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Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force Honors Local Business Leaders at Annual Awards Breakfast

October 18, 2017

The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force held its 6th Annual Awards Breakfast on Monday, October 3, 2017 at Heywood Hospital in Gardner.

This year's awardees were Chris Higgins from Higgins Motorsports in Barre and Ryan Blankenship from Cycle Design in Phillipston. Both Mr. Higgins and Mr. Blankenship were recognized for their five years of committed support and sponsorship of the "Ride of Your Life" event held in August.

The 'Ride of Your Life' is an annual event hosted by The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force to support suicide prevention and education. Proceeds from the event support a variety of suicide prevention initiatives. For more information, please www.suicidepreventiontaskforce.org or call Barbara Nealon, Director of Social Service & Multicultural Services for Heywood Hospital, at 978-630-6386.


Pictured L to R: Barbara Nealon, Co-Leader of the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force, Ryan Blakenship of CycleDesign and John Salovardos.


Pictured L to R: Barbara Nealon, Co-Leader of the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force, Chris Higgins of Higgins Motorsports and John Salovardos.

 

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About the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force
Heywood Hospital established the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force to serve the North Central and North Quabbin communities, with the assistance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program. The mission of the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force is to prevent suicide, and to provide education and resources to help those who struggle with depression, survivors of suicide, and those who have lost loved ones to suicide.

The Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force is sponsored by Heywood Hospital and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Department of Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program.

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.

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