Business Briefs: April 9, 2021

  • SANTANA

  • Orthopedic Physical Therapy, located within The Body Shoppe at 306 High St. in Greenfield, pictured, has joined Cypress Physical Therapy. Staff Photo/Paul Franz

  • DOLBY

Published: 4/8/2021 2:57:24 PM
After cancellation, Women to Watch reschedules luncheon

AGAWAM — After having to cancel its March luncheon, the Western Massachusetts chapter of Women to Watch USA has rescheduled the program for April 22. The luncheon will still be held at 141 Main Street Restaurant in Agawam starting at 11:30 a.m.

According to a press release from Dee Emery-Ferrero, founder of the Western Massachusetts chapter, the luncheon is open to both members and the public. The cost to attend is $25.

The guest speaker will be social worker Yajayra Santana, a Western Massachusetts native. According to the release, Santana will speak about how to adapt and still be successful at work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. A question and answer session will follow.

There will also be raffle prizes, with donations from business owners and members. Proceeds will support the chapter’s scholarship fund for women looking to re-enter the workforce but who need more education to do so.

Those looking to attend the luncheon must register in advance at women2watchusawestma.com.

The public is also invited to sponsor a luncheon or one of the organization’s other events. For more information on sponsor packages, contact Community Connections Chair Carla Banas at cbanas0220@gmail.com.

Applications open for MassTech Intern Partnership program

WESTBOROUGH — The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) is accepting applications for the 2021 MassTech Intern Partnership, a program that reimburses qualified companies for hiring Massachusetts students as interns. Now in its ninth year, the program offers $3,200 stipends to eligible tech companies for the purpose of hiring summer interns.

According to a MassTech press release, companies in five prioritized sectors — cybersecurity, digital health, fintech, the Internet of Things (IoT) and robotics — may apply for stipends to cover three eligible interns. Other eligible Massachusetts digital technology companies not in one of those sectors can apply for stipends to cover two interns.

“The commonwealth’s constant focus on developing our talent pipeline to equip the students of today with the skills of tomorrow is a critical pillar of the state’s rich tech ecosystem and a major reason why businesses come to Massachusetts,” said state Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy. “The MassTech Intern Partnership has been a successful program to provide students with paid work experience where they can learn valuable skills, grow their professional network and connect with mentors who can help them gain a full-time job after graduation.”

“We’re looking to support Massachusetts students by connecting them with the right training, mentorship opportunities and hands-on experience so they can thrive as they enter the workforce,” said Carolyn Kirk, MassTech’s executive director. “For these rapidly growing firms, these interns allow them to expand their testing, product development and customer outreach efforts, providing a boost to the business and valuable real-world experience.”

Companies interested in applying to the program must submit their applications by June 30, the release states. To be eligible, companies must be based in Massachusetts, have fewer than 100 employees and hire interns as W2 employees, rather than as contractors or sub-contractors.

Applications and additional program details are available at masstech.org/intern.

Eversource recognized for sustainability

BOSTON — For the second year in a row, Eversource has been included on Barron’s list of Most Sustainable Companies. The company ranked as the No. 1 energy utility and No. 42 overall.

“At Eversource, we’re working toward a better, more sustainable future for our customers, communities, employees and the environment,” Eversource Chair, President and CEO Jim Judge said in a press release. “We’re incredibly honored to receive this distinguished recognition from Barron’s, which demonstrates our commitment to being the most responsible energy company in the nation.”

Barron’s list is based on more than 230 environmental, social and corporate governance metrics, according to the release. To create the ranking, the top 1,000 publicly traded companies by market value were evaluated by how they performed for five key constituencies: customers, communities, employees, the planet and shareholders. To qualify for the list, a company must be rated above the bottom quarter in each of the five stakeholder categories.

Eversource announces leadership change

BOSTON — Eversource announced Wednesday that Chair, President and CEO Jim Judge will become the company’s executive chair of the board, effective May 5.

Also effective that date, as part of the company’s leadership succession plan, Joe Nolan, executive vice president of strategy, customer and corporate relations, will be promoted to president and CEO, according to an Eversource press release. He is also expected to be elected to the board of trustees in May.

