Heywood Healthcare Honors Employees for Years of Service

November 10, 2017

Heywood Healthcare honored 159 employees on November 9th during its annual Service Awards recognition dinner.

"We love to celebrate longevity and achievement because it is part of the culture," said Heywood Healthcare President and CEO Win Brown. "Our employees give so much of themselves to our patients and our communities, often dedicating decades of their lives to healtchare. They deserve a night dedicated to recognizing their important contributions."

Employees were treated to a gourmet buffet before being recognized for their service , some as long as 50 years, to Heywood and Athol Hospitals, The Quabbin Retreat, Winchendon Health Center, Heywood Rehabilitation Center and Heywood Medical Group.

Mary Croteau and Sue Sinclair celebrated 40 years while Nancy Cloutier received recognition for 50 years at Heywood Hospital.

Employees are celebrated for their service every five years, and are able to choose a gift on each occasion.

The Daniel P. Moen Employee Excellence Award is also presented annually by Heywood Hospital to a five-year anniversary employee who most closely exemplifies the commitment, hard work, vision and dedication that are the legacy of past president Dan Moen’s administration. This year’s recipient was Sue Sinclair from Finance, who was celebrating her 40-year anniversary.

Sue is well known at Heywood Hospital, and not just because she coordinates all of payroll! She started her career at Heywood as a cashier, moving on to a Staff Accountant position, and then on to her current position of Payroll Coordinator, which she’s held since 1991. Staff can always rely on Sue to go above and beyond and will do whatever is asked of her. She is a tremendous asset to the finance team. In addition to her critical role in finance, Sue is an active member of the Heywood Hospital Aid Association and Chairs the Annual Evergreen Fair.

Athol Hospital also honored Kaleigh Maio, a 10-year service anniversary employee with the 2nd Annual Meehan Award, which recognizes the five-year anniversary recipient who best exemplifies the work ethic, dedication, vision and outstanding service that exemplifies Board of Trustee and long-time supporter of Athol Hospital, Jim Meehan.

Kaleigh has worn many hats over the last decade at Athol Hospital - she’s worked as assistant to the CEO, Medical Staff Coordinator, HR Coordinator, and now in her current role as Senior HR Business Partner. In addition, Kaleigh has been instrumental in the success of the Athol Hospital Golf Classic, stepping in as chairwoman five years ago to transform and grow the event and is still serving as an active committee member today.

She remains a constant resource for staff regarding any Human Resources issues for the Athol campus and truly does have an open door policy. She consistently works to support staff and to make the Athol Hospital a better place.

This year, employees honored totaled 2,095 years of service.



Pictured L to R: Kaleigh Maio, Nancy Cloutier, Sue Sinclair, Mary Croteau and Win Brown, President & CEO.

About Athol Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Athol Hospital is a 25-bed non-profit, acute care and outpatient facility serving the communities of the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. Athol Hospital’s services include 24/7 Emergency Care, Oncology, Radiology and Laboratory, Diabetes Center and Center for Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation. It is designated as a Critical Access Hospital and Primary Stroke Center, licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and accredited by the Joint Commission.

About Heywood Hospital
A member of the Heywood Healthcare system, Heywood Hospital is a 134-bed acute care hospital in Gardner, MA, which provides a broad range of high quality medical, surgical, obstetrical, pediatric and behavioral health services on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The hospital’s Centers of Excellence include the Watkins Center for Emergency and Acute Care; the LaChance Maternity Center; the Diabetes Center; and the Heywood Heart and Vascular Center, an affiliate of the Heart and Vascular Center of Excellence at UMass Memorial Health Care.

About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system serving north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire. It is comprised of Heywood Hospital, a non-profit, 134-bed acute-care hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; the Quabbin Retreat in Petersham, MA; and Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region. The organization includes six satellite facilities in MA; Heywood Rehabilitation Center and Heywood Urgent Care in Gardner; West River Health Center in Orange; Winchendon Health Center and Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon; Heywood Charitable Foundation; the North Quabbin Community Coalition, an affiliate organization; and The Quabbin Retreat in Petersham.