VNA names Valliere chief medical advisor
VNA Care Network & Hospice, 8 Angle St. in Gloucester, has appointed Mary A. Valliere, MD, as chief medical advisor.
Dr. Valliere brings more than two decades of experience to her new role overseeing the medical component of patient care provided by the agency’s home health care, palliative care and hospice clinicians. VNA Care Network & Hospice’s home-based health care helps people of all ages remain at home while dealing with a wide range of illnesses and injuries. The agency’s hospice team offers physical, emotional, spiritual and practical support to terminally ill patients and their loved ones.
With a specialty in palliative medicine, Dr. Valliere has worked to improve the quality and availability of palliative and hospice care for patients and families as well as the health care system in the areas of communication, comfort and continuity of care for all patients facing the end of life.
Her experience includes serving as the senior clinical consultant for the Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) Demonstration and Expansion Projects, palliative care clinical consultant for the UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Memorial Hospice, chief of palliative medicine for UMass Memorial Medical Center and hospitalist for UMass Memorial Medical Center, Fairlawn Rehabilitation Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Dr. Valliere is currently assistant professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester, she was a resident in internal medicine, chief medical resident and faculty scholar fellow in addiction medicine at the Medical Center of Central Massachusetts/Worcester Memorial Hospital. Dr. Valliere was a faculty scholar at the Harvard Medical School Center for Palliative Care. She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Society of Addiction Medicine and American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.
O’Connor joins YMCA board
The YMCA of the North Shore recently welcomed the addition of Liz O’Connor to the Y Association Board. She will be joining 35 Y volunteers in leading the nonprofit organization in strengthening its 25 North Shore communities in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
O’Connor is president of the
Cape Ann Y Board. She is a partner with Kline, Gardner and O’Connor where she has practiced law for the past 20 years. O’Connor is involved with many local nonprofits and is a board member for the Essex County Bar Association.
“Liz is dedicated to helping the Y achieve its mission,” said Jack Meany, chief executive officer of the YMCA of the North Shore, in a statement. “Her perspectives and leadership will have a great impact on the Y’s efforts and prove to be a positive asset to the north shore community.”
Breiter trained to offer housing help
Janet Breiter, broker associate at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, is the first CBRB affiliate in the region to complete a newly-created training program.
The program, “Expanding Housing Opportunities,” launched by
North Shore Association of Realtors (NSAR), is designed to prepare Realtors® to be a specialized resources about affordable housing opportunities. The program is an adjunct to NSAR’s North Shore Homes Program, which operates an online database of homebuying financial grants and loans.
“Affordable housing doesn’t necessarily mean low-income,” said Breiter in a statement. “In Essex County, for example, household family income can be $123,660 to qualify.” Breiter also said that there are many loan programs for qualified, credit-worthy buyers, to achieve the goal of home ownership.
As a result of the EHO training, Breiter explained that she is establishing a collaborative network of lenders, municipal representatives, legal professionals, Internet sites and other resources for client referral purposes.
Along with first-time homebuyers, Breiter said government and municipal employees, including teachers, firefighters and police, and numerous demographic groups, can benefit from her EOH services.
On Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 8 a.m., Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce presents Marc Wayshak, author of “Game Plan Selling” and “Breaking All Barriers,” in an interactive program, at the Elks at Bass Rocks, 101 Atlantic Road, Gloucester.
Wayshak — the sales expert who created the Game Plan Selling System based on his experiences as an All-American athlete, Ivy League graduate, start-up entrepreneur and years of research, training and selling — engages his audience in a highly interactive forum, sharing proven success techniques. Learn how to separate yourself from the competition, use a simple system to close sales more quickly and with greater frequency, immediately connect with, qualify and close the best prospects.
The morning starts at 7:30 a.m. with check-in and networking, followed by the program at 8 a.m. For reservations email Robert Heidt at email@example.com.
Cost is $35 for members (advance), $40 for members (week/day of), $45 for future members. Fee includes a copy of the book “Game Plan Selling” and a continental breakfast.
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