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Annual Heywood Golf Classic Raises $100K for New Surgical Pavilion, Event Renamed to Watkins – Faust Open

June 21, 2017

Heywood Hospital's 25th Anniversary Golf Classic, held on June 19thth at the Oak Hill Country Club in Fitchburg, raised over $100,000 and renamed the annual event in honor of longtime Executive Chairman James Faust, MD and Chairman Chris Watkins. The funds raised will support Heywood Hospital moving forward with its most significant construction project since the Watkins Building, the full-scale design of a new Surgical Pavilion, to replace the current operating rooms, designed and built in the 1960s.

The modernized Surgical Pavilion will expand Heywood’s breadth and depth of services, improve operating efficiencies and strengthen the financial performance and sustainability of the Hospital. Heywood’s premier Surgical Pavilion will include four Operating Rooms, two Minor Procedure Rooms, four Endoscopy Rooms, a Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU), Patient Preparation/Recovery Area and staff support space. The Surgical Pavilion will allow for technologies to expand advanced surgical offerings, attract new surgeons to the region and support the infrastructure for Heywood Hospital’s new Center for Weight Loss & Bariatric Surgery.

Golfers were awarded prizes by the Oak Hill Country Club’s Golf Pro Bucky Buchanan, with first place team in the Men’s Scramble scoring a 64 (31), which was turned in by Jay Drake, Elliott Drake, David Drake and Bill Frank, followed by a score of 64 (32) posted by Jim Gallant, Ric Perry, Kevin Mack and Ken Arsenault. Third were Tom Lavallee, Paul Kemp, Mike Lavallee and Neil Kemp coming in with a score of 67. Fourth place was claimed by Jim Kraskouskas, Phil Ceryanek, Richard Shakalsi and John Haino scoring a 68. 

Scramble ladies team prize was taken by Sheila Donnelly, Grace Corkery, Ruth Ebert and Tina Santos, scoring 77. Ryan Tibbetts, Tom Tibbetts, James Gloshinski and Carol Roosa took the prize for the scramble mixed foursome with a score of 63.

Best ball men went to Michael Azzoni, Peter Massicott, Frank Yavorosky and Frank Yavorosky, Jr. scoring 56. Best ball mixed foursome scored a 58, turned in by the group of David Huhtala, Paul Huhtala, Margaret Huhtala and Brian Fontaine.

Closest to the pin awards were picked off by Dayna Girouard and Brian Troy at the fifth hole, Sheila Donnelly and Jim Kraskouskas at the eighth hole, Dawn Casavant and Mike Diterlizzi at the 13th and Amy Salvadore-Fantoni and Pat Griffin at the 17th hole. 

Longest drive at the sixth hole was awarded to Kristin Mattson and Dan Houghton.

Heywood’s annual Golf Classic has underwritten a wide variety of Heywood initiatives and services, including oncology, surgical day care, endoscopy, the Diabetes Center of Excellence, various capital projects and an array of behavioral health and suicide prevention initiatives. Many participants, volunteers and committee members have been strong, long-time supporters, including Heywood Golf Classic Executive Chairman James A. Faust, MD and Chairman Chris Watkins, who have been with the tournament since its inception.
Major supporters of this year’s Heywood Hospital Golf Classic include Tournament Sponsor The Faust Family and Masters Sponsors Dr. & Mrs. James A. Faust, Molly Faust, New England Inpatient Specialists and WBS/HUB International New England. This year’s Eagle Sponsors included Advanced Cable Ties, Inc., Baldwinville Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center, Coverys, Royal Steam Heater Co., Simplex Grinnell, L. S. Starrett Co., UMass Memorial Health Care, Inc. and The Winchendon School.

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Pictured L to R: James A. Faust, MD, Chris Watkins and Win Brown, President & CEO, Heywood Healthcare


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; 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.