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Blanket Statement

Members of the Westfield State University chapter of the Lambda Sigma National Honor Society recently delivered homemade blankets to Noble Hospital. As part of a project to make fleece blankets to donate to homeless shelters and hospitals around the community, the chapter donated 16 fleece blankets, with various colors and designs, to Noble Hospital, which will give the blankets to injured or sick children and elderly patients who may feel scared or overwhelmed when they come into the hospital. Top left: Kerry Alcott, Katharyn Thomann, and Elizabeth Aspinwall deliver a blanket to Emergency Department patient Kay Bovat. Top right: Alcott, Aspinwall, and Thomann unload donated blankets with the help of Allison Gearing-Kalill, Noble’s vice president of Community Development. Left: Felicia Bycenski, nurse manager of the Emergency Department; Aspinwall; Thomann; Alcott; Dr. David Peterson, emergency medical physician; Dr. Stanley Strzempko, vice president of Medical Affairs; and Ronald Bryant, president and CEO of Noble Hospital.

Awards Reception

Close to 50 physicians and supporters paid tribute to two of their own recently at the Mercy Medical Center 2011 Physician Service Awards reception at the Federal in Agawam. The Distinguished Service Award was presented to Dr. Chhewang Norsang, attending psychiatrist on the Adult Inpatient Unit at Providence Behavioral Health Hospital. He was recognized for his professional demeanor, clinical ability, kindness, and willingness to be available to patients and staff. The Service to the Greater Springfield Community Award was presented to Dr. Anand Kanjolia, a member of the practice at Cardiology and Internal Medicine Associates in Springfield. Recognized as a role model for other providers, Kanjolia also volunteers his clinical services to Pioneer Valley Free Health Services in East Longmeadow. Pictured, from left, are Mark Fulco, vice president of Strategy and Marketing for the Sisters of Providence Health System; SPHS CEO Daniel Moen; Norsang; Kanjolia; and Scott Wolf, vice president of Medical Affairs and chief medical officer at Mercy Medical Center.