GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

September 6, 2013

Gloucester woman, doctor to be honored for service

Senior Lookout
Anne Springer

---- — On Sept. 26, SeniorCare Inc. will hold its Annual Meeting and Fundraiser at the Vittori Rocci Post in Beverly. Each year, several prestigious awards are made, but normally the names are not revealed until the meeting. This year, SeniorCare is doing so ahead of the meeting, to give family, friends, and well-wishers a chance to attend in honor of the recipients.

This year’s recipient of the Rosemary F. Kerry Community Service Award is Lydia Bertolino, a lifelong resident of Gloucester. The outreach coordinator at Rose Baker Senior Center, she’s also vice chairman of the Ladies Guild at Holy Family Parish and a member of its Pastoral Council. In 1994, Ms. Bertolino received the North Shore RSVP John Allie Eaton Award for outstanding community service and, in 1998, the Massachusetts Senior Services Award. In 2001, the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys recognized her efforts on behalf of senior citizens and their families. Formerly the executive director of the Topsfield Council on Aging, she also previously spent 35 years at SeniorCare Inc. She originated or shepherded several programs to success, including the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program and the Money Management Program. A trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselor, she spent countless hours assisting people with insurance issues. Her last assignment was as Director of RSVP Volunteers of the North Shore.

The Myra L. Herrick Outstanding Older American Award will be awarded to Richard Garrett. Mr. Garrett graduated from Notre Dame and completed his Master of Business Administration degree at Babson College, then worked for several major corporations, including Peat, Marwick, Mitchell; General Electric; Digital Equipment Corp.; and HP Hood. He is a longtime volunteer, first for Project Rap and later for SeniorCare and Hospice of the North Shore. An avid golfer, he’s been playing for 50 years, starting as a caddy at age 10. He has two adult children and continues to volunteer.

Richard Sagall, M.D., will receive a special Board of Directors Award for his work with the Gloucester-based NeedyMeds (http://www.needymeds.org/), an online information resource of programs that provide assistance to people who are unable to afford their medications and health care costs. Dr. Sagall also operates Pediatrics for Parents (http://www.pedsforparents.com/) and is on the board at Cape Ann Community Television, as well as SeniorCare’s Advisory Council.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Thomas E. Sullivan, M.D. Dr. Sullivan joined DrFirst (http://www.drfirst.com/) in 2004 after completing his term as President of the Massachusetts Medical Society. He is known throughout the healthcare industry as the father of the Continuity of Care Record (“CCR”) and a leader on the future of healthcare technology. He is assisting DrFirst in ensuring that Rcopia and their clinical network services continue to add the functionality necessary to maintain a leadership position both in electronic prescribing and in the channel of communication between various sectors of the healthcare community and the physician. Dr. Sullivan is nationally active in many organized medical groups, is a past co-chairman of the Physicians EHR Consortium, a delegate to the AMA, vice chairman of the New England Delegation and currently the chairman of the US Department of Commerce Healthcare Industry Identity Ecosystem Committee.

For more information about SeniorCare’s Annual Meeting, or for tickets or sponsorships, please call Ilia Stacy, development officer, at 978-281-1750 x503.

Anne Springer is the public relations director of SeniorCare Inc., Cape Ann’s local area agency on aging. To reach SeniorCare, call 978-281-1750.

If you go What: SeniorCare Inc. Annual Meeting and Fundraiser. When: Sept. 26 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Cash bar opens at 5:45 p.m. Where: Vittori Rocci Post, 43 Brimbal Ave. in Beverly. How much: $60 or $450 for eight; choice of Stuffed Chicken Breast, Sliced Top Sirloin, or Vegetarian. Call Ilia Stacy, development officer, at 978-281-1750 x503.