Patient Portal

Services Provided

Advanced Directives/Health Care Proxies

The Social Service Assistant is available to provide Health Care Proxies free of charge. They are available in other languages such as: Spanish, Portuguese-European & Brazilian, French, Arabic, Vietnamese, Lao, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese and Hmong. For more information contact the Department Assistant.

Caregiver's Support Group

The Caregiver's Support group is for the caregivers of Alzheimer patients. This support group is co-lead by the Geriatric Psychiatric Unit & Social Service Department. Leaders consist of a Licensed Mental Health Therapist and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker.

The group meets on the last Wednesday of each month at 2pm in the OBS conference room. Offered free of charge. For more information contact Ann Fenlason, LICSW at 978-630-6349.

Schwartz Center Rounds (Caregiver Rounds for Healthcare)

Schwartz Center Rounds is a caregiver support group, for hospital staff, sponsored by The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center. For more information about the program at Heywood Hospital contact Barbara Nealon at or by calling (978) 630-6386. For more information on The Kenneth B. Schwartz Center visit their

Gardner Area Interagency Team

Suicide Prevention Task Force

Special Highlights

Katherine Barnes,
2012 recipient of the Massachusetts National Association of Social Workers "Nursing Home Social Worker of the Year" Award

Cheryl Boissy, LICSW
2009 recipient of the Massachusetts National Association of Social Workers "Life Time Achievement Award"

Barbara Nealon,
2010 Leadership and Community Service Award, North Central Massachusetts Minority Coalition; 2009 Shining Star Award, YWCA/Battered Women's Resources recipient;  2013 recipient of the Central Mass YWCA's Katharine Erskine Award for Women in Leadership in the area of Health, Science and Technology; 2014 Sentinel & Enterprise 'Salute to Women' 

National Certifications

Along with state licensure staff may also posses national certifications demonstrating their competencies in other areas such as: Fellow-APA {FAPA}; Social Work Addictions Counselor {SWAC}; Criminal Justice Specialist {CCJS}; Forensic Social Worker {CFSW}; Homeland Security {CHS-I}; Master Chaplain {CMC} and Diplomate in Clinical Social Work