NoteWorthy – 7/8/18

Joseph Girard-Meli on July 8th, 2018

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Home Care Alliance Presents Home Health VNA with Prestigious Awards

The Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, a nonprofit trade association of home care agencies, recently presented Home Health VNA with two prestigious Star Awards during their annual meeting held at the Granite Links Golf Club in Quincy.

An Innovation Award was presented to The Complex Care Management team for their groundbreaking work in the care of patients with COPD. Karen Gomes, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation, accepted the award and recognized Karen Watson, director of program development and staff competency and Lauren Crowley, complex care program manager, for their efforts showcasing the agency’s clinical excellence.

The Manager of the Year Award was presented to Liaison Manager Kelley MacDonald. She was recognized for her leadership, strong work ethic and commitment to the care of patients and their families.


NoteWorthy - 7/8/18Lawrence General Hospital Celebrates Ten Years of Percutaneous Coronary Interventions

This July, Lawrence General celebrates ten years of performing Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI). To date, more than 2,000 of these lifesaving interventional procedures have been performed on site.

“Percutaneous Coronary Intervention is a non-surgical procedure that employs a catheter to place a stent in an artery that has been narrowed by plaque buildup,” says Kathy Caredeo, RN, Lawrence General’s director of Cardiovascular Services and Ambulatory Procedures. “It restores blood flow to the heart muscle without open-heart surgery.”

Lawrence General has always been a leader in the community for the high quality of its cardiovascular care. The hospital was the first in Merrimack Valley to adopt the Radial First approach to cardiac catheterization, which uses the patient’s radial artery located in the wrist, rather than the femoral artery in the groin region. This method is not only much safer for the patient, it is also more comfortable.


Northeast Independent Living Program Opens Second Location

The Northeast Independent Living Program (NILP) recently held a ribbon cutting for the opening of its second office, located in dowtown Lowell. Although the organization’s staff does travel to people’s homes, transportation has been and still remains a major barrier for people with disabilities, making it difficult for NILP’s clients to get to their original location in Lawrence. Opening a second office in Lowell will make it easier for people to access much-needed services, and allow the organization to reach out to more people with disabilities in the area who may not know about them.

Approximately 100 people attended the ribbon cutting, including Lowell Mayor William Samaras, who presented NILP CEO June Sauvageau with a proclamation welcoming the nonprofit to the city.


NoteWorthy - 7/8/18Greater Newburyport Chamber Holds Ribbon Cutting for Clipper Family Chiropractic

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting Clipper Family Chiropractic, Newburyport’s newest chiropractic office located in the heart of downtown. The office’s doctor, Newburyport native Sarah McCartney, says she has one simple goal: to use chiropractic practices to allow patients to function at their fullest potential.


Tufts Health Plan Foundation Awards $20,000 to Mill City Grows

Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced a grant of $20,000 to Mill City Grows to expand its effort to make fresh, healthy food available to elder Lowell residents. This is one of 16 new community investments totaling nearly $1.8 million that reflect the Foundation’s commitment to make the region’s cities and towns healthier overall.

More than 75 percent of census tracts in Lowell are food deserts, areas with limited access to affordable and nutritious food. The Tufts Health Plan Foundation grant supports Mill City Grows’ work to make healthy food more accessible through targeted marketing campaigns, new Mobile Market locations, additional promotions and incentives, and a wider range of products requested by older residents.



Former Longtime NECC Employees Honored with Emeritus Title

Four members of Northern Essex Community College’s faculty and staff were recently honored with the title of emeritus during NECC’s 56th annual commencement ceremony in May: Terry Cargan of Haverhill, who taught English at Northern Essex for 30 years, 12 years as an adjunct and 18 years as a full-time faculty member; Bernard “Bill” Zannini of Salem, N.H., who left a very successful 30-year career in corporate research and development to pursue a second career in college teaching; Ann Grandmaison of Nashua, N.H., coordinator of electronic services/research services for the Harold Bentley Library on the Haverhill campus for almost 20 years; and Lynne Nadeau of Salem, N.H., who started at NECC as a writing tutor in 2001, continuing on to become director of tutoring services before she left in 2017.



July 12

Take your family out to Heritage Farm Ice Cream and help one of RUFF Tales Rescue’s dogs find its “forever family” while you’re there at a special Heritage Farm Adoption Event fom 6 to 9 p.m. Lowell, Mass. |

July 14

Nashoba Learning Group will begin its 17th annual Bikeathon at 2 Crowell Farm Road. 25- and 50-mile options are available. Bikers are asked to raise a minimum of $500 in sponsorship. Concord, Mass. |

The Home Sweet Home Bike Run for 50 Legs, a charity that provides prosthetics for amputees, will begin at 10 a.m. A-Brews Tap & Grill and end at Deerhead Sportsman Club in Hooksett, N.H. Dracut, Mass. |

July 16

Over 200 golfers will come together at Andover Country Club in support of Lazarus House at their Drive for Dignity. In addition to golf, attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch, dinner and both live and silent auctions. Andover, Mass. |

July 20

Changes In Latitudes: The Premier Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show will headline Tupelo Music Hall‘s 10th Annual Concert and Silent Auction to benefit the CLM Foundation. Derry, N.H. |

July 21

The MSPCA at Nevins Farm will hold its 6th annual “Tails & Ales” Craft Brew Tasting. In addition to the dozens of brews to sample, attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy music, raffles, root beer floats and fresh fruit. Methuen, Mass. |

July 22

Emmaus Inc. will hold its 30th annual Cycle for Shelter. The event raises critical funds to help the organization provide emergency shelter, affordable housing and support services to the homeless and formerly homeless. Haverhill, Mass. |

The Executive Health & Sports Center will host the Hula Hustle in memory of New Horizons for New Hampshire’s Bill Kelley. This is a Hawaiian themed 5K & 10K with all participants invited to join in a post-race luau. Manchester, N.H. |

July 23

Haverhill Country Club is the place to be for a beautiful day of golf to support the Merrimack Valley YMCA‘s efforts to deliver programs to deserving youth and families in the area. Salem, N.H. |

July 27

The 8th Annual Voices of Hope Boston Barbara Byrd Memorial Golf Classic at Hillview Golf Course includes a 4-person scramble, barbecue lunch, an awards reception and raffle following the golf, plus several exciting challenge holes with super prizes for the winners. Proceeds from the tournament benefit cancer research at MGH Cancer Center. North Reading, Mass. |

July 28

Grab a friend and join the 18th Annual Newburyport Kitchen Tour, featuring sensational kitchens showcasing extraordinary talent, craftsmanship and design. This self-guided driving tour celebrates the rich history of Newburyport, offering tasteful complimentary treats from local eateries while visiting these beautiful homes. Newburyport, Mass.

The All In for a Cure Foundation‘s 4th annual Jason Farley “All In For a Cure” Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at Bradford Country Club. All In For A Cure raises money to benefit melanoma research, education and awareness, as well as patient support. Haverhill, Mass. |

British Cars of New Hampshire will return to the Alvirne Hill House Field for the 21st annual “Show of Dreams” to benefit the High Hopes Foundation of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Food Bank. Hudson,


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