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Michael Martin and Andrea Welch Crowned King and Queen 10th Annual Heywood Healthy Harvest 5K Supporting Mental Health

November 16, 2023

Gardner, MA, November 13, 2023 – The Heywood Healthcare staff and community came together on Saturday, October 28th, for the 10th annual Heywood Healthcare Healthy Harvest 5K, a celebration of health, community engagement, and behavioral well-being. With 150 participants, the event raised $6,000 to support the reopening of  Heywood Hospital’s Inpatient Mental Health Unit. 

Thanks to the generous support of underwriters, including the Montachusett Suicide Prevention Taskforce, Harper Grace Scholarship Fund, Coverys, and The Nottleson Family, all expenses were covered. In-kind contributions from Cibo Vita, Coutu General Contracting, Gardner High School Football Team, Gardner DPW, Masters of Music DJ Services, and Red Apple Farm added to the success of the day.





"We are grateful for the overwhelming community support and the dedication of our underwriters. The $6,000 raised will make a meaningful contribution to the reopening of the Mental Health Unit, reinforcing our commitment to the well-being of our community," said Selena Johnson, Director of Community Investment at Heywood Healthcare.

The Healthy Harvest 5K was not only a successful fundraising event but also a beautiful and fun-filled day for all participants and spectators. The community spirit was present from the starting line to the announcement of winners.


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