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HealthAlliance Guild Donates $72,000 for Hospital Chapel

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Pictured, from left, are Patrick Muldoon, Jean Grady, Mona Holforty and Bea Porrell, volunteers at the hospital’s Leominster campus, and Doris Durrin and Elaine Caiazzi, volunteers at the Burbank campus in Fitchburg.

LEOMINSTER– At the annual meeting of the HealthAlliance Hospital Guild held in May, members proudly presented a check in the amount of $72,000 to hospital President and CEO Patrick Muldoon for the construction of the hospital’s new interfaith chapel. This donation was made possible by the tireless dedication and fund-raising efforts of the Guild’s Leominster and Burbank Gift Shops.

“These funds allow HealthAlliance Hospital to move forward to construct a new interfaith chapel where patients and families can find peace and comfort,” said Muldoon.

Nearly $60,000 of the funds raised came from the gift shops located on both the Burbank and Leominster campuses. Leominster Gift Shop Manager Mona Holforty has been a volunteer at the Leominster campus since 1974.

“Our gift shop volunteers work very hard and are very supportive of each other,” stated Holforty, who has volunteered more than 10,000 hours for the hospital.

The chapel has been a major focus and received unanimous support from the Guild, said President Jean Grady.

“This project has been a longtime coming, and we are very excited to see the chapel project moving forward,” she said.

Sister Catherine Pimley, director of Pastoral Services at HealthAlliance Hospital, emphasized the importance of healing not only the body, but also the mind and spirit.

“We want our patients and their families to know when they enter our doors that we value spirituality as part of overall, holistic health care,” she said. “As our diverse regional communities continue to expand, we find that more patients and families are asking for a place to pray, especially when faced with complex medical issues.”

The chapel will be located at the Leominster campus in the entrance D lobby. When completed, the chapel will be able to seat 15 to 20 people.

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