NoteWorthy – 7/14/19

AROUND THE VALLEY

Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Sponsors “Football For YOU” in Lowell, Lawrence and Nashua

Over 100 kids in the Lowell, Lawrence and Nashua areas joined players from the New England Patriots Alumni Club to participate in “Football For YOU” camps. Sponsored for the sixth consecutive year by Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union, “Football For YOU” is a one-day, free football clinic that is open to boys and girls, ages 9 to 14, of all skill levels. Patriots alumni coached the kids in non-contact strength and conditioning exercises. The youth participants ran agility exercises across the field, maneuvering around cones, as they were challenged to ladder jumps and even practiced defensive blocks against pads.

“Football For You has been a wonderful summer event for area youth for the last several years,” said Mark S. Cochran, president and chief executive officer of Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union. “The Patriots Alumni Club and the players that come to coach are always enthusiastic and provide a great day for the participants. The kids truly enjoy the experience.”

Local Families Welcome NYC Children

The Eastern Massachusetts Committee will be welcoming New York City children as they arrive in Topsfield on July 18. Volunteer host families share their summers for one week or more with Fresh Air children, ages seven to 18. A Fresh Air summer means running barefoot in the backyard, riding bikes down country roads, learning to swim, catching fireflies, building sandcastles on the beach, making new friends, and having a lot of fun.  Some children are leaving home for the first time, while others are returning to visit the same host families for consecutive summers.

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Andover Surgical Associates Joins Lawrence General Hospital

Earlier this month, Andover Surgical Associates joined Lawrence General Hospital through its physician practice, Community Medical Associates. This new relationship is part of the hospital’s broader strategy to invest in surgical services, enhance patient accessibility and keep care local.

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Merrimack Valley Hospice Awarded Q2 Lowell Five Employee Charitable Giving Committee Award

Merrimack Valley Hospice was selected by Lowell Five employees to receive the Q2 2019 Employee Charitable Giving Committee Award. Home Health Foundation’s Karen Gomes, President and CEO and Lauren Brousseau, development officer, were presented with the $7,800 cash award by Lowell Five’s President and CEO David Wallace and members of the employee charitable giving committee. In addition to the award, Lowell Five employees collected donations of yarn and children’s craft supplies to support the hospice’s children’s bereavement group and adult bereavement group knitters’ circle.

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Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health President & CEO Joseph A. White to Chair Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association Board of Trustees

Joseph A. White, MBA, FACHEpresident and CEO, Lowell General Hospital and Circle Health, is the 79th Chair of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association (MHA). He succeeds Mark A. Keroack.

The MHA serves as the unified voice for Massachusetts hospitals on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill. Its members include 71 licensed hospitals, many of which are organized within 29 member health systems.

In his inaugural address, White urged attendees to think beyond the walls of their own facilities to connect all the components of the commonwealth’s health system, and to work collaboratively to advance and improve health for everyone in the commonwealth. White will serve a one-year term.

Preliminary Artist Lineup Announced for The Town and the City Festival 

Celebrating the adventurous spirit of Lowell native author Jack Kerouac, the line-up for the Second Annual “The Town and The City Festival,” will bring together more than 50 locally based and national touring acts for performances throughout multiple venues in downtown Lowell. Produced by Porter Productions in association with the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, the festival will take place October 18 and 19, 2019.

Officials Provide Updates on Greater Lawrence’s Post-Explosion Business Recovery Efforts

Nearly ten months after gas explosions devastated sections of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover, a coalition of non-government organizations, nonprofits, local, state and federal officials, and a small business owner, held a press conference to update the public on business recovery efforts in the three communities. Among the updates were data showing that more than 70% of the nearly 900 small, locally owned businesses that were affected by the disaster have returned to pre-crisis operations. The coalition also announced the kickoff of a regional marketing campaign.

