Boston, MA – Retiring health center CEO Antonia ("Toni") McGuire, Massachusetts Majority Leader Ronald Mariano, Assistant Secretary for MassHealth Dan Tsai, and six additional health center employees were all honored by the Mass League at its annual awards gala on June 7.
McGuire, a registered nurse, CEO of Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, and a major figure at the forefront of state and national policy issues impacting health centers, took home the coveted Edward M. Kennedy Founder Award, which honors the achievements made by individuals who continue to protect and promote health care as a right for all rather than a privilege for a few.
A longtime proponent of health centers and major architect of the state's landmark health reform bills, Majority Leader Mariano was recognized with the Mass League's annual Public Service Award. Assistant Secretary Tsai received the Chair's Award in recognition of his efforts to build strong partnerships with health centers and to secure federal workforce investments aimed at expanding health centers' capacity for providing behavioral health care and serving more patients in need.
In addition, and as the major highlight of the night, six other health center employees were honored for their demonstrated professional excellence, commitment, and caring in the delivery of health care to patients.
Outstanding Community Health Center Clinicians
Evelyne Delori, NP, Lowell Community Health Center
Mary Lunsford, MD, DotHouse Health (Dorchester)
Outstanding Community Board Member
Linda Kelly, Manet Community Health Center (Quincy, Hull and Taunton)
Outstanding Community Health Center CEO
Sandra Cotterell, Codman Square Health Center (Dorchester)
Outstanding Community Health Center Employees
Matilda Correia, Brockton Neighborhood Health Center
Mohamed-Fouzi Raheb, Family Health Center of Worcester
The Mass League's annual awards gala attracts more than 600 attendees from across the health care industry, philanthropic community, and state and federal government. The event highlights the work and mission of community health centers and honors seven exemplary employees who are nominated by their colleagues, selected by the League's Program Committee, and approved by its Board of Directors.
"Without a doubt, this is our favorite event of the year," said James W. Hunt, Jr., president and CEO of the League. "It provides an opportunity to not only recognize outstanding health center employees, but to take stock of what health centers have done to improve the health of communities over their 54-year history."
The nation's first community health center opened its doors in Boston, Massachusetts in 1965, launching a nationwide community-based health movement. Today, 314 community health center sites provide medical, behavioral health, dental, vision, pharmacy, and other community-based services to more than one million state residents in Massachusetts. Established in 1972, the Mass League provides a wide range of assistance to community health centers and serves as an information source on community-based health care to policymakers, opinion leaders, and the media.
Major sponsors for this year's gala were Eversource, Partners HealthCare, AllWays Health Partners, and South Cove Community Health Center. The event was held at the Copley Westin Hotel in Boston.