Pete’s Tire Barns pledges $7,500 to Heywood Healthcare

Recorder Staff
Thursday, May 18, 2017

ORANGE — Heywood Healthcare plans to use a $7,500 gift to support the construction of a new emergency department and outpatient medical office building at Athol Hospital as part of Heywood’s fundraising initiative to finance three capital projects.

Pete’s Tire Barn has pledged $7,500 to the “Fulfilling Our Promise” capital campaign and Dawn Casavant, Heywood’s vice president of external affairs and philanthropy, said the money will help create a state-of-the-art center that doubles current capacity, with 13 exam rooms, including eight private acute care rooms and five behavioral rooms within a behavioral health suite, and a separate ambulance entrance. According to Casavant, it will also include a new lobby for improved patient and visitor access and a new radiology department providing enhanced care and privacy.

The second and third floors will serve as medical office space, housing behavioral health services in addition to primary care and specialty physicians, she said.

Casavant said Pete’s Tire Barn is regularly generous with local endeavors.

“They are outstanding community supporters,” she said.

Amy Sanden, public relations liaison for Pete’s Tire Barns Inc., said the company is committed to Heywood Healthcare’s vision to “continue to offer state-of-the-art medical care and innovation to the great Gardner and Athol regions.”

“We are proud to support this endeavor and hope that other businesses will join us in contributing to this long-awaited and much-needed expansion, which will serve our communities for years to come,” she said in a statement.

Casavant said capital campaign’s other two projects are the expansion and modernization of the Heywood Hospital Surgical Pavilion, and the development of the Quabbin Retreat, a 75,000-square-foot substance abuse and mental health treatment facility in Petersham.

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