Pete's Tire Barn Pledges $7,500 to Heywood Healthcare's Quabbin Retreat

September 15, 2017

Pete's Tire Barn of Gardner has pledged $7,500 to the Heywood Healthcare 'Fulfilling Our Promise' Capital Campaign, a community-responsive, multi-pronged fundraising initiative, designed to ensure that the healthcare needs of the community will be met now and in the future. 

Peter Gerry and Win Brown at Quabbin Retreat
Pictured L to R: Peter Gerry, President of Pete's Tired Barn and Win Brown, President & CEO, Heywood Healthcare

This pledge will support the continued renovations of the Quabbin Retreat, an 86-bed facility located in Petersham that will provide outpatient, residential and inpatient services for adults and adolescents struggling with behavioral health and substance abuse problems.

The Quabbin Retreat offers a continuity of substance abuse and mental healthcare and will be completed in three phases. Phase One entails The Dana Day Treatment Center, featuring intensive outpatient services and an adult residential substance abuse center. The Dana Day Treatment Center is now open and accepting patients, while the adult residential program is slated to open in spring of 2018. Phase Two of this project will encompass a residential adolescent substance abuse treatment program while Phase Three will include an inpatient detox center.

The Quabbin Retreat will also offer a wide array of services to augment treatment and support recovery, including group-based supportive therapies, life skills training, family education and support and vocational assistance.

"We know from the statistics made available to us, and in our experiences with some of our own employees over the years that rural areas tend to suffer limited access to mental health and drug abuse treatment. We feel it is our moral responsibility as an area employer, and as human beings, to support Heywood Healthcare and the Quabbin Retreat in their efforts to bring these much-needed services to our community and to support our area residents in getting the treatment they need," shared Amy Sanden, Public Relations, Pete's Tire Barns, Inc. "We also believe that having this retreat so close to home will allow patients more consistent access to family and friends which has proven to be a major factor in the success of their recovery."

"The generous support of local companies like Pete's Tire Barn helps us continue our quest to meet the healthcare needs of our community. The numbers don't lie - many in our region are seeking care for behavioral health and substance abuse issues, and Heywood Healthcare is proud to be leading the way to locally-grown solutions" said Dawn Casavant, Executive Vice President of the Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation.

For more information on the Fulfilling Our Promise Campaign, please contact Dawn Casavant at (978) 630-6431 or



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, Oncology, Radiology and Laboratory, Diabetes Center and 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, which provides 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 of Excellence 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 in Petersham, MA; and Heywood Medical Group with primary care physicians and specialists located throughout the region. The organization includes six 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; the North Quabbin Community Coalition, an affiliate organization; and The Quabbin Retreat in Petersham.