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Celebrating a Century of Caring

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It has been 100 years since the Baystate Visiting Nurse Assoc. & Hospice was founded in 1914 as a baby-feeding association to help immigrant mothers care for their newborns. Since that time, the BVNAH has adapted to the times and the needs of the community, including being one of the first in the nation to adopt hospice care in 1988. On Oct. 23, Baystate Visiting Nurse Assoc. & Hospice celebrated 100 years of caring for the community with a special celebration at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. Wood, whose late wife Merrie received care from the BVNAH hospice service, served as chair of the 100th-anniversary celebration, and spoke at the program along with Maura McQueeney, president of the Baystate Visiting Nurse Assoc. & Hospice and post-acute executive for Baystate Health, and Dr. Mark Keroack, president and CEO of Baystate Health. Top, Keroack addresses the audience; middle, Keroack and his wife, Ann Errichetti, and Lyman Wood and his wife, Leslie; at Bottom, VNA staff members.

Cutting the Cable

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On Oct. 24, technology-solutions provider VertitechIT staged a ‘cable cutting,’ a slight twist on the traditional ribbon-cutting, to mark the grand opening of its new corporate headquarters in Holyoke’s Open Square complex. Pictured, from left: John Aubin, Open Square architect; Greg Pellerin, VertitechIT principal; Michael Feld, VertitechIT CEO; Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse; Kathleen Anderson, president of the Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce; and State Rep. Aaron Vega, D-Holyoke, holding his 11-month-old son Odin.

HRU Awards

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Human Resources Unlimited staged its annual recognition and fund-raising event on Oct. 23 at Springfield Country Club. From top to bottom: Carol Tourangeau and Edward Sokolowski, right, financial advisor with Pioneer Valley Financial Group, LLC, the event’s table sponsor, present Timm Marini of FieldEddy Insurance with HRU’s 2014 Armand Tourangeau Volunteer of the Year Award; from left, Sokolowski, guest speaker Danielle Goodwin, operations coordinator from Pioneer Valley Financial Group, LLC, and Donald Kozera, president of Human Resources Unlimited; HRU’s 2014 Rookie Employer of the Year Award winner Dave Zononi, left, managing director of Total Cleaning Plus, with Dan Flynn, senior vice president and market manager with People’s United Bank, the event’s silver sponsor; Marc Criscitelli, left, vice president of Employee Benefits for FieldEddy Insurance, the event’s gold sponsor, presents HRU’s 2014 Employer of the Year Award to Christopher Crean, vice president of Safety and Security, Peter Pan Bus Lines.

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