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Manet Starts Search For New CEO; Tuttle Leaving In June

The Board of Directors of Manet Community Health Center has formed a search committee to identify a new Chief Executive Officer, with the resignation of current CEO, Henry N. Tuttle, who will leave Manet in June after six years to take a new post in southern California.

Henry Tuttle

Henry Tuttle

The Board has named Manet’s Senior Director for Public Policy, Public Affairs and Program Development, Cynthia H. Sierra, as Interim CEO while the search for Tuttle’s successor is underway. Sierra,who has a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health, joined Manet in 1997. More recently, she was a graduate of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA Foundation’s Massachusetts Institute for Community Health Leadership.

Sierra was instrumental in Manet’s success in winning capital development and new access point federal funding for expansion, as well as a first-in-the-nation grant from Gov. Deval Patrick’s Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund for evidence based interventions and e-referral implementation to prevent and address the most common chronic illness with a consortium of nine municipal, clinical and community based organizations across the South Shore.  She also chairs the Blue Hills Community Health Alliance, CHNA 20, a volunteer coalition of public, nonprofit and private sectors working for a healthier community.

“The Board is pleased to appoint Ms. Sierra to this interim position.  She has demonstrated significant commitment to Manet and the principles and practices of community health. She will provide the continuity and stability needed to continue Manet’s momentum and expansion plans while the search committee reviews CEO candidates,” said Board President Henry (Hank) L. Rittal.  Sierra will return to her director’s position upon the conclusion of the search process.

“We on the Board congratulate Henry on the many accomplishments we have achieved together during his tenure, and wish him well in his new endeavor,” said Rittal.  Over the past six years, Manet has increased its operating revenues by 39.2% to $12.5M, grown its employee base by 60%, and overseen a massive effort to enroll over 15,000 residents into health insurance coverage since the passage of health care reform in 2008.  “Manet has become a springboard to significant careers in health care, because we have focused on health care leadership, innovation, quality and access, and we will maintain this focus as we provide comprehensive primary care and supportive social services to our patients and clients in southeastern Massachusetts.”

Tuttle will assume the position of CEO of the Council of Community Clinics, headquartered in San Diego, CA, which includes a network of more than 100 practice sites throughout San Diego, Imperial and Riverside Counties serving close to 2 million patient encounters annually. The Council also includes companies that handle group purchasing, training and technical assistance for primary care practices, physicians groups, health, educational and social services agencies regionally and nationwide.

“After 10 years of heading up community health centers here in Massachusetts, I’m excited about this new opportunity to widen access to quality health care and related services for the diverse communities of southern California,” said Tuttle. “I’ll be able to apply the wisdom we’ve gained in Massachusetts from implementing health care and cost reform to a broader geographic and demographic area as the Affordable Care Act rolls out in California.”

Tuttle, a Massachusetts native, is proud of Manet’s emergence as a leader among community health centers. “I’ve never met a more dedicated group of health care providers, allied health and administrative professionals.  Manet’s care teams care about their patients and believe in their mission of equal health care access for all,” said Tuttle, who will work with Interim CEO Sierra through June for a seamless handoff.

The Manet Board plans to use Manet’s annual Dinner and Auction on May 1 to wish Tuttle well and celebrate Manet’s recent achievements over the past year in health care leadership, innovation, quality and access. These are detailed in Manet’s 2013 Annual Report, which will be released for the first time at the fundraising event at the Boston Quincy Marriott, which is open to the public.

The evening’s festivities will include presentation of Manet’s most prestigious honor, the Manet Medallion, to the Curry Family for their generosity and citizenship in establishing the Marie A. Curry Fund in 1998, which over the years raised more than $1 million for free cancer screening and awareness programs at Quincy Medical Center. Members of the Curry Family, including Bob Curry and his children, Sean Curry and Julie (Curry) Johnson, are expected to accept the award.

Manet recently opened a new practice site in Taunton, its sixth practice location in southeastern Massachusetts. In addition, Manet is undergoing major renovations at its North Quincy and Hull practice sites, where it plans to open two Centers for Older Adults and a Center for Primary Care in Public Housing. New services on the horizon include vision services, behavioral health, and an expanded low-cost pharmacy program.

The Board has set interim goals for the next three months, emphasizing its strategic planning, network development, capital expansion and optimum staffing of its growing facilities to ensure excellent patient care.

The search committee for Manet’s next CEO is led by the executive leadership of the board. In addition to Rittal, it includes Chris Cogdill, Vice President; John J. Galluzzo, Secretary; Robert J. Griffin, Treasurer; Joe Reardon, Past President; and, Barbara Morris, chair of Manet’s Human Resources Committee.

Interested candidates for the position may forward their credentials and cover letter to careers@manetchc.org.

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City Offering Discounted Rain Barrells

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The City of Quincy has partnered with the Great American Rain Barrel Company in Hyde Park to offer rain barrels to residents at a discount to help conserve water and save money.

Each UV protected polyethylene rain barrel is manufactured in the USA from a recycled shipping drum that stands 39″ tall by 24″ wide and weighs 20 lbs. empty with a wall thickness of 3/16″, resulting in a rigid, heavy duty rain barrel that will last virtually forever.

The barrel comes complete with overflow fittings, drain plug, screw on cover, and a threaded spigot with a choice of two ports to use with either a watering can or a garden hose. The rain barrel arrives with simple instructions for fast and easy installation.

Quincy  is offering the Great American Rain Barrel in three colors; Forest Green, Earth Brown or Nantucket Gray at the low cost of  $65 versus the retail price of $119.  To take advantage of this community program discount please go to:

https://www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com/c-166-quincy.aspx

or call (800)251-2352.

Barrels will be available for pick up on Tuesday May 27th, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Quincy DPW Parking Lot, 55 Sea St, Quincy MA 02169.

Deadline for ordering is: May 20th at 5 p.m.

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25th Annual Cleaner, Greener Quincy May 3

Mayor Thomas P. Koch announces the 25th annual Cleaner, Greener Quincy celebration will be held on Saturday, May 3rd. The cleanup will occur at beaches, marshes, neighborhood parks, playgrounds, schoolyards and open space areas citywide from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Mayor Koch will host an appreciation cookout at Pageant Field following the cleanup.

“Twenty-five years ago we began this program as a way of getting people involved in beautifying their neighborhood,” said Mayor Koch.  ”Today, a quarter century later, the example we set has been emulated by towns across the South Shore.  It’s something we can all take pride in.”

The annual cleanup draws close to 1,500 volunteers from across the City. Last year, more than twenty public areas were designated as cleanup sites, many at the suggestion of local residents.  The city’s elementary and middle schools participated enthusiastically, contributing greatly to the overall aesthetics of school grounds.

Cleaner Greener is sponsored by the City of Quincy, the Quincy Park Conservancy, Curry Hardware and Hannaford Supermarket.

Residents are encouraged to designate neighborhood cleanup sites and can contact the Quincy Park Department at (617) 376-1251 or crooneyo@quincyma.gov to do so.

Current Locations:

Ward One: Atherton Hough Elementary School, Merrymount School, Perkins Field, Chickatabot/Norton Road beaches, Baker Beach, Palmer Street Seawall, Sandy Beach, Fire Station Beach, Gull Point, Snug Harbor School, O’Hara Circle/Heron Road Beach and Playground, Back Beach/end of Delano Avenue, LaBrecque Field, Edgewater Drive, Souther Tide Mill and Brill Field.

Ward Two: Avalon Beach, Mound Street Beach, Joy Hanlon Field, Point Webster Middle School, Marshall Elementary School, Faxon Park.

Ward Three: The Bog, Bishop Field, Montclair School, Newport/Beale Intersection and Old Colony @ Beale, Wollaston School and Safford Park.

Ward Four: Lincoln Hancock Elementary School, Sterling Middle School, Kincaide Field, O’Rourke Park, Flaherty Field, Taber Street WWII Memorial, Abigail Adams Park.

 Ward Five: Butler Pond, Dorothy Quincy House, Beechwood Knoll, Sailor’s Pond, Merrymount Park/Trails, Josiah Quincy House, Bernazzani School, Freedom Park, Bobby Burns Park, Walter Hannon Parkway/Paul Harold Bridge, Thomas Crane Library, End of Wayland Street.

Ward Six: Orchard Beach, Nickerson Beach, Squantum School, Squaw Rock, North Quincy High School and Teel Field, Parker School, Cavanagh Field, The Kennedy Center, Vane Street Parking Area, Neponset Landing area @ 2 Hancock.

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Job Gains Reported In Boston-Cambridge-Quincy Area

The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) reports the seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for March dropped in 20 labor market areas and rose in two areas according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Over the year unemployment rates fell in 21 areas and increased in one.

The preliminary statewide unadjusted unemployment rate estimate for March was 6.6 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point from February.  Over the year, the statewide unadjusted rate was down 0.5 of a percentage point from the March 2013 rate of 7.1 percent.

During March, 11 of 12 areas for which job estimates are published recorded seasonal job gains while one area lost jobs.  The largest job gain was in the Boston-Cambridge-Quincy area followed by the Worcester, Springfield, Barnstable, and Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton areas.  The Pittsfield area recorded a loss of jobs.  Since last March,11 of the 12 areas added jobs with the largest percentage gains in the Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury, New Bedford, Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, and Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner areas. The Pittsfield area lost jobs.

The seasonally adjusted statewide March unemployment rate, released on April 17th, was 6.3 percent, down 0.2 of a percentage point over the month and down 0.6 of a percentage point over the year.  The statewide seasonally adjusted jobs estimate showed an 8,100 job gain in March and an over the year gain of 50,400 jobs.

The labor force, unemployment rates and jobs estimates for Massachusetts, and for every other state, are based on several different statistical methodologies specified by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The unadjusted unemployment rates and job estimates for the labor market areas reflect seasonal fluctuations and therefore may show different levels and trends than the statewide seasonally adjusted estimates.

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Programs At Quincy History Society Tuesday, Thursday

Quincy Historical Society will offer an afternoon and an evening program during Patriots’ Day week.

Tuesday April 22, at 2 p.m. – “The Fore River Ships” with Wayne Miller.

An encore of last year’s highly successful evening presentation.  Mr. Miller, who grew up in Quincy, set out some years ago to assemble a collection of pictures of every named ship built at Fore River.  He completed the task in 2011, and the best of his images are collected in a book published by Arcadia Publishing. Mr. Miller will present a power-point of images from his collection, discuss the history of the ships, and talk about his experiences in tracking down all the images.  A book signing will follow his presentation.

Thursday, April 24, at 7 p.m. –  ”The Legacies of the War of 1812″ with Margherita Desy, historian at the Naval History and Heritage Command Detachment, Boston.

The lecture is part of a collaboration between Adams National Historical Park and the Historical Society to mark the war’s bicentennial.  Ms. Desy will discuss the war’s several legacies, including the long-standing undefended border with Canada—the longest such border in the world—the war’s effects on Native Americans, and commemorations of the war through memorials and the preservation of the U.S.S. Constitution.

Both programs are at the Adams Academy.  Admission is free.

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