NoteWorthy – 6/4/17
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Baker-Polito Administration Awards $11.3 Million to UMass Lowell
Today the Baker-Polito Administration announced awards totaling $11.3 million to UMass Lowell to fund the creation of future technologies that will revolutionize the way fabrics are made and reinvent the textile industry in Lowell.
A $10 million grant will allow UMass Lowell to create a new Fabric Discovery Center, a unique, testing and development facility that will usher in the nation’s first collaborative investment between two Manufacturing Innovation Institutes. The facility will serve Massachusetts and the region to rapidly transform textile product concepts into functional prototypes, serving as an end-to-end innovation ecosystem for researchers and private sector partners as they work towards commercialization of revolutionary technologies.
UMass Lowell will also receive a total of $1.3 million to support three projects with private industry partners, SI2 Technologies in Billerica and Raytheon in Waltham. Funding will allow UMass Lowell to acquire new equipment to develop new materials and polymers that can be used in flexible, hybrid electronics. Combined with over $2 million in federal and industry funds for these projects, these investments will create the foundation for future technological advancements, providing necessary resources to bring technology from research prototype to pilot scale for commercialization with industry partners.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Donates 350 Books to Greater Lowell YMCA
In support of the Greater Lowell YMCA’s mission to curb summer learning loss, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union recently held an organization-wide book collection. In total, Credit Union employees donated 350 books for the YMCA’s summer reading program.
Jeanne D’Arc’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark S. Cochran, and Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Office Michelle Silveira, delivered the books to eager students during the YMCA’s after-school program on June 1.
Local First Responders Earn Awards from Steward Health Care
In celebration of National Emergency Medical Service week, Steward Health Care System hosted the inaugural “EMS Stewards of the Community” Award Ceremony on May 23 at The Tirrell Room in Quincy.
Boston-based Steward, which operates ten hospitals across Massachusetts, including Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and Haverhill, recognized 14 EMS providers. Among them were Christopher Carey from Trinity EMS, and Brian Delahunty from the Salem, N.H. Fire Department, for going “above and beyond” in their interactions with Holy Family Hospital patients.
Christopher Carey has been a paramedic for over 20 years. As a full-time paramedic, field training officer, educator, and CPR instructor for Trinity EMS, Chris consistently blends his outstanding bedside manner with concern for patients and their families, impressive knowledge of current protocols and treatment modalities, and emergency medicine.
Brian Delahunty is known for his compassion and caring, and for going above and beyond for patients and their families. He is consistently engaged during continuing education training, always willing to learn, and has quietly become a mentor and role model for new employees.
Jeanne D’Arc Joins Lowell General Hospital’s TeamWalk For Cancer Care
Nearly 70 friends, family members and employees of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union stepped out to support Lowell General Hospital’s 18th Annual TeamWalk for Cancer Care.
TeamWalk funds help Lowell General Hospital’s Cancer Care Center pay for medication, nutritional supplements, nursing visits and other services that help those in our community living with all types of cancer. Through fundraising efforts and a corporate donation, the Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union team raised more than $13,000 for the event.
So far, Lowell General Hospital’s TeamWalk has raised a record-breaking $920,000, with more donations still pouring in. Lowell General has set a goal to raise $1 million by September 30.