March 27, 2012

Harrington Names Sean Mitchell Development Director

SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass., March 27, 2012 -- Harrington HealthCare System has named Sean Mitchell as its new Director of Development.

Mitchell, a resident of Monson, is former Director of Development for Valley Health Systems, which includes Holyoke Medical Center.

"We are extremely pleased to be able to hire Sean Mitchell as our new Director of Development," said Edward H. Moore, President and CEO of Harrington HealthCare System. "Our hiring of Sean comes as we announce our $8.8 million fundraising campaign, called Strengthening Our Future, to rebuild the aging Emergency Department on our Webster campus."

Moore introduced Mitchell to the community as he announced the public phase of the Strengthening Our Future campaign at an event at the Webster campus, Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard, on March 16. As Director of Development, Mitchell will be in charge of the Strengthening Our Future campaign as well as other Harrington fundraising initiatives.

The $8.8 million Strengthening Our Future campaign, fueled by a $4 million anonymous challenge match from a local donor, will enable Harrington HealthCare at Hubbard to continue to deliver the highest quality care to its patients. The anonymous donor will match donations, dollar for dollar, up to $4 million.

The planned reconstruction of the Emergency Department includes nine treatment rooms, up from the current five, new state-of-the-art equipment, and expansion of the overall size of the department from 3,000 square feet to 10,000 square feet.

"After being involved in development and fundraising for over 13 years, I am truly looking forward to this endeavor since this organization is right in my own backyard and is a part of my community," Mitchell said.

Harrington HealthCare System has conducted fundraising activities but has had no formal Development Department or Director of Development since its successful campaign several years ago to fund the construction of a new medical office building at 94 South Street on its Southbridge campus.

Mitchell most recently was Managing Partner of Pioneer Valley Development Associates, a Holyoke-based consulting firm that assisted small to medium-sized non-profits in their fundraising and communications efforts. Prior to that, he directed management and supervision of all development staff and development-related programs as Director of Development for Valley Health Systems, which included Holyoke Medical Center, Holyoke Visiting Nurses Association, and River Valley Counseling Centers.

He holds a Master of Science in Non-Profit Management from American International College in Springfield and is a candidate for Doctor of Educational Leadership and Supervision at that institution. Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Business Administration from American International College and is a part-time professor at the institution's School of Business for the Master of Science in Non-Profit Management and Master of Public Administration programs. Mitchell also has a Certificate in Fundraising Management from The Fundraising School at Indiana University.