NoteWorthy – 11/18/18
AROUND THE VALLEY
Oprah Winfrey and UMass Lowell Raise Over $3 Million for Scholarships
After Chancellor Jacquie Moloney announced that UMass Lowell had raised more than $1.5 million for scholarships at the Chancellor’s Speaker Series featuring Oprah Winfrey on Thursday, Nov. 15, Winfrey pledged on stage to match it.
More than 6,000 people listened to the nearly 90-minute conversation between Winfrey and Moloney, which touched on education, gratitude, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” her work with children in South Africa, a 10-day visit with Nelson Mandela, and her commitment to living a life of purpose and service.
Earlier in the day, Winfrey met with more than 200 UMass Lowell students for a master class that provided students with the opportunity to ask her questions. The evening concluded with the introduction of the first six Oprah Winfrey Scholars and the presentation to Winfrey of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree by UMass President Marty Meehan, UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Rob Manning and Chairman of the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs Trustee Imari Paris Jeffries.
“Oprah Winfrey’s visit will provide scholarship support for UMass Lowell for years to come,” Moloney said. “We are so honored to share an evening with one of the most powerful and most positive people on Earth.”
Asked by Moloney why she had decided to spend her night at UMass Lowell, Winfrey pointed to the goal of the Chancellor’s Speaker Series, saying she decided to come when she learned the university would use the event to raise money for scholarships.
Lowell was also on Winfrey’s radar thanks to one of her Oprah’s Book Club recommendations: “House of Sand and Fog” by UMass Lowell English professor and best-selling author Andre Dubus III. Winfrey said Dubus was one of the few authors she featured who wrote her a personal thank you note, something that stuck with her.
NECC’s Student Magazine Receives Award
Parnassus, Northern Essex Community College’s student literary magazine, recently received a 2018 Magazine Pacemaker Award for literary/art from the Associated Collegiate Press, a prestigious national educational nonprofit. This is the second time the magazine has received the honor.
NECC was the smallest college to receive the Pacemaker Award in this category. Parnassus was judged on the quality of the writing and editing, photography, art and graphics, layout and design, and overall concept or theme. Published each spring, the magazine includes student poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction, and photography and artwork.
“This is a tremendous honor for the Parnassus staff,” said faculty adviser Patrick Lochelt, an NECC English professor. “It validates the endless hours of creativity and designing that go into an award-winning publication.” Lochelt has been the adviser for 12 years.
The winning 2018 issue of Parnassus can be viewed in its entirety at ParnassusLitMag.com.
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Distributes Donations from the Steve Jones Legacy Fund
Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union has announced that the 2018 recipients of the Steve Jones Legacy Fund are: A Bed for Every Child (Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless), Greater Lowell Family YMCA, Town of Chelmsford Scholarship Committee, My Father’s House and D’Youville Life & Wellness Community.
The Credit Union established the Steve Jones Legacy Fund through its We Share A Common Thread Foundation in memory of Steve Jones. Jones was a 20-year veteran of the credit union, and was well-known throughout the Greater Lowell community for his tireless commitment to numerous organizations. He passed away unexpectedly in September 2016.
Representatives from each of the recipient organizations joined the Credit Union at the UMass Lowell River Hawks hockey game on Friday, Oct. 26 to honor and remember Steve, who had an extraordinary impact on the local community.
Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Donates $15,000 to Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund
Jaffarian Volvo Toyota has announced a $15,000 donation to Essex County Community Foundation’s Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund to support those impacted by the Sept. 13 gas disaster. Funds donated for this crisis support the work of meeting the continued needs of people in the affected communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover.
“Our customers came through again in partnership to the support our community and those in need,” said Gary Jaffarian, president and CEO of Jaffarian Volvo Toyota. “When crises happen, I’m proud of how the Merrimack Valley responds. Thank you to all of our customers.”
Anna Jaques Hospital Receives Two Awards for Birth Center Efforts
Baby-Friendly USA, a credentialing program for hospitals and part of an international initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), announced that Anna Jaques Hospital has received the prestigious international recognition as a Designated Baby-Friendly birth facility. The initiative recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for families. Anna Jaques is one of only 14 hospitals in Massachusetts to earn the Baby-Friendly designation.
Holy Family Hospital Receives ‘A’ for Patient Safety
Holy Family Hospital was awarded an “A” from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Holy Family Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.
“At Holy Family and across all Steward hospitals, patient safety is our top priority and we pride ourselves on keeping our community healthy, year after year,” said Craig Jesiolowski, president of Holy Family Hospital. “Our score reflects our investment in the latest patient monitoring technology for our emergency rooms, our commitment to daily safety huddles, and our focus on a continuous journey to eliminating every count of patient harm.”
Jardis Donates Space to Amesbury Carriage Museum
Greg Jardis, owner of Amesbury Industrial Supply (AIS), has given the Amesbury Carriage Museum (ACM) space for its first home in the city’s Upper Millyard, right next to AIS. The space, valued at $250,000, provides approximately 2,300 square feet that will be fitted out with areas for a full range of programming, including exhibit galleries, event space, reference and work area for school students, volunteers, visitors and staff.
Lawrence General One of Only Four Hospitals in Nation to Receive New Distinction
The American College of Cardiology (ACC) has awarded Lawrence General Hospital one of its first HeartCARE Center National Distinction of Excellence designations for its demonstrated commitment to providing comprehensive, high-quality cardiovascular care and its ongoing performance reporting. Lawrence General is one of only four hospitals in the country to receive this new designation.
“Lawrence General has always been committed to providing the highest quality cardiovascular care and consistently exceeding national standards for cardiac quality measures,” said Kathy Caredeo, director of cardiovascular services and ambulatory procedures. “This recognition reflects a lot of hard work by our physicians, nurses, techs, and the entire cardiovascular care team.”
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Two Join Element Care PACE Centers in the Merrimack Valley
Element Care has announced that doctors Jennifer Russo and Michael Kramer have joined its Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). Russo and Kramer will be responsible for caring for Element Care’s PACE participants at its PACE Centers in Lowell and Methuen, respectively.
Jennifer Russo received her medical degree from UMass Medical School in Worcester and completed her internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center. Before joining PACE at Element Care, she worked at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates in Peabody where she was named “Top Internal Medicine Physician” in Peabody in 2018 for her high patient satisfaction scores. “It’s a privilege to be a part of the PACE care team that delivers highly coordinated care and that supports Element Care’s mission to help people live as long and as well as they can in their homes and community,” said Russo. “Caring for elderly patients is where I find my joy in medicine and the PACE model allows me to practice medicine the way it should be done by treating the whole patient.”
Michael Kramer received his medical degree and completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago Illinois. He brings over 22 years of experience as a physician to his position at Element Care including running his own practice in Gurnee, Illinois for 10 years and working at the Siouxland PACE program in Iowa. “The multidisciplinary approach to medical care attracted me to PACE,” said Kramer. “To have a group of colleagues close by, skilled in their trade, and readily available as a resource, exemplifies the coordination and continuity of care necessary to provide care to complicated patients.”