Heywood Healthcare Honors Providers during Annual Medical Staff Recognition Event

November 8, 2017

During its annual Medical Staff Recognition Dinner, held November on 7th, Heywood Healthcare providers were honored for their commitment to their patients and the Greater Athol and Gardner communities. 

At the event, physicians and advanced practice providers were recognized for their life-long dedication to Heywood and Athol Hospitals, their community and the medical profession. Long-time area physicians lauded include: Family Medicine Physician John E. Harrington, MD, Cardiologist Motkar V. Reddy, MD and Nephrologist Francis X. Zambetti, MD were all honored for 35 years of service with Psychiatrist David H. Gill, MD celebrated 40 years.

During the event, Ellen M. Ray, MD, was presented with the prestigious James A. Faust Pillar Award for Physician Excellence, the highest honor Heywood Healthcare bestows on its physicians. Recently appointed Chief of Emergency Medicine for Heywood Healthcare, Dr. Ray has been a consistent source of leadership and forward thinking for the Emergency Department for the past 26 years. 

“We are privileged to present Dr. Ray with this award recognizing her exceptional talent, leadership, compassion and especially her commitment to the residents of our region. Her contribution to our emergency departments, our patients and the health of our communities is immeasurable,” said Win Brown, Heywood Healthcare President & CEO. “Dr. Ray provides invaluable leadership to our emergency medical staff, and we are truly fortunate to have her on our staff. 

Recipients of the James A. Faust Pillar Award for Physician Excellence are highly respected members of the medical field and proven community leaders who best reflect the six Pillars – People, Quality, Service, Stewardship, Growth and Community – the core values of Heywood Hospital.

Previous physicians honored with this award include George Krasowski, MD, Michael Mutchler, MD, Elizabeth Nottleson, MD, David Gill, MD, M. Sheila Donnelly, MD, David Havlin, MD, John Harrington, MD, John Skrzypczak, MD, Michele Parker, MD, John Mulqueen, MD and James Faust, MD, the original recipient for whom the award was named.

In total, 17 physicians were acknowledged for 5 – 15 years of service and seven physicians were recognized for 20 – 40 years of service to the hospitals and the communities they serve.

In addition, Heywood Healthcare welcomed 19 new providers to the medical community: Aruna Adaikkalam, MD, Family Medicine; Ophthalmologic Surgeon Shazia Ahmed, MD; Christopher A. Ambler, NP, Family Medicine; Christopher J. Breen, MD, Orthopedics; Hospitalist Abby BrockelBank, NP; Marlesa A. Dodd, PA-C, Orthopedics; Kristina Gallant, NP, Family Medicine; Emergency Medicine physician Javad T. Hashmi, MD; Liezl G. Irisari, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology; Surgical Physician Assistant Sara Laliberte; Radiologist Daryl R. Parker, MD; Intensivist Keshav Parthasarathy, MD; Michael G. Popik, MD, Radiology; Pamela J. Sansoucy, MD, Family Medicine; Oncologist Ahmad D. Siddiqui, MD; Jared A. Toman, MD, MBA, Orthopedics; Laurine Verrilli, NP, Cardiology; Radiologist Rodrick Williams, MD; and Ophthalmologic Surgeon Tomasz A. Wiraszka, MD.

Photo caption: Pictured L to R are James A Faust, MD, Ellen M. Ray, MD and Heywood Healthcare President and CEO Win Brown.


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.