Lowell Community Health Center NP Evelyne Delori Receives Statewide Recognition for Outstanding Colorectal Screening Work  

Lowell Community Health Center (Lowell CHC) Nurse Practitioner Evelyne Delori was recognized as a 2019 Outstanding Health Center Employee by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers at its 2019 Annual Awards Gala in June. Awardees were selected from among thousands of eligible community health center employees. Each recipient of this award must consistently demonstrate professional excellence, commitment and quality of care in the delivery of health care to patients.

 

Research Tackles Head Injuries in Youth Football

An athletic training method shown to reduce head injuries in high school football will be rolled out in Hawaii next week through an $800,000 grant to the UMass Lowell researcher who designed the system.

High school football players who practiced tackling and blocking drills without helmets experienced a 26 to 33% decline in head impacts during games when using a training technique created by UMass Lowell Prof. Erik Swartz. His work – supported by the National Football League, Under Armour, General Electric and the NineSigma Head Health Challenge II – has just been published.

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MOVERS & SHAKERS

Covenant Health Names New Board of Directors’ Chair, Vice Chair and Adds Two Members

At its recent meeting, Covenant Health’s board of directors named a new chair, vice chair and added two members. Each has committed to a 3-year term.

John D. Oliverio, Board Chair

Oliverio succeeds Louise Trottier, who has served as board chair since 2016. He currently serves as the treasurer of the United States Province of an International Franciscan Order known as the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters. He retired in 2017 after 16 years of service as the president and chief executive officer of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, a Catholic, nonprofit organization with 14 hospital sites including more than 1,500 staffed beds, more than 17,000 associates, over 500 medical group physicians and a housing ministry with over 4000 units of affordable housing in Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado and Illinois and several other states. Oliverio has served on numerous health care, education and other boards. He holds a master of business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and a bachelor’s degree of business administration from Loyola University. He is also a certified public accountant.

Kenneth E. Arnold, Board Vice Chair

Arnold retired in 2016 from the position of senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Lifespan Corporation. Lifespan is an integrated health care delivery system and the largest employer in Rhode Island. At Lifespan, Arnold had responsibility for legal affairs, risk management and insurance, and served as a special advisor to the board of directors and senior management. Over the course of his tenure, he had executive responsibility for development and managed human resources on an interim basis. In addition, Arnold served as chair of the Mount St. Rita board in Cumberland, R.I. Arnold holds a master’s degree in health systems management and a law degree from Tulane University as well as a Bachelor of Science in healthcare administration from Ithaca College.

Mark W. Anthoine, Sr., Board Member

Anthoine is the president/managing partner of BGA Financial in Lewiston and Portland, Maine. He has spent his entire career in financial services and employee benefits. Anthoine serves as board chair of the St. Mary’s Health System, which includes St. Mary’s Health Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion. He also serves on the board of directors for the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA as well as the Portland Diocesan School Board. Anthoine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

Sister Catherine O’Connor, Board Member

O’Connor is a member of the Congregation of St. Brigid and currently serves as its congregational leader. Prior to this role, she served as vice president for mission and sponsorship at Covenant Health and offered strategic direction on the alignment and integration of mission and values.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS

 

July 19

Annual Concert and Silent Auction at Tupelo Music Hall

The Center for Life Management Foundation will host it’s 11th Annual Concert and Silent Auction at Tupelo Music Hall to raise critical funding for children, adolescents, adults and seniors with direct access to comprehensive emergency, clinical and medical services, case management, substance use treatment, and community based counseling support. Derry, N.H. | DonationMatch.com

July 20

Home Sweet Home Bike Run for 50 Legs

The Home Sweet Home Bike Run for 50 Legs, a charity that provides prosthetics for amputees, will begin at A-Brews Tap & Grill and end at Deerhead Sportsmen’s Club in Hookset, NH. Dracut, Mass. | ABrews.com

July 21

Nashoba Learning Group’s 18th Annual Bikeathon

Nashoba Learning Group’s 18th Annual Bikeathon will be held on Sunday, July 21st. This is a very important fundraising event for Nashoba Learning Group and always a wonderful time for all who participate. Bedford, Mass. | NashobaLearningGroup.org

 

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