A Message of Thanks

November 23, 2016

Dear Friends of Heywood Healthcare,

Win BrownAs we approach Thanksgiving, I am reminded of how fortunate I am to be here at Heywood Healthcare and how much we have as individuals, as a team, and as a region, for which to be thankful.

Firstly, I am thankful for my family, a true blessing in my life. I am grateful each morning as I come to work at Heywood Healthcare with colleagues whose commitment to compassionate care continues to serve the needs of this great community on a daily basis. From our physicians to our nurses, to administrative, support and volunteer staff throughout the hospital, our devoted team is dedicated to the health of our community 24 hours each day, 365 days a year.

As an organization, our commitment as guardians of our community health begins with our Board of Trustees. I am immensely grateful for their empowering guidance and support as we continue to move ahead on many great undertakings in 2017.

In order to ensure the communities we serve have access to quality healthcare now and in the future, we must make sure our organization can provide the services our communities need. The Fulfilling Our Promise Capital Campaign is essential to propel three important initiatives forward, the Quabbin Retreat, the new Athol Hospital Emergency Department and Medical Office Building, and Heywood Hospital’s state-of-the-art, new Surgical Pavilion. We are grateful for the remarkable support our campaign has received to date from our employees, our patients, area businesses and our communities. I am thankful that our region can see the value in the work we are doing and support our healthcare promise for the future.

Looking forward, in 2017 we anticipate many exciting and positive changes in store for our communities including an expansion of our surgical services offerings, the opening of a new Urgent Care Center in Athol, the opening of the first phase of the Quabbin Retreat and the groundbreaking of the new Athol Hospital Emergency Department and Medical Office Building projects.

No message of thanks could be complete without including recognition for our police, firefighters, EMTs and our hospital Emergency Room staff - our first responders. They are here for our communities day and night, during serious emergencies and the harshest of weather conditions - we count on their lifesaving expertise, dedication and support. I am thankful for our educators and legislators, who commit their lives to the empowerment of our families and our region. And finally, I am thankful for the patriotism of our Veterans and those actively in the Armed Forces. The sacrifices they and their families continue to make protect the freedom that is the essential fabric of our great nation.

As you reflect on the things for which you are grateful this Thanksgiving, I encourage you to take a moment to consider those less fortunate. By reaching out to our neighbors in need throughout our communities, we share the very essence of the Thanksgiving holiday.

I wish you all a happy, healthy and peaceful Thanksgiving.