April 8, 2022
UMass Memorial Health – Harrington Appoints Two New Board Members

SOUTHBRIDGE, MA, April 8, 2022 – UMass Memorial Health – Harrington, at its Community Hospital Board Meeting in March, elected Gina Plata–Nino and Sarai Rivera to the Board of Directors.

Gina Plata-Nino is a local attorney at the Central West Justice Center in Worcester, working on both the state and federal levels on policy matters affecting low-income families, elders and persons with disabilities. Plato-Nino is the Co-founder and President of the Oon-Jai Foundation, a non-profit organization that seeks to alleviate poverty in Southeast Asia by promoting practical, sustainable, healthy living.

Also elected to the board is Worcester City Councilor Sarai Rivera, MSW. She is serving a sixth two-year term as District Four Councilor working professionally within the Worcester community in the field of human services and mental health. Her extensive experience in the areas of community mental health and interventions for multicultural populations in urban settings has allowed her to dedicate her life’s work to issues of social justice.

“We are extremely thrilled to have these two members as part of our Board,” says Mike Engel, board chair, UMass Memorial Health – Harrington. Diversity is an integral element of our core mission, values, strategies, and key initiatives. We continue to recruit community leaders like Gina Plata–Nino and Sarai Rivera to serve on our various boards who represent the diverse communities that we serve.”

“The community members who volunteer their time are critical to our mission and keep us connected to the people we serve and their unique needs,” said Ed Moore, president, UMass Memorial Health – Harrington. “Gina Plata–Nino and Sarai Rivera bring new skill sets to the Board and with their knowledge and expertise, Harrington can continue to better serve our patients and community.”



UMass Memorial Health – Harrington provides outstanding health care to patients in more than 25 communities throughout south central Massachusetts and northeastern Connecticut. We are dedicated to our role as the health and wellness partner of the people in our communities and we are relentless in the pursuit of healing. Our comprehensive array of health care services and locations provides our patients with unparalleled access to care.  Harrington Hospital in Southbridge provides medical and surgical inpatient care, 24-hour emergency services, inpatient adult psychiatry, an intensive care unit and comprehensive outpatient services. Harrington Hospital at Webster, Harrington at Charlton, Harrington at 169 and Harrington at Sturbridge offer primary care and specialty physicians, diagnostic imaging and more. Harrington Physician Services is our primary care and multi-specialty physician group, UrgentCare Express at Harrington in Oxford serves as a walk-in medical center for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, and the Cancer Center at Harrington in Southbridge allows patients to receive advanced, local oncological and hematology care. Visit www.ummhealth.org/harrington.




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