Care Dimensions HomeMD expands service area in Merrimack Valley

DANVERS — Care Dimensions HomeMD program, which provides personalized, in-home primary care service for patients 65 years and older who have trouble leaving their homes, has doubled its service area to cover 45 communities north of Boston. New patients are being accepted to the practice and seen at home by a physician or nurse practitioner for all primary care needs. HomeMD is part of Care Dimensions’ continuum of home care services, but patients do not have to be on its palliative care or hospice services.

“Now, during the response to COVID-19, there is even greater demand for additional safe, easy access to primary care services for patients who are medically fragile. It’s so much easier for our clinicians to come to the patient’s home versus exposing them to the increased risks of leaving home,” says Patricia Ahern, Care Dimensions’ president and CEO.

Care Dimensions HomeMD is particularly appropriate for patients who may be physically fragile, have trouble leaving their homes due to physical issues or memory loss, or for those who are managing complex chronic conditions such as diabetes, COPD, stroke or heart failure. Clinicians follow all COVID-19 safety precautions and use appropriate personal protective equipment. Led by long-time North Shore physician Mark Messenger, MD, and nurse practitioners Kristin Chouinard, NP, and Patricia McCarthy, NP, the team has extensive experience caring for the healthcare needs of a rapidly growing elder population.

The HomeMD service area now includes Andover, Boxford, Georgetown, Groveland, Haverhill, Lawrence, Methuen, Newburyport, North Andover, Rowley and West Newbury in the Merrimack Valley.

Care Dimensions is the largest hospice and palliative care provider to adults and children in Massachusetts. As a nonprofit, community-based leader in advanced illness care, Care Dimensions provides comprehensive hospice, palliative care, grief support in more than 95 communities in Eastern Massachusetts.

To learn more about HomeMD, visit CareDimensions.org/HomeMD or call 888-281-0011.

Nominations sought for Veterans Day awards

HAVERHILL — The Rotary Club of Haverhill is seeking nominations for its annual Veterans Day awards, which will be presented during a virtual celebration on Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. on HC Media.

The club is seeking nominees from the greater Haverhill area. Nominees must have served or be currently serving in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. A nominee must be an active volunteer or an ongoing volunteer with a demonstrated history of volunteerism.

Nomination forms are available at Pentucket Bank, Haverhill Bank, the Veterans Service office at the Citizens Center and at the public library.

Completed forms must be returned to the Rotary Club no later than Oct. 2 by emailing them to Megan Shea at msheama@verizon.net or send to the Rotary Club of Haverhill, PO Box 808, Haverhill, MA 01831.

Over the years proceeds from this event are distributed to charitable causes that support veterans and community interests.

Cedar’s Foods partners with Breast Cancer Research Foundation

HAVERHILL— Cedar’s Foods, a Ward Hill-based company with national distribution of Hommus and Mediterranean products, has partnered with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation by donating $50,000 this year.

Selecting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation as Cedar’s Foods’ “Cedar’s with Heart” first partnership was a quick decision for the brand.

“We recognize many of our consumers have been indirectly or directly affected by breast cancer, but what truly hit home for us is we have current employees who are living with breast cancer, employees whose family members are living with breast cancer, employees who have successfully completed treatment and employees that we have lost to breast cancer,” said Nick Scangas, COO of Cedar’s Foods.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is the highest-rated breast cancer organization in the country and its investigators have been deeply involved in every major breakthrough in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.

“By partnering with BCRF, the largest private funder of breast cancer research, Cedar’s is making a direct and tangible impact,” said Myra Biblowit, BCRF president and CEO.

For the months of September and October, all flavors of Cedar’s 8- and 16-ounce hommus will have BCRF’s pink ribbon seal on the package. Consumers can look for the pink ribbon and choose green to support Cedar’s efforts in raising awareness for breast cancer research.

Lawrence youth organization receives grant

LAWRENCE — The nonprofit Si Se Puede Inc. has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

The Lawrence-based Si Se Puede provides after-school programs and during-school work-study programs for at-risk youth in Lawrence who live in the Merrimack Courts Housing Project and surrounding lower Tower Hill neighborhood.

The program, which is based at Merrimack Courts, a housing project at 68 Melvin St. and is funded by sponsors, serves about 50 children in grades one through 12.

Si Se Puede’s new executive director, Clarissa Osorez, says the grant will help with the purchase of electronic equipment such as Chrome Books, thumb drives and cameras for video conferencing when using personal computers.

Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO and Dollar General Literacy Foundation board member, said that this year, many teachers, libraries and literacy organizations are facing new challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Despite the unprecedented obstacles, we admire the tremendous efforts and commitments from educators as they work to provide students with the tools they need to develop their literacy skills,” he said. “We hope these funds will help support their plans to advance learning and deliver quality instruction in our hometown communities.”

A list of Massachusetts grant recipients is available online at dgliteracy.org.

