NoteWorthy – 5/12/19

Joseph Girard-Meli on May 12th, 2019


Dr. Howard Koh Serves as Keynote Speaker at Annual Healthcare Leadership Summit

On Monday, April 29, a large and attentive audience gathered at the Rogers Center for the Arts at Merrimack College for Lawrence General’s sixth annual Healthcare Leadership Summit. This year’s focus was on the social determinants of health — where people live, work, learn, play, and pray — and the impact they have on vulnerable patient populations. The keynote speaker for the event was Andover resident Dr. Howard Koh, former U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health and Human Services during the Obama administration and current professor of the practice of public health leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School. Additional speakers included Davida Schiff, medical director, MGH Hope Clinic; Vilma Martínez-Dominguez, community development director, City of Lawrence; and Robert Sege, Center for Community-Engaged Medicine, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies.

Featured photo (top of page): Vilma Martínez-Dominguez, community development director, City of Lawrence; Robert Sege, Center for Community-Engaged Medicine, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies; Deborah Wilson, executive vice president, Lawrence General Hospital; Howard Koh, professor of the practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School; Davida Schiff, medical director, MGH Hope Clinic; and Dan Hale, event organizer and chief professional development officer, Lawrence General Hospital.


Governor Charlie Baker, pictured here with (left to right) Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan, former North Andover Town Manager Andrew Maylor and ECCF Board Chair Jon Payson. Photo credit: Tracy Brennan | Tracy B Photos.

ECCF Hosts Annual Celebration Honors Philanthropy in Essex County

In the immediate aftermath of the gas fires and explosions that tore through the communities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover on Sept. 13, 2018, it was trust, said Governor Charlie Baker, that made swift action of the collaborative effort to assist the thousands of residents and businesses affected by the tragedy.

On May 2, Essex County Community Foundation, at its 6th Annual Celebration of Giving, recognized that effort. The event was held at the DoubleTree in Danvers and attended by a record-breaking 575 guests, including some of those affected by the tragedy and many that played a critical role in the relief effort, including nonprofits, first responders, donors and business, community, state and local leaders.

Governor Baker accepted an award on behalf of the 6,887 donors that contributed $12.6 million to the fund, and Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, Andover Town Manager Andrew Flanagan and former North Andover Town Manger Andrew Maylor were also in attendance.


Kate and Pete Kelly, fourth and fifth generation relatives of Anna Jaques, stand in front of an 1810 needlework created by the hospital’s founder.

A Treasured Piece of Anna Jaques History Gifted by Employee

Last month, the Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation received a surprise in the mail — an alphabetic sampler dated 1810, the handiwork of 10-year old Anna Jaques herself. The sampler is characteristic of the basic needlework young women learned as part of their household duties at that time. The 10-inch by 10-inch framed sampler was sent to Anna Jaques by Carolyn Bashaw, 92, formerly of Newbury, Mass. Bashaw worked in medical records and in management positions at Anna Jaques Hospital for 27 years, retiring in December 1988 as an AJH vice president of administration. The sampler was on display in the main hospital lobby this week.


Ready to start cleaning and greening, volunteers gather at Campagnone North Common in Lawrence. Featured in the foreground: Matt Noyes of NBC10, NBC’s GM Michael St. Peter, Comcast’s Paul D’Arcangelo, Groundwork Lawrence’s Heather McMann and Green Team members.

Groundwork Lawrence and Comcast Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership

On Saturday, May 4, more than 700 dedicated community members showed up to be part of the 10th annual Groundwork/Comcast Cares Day. The event began with addresses from Groundwork Lawrence Deputy Director Lesly Melendez and NBC10’s Matt Noyes. On the stage were Lawrence Mayor Dan Rivera, Sen. Barry Finegold, Lawrence City Councilor Jeovanny A. Rodriguez, NBC Boston President and GM Michael St. Peter, Senior VP of Customer Operations for Comcast Northeast Division Paul D’Arcangelo and Groundwork Lawrence Executive Director Heather McMann. Since 2009, Groundwork/Comcast Cares Day has grown from 400 participants building garden beds at the Bashara Boathouse and cleaning parks in Lawrence to more than 7,700 volunteers working at over 225 sites, building 40 raised garden beds, planting over 600 trees and collecting over 220 tons of trash.


Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Searches for Hometown Heroes

For the second consecutive year, Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union is holding its Hometown Hero campaign. The campaign gives community members the opportunity to nominate someone they know, who goes above and beyond in their community, to be named a “Hometown Hero.” The Credit Union will choose four winners from all nominations, and each will receive a $250 cash prize. The Hometown Hero campaign kicked off on April 29, 2019 and nominations will be accepted through May 24th. All community members can visit any branch or the Credit Union’s website,, to fill out the nomination form.


UMass Lowell presented its 2019 University Alumni Awards on Thursday, April 25. Shown at the event are, from left, honorees Janis Raguin ’92, Richard Juknavorian ’98, Paul Bessette ’73 and Lawrence Acquarulo ’81; Chancellor Jacquie Moloney; honorees Thalia Chodat ’16 and Frank Talty ’77; Heather Makrez Allen, executive director of alumni and donor relations; and honoree David Ameen ’84. (Photo credit: Tory Wesnofske for UMass Lowell).

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and Northshore Elder Services Intent to Merge

The boards of directors for Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore Elder Services are announcing their intention to merge the two organizations effective July 1, 2019. Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley will remain the sole entity of the merger agreement. Services to clients in Danvers, Marblehead, Middleton, Peabody and Salem will be continued under the name North Shore Elder Services. Joan Hatem Roy will be the chief executive officer for the combined organization. Paul Lanzikos, current executive director of North Shore Elder Services, will take on an external support role focusing on furthering relationships with public policy makers, the business community and donors. Operations will continue to be provided through current locations in Lawrence and Danvers.

North Shore Elder Services’ board chair Joseph Berardino commented, “This merger brings together two strong, highly regarded aging service organizations that have each been serving older adults and their families in northeastern Massachusetts for more than four decades.” CEO Joan Hatem-Roy stated, “This is an important and exciting action for both agencies as well as for the older adults and their families in the 28 community service area. Our combined strengths and resources will create many opportunities for innovative and expanded services.”


Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union And New England Patriots Alumni Bring Football Clinic to Lowell, Lawrence and Nashua, N.H.

Throughout the month of June, children in the Lowell, Lawrence and Nashua, N.H. area will join New England Patriots Alumni players on the field as Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union sponsors the exciting “Football for You” one-day football clinic. The non-contact clinic is coached by New England Patriots Alumni players and is free of charge to children ages 9-14, of all skill levels.

The information for each camp is as follows:
· Lowell: Saturday, June 1 at Cushing Athletic Complex at the University of Massachusetts Lowell
· Lawrence: Saturday, June 22 at Veterans Memorial Stadium
· Nashua, N.H.: Thursday, June 27 at Stellos Stadium

“We are excited to continue this great partnership with the New England Patriots Alumni Club,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and CEO of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “Football for You is a great opportunity for kids to learn from some of the Patriots’ greatest, and we are thrilled to be able to extend the event to three different communities.”


MassDevelopment Launches Commonwealth Places Campaign for Iluminación Lawrence

MassDevelopment and the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity have launched a new Commonwealth Places campaign with the Lawrence Redevelopment Authority and Groundwork Lawrence for Iluminación Lawrence, a city-wide lighting project that aims to improve public safety and create artistic vibrancy throughout Lawrence.

The organizations will use campaign funds to project signs, photos, and videos on the south wall of the Everett Mills in Warehouse Square; add programmable color-changing LED lights and project community artwork onto the column entrances of the Lawrence Library; and install permanent architectural floodlights at the Lawrence Library, which will provide visibility to a new mural on the library’s south wall.

Once finished, the Everett Mills and Lawrence Library installations will complement lighting currently being installed at Ayer Mill Clock Tower and Casey Bridge, the initial two Iluminación Lawrence project locations.

Learn more and donate to Iluminación Lawrence at



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