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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Dawn M. Casavant


Dawn M. Casavant, BS, MS

Dawn M. Casavant is Vice President of External Affairs & Philanthropy for Heywood Healthcare, a role that leverages her skills as a successful fundraiser and crusader of community health to develop and expand funding sources for all Heywood Healthcare programs and services.

As Vice President of Philanthropy, Ms. Casavant is responsible for the planning and execution of Heywood’s fundraising efforts, including the three-pronged Fulfilling Our Promise capital campaign, annual giving and event fundraising. She has extensive experience in grant writing and philanthropy, bringing a philanthropic focus to Heywood Healthcare, the Greater Gardner and North Central regions of Massachusetts.

Additionally, Ms. Casavant works closely with the Suicide Prevention Task Force, established by Heywood Hospital, in conjunction with the Mass Department of Public Health, 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.

Prior to joining Heywood in 2012, Ms. Casavant served nearly 10 years as Vice President of Community Relations and Development for Community Health Connections (CHC) in Fitchburg. She previously spearheaded the Oral Health Initiative of North Central Mass, a collaboration of the Montachusett Opportunity Council, Community Health Connections and Heywood Hospital. Her experience also includes human resources and social services.

Ms. Casavant holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Daniel Webster College in organizational management. She is an Board Member for the Greater Gardner Chamber of Commerce and an active Rotarian. Ms. Casavant is also a recipient of the Community Builder Hammer Award, the Bridge Builder Award, Good Fellowship Award and Rotary of the Year Award.

Job Title
Vice President of Strategy and External Affairs, Chief Philanthropy Officer & Executive Director, Heywood Healthcare Charitable Foundation
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Heywood Hospital

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Gardner, MA 01440
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