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AROUND THE VALLEY
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Managers Graduate From Management Training Program
In an effort to equip managers, supervisors and leaders with the tools and education they need to be successful, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union developed the Making Great Managers Training (MGMT) program. The Credit Union has announced that 38 of its managers and supervisors have completed all requirements of the seven-month program, and earned certificates to recognize their hard work.
The curriculum-based training program began in March and included three full-day training sessions, taught by members of the Employee Development team, as well as the assistant vice president of human resources. The training consisted of six core courses: HR Laws & Policies; Interviewing Skills; Coaching & Communication; Performance Management; Rewards & Recognition; and Project Management.
Each core training class also included lunch and learn sessions, which incorporated Ted Talks and other material, followed by peer-to-peer discussions on leadership development and overcoming certain management challenges.
Lawrence General Hospital Earns “A” in Patient Safety
The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, has released new “Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades.” Lawrence General was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. This rating caps a trend of improvement over several years and reflects a hospital-wide focus on improving the patient experience and overall quality and safety of the care delivered. This impressive recognition wouldn’t have been possible without the expertise and dedication of the hospital’s talented staff.
The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. It uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to grade more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent, and freely accessible to the public.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Gynecologic oncologist David Boruta has been added to the medical staff at Holy Family Hospital and Steward Medical Group. Boruta, formerly at Massachusetts General Hospital, is now chief of gynecologic oncology for Steward Health Care System. Based at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center within St. Margaret’s Center for Women and Infants, he brings his expertise and skills to patients throughout the Massachusetts Steward health care system, including Holy Family Hospital. Boruta earned his medical degree at University of Michigan medical school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and then continued fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Randi Leeman, Element Care’s director of social services, was honored with the prestigious Marie-Louise Ansak Award at the 2017 National PACE Association Conference in Boston. Named after the founder of the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), this award recognizes the ingenuity, hard work and sacrifice of a PACE or pre-PACE employee who has worked to improve the quality of life for one or more frail older adults. In her over 16 years with PACE, Leeman has worked as a clinical social worker, PACE Center manager in addition to her current role. In July of 2015, she assisted in the successful opening of Element Care’s state-of-the-art, multi-level PACE Adult Day Health Center in Lowell. She has been described by colleagues as someone who rolls up her sleeves, dives right into the clinical trenches, and who continually provides expert advice and high quality care to the most vulnerable populations.
Tattersall Farm invites the public to take a guided Nature Walk along the property from 2 to 4 p.m. Naturalist Boot Boutwell will lead the walk, focusing on winter weeds, hardy wildflowers, deciduous shrubs and the history of the area. Haverhill, Mass. | TattersallFarm.org
The Greater Lowell Family YMCA will be hosting its 4th Annual Fundraising Dinner at Four Oaks Country Club. This year, the dinner will be themed as a tailgate party with lots of fun and activities. Proceeds will benefit the organization’s scholarship fund, which provides program scholarships to children and families of Greater Lowell for programs such as summer camp, preschool, youth sports and health and wellness programming. Dracut, Mass. | GreaterLowellYMCA.org
The Fifth Annual Distiller’s Showcase to benefit Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown. Once again, the event will bring together hundreds of top spirit brands and local eats from around the state. Manchester, N.H. | DistillersShowcase.com
The Upper Room will hold the 16th annual Family Matters Auction at Birch Wood Vineyards from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. This year, the theme is “An Evening on Broadway.” Derry, N.H. | URTeachers.org
The Newburyport Education Foundation will hold its annual Lighthouse Auction at Nicholson Hall. Event participants can take a taste of local eats contributed by some of the city’s finest establishments, bid on donated items and mingle with others. Proceeds benefit the organization’s current campaigns to improve education initiatives and facilities throughout the Newburyport school district. Newburyport, Mass. | NewburyportEF.org
The Protection of Animals in Wakefield Society (PAWS) will hold its first-ever PAWS on the TRAIL 4K Fun Run/Walk through the Reading Town Forest. All proceeds of this event will be used to ensure PAWS can cover the medical expenses and extra-care needs of its homeless animals. Reading, Mass. | PAWSWakefield.RescueGroups.org
The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts will hold its Annual Celebration & Meeting from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the organization’s Fina House. During the meeting, attendees will watch presentations by a number the organization’s supporters, speak to the executive director, board members and staff, and enjoy some light breakfast fare. Lawrence, Mass. | YWCANEMA.org
Groundwork Lawrence will be holding the 2017 iteration of its annual Glow Gala and Annual Fundraiser. Proceeds from the event directly support the organization’s environmental and open space programs, youth education and employment initiatives, food access programs and community events. Lawrence, Mass. | GroundworkLawrence.org
Angel Flight Northeast will be holding its 20th Annual Evening of Angels Gala at the Seaport Hotel Boston at 5:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit the organiation’s mission to provide free air transportation for patients whose financial resources would not otherwise enable them to receive treatment or diagnosis. Boston, Mass. | AngelFlightNE.org
Lazarus House Ministries will hold its annual Sharing Our Bounty event at Andover Country Club. In addition to raising funds for the organization’s mission to serve the poor, underserved and homeless, the evening also provides plenty of entertainment — from silent auction packages and a cocktail reception to dinner and a dynamic live action. Andover, Mass. | LazarusHouse.org
The Stand For Good Casino Night Fundraiser will take place at the Andover Town House from 6 to 10 p.m. All proceeds will benefit The Stand For Good Fund, Kids 4 Peace and BAGLY (Boston Alliance of Gay Lesbian Bisexual & Transgender Youth). Andover, Mass. | StandForGood.org
Merrimack Valley Time Exchange will hold its Fall Community Swap at the Pollard Library from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bring stuff you don’t need anymore and take stuff you can use — this is a great excuse to clear out your closet, or take home something fun! Lowell, Mass. | Facebook.com/MerrimackValleyTimeExchange
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