On June 19, the Greater Chicopee Chamber of Commerce partnered with Health New England to produce a Health Care Expo and Career Fair at the Castle of Knights in Chicopee. The event offered the public an opportunity to meet companies in the health care industry and learn about their products, services, and career opportunities. Clockwise from top left: Brett Salls of Baystate Rehabilitation Care meets with Cheryl McGrath of Baystate Reference Labs; Tim McCormack of Beltone New England explains a hearing product to Mary Montemagni of Chicopee; Donna Harvey (left) and Wanda Banks of Elms College talk with Patrick Sullivan of Noble VNA; Rebecca Tshonas of Great to Be Home Care gets her blood sugar tested by Ann Manna (center) and Jean Reidy of the Chicopee Visiting Nurse Assoc.
Chad Mullin (left), director of Diagnostic Services, welcomes Master Sgt. Keir Darcey back to Baystate Mary Lane Hospital after his 14-month tour of duty with the Massachusetts Army National Guard, including an 11-month deployment to Afghanistan. Darcey is a respiratory therapist at the hospital. This was the seventh time Darcey had been ordered to active duty for the federal government since his employment at Baystate Mary Lane 1998. His previous activations included performing medical duties in Bosnia, 2001-02; augmenting base security at Westover Air Force Base, 2002-04; and a return to the Balkans as a medic in Kosovo, 2006-07. Darcey has also been activated several times for U.S.-based emergencies, including Hurricane Katrina relief operations in 2005. “I’ve been in the Army since I was 17, and I’m still in after 24 years of service,” he said. “I was in Panama at the beginning of 1990, and then was deployed to Iraq later that year.” After serving almost four years as a medic with the 82d Airborne Division, Darcey completed the Army’s respiratory therapy program before coming to work at BMLH.
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