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Heywood Healthcare Honors Providers during Annual Medical Staff Recognition Event

November 7, 2018

During its annual Medical Staff Recognition Dinner, held November on 6th, 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: Pediatrician Chettupuzha J. Mathew, MD; Emergency Medicine physician John M. Skrzypczak, MD; Gastroenterologist Edmund J. Taylor, MD and Psychiatrist Andrew D. Gill, MD all celebrated 40 years.

During the event, Daniel Ervin, DO, was presented with the prestigious James A. Faust Pillar Award for Physician Excellence, the highest honor Heywood Healthcare bestows on its physicians. Dr. Ervin has been part of the Heywood Medical Staff for 23 years and is a well-known fixture in the community, serving as one of the only Otolaryngologists in the area. 

“We are privileged to present Dr. Ervin with this award recognizing his exceptional talent, leadership, compassion and especially his commitment to the residents of our region. As the primary Otolaryngologist in our region the value of the care he provides to our patients and the health of our communities is immeasurable,” said Win Brown, Heywood Healthcare President & CEO. “Dr. Ervin’s expertise allows patients to receive this specialized care close to home.”

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 Ellen Ray, MD, 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, 15 members of the medical staff were acknowledged for 5 – 15 years of service and 13 more were recognized for 20 – 40 years of service to the hospitals and the communities they serve.

In addition, Heywood Healthcare welcomed 49 new providers to the medical community: Paula Angelini, DPM – Wound Care; Mansoor Anwer, MD – Emergency Medicine; Ryan Balthaser, PA-C – Family Medicine; Aimee B. Beck, NP – Family Medicine; Shawn A. Berkowitz, MD – Family Medicine; Daniel Berman, MD – Radiology; Taylor K. Boudreau, NP –Endocrinology/Diabetes; Charles R. Brewer, PA-C – Urgent Care; Frederic M. Celestin, MD – Hospitalist; Amy E. DeLuca, NP – Family Medicine; Athanasios Desalermos, MD – Gastroenterology; Thomas H. Egan, III, MD – Emergency Medicine; Benjamin Fakharzadeh, MD – Radiology; Brenda J. Ferguson, NP – Hospitalist; Steven A. Franks, MD – Dermatology; Kristina Gallant NP – Family Medicine/Wound Care; Jenna Garozzo, PA-C – Family Medicine; Lauren Gibbons, PA-C – Family Medicine; Alexander Goldfarb-Rumyantzev, MD – Hospitalist; Jonathan E. Grogins, MD – Obstetrics/Gynecology; Zachary Henderson, NP – Urgent Care; Bruce Hutchinson, PA-C – Orthopedics; Teresa Kanev, PA-C – Pediatrics; Erin Koshinsky, NP – Urgent Care; Maria Lonshteyn, MD – Gastroenterology; Louise Lu, MD – Anesthesia; Edna MarkAddy, MD – Hospitalist; Stephen Martin, MD – Wound Care; Jennifer Mann, NP – Urgent Care; Jacquelyn McKean, MD – Family Medicine; Vinay Kumar Menon, MD – Hospitalist; Afia Mirza, MD – Hospitalist; Alan Moss, MD – Surgery/Ophthalmology; Cory Nohl, MD – Psychiatry; Gary Noroian, MD – Nephrology; Jessica Polana, NP – Family Medicine; Stephanie Richardson, FNP – Family Medicine; Demetrius Rizos, DO – Hospitalist; Eric Rosenthal, DO – Hospitalist; Nadia Saforo, NP – Family Medicine; Rajeswer Sarasam, MD – Hospitalist; Daniel K. Salter, MD – Anesthesia; Alexandra Schultes, MD – Family Medicine; Alla V. Tibbetts, MD – Hospitalist; Julius Tabe, MD – Hospitalist; Gary M. Vinokur, PA-C – Emergency Medicine; Alicynn Wilson, NP – Hospitalist; Shameen S. Wijesundara, MD – Hospitalist; and Lydia J. Zhang, MD – Hospitalist.

Photo caption: Pictured L to R are James A Faust, MD, Daniel Ervin, DO 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, 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.

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