On The Job/Business Briefs, June 15, 2018


Published: 6/14/2018 5:21:31 PM
Keroack to chair hospital MHA board

The president and CEO of Baystate Health, Mark Keroack, has been tapped as the chairman of the Massachusetts Health & Hospital Association Board of Trustees. 

The MHA, which was founded in 1936, includes 78 member hospitals and lobbies on policy, advocacy, education and information.

Keroack also oversees Greenfield’s Baystate Franklin Medical Center, along with Westfield’s Baystate Noble, Palmer’s Baystate Wing and numerous medical practices. 

Previously holding the position was Kate Walsh, the president and CEO of Boston Medical Center.

Cowan hired as director of nursing

WESTMINSTER — Kimberly Cowan, a Northfield resident, has joined Recovery Centers of America (RCA), a neighborhood-based addiction treatment provider, as its director of nursing for its Westminster location.

Cowan will be responsible for directing, planning and coordinating the activities of all nursing personnel on staff to ensure regulatory compliance and high quality clinical care.

“We’re excited to have Kimberly leading our nursing and medical teams,” said Recovery Centers of America-Westminster CEO Michael Stuart. “Her extensive background directing and implementing new processes and procedures for patient care strengthens our team and enhances our ability to provide the necessary medical services for our patients.”

Before joining RCA, Cowan worked at Acadia Healthcare within its New England region, most recently as director of quality management. She previously served as the company’s director of nursing.

Cowan received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Lady of the Elms College in Chicope. She is a member of the Opiate Abuse Prevention Task Force for Western Massachusetts, and is a registered nurse in Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Four from Franklin County part of this year’s Leadership Pioneer Valley class

Franklin County residents Amanda Abramson, Town Councilor Tim Dolan, Michelle Dwyer, Sarah Kanabay and Alyssa Valbona are among the graduates representing a number of Franklin County businesses who made up the Class of 2018 for Leadership Pioneer Valley (LPV).

The four, and other participants, presented their community partnership projects and received certificates of graduation from the 10-month program at an event at the Smith College Conference Center.

Abramson represented Cohn & Company, Dolan for Greenfield Community College, Dwyer with Franklin First Credit Union and Kanabay represented Franklin County Cooperative.

“We congratulate this energetic and civic-minded group of emerging leaders. These leaders have the courage to innovate in their careers and lead positively. With LPV, they have the tools and the heart to really make a positive difference for the Pioneer Valley,” said Lora Wondolowski, executive director of Leadership Pioneer Valley.

Franklin First’s Rooney earns ‘rising star’

GREENFIELD —Sarah Rooney, operations officer at Franklin First Federal Credit Union, has been named a Credit Union Rising Star.

The Rising Star award is presented in collaboration with the Cooperative Credit Union Association (CCUA) and the Warren Group.

“Sarah Rooney is much deserving of this recognition,” said Franklin First President/CEO Michelle Dwyer. “Sarah is an invaluable part of the Franklin First Family and is integral in the day to day success of the credit union. She sets an example of hard work and dedication to her job and is always striving to better herself and the credit union.”

The Credit Union Rising Star awards were presented on May 8 at the Great New England Credit Union Show in Worcester.


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