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Heywood Hospital Bringing Awareness to National Liver

November 3, 2023

Liver Awareness Month

Gardner, MA - October was National Liver Awareness Month. Heywood Healthcare and the American Liver Foundation are encouraging everyone to find out if they are at risk for fatty liver disease through the public awareness campaign, Think Liver Think LifeTM.

Fatty liver disease affects an estimated 80-100 million Americans and is present in up to 75% of overweight people and in more than 90% of people with severe obesity. Through a simple liver health quiz, available at in both English and in Spanish, anyone can find out if they’re at risk and learn what to do next. 

This fall, we encourage everyone to do something positive for your liver by taking the American Liver Foundations free liver health quiz. Dr. Phani Molakatalla, Heywood Gastroenterologist at Heywood Healthcare said “learning if you’re at risk, what you should be asking your primary care provider and how to prevent liver disease are helpful steps you can take this fall for your liver health.”


About Heywood Healthcare
Heywood Healthcare is an independent, community-owned healthcare system serving north central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire,comprised of Heywood Hospital, a 134-bed acute care community-owned non-profit hospital in Gardner, MA; Athol Hospital, a 25-bed not-for-profit, Critical Access Hospital in Athol, MA; and Heywood Medical Group, with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region.

The organization includes nine satellite facilities in MA: Ashburnham Family Medicine in
Ashburnham, Heywood Rehabilitation Center, Summit Family Medicine & Heywood Primary Care and Urgent Care in Gardner, The Winchendon Health Center & Murdock School-based Health Center in Winchendon, Tully Family Medicine and Walk-In Care and ACES Athol Community Elementary School Based Health Center in Athol. The organization also includes the Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit