SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, May 4, 2021 – Harrington HealthCare System has been named as this year’s recipient of the George Vasil Community Award by the YMCA of Central Massachusetts.
The YMCA of Central Massachusetts Tri-Community Family Branch in Southbridge, along with the Board of Governors, has chosen to award Harrington HealthCare System the award for its role in caring for the community in a variety of ways throughout the pandemic.
The George Vasil Community Service Award is traditionally given to a person or group in the Southbridge, Sturbridge, and Charlton (Tri-Community) area who work tirelessly for the greater needs of others within their community, without expecting anything in return.
“Harrington without a doubt has played a major role in the last 12 months to help curb the pandemic,” said YMCA of Central Massachusetts Tri-Community Family Branch Director Christina Hadis-Blackwell. “From assisting residents in the wide geographic area that Harrington serves to continue to be a silent yet powerful partner to agencies within the community, Harrington Healthcare System has stepped up and led the way in assisting so many in the community.”
“We are extremely honored by this award by the YMCA Tri-Community,” said Ed Moore, President and CEO of Harrington HealthCare System. “This award shows how hard this organization and our employees have worked to protect the community and fight against the pandemic.”
In announcing the award, Hadis-Blackwell noted several specific actions that led to Harrington being selected as this year’s award recipient. Those actions included: working with local and state leaders to designate the YMCA Child Care Center as an emergency care center for children of hospital employees, first responders, and essential employees who needed a safe and secure place for their children while parents or guardians worked to fight the pandemic; providing efficient and compassionate COVID testing and vaccination services to the local community; and supporting the wellbeing of the community in other ways, such as when the Harrington Auxiliary members donated to the YMCA Child Care Center to ensure that all of the center’s children had holiday gifts.
The award was officially presented to Harrington HealthCare System President and CEO Ed Moore virtually at the YMCA of Central Massachusetts 2021 Annual Meeting.
Harrington HealthCare System is a comprehensive regional healthcare system serving more than 25 communities across south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. The system includes Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Harrington HealthCare at Webster and three additional major medical office buildings: Harrington HealthCare at Charlton, Harrington HealthCare at 169, also in Charlton, and Harrington HealthCare at Spencer; Harrington Physician Services, our primary care and multi-specialty physician group; UrgentCare Express at Harrington in Charlton and Oxford; The Cancer Center at Harrington in Southbridge, and the region’s largest Behavioral Health programs for mental health and substance use.