Throughout his 35-year career with the company, Nolan has held leadership positions in customer service, government and regulatory affairs, community relations and corporate strategy, the release states.

“Joe has been a crucial contributor to Eversource’s record of strong performance and industry leadership, and to the development of our clean energy vision and future strategy,” Judge said. “I have every confidence in his ability to successfully lead Eversource into the future. His extensive experience in our industry, passion for our customers, leadership skills and focus on results make him the ideal person to lead the company going forward.”

“This is a pivotal moment for our company and our industry,” Nolan added. “We’re working to serve as a regional catalyst for clean energy and reduction of carbon emissions. We’re leading the way in environmental and corporate responsibility, responding to customers’ need for reliable and resilient networks, and continuing to provide positive results for investors. I’m honored to assume the leadership of our capable team of 9,300 dedicated employees.”

In Judge’s new role as executive chair of the board, the release states he will continue to oversee strategic and investment planning, and remain actively involved in both investor and industry relations.

Former Cooley Dickinson doctor joins Clinical & Support Options

NORTHAMPTON — The nonprofit community behavioral health agency Clinical & Support Options (CSO) has added a familiar, local name to its leadership team.

Dr. Adam Lau, previously Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s medical director for behavioral health services and vice president of medical staff, has signed on as CSO’s medical director.

“Increasingly, we’re seeing integrated care become the norm,” CSO President and CEO Karin Jeffers said in a press release. “Physical health and behavioral health are being given the holistic consideration that’s deserved. So, it’s beneficial for us to bring Dr. Lau aboard. His close working relationships with regional Cooley Dickinson physicians and nurses will be invaluable.”

CSO, which operates licensed clinics throughout Western Massachusetts and emergency service programs under contract with Mass Health in both Hampshire and Franklin counties, averages more than 500 crisis evaluations per month, according to the release. For Lau, this means he will have the opportunity to affect access to urgent care services.

“CSO is ahead of the curve when it comes to integrated care, with on-staff nursing and medical prescribers embedded throughout the behavioral services,” Lau said in the release. “I’m eager to join an agency that’s so forward-thinking and to help improve quality and outcomes wherever I can.”

Most recently, the release states CSO has partnered with Cooley Dickinson Hospital to add a community-based behavioral health location on the hospital campus.

Lau graduated with honors from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and, subsequently, moved to New York City for his residency. Prior to his role at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, the release states Lau was the associate director of psychiatry at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers, N.Y.

Lau replaces outgoing CSO Medical Director Dr. John Swanson, who is moving to Texas.

Local Orthopedic Physical Therapy joins Cypress

GREENFIELD — Orthopedic Physical Therapy, located within The Body Shoppe at 306 High St., has joined Cypress Physical Therapy, a sister company to Bay State Physical Therapy. The new partnership combines the strengths of both organizations to optimize patient services and encourage growth.

Physical therapist Elizabeth “Liz” Dolby, former owner of Orthopedic Physical Therapy, joins the Cypress Physical Therapy team as managing partner of both the Greenfield and Athol locations. The Athol branch is located at 14 Grove St.

According to a Cypress Physical Therapy press release, Dolby is passionate about treating a wide range of patients, with industrial medicine being her specialty. She has created and implemented stretching programs for multiple industries including Yankee Candle, Charter Next Generation, 253 Organics, Hillside Plastics and Nutri-Systems Meals on Wheels.

“I love working in this industry and teaching people about how their ergonomics and postures can help them avoid injuries,” Dolby said in the release.

“Liz is a great addition to our team. Her enthusiastic approach to patient care is contagious,” said Dr. Steve Windwer, president of Cypress Physical Therapy, and founder and CEO of Bay State Physical Therapy. “Liz’s desire to grow as a professional and with her team, as well as her expertise and leadership in the field, is exactly what we are looking for in this partnership.”

Dolby said her team at the former Orthopedic Physical Therapy is excited to join Cypress Physical Therapy, saying that the partnership “provides us with additional resources, creating more time for us to focus intently on what matters most — our patients.”

“We can now spend more time on enhancing the relationships we have with both our patients and our community,” Dolby said.




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