New Safety Protocol

  • All bags/belongings entering the Emergency Department will be searched.  It is suggested that patients only bring necessary items (e.g. Keys, ID, Phones)
  • All Patients entering the Emergency Departments will be Screened via a security wand
  • Patients entering the ED Treatment area will be provided a gown
  • Visitation Update - One visitor per patient (children may have both parents).  Visitors will be subject to wanding and are asked not to bring any belongings into the ED with them.  If they choose to bring in bags they will be subject to a search.
  • At this time, all protocols are not currently in effect at Athol Hospital. Full implementation is planned to begin in the coming days.

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Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force

Montachusett Suicide Prevention Task Force

Providing Hope to Our Community

Heywood Hospital established the Suicide Prevention Task Force servicing the City of Gardner and surrounding towns including: Ashburnham, Athol, Barre, Erving, Fitchburg, Gardner, Leominster, Lunenburg, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, New Salem, Oakham, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, Warwick, Wendell, Westminster, Winchendon 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.

The Task Force is sponsored by Heywood Healthcare and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Healthcare and is led by Steering Committee Members:

  • Michael Ellis
  • Lt. John Czansnowski
  • Jennifer LaRoche
  • Jon Marcinkiewicz
  • Barbara Nealon


  • Aging Services of North Central Mass
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Athol Hospital
  • Care Central 
  • City of Fitchburg Mayor's Office
  • City of Gardner Mayor's Office
  • Community Health Connections
  • Community Health Foundation
  • Community Health Link 
  • Family Practice Physicians
  • Fitchburg State University 
  • Gardner Police Dept 
  • Gardner Public Schools
  • Greater Gardner Religious Council
  • Gardner Senior Center
  • GVNA Healthcare
  • Heywood Medical Group
  • Heywood Hospital
  • Higher Ground Ministries
  • Joint Coalition on Health
  • Life Path 
  • LUK, Inc
  • Mass Coalition for Suicide Prevention
  • Mass Dept of Veteran’s Services
  • Mass DPH’s Suicide Prevention Program
  • Mass DMH’s Area Office
  • MOC, Inc.
  • Montachusett Home Care
  • Montachusett Regional Vocational High School
  • Montachusett Veteran's Outreach Center
  • Mount Wachusett Community College 
  • NAMI
  • Narragansett Regional School District 
  • North Central Mass Minority Coalition
  • On-Site Academy
  • Ralph C. Mahar Regional School 
  • Riverside Trauma Center
  • Samaritans
  • Spanish American Center
  • Three Pyramids Inc.
  • United Hmong of Massachusetts
  • Winchendon Public Schools

Widening the Lens

Supporting Organizations

  • Heywood Healthcare
  • Department of Public Health's Suicide Prevention Program
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Mass Suicide Prevention Coalition
  • North Central Mass Minority Coalition