Chair Patricia Comeau, Methuen School Nurses Chair
Vice Chair Brian Zahn, Lawrence Public Health Chair
Treasurer Marsha Froburg, Anna Jaques Hospital
Secretary Maureen Travis, Wilmington School Nurses Chair
Other Members of Regional Council:
Gayle Burke, Holy Family Hospital Chair
Janet Dickinson, Gloucester Public Schools Co-Chair
Tracy Fernald, Bedford Public Health Chair
Marie Freeman, Northeast Hospital/Beverly Co-Chair
Judith Gross, Northeast Health Systems, Addison Gilbert Hospital
David Guiney, Tewskbury Hospital DPH, Unit 7 representative
Diane Lee, Lawrence General Hospital Chair
Kay Marshall, Anna Jaques Hospital
Niki Mulloy, Haverhill School Nurses Co-Chair
Francine O’Connell, Salem Hospital Co-Chair
Norma Ouellette, Lawrence General Hospital
Kathryn Renzi, Merrimack Valley Hospital Co-Chair
Kathleen Skehan, Beverly Hospital
Aline Smith, Salem Hospital
Patricia Sullivan, Lawrence General Hospital
Designee to North Shore Labor Council:
Jim Winnett, Whidden Hospital/Cambridge Health Alliance
Staff: Peggy O’Malley, Office Manager
Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, Co-Chairs: Lisa Cyr-Wilmot and Christine Campbell
Bedford Public Health, Chair: Tracy Fernald
Gloucester Public Schools, Co-Chairs: Janet Dickinson and Tammy Normand
Haverhill School Nurse, Co-Chairs: Anne Orlando and Niki Mulloy
Holy Family Hospital, Co-Chairs: Gayle Burke and Jeff Janco
Lawrence General Hospital, Chair: Diane Lee
Lawrence Public Health, Chair: Brian Zahn
Merrimack Valley Hospital, Haverhill, Co-Chairs: Kathy Renzi and Claire Walsh
Methuen Public Schools, Chair: Patty Comeau
Lahey Health/Northeast Hospital Corporation (Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, Beverly Hospital) Co-Chairs: Marie Freeman and Jeanine Burns
North Shore Medical Center, Co-Chairs: Fran O’Connell and Joanne Raby
Unit 7 - RNs and Health Care Professionals of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts:
Fernald Developmental Center in Waltham
Hogan Regional Center , Chair: Joseph Samaro
Department of Developmental Services,
Northeast Region Office in Danvers
DDS Metro Region in Waltham
Department of Mental Health, Tewksbury Hospital Hathorne Unit, Chair: Dean Crowley Department of Public Health, Tewksbury Hospital, Chair: Al DeSantis
Wilmington School Nurses, Chair: Maureen Travis
Monthly Regional Council 4 meetings are well-attended, providing the forum for decision-making and learning from one another the challenges and opportunities in our bargaining units and throughout the Region.
We have welcomed to Regional Council 4 the leaders of our two new bargaining units, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen and the Haverhill School Nurses, at our Regional Council 4 meetings.
Two new members were appointed to At-Large positions on Regional Council: Aline Smith of Salem Hospital and Kathleen Skehan of Beverly Hospital.
We provide up to $250 in reimbursement to 75 of our members to attend MNA Convention and participate in determining the future of our Association.
We have welcomed nursing students:
RNs in the BSN nursing program at UMass/Lowell have come to Regional Council 4 meetings to witness leadership by staff nurses, learn about the benefits of collective bargaining, and engage in open discussions about shared goals.
We have hosted members of the Massachusetts Student Nurses Association to participate in their MASNA meetings via videoconference from the Region 4 office.
Legislation and Political Action
Region 4 members are actively collecting signatures for the Safe Staffing ballot initiative.
We continued to work with the North Shore Labor Council, the Merrimack Valley Labor Council, and the Jobs with Justice Coalition on shared priorities, including resisting moves against public employees. We are very grateful to Jim Winnett who represents MNA Region 4 on the North Shore Labor Council.
Region 4 nurses actively lobbied our state legislators on the state-wide need for Taunton State Hospital to remain open as a critical component of mental health services which are inadequate to the needs we see every day.
Region 4 Scholarships
Fifteen Region 4 members pursuing higher education applied for the five Region 4 scholarships this year. These members have each been awarded a $1,500 scholarship:
Jennifer Burke, Tewksbury Hospital, Department of Public Health, pursuing MSN
David Guiney, Tewksbury Hospital, Department of Public Health, pursuing MSN
Kathleen Murphy, Brigham and Womens Hospital, pursuing PhD.
Constance Nkwantah, Whidden Hospital – Cambridge Health Alliance, pursuing BSN
Meredith Scannell, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, pursuing PhD.
MNA Continuing Education Programs
All of our CE programs, coordinated by our Education Committee and Mary Sue Howlett, have been very well-attended, often exceeding 100 participants.
MNA Labor School
Tom Breslin has taught evening classes at the Region 4 office. Attendance has unfortunately been light