On the third Thursday of November every year, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) leads National Rural Health Day, an annual day of celebration that shines a light on those serving the vital health needs of an estimated 57 million people living in rural America.
Of those being celebrated is Maureen Donovan, the Heywood Healthcare Project Manager for the HRSA Tele Behavioral Counseling Grant. Maureen leads Tele Behavioral Counseling Programming in Rural High Schools in North Quabbin and North Central MA. The Tele Team has completed over 4,000 clinical sessions and worked with 200 students in our partner schools.
“Maureen's passion and enthusiasm for school based tele-behavioral health services is commendable. I can't think of a more deserving individual who is as driven to bring this innovative care delivery model to improve access to behavioral health services to our rural communities.” said Mary Giannetti, Director of Resource Development for Heywood Healthcare. When asked about her recognition, Maureen shared, “I am honored to receive this award, but this program isn’t just about me, my star only shines as brightly as my team. Everyone on the Tele Team is committed to success and student behavioral health, and I am proud to work with them. I also want to take a moment to thank Win Brown, President and CEO of Heywood Healthcare, Nora Salovardos, Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer, and Dawn Casavant, Vice President of External Affairs for having the vision to believe in our program and allow us to grow.”
Maureen will appear in the 2020 edition of the book of Community Stars, published on the official National Rural Health Day website, powerofrural.org, on November 19, 2020.
About The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
The National Organization of State Office of Rural Health is the membership association of the nation’s 50 State Offices of Rural Health. State Offices of Rural Health are anchors of information and support for rural communities, health professionals, hospitals and clinics across the nation. They are dedicated to collaboration, education, communication and innovation to improve health in small towns around the country.
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; Athol Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; Heywood Medical Group, with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region; and The Quabbin Retreat, our premier destination for treatment of mental health and substance misuse.
The organization includes six satellite facilities in MA: Heywood Rehabilitation Center & Heywood Urgent Care in Gardner, Winchendon Health Center & Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon, Tully Family Medicine and Walk-In in Athol; and West River Health Center in Orange. The organization also includes the Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit www.heywood.org.