Haverhill attorneys recognized as Best Lawyers in America

HAVERHILL — Three lawyers from the firm of Haverhill law firm of Kazarosian Costello LLP have been recognized in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Marsha V. Kazarosian earned rankings in the practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Civil Rights Law, and Employment Law – Individuals. Walter A. Costello Jr., was selected for recognition in the area of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Marc Moccia was selected for recognition in two practice areas: Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Family Law. All three have received the Best Lawyers honor in years past.

Kazarosian has been practicing law for more than 30 years and is a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Costello has been practicing law for more than 40 years. Both Kazarosian and Costello are past presidents of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Moccia has been practicing since 2011. He is a past president of the Haverhill Bar Association and currently serves on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Lawyer Well-Being.

Worden, Stavropoulos appointed to Enterprise Bank board of directors

LOWELL — Anita R. Worden and Nickolas Stavropoulos have recently been appointed to Enterprise Bank’s board of directors. Both individuals were also appointed to the board of directors of Enterprise Bank’s holding company, Enterprise Bancorp, Inc.

Anita R. Worden previously served as the co-founder, chief executive officer and director of Yaskawa Solectria Solar (formerly Solectria Renewables, LLC) headquartered in Lawrence. Worden is a highly skilled senior executive, having founded multiple startups in high technology companies, with a specific focus on renewable energy and electric vehicle technology companies. She has also served the greater Lawrence community, concentrating on STEM education, ESL, and food security. Worden currently serves as a trustee for Northern Essex Community College, the Essex County Community Foundation, and the Youth Development Organization. She has been recognized by the “Women to Watch” in Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech, YWCA’s Annual Tribute to Women, ILC Immigrant Entrepreneur of the Year nominee, and Boston Globe Magazine and Commonwealth Institute’s Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts. Worden is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Nickolas Stavropoulos previously served on the boards of Enterprise Bank and Enterprise Bancorp, Inc. from 2002 until 2011, stepping down during his relocation to the West Coast where he served as president and chief operating officer of San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Before joining PG&E, he was executive vice president and chief operating officer for National Grid USA, a multinational electricity and gas utility, from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that role, Stavropoulos was president of KeySpan Energy Delivery, and prior to that, chief financial officer for Colonial Gas Company. He has now returned to the board, following his retirement from PG&E.

Stavropoulos is an internationally sought-after speaker on the topics of leadership, workplace safety, and safety culture, and he serves as a director for various publicly traded, private, and nonprofit organizations, including Ameresco, Bentley University, and the Gas Technology Institute. He holds degrees from Bentley University and Babson College and has completed executive management programs at Harvard University and MIT.

Enterprise Bank has 25 full-service branches in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including Andover, Lawrence and Methuen, as well as Derry, Salem and Windham. The company is also in the process of establishing a branch office in North Andover, and anticipates that this location will open in early 2021.

Exeter financial consultant named to MDRT 2021 Executive Committee

EXETER — MDRT, an association of financial professionals, has named Gregory B. Gagne, ChFC as secretary of the association’s 2021 Executive Committee. Gagne, who took office on Sept. 1, joins four other committee leaders, all dedicated to bolstering the association, its members and their clients toward continued success, amid the current global crisis.

Gagne, of Exeter, is a 28‐year industry veteran and founder of Affinity Investment Group, LLC. A 21‐year MDRT member, Gagne’s wealth management and distribution‐planning services for retirees has merited him four Court of the Table and 12 Top of the Table qualifications. Reinforcing Gagne’s appointment is his long‐term organizational volunteerism: Gagne has served on a variety of committees – including his current role as Top of the Table Advisory Board chair and Global Council member – and is an Excalibur Knight of the MDRT Foundation.

As secretary, Gagne will work closely with the Executive Committee to develop essential resources that educate and empower MDRT members to continue providing excellent service to their clients, while also growing their own practices, in this time of economic volatility.

As part of the 2021 Executive Committee, Gagne will continue the legacy the 2020 Executive Committee began: reinforcing the MDRT Productivity Action Plan during this unprecedented time, and continuing to offer additional resources and strategic adjustments so that members can focus on serving their clients and envisioning a brighter future. In addition, Gagne will provide support to upcoming association initiatives such as a professional development strategy focused on providing best‐in‐class educational content that can be accessed via online resources; and the expansion of an online mentoring program that will connect members with seasoned professionals who can help them aim higher.

Straumann employees come together at drive-in movie event while staying apart

ANDOVER — Straumann Group, a global leader in tooth replacement and orthodontic solutions based in Andover, has been hosting a drive-in movie series for its dedicated employees throughout September.

This special offering is one of the unique benefits that the Straumann Group is providing its employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, as the organization continues to maintain low numbers of staff in its office and manufacturing facility and limit in-person gatherings.

The Straumann Group Sundown Drive-in is not only a fun way to reconnect employees, but to also ensure that people remain socially distanced and safe. The featured movie on Friday, Sept. 17, was “Back to the Future.”

 

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