender and sexuality should be a part of primary care.

Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital is an independent, non-profit healthcare facility located in Townshend, VT, 8 miles from Frog Meadow. Grace Cottage includes a 24/7/365 Emergency Department, a 19-bed Hospital, and a Rural Health Clinic with ten medical practitioners providing primary care, pediatrics, geriatrics, and mental health services to residents, second homeowners, and visitors to the West River Valley and beyond. Founded in 1949, that healthcare which is specifically supportive of and focused on gender and sexuality should be a part of primary care.

Grace Cottage offers the following services to the LGBTQ+ Community:

  • Primary Care
  • Cancer screenings
  • Confidential referrals for gender-affirming surgeries
  • Confidential referrals to endocrinology
  • Contraception
  • Counseling and psychiatric services
  • Hormone therapy
  • PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) for HIV

Only two Vermont hospitals, Grace Cottage and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, earned “Top Performer” status with scores of 95/100 for HRC’s Healthcare Equality Index for 2022.

 

 

Additionally, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation of Washington, DC, has announced that Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital has earned an “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Top Performer” designation, with a score of 95 out of 100 in the Foundation’s Healthcare Equality Index (HEI). A record 906 healthcare facilities actively participated in the 2022 HEI survey, and 251 of those earned “Top Performer” designation. Only two Vermont hospitals, Grace Cottage and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in White River Junction, earned “Top Performer” status with scores of 95/100.

  • Click here for more info about Grace Cottage Hospital’s LGBTQ+ Focused Care programs.
  • Click here (or the image below) for more info about Grace Cottage Hospital’s Equity Team from a recent article in Boston Spirit Magazine.

About the Speaker: Andrew Ingall is the creator of Warlé, Yesterday, and Today, a project that re-envisions his cousins’ mid-century boutique as a pop-up site for discussion, storytelling, and art that inspires action on behalf of LGBTQ+ elders and refugees. Using archival documents, photography, original artifacts, and recreations of objects, Andy has conjured Warlé, a New York Upper East Side boutique and interior decorating business established in 1958 by Leon Ingall and Warren Kronemeyer, Andy’s cousins who were partners both in business and in life for 58 years. Leon was a Jewish refugee and fashion designer who fled Bolshevik Russia, relocated to Weimar Berlin, and emigrated to the U.S. in 1940. Warren was a ghostwriter, journalist, antiques dealer, and operative for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services. Warren and Leon left New York in 1980 and relocated their business to Townshend, Vermont and became beloved citizens of this rural community.

Andy Ingall has been working in arts, culture, and community engagement for over twenty years as a curator, scholar, writer, performer, and producer. He received a B.A. from Columbia College and an M.A. in Performance Studies from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. His collaborators have included cultural workers, artists, scholars, faith leaders, activists, health care professionals, and funeral directors.