AROUND THE VALLEY
Charlie & Elizabeth Daher donate $250,000 to Lawrence General Hospital
Lawrence General Hospital has received a $250,000 donation by Charlie and Elizabeth Daher of Andover. The donation will help fund construction of a new dedicated treatment unit at Lawrence General Hospital’s emergency center.
The new dedicated treatment unit will help the hospital rapidly evaluate, assess and treat patients with low- to mid-acuity medical complaints while also increasing capacity for the patients with critical care needs such as stroke, heart attack and trauma.
Charlie Daher, who was born at Lawrence General, credits the expert team at Lawrence General Hospital’s emergency center for saving his life when he recently experienced a heart attack. He views the donation as a way to both help his community and support the care team at Lawrence General.
Holy Family Hospital Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety and “Top General Hospital” Designation
Holy Family Hospital was awarded an ‘A’, and the “Top General Hospital” designation for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2020 hospital safety grades. The designation recognizes Holy Family’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
Holy Family is one of only 29 in the nation to be awarded the elite “Top General Hospital” designation. The designation is based on hospital performance in clinical areas including preventing infections, reducing unnecessary C-sections, avoiding medication errors, maternity care, and safe surgery.
MassDevelopment Announces $390,000 In Commonwealth Places Funding to Support Economic Recovery From COVID-19 Through Placemaking
MassDevelopment announced the availability of $390,000 in funding for a new round of the Commonwealth Places program, a statewide initiative that leverages public support for placemaking projects in Massachusetts. Funding through this second special Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places is being made available specifically to assist local economic recovery efforts. Meanwhile, community partners prepare public spaces and commercial districts to serve residents and visitors. Eligible projects will comply with the Commonwealth’s reopening Massachusetts plan, and may include outdoor seating spaces, sidewalk retail venues, partitions to support social distancing, and more.
Nonprofits and other community groups can apply to MassDevelopment for seed grants of between $250 to $7,500 to fund inclusive community engagement, visioning, and local capacity building that will support future placemaking efforts, or implementation grants of up to $50,000 to execute a placemaking project. For implementation grants, up to $10,000 per project may be awarded as an unmatched grant; awards greater than $10,000 must be matched with crowdfunding donations.
Expressions of interest will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 30, 2021, and are available at massdevelopment.com/commonwealthplaces. MassDevelopment will host an informational webinar about the program on January 12, 2021. Those interested can register at massdevelopment.com/cp-webinar.
Natural Wine Shop Opens in Downtown Amesbury
Caitlin Frame and Laura Poladsky have opened Sunny’s, a downtown Amesbury store that offers all-natural wine.
“A natural wine store is a great complement to what Amesbury already has to offer,” says Amesbury Mayor Kassandra Gove. “Laura and Caitlin have made such a great impression on the community, with their personalized recommendations and local delivery. Congratulations to them on opening what I’m sure will be a successful new shop!”
“COVID has certainly changed how businesses operate,” said Phil DeCologero, executive director of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce. “One of the exciting things to see is that this environment has created a whole new breed of entrepreneurs, and Caitlin and Laura embody that new tenacity.”
Home Depot Donates to Methuen Youth Center
On Tuesday, Dec. 22, Home Depot made a $11,000 donation to the Methuen Youth and Community Center, presenting the check to state Sen. Diana DiZoglio.
Over the past year, DiZoglio has made the establishment of a formal youth and community center in the city of Methuen one of her top priorities, culminating in a 159-mile March Across Massachusetts this fall to raise awareness and support for the project. DiZoglio has noted that Methuen is among the few communities in the Merrimack Valley without a center.
The local nonprofit Inspirational Ones, in collaboration with Methuen public schools and the city of Methuen, is initiating the project, creating and implementing a curriculum model to identify and expand learning experiences and career opportunities, with a focus on engaging underserved youth. An essential component of the project is participation by the Youth Advisory Council MY (Methuen Youth) Voice, whose members have been nominated by teachers and school staff and include representatives of that underserved population.
In October, the Methuen school committee voted to approve the former Pleasant Valley School building as the location for the Methuen Youth and Community Center.
City of Lowell Conducts Parking Study
The City of Lowell is using a Housing Choice Grant award from the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED) to conduct a comprehensive parking strategy.
The Lowell Parking Study will review and analyze existing parking conditions including parking inventory, utilization, policies, management, regulations and pricing, and analyze the parking supply and demand compared to existing land uses. The parking study will help ensure that the parking system is consistent with the city’s economic development and transportation planning goals, including the ongoing GoLowell Multimodal Complete Streets plan.
Please take a few minutes to help them identify what has been working and what can be improved by taking the survey, available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Khmer.
Lowell General Leaders Join Gov. Baker on Tour of Alternative Care Site
On Thursday, Dec. 24, Lowell General Hospital (LGH) leaders toured the recommissioned Alternative Care Site at UMass Lowell’s campus recreation center today with Gov. Charlie Baker and members of his administration in advance of the site opening to patients next week.
The Alternative Care Site will have a soft opening for LGH patients the week of Dec. 28 and will be available for regional transfers the week of Jan. 4 if adequate staffing is secured. Candidates can apply at LowellGeneralResponds.com.
The site will initially have capacity for up to 14 patients, and will scale up capacity based on need and availability of staffing. The maximum capacity would be 77 patients.
The LGH Alternative Care Site was first commissioned in late April at the height of the first wave of the pandemic. It was designed to care for recovering COVID patients nearing discharge but was ultimately not needed and taken down a month later. The recommissioned site will also treat recovering patients nearing discharge, but can provide additional services like IV medications.
Lowell General has seen its resources stretched by a significant rise in cases post-Thanksgiving, and as of Thursday had 62 COVID positive patients in its care. Hospital officials are bracing for a new wave of hospitalizations stemming from the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Robert Boley to JDCU Assistant Vice President, Business Services
Boley joined the Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union (JDCU) team in 2016 as a branch manager in Westford, before moving into business services the following year. As a business services advisor, he has played a major role in the development of JDCU’s business banking and contributed to the creation of training resources used to improve the member experience. Boley maintains a commitment to his community by serving on several boards and committees, including Mill City Grows and the Entrepreneurship Center at CTI Loan Committee.
Jessica Gadilauskas to JDCU Assistant Treasurer, Human Resources
Gadilauskas has worked at JDCU for over 10 years, having served in various roles and departments, including retail, financial education, and, most recently, in human resources as the benefits and payroll administrator. In her new role as assistant treasurer, she will take on a broader role in the credit union’s human resources department including, but not limited to, employee relations, compensation planning, and performance management.
Bethany Watson to JDCU Assistant Treasurer, Executive Assistant
Watson has been with JDCU for over 17 years, serving in various roles within marketing and consumer lending before coming to support the executive team in 2019. She provided her expertise to the executive team in various capacities, serving in the pandemic response planning efforts and as a liaison to the board of directors. Within her role as executive assistant, she will continue to assist credit union executives as they focus on meeting strategic goals and initiatives for key projects.
Eric Bullock named JDCU Assistant Treasurer, Branch Manager
Eric Bullock joins the JDCU team as the newest branch manager and will be leading the Westford branch on 196 Littleton Rd. He comes to JDCU with 10 years of banking experience, with his most recent position overseeing daily branch functions with Hanscom Federal Credit Union, where he was an assistant branch manager and loan officer.