Heywood Healthcare Hosts 6th Annual ‘Healthy Harvest 5K’ to Raise Funds for Mental Health Initiatives

November 7, 2018

Although we were not able to outrun the rain, many turned out for the 6th Annual Heywood Healthcare Healthy Harvest 5K “Run/Walk For Mental Health” on Saturday, November 3rd.

The 3.1mile family-friendly course started and ended at Heywood Hospital and was targeted to all fitness levels. Participants had the option to walk or run the course.

Organizations connected to local health initiatives such as the SHINE initiative, GHAMMA, LUK, Inc., the Gardner Rotary Club, and several others participated in the event, providing information on health topics, such as peer recovery, how to talk to teens concerning alcohol and drugs, and how to care for elders who need more services.

Energy was in the air as students from Gardner and Naragansett helped with everything from set up to directing foot and motor traffic, ensuring participants were safely guided through the course. Music from Masters of Music DJ Services had the crowd on their feet dancing, and complementary donuts and cider from the Red Apple Farm, and egg sandwiches made by the Gardner Rotary Club put a smile on everyone’s face!

Top Runners:

1. John Worden, V - 00:19:27.95
2. Dan Oulette - 00:19:55.40
3. Tanner Dumas 00:20:01.67
4. Tyler McClure - 00:20:10.92
5. Daniel Johnson - 00:20:28.17
6. Jared D’Arcey - 00:21:22.91
7. Greg Pappas - 00:21:45.40
8. Michael Casavant - 00:22:02.40
9. Brian Stahl - 00:22:21.90
10. Michal Cote - 00:22:40.90
Top Timed Walkers
1. Nancy Leveille - 00:46:23.68
2. Lenny Kasanoff - 00:52:34.16

For a list of race results and results by category visit www.heywood.org/HH5K.

The Heywood Healthy Harvest 5K has been supported by local businesses since its inception. This year’s Mental Health Champions Coverys, HUB International, The SHINE Initiative, WJ Graves Construction and Workers Credit Union.

Special thank you to all our sponsors, including the 2018 Mental Health Advocates: Alliance Health at Baldwinville, Andrew Boucher, Fidelity Bank, Fitchburg State University, GAAMHA, LUK, Inc., Plantscape Services, LLC, The L. S. Starrett Company, Tully Walk-In Care, Winchendon Health Foundation, Wood’s Ambulance and Unitil.

Dawn Casavant, Heywood Healthcare Vice President of Development and Chief Philanthropy Officer stated to participants: “Because of each and every one of you, today’s race grossed over $15,000 to help us continue our community-based mental health and suicide prevention efforts, to include leadership of the Suicide Prevention Task Force, the Regional Behavioral Health Collaborative, MENders and a variety of school and community-based education and care coordination services.”

For more information on these initiatives, please contact the Heywood Healthcare Philanthropy Office at (978) 630-6431.

Pictured are the race winners. Photo courtesy of Michael Cormier.



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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, Surgical Services, Oncology, Respiratory Therapy, Radiology and Laboratory, Diabetes Center and the 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, providing 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 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, a behavioral health and substance misuse treatment facility, in Petersham, MA; and Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region. The organization includes five 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; and the North Quabbin Community Coalition.

About Heywood Medical Group
Heywood Medical Group is a non-profit Physician Organization affiliated with Heywood Hospital with over 50 physicians and advanced practice providers specializing in Primary Care and Specialty Care. Our primary care physicians focus on Pediatrics and Family Practice. Our specialty care physicians focus on the areas of Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Bariatrics, Gynecology/Obstetrics, Orthopedics, Pulmonology, Urology and General Surgery.
Heywood Medical group serves individuals and families in need of health care and works in coordination with Heywood Hospital to provide high-quality comprehensive care to everyone.