NoteWorthy – 12/24/17

Joseph Girard-Meli on December 24th, 2017

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HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders Praises Lawrence General Hospital at Annual Meeting

On Dec. 12, Lawrence General Hospital hosted its Annual Meeting and Dinner to report on and celebrate the many achievements of the past year. This year’s event was held at the Andover Country Club to better accommodate an ever expanding group of friends, supporters and elected officials invested in Lawrence General and its commitment to providing compassionate, high-quality care for the whole family.

Secretary Marylou Sudders of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services provided the keynote address for the event, observing that community hospitals like Lawrence General are a critical part of the Commonwealth’s answer to the challenges presented by our current health care landscape. During her remarks, Secretary Sudders praised Lawrence General for being an “extraordinary gem” in the broader Massachusetts health care system, committed to innovation and providing the highest quality care.

“If you live in Lawrence, Andover and the surrounding communities — unless there is some extraordinarily complicated medical condition that warrants the need to be in an academic medical center — you have a stellar institution right here,” she said.


L-r: Dan Belanger, senior financial analyst; Ruby Curseaden, senior management accountant; Sherry Hamilton, senior staff accountant; Bobby Cody, senior financial analyst; Sara Clarke, administrative assistant; and Kaelagh Haley, financial education specialist.

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Ties a Bow on its Season of Giving

As part of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union’s Season of Giving initiative, the Credit Union held two drives to support Toys for Local Children (TLC) and Lowell Transitional Living Center (LTLC). From Nov. 15 through Dec. 7, Jeanne D’Arc made collection boxes available at each branch location for members and employees to contribute to the drives. Those who donated filled the boxes with hats, gloves, scarves and socks for the clients of LTLC and new unwrapped toys for TLC.  The Credit Union collected hundreds of toys, including games, action figures, dolls, stuffed animals and more, as well as 537 winter gear items.

“We are so thankful for the generosity of our members and employees who give back so willingly to the community,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and chief executive officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “Social responsibility is an integral part of our mission, and we are pleased to help those in need during this holiday season,” he added.


Tuscan Brands to Donate Gifts This Holiday Season to Local Salem Boys & Girls Club

The holidays are in full swing and Tuscan Brands Founder Joe Faro and his team are all about giving back to the community. Over the course of the holiday season, Faro dropped off 500 toys and gift cards to the Lawrence Boys & Girls Clubs, donated $2,500 in gifts to the Crossroads House homeless shelter in Portsmouth, N.H., and handed out out gifts to 250 kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salem.

For several years, Faro has partnered with clubs in Salem, N.H. as well as Massachusetts locations in Lawrence and Woburn and most recently South Boston as he opened his fourth location last month in Boston’s new One Seaport development. As part of Tuscan Brands’ holiday scholarship drive, 10 percent of gift card sales will be donated to fund scholarships at each Boys & Girls Club.

“Tuscan Brands is a passionate supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs and is committed to giving back to help support our children,” Faro said.


Five Holy Family Hospital Physicians Make the List of Boston’s Top Doctors for 2018

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. announced its Top Doctors for 2018 and five physicians on staff at Holy Family Hospital made the list: Cardiac Surgeon Arvind Agnihotri, Maternal and Fetal Medicine Specialist Lucy Bayer-Zwirello, Gynecologic Oncologist David Boruta, Bariatric Surgeon Nicole Pecquex, and Thoracic Surgeon John Wain.

Castle Connolly publishes its regional list of Top Doctors, nominated by their peers, to help consumers find high-quality health care providers. Top Doctors are rated in the top 10 percent of physicians in their medical specialty within their geographic region, and are considered physician leaders. Each year, the organization receives over 150,000 nominations from physicians nominating those they believe to be among the best in their region and throughout the nation.



Sean Goldman, 32, of Derry, N.H., has added director of the Veterans Services office to his responsibilities at Northern Essex Community College. Goldman is a former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, Belgium, Tanzania and China. He splits his time between his position as director and as a mental health clinician to the general student population in Student Life. The son of a career U.S. Marine, Goldman grew up attending schools in five states along the Eastern Seaboard. After graduating from high school in Florida, he briefly attended college before deciding to enlist in the Marines where he worked as an electronic maintenance technician. He served for eight years, working his way up to sergeant. During that time he earned his undergraduate degree from St. Leo University in Florida. After leaving the Marines, Goldman earned his master’s in clinical social work from Boston University and decided to specialize in veterans’ issues. His decision was based on a “culmination of factors,” he said. As a mentor to junior marines, he said, he saw undiagnosed mental health issues and became interested in working with that population.



January 17

UMass Lowell will host Mass Innovation Nights 106 at their Haverhill campus at Harbor Place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Every month, a handful of companies bring new products to the event and the social media community turns out to blog, tweet, post pictures and video, add product mentions to LinkedIn and Facebook statuses, and otherwise help spread the word. Haverhill, Mass. |

January 20

Career Resources Corporation will raise money toward their mission of “empowering local residents with disabilities” during their annual Bocce Ball Bash at the Methuen Sons of Italy starting at 5 p.m. In addition to playing the traditional Italian sport, attendees can enjoy raffles and a buffet. Methuen, Mass. |

January 25

Greater Nashua Public Health and the City of Nashua Office of Emergency Management will hold a free “Until Help Arrives” Training from 6 to 9 p.m. The training covers a number of key areas including how to communicate with 9-1-1 operators, stop life-threatening bleeding, position the injured and more. Nashua, N.H. |

January 27

The American Legion Riders, Chapter 273 will hold their 3rd Annual Veterans Chili Cook Off from 1 to 4 p.m. Anyone who thinks they can cook up a “mean” chili is welcome to join the competition! All proceeds will benefit local veterans’ causes. Burlington, Mass. |

WE = NBPT has announced its first-ever Winter Festival will be held inside the heated tent at the The Tannery Marketplace from 1 to 8 p.m. The event will showcase all things that are created by people from Newburyport. Newburyport, Mass. |


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