Christmas Comes Early for Holy Family Hospital Foundation

Year-End Grants to Fund Breast Health, Elder Programs, Artwork

December 24, 2009 – Methuen, MA – Holy Family Hospital’s Foundation today announced three generous holiday season resource grants by Merrimack Valley benefactors that will enhance patient services and the Hospital facility:



  • Abbot and Dorothy H. Stevens Foundation: The private family foundation from North Andover has directed a grant to begin development of Holy Family’s new Breast Center Navigator Program. This will provide newly diagnosed breast cancer patients with proactive support and guidance to counseling and clinical resources, including the Hospital’s groundbreaking  Trilogy Stereotactic precision radiography system.
  • The Art Connection: This consortium of artists from the Greater Boston area has donated 20 original works by thirteen artists: Jessica Burko, Roberto Castro, John Guthrie, Jean Hause, JoAnne Hungate, Faith Hyde, David Kupferman, Leslie Miller, Candy Nartonis, Cora Roth, Radana Safarikova, and Cassandra Tondro. The artwork will be installed for public enjoyment in the Hospital’s new Main Lobby, the Solarium and in various waiting areas.
  • Tufts Health Plan Foundation: Focused on improving the lives of adults 60 and over, the Tufts Health Plan Foundation provides funding for Holy Family’s Osteoporosis Education, Prevention, & Exercise program, a fall prevention and Osteoporosis management program for under-served older adults. “Each of these organizations has validated our 60-years of service to New Hampshire and Massachusetts families and these grants will each meaningfully improve access to physical and social health services for our patients, said the Foundation’s Chief Development Officer Catherine Philbin. “These grants are gifts, arriving during a season which celebrates the community of family and they exemplify community-based partners working together.”


Tova Speter, program manager at The Art Connection added: “We are thrilled to be able to connect donated original artwork with its new appreciative home in Holy Family Hospital, where the art will evoke emotional reactions and give hope to patients as they pursue health, well-being, and recovery. Many thanks go out to our generous art donors who make our program possible by sharing their creative spirit with under-served communities.”


“This year’s grant recipients represent innovative, community-based programs that are truly making a difference in our neighborhoods,” said David Abelman, executive director, Tufts Heath Plan Foundation. “We look forward to partnering with each organization to ensure that we are expanding access to critical services.” These grants arrive on the cusp of the Foundation’s expected 2010 announcement of a multi-year capital giving campaign to fund important facility and service initiatives. Online year-end tax-deductible car, monetary and auction donations can be easily made online on the “Ways of Volunteering & Giving” page of the Holy Family Hospital website:, or by calling Catherine Philbin at: (978) 687-0151 X2487.


About Holy Family Hospital Foundation The Holy Family Hospital Foundation works to endow the medical services, technologies and facilities of Holy Family Hospital, a 271-bed, not-for-profit Catholic hospital. Holy Family has proudly cared for the community for 60 years, serving 450,000 residents from 20 communities across the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire, including Methuen, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover, Haverhill and Salem, NH. Holy Family is fully accredited and has proudly received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, the world leader in evaluating the quality and safety of patient care.


Media Contact: Danielle Perry Caritas Holy Family Hospital (978) 687-0156 x2720