NoteWorthy – 12/10/17
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AROUND THE VALLEY
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s Member Service Team Offers ‘A Sharing Hand’ to the Homeless
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s member service center team, along with members from the collections team, recently joined forces to assemble 50 care packages for the clients of the Lowell Transitional Living Center. Each bag was filled with socks, lotion, hats, gloves, hand warmers, thermal blankets, toothbrushes, hot chocolate and more. The Credit Union’s member service center specialist Kiomarie Ocasio came up with the idea earlier this year. This is the second round of donations the team has put together. The group calls this initiative “The Sharing Hand.”
“It’s great to see our employees work together to help our community members in need,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and chief executive officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “Community outreach and social responsibility is such an important part of our organization, and ‘The Sharing Hand’ initiative is a wonderful example of how our employees truly embrace this,” he added.
Greater Haverhill Chamber Holds 1st Annual Dodgeball Tournament
The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce held its 1st annual dodgeball tournament on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Haverhill/Plaistow YMCA to benefit the Y’s Giving Tree.
Players making up 17 teams competed with great enthusiasm, demonstrating teamwork and a high level of competition. Local businesses, nonprofits and civic organizations entered the tournament vying for the coveted tournament trophies and bragging rights. After several intense rounds, Ground Care Landscaping emerged triumphant taking first place with Pentucket Bank and the Rotary Club of Haverhill coming in second and third respectively.
“This was a unique business after hours opportunity,” explained Beverly Donovan, president of the Chamber. “Players came looking to win and compete with their coworkers and friends and make new business connections on and off the court. It was a great evening and our members were generous in their contribution of toys to the Y’s Giving Tree. We look forward to next year!”
Holy Family Hospital Earns Top General Hospital Designation from The Leapfrog Group
Holy Family Hospital has earned the 2017 Leapfrog Group Top General Hospital award, highlighting nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality. The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. This year, of the nearly 1,900 hospitals surveyed, Holy Family is one of just 44 nationwide to earn the prestigious Top General Hospital designation, and is the only hospital in the Merrimack Valley region.
“Holy Family Hospital’s commitment to high quality care and the safety of patients played a major role in the achievement of this highly competitive Top Hospital designation,” says Holy Family Hospital President Craig Jesiolowski. “I could not be more proud of our team, whose hard work, dedication and attention to detail has made the care at Holy Family Hospital the best in the region.”
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center Welcomes Four New Board Members
Greater Lawrence Family Health Center has welcomed four new members to its board of directors.
Joanna de Peña, of Lawrence, Mass., is the founder and executive director of Top Notch Scholars. She received her master’s degree in education from Merrimack College, and has received recognition at the YWCA Tribute to Women and as a member of the El Mundo Boston Latino 30 under 30.
Timothy DiBona, of North Easton, Mass., is the CEO of Doctors’ Management Service. He has over 25 years of experience in health care management. DiBona also serves as secretary of the Medical Group Management Association board of directors and as president of Salus Resource Group.
Charles Manzi, of Haverhill, Mass., is the Marketing Executive at Comfort Home Care. He has worked in the health care industry for more than 25 years. In addition to his newfound position on the GLFHC board, he serves as a member of over 10 community organizations in the Merrimack Valley, including the NECC Foundation, the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and the Exchange Club of Lawrence.
Christopher Vrountas, of Andover, Mass., is president of Vrountas, Ayer & Chandler, P.C. He brings over 15 years of experience to the GLFHC board. Martindale-Hubbell rates Vrountas as “AV Preeminent,” the highest peer review rating for legal professionalism and ethics.
The mission of Greater Lawrence Family Health Center is to improve and maintain the health of individuals and families in the Merrimack Valley by providing a network of high quality, comprehensive health care services and by training health care professionals to respond to the needs of a culturally diverse population. Nearly 60,000 patients depend on GLFHC for their primary health care needs at locations in Lawrence and Methuen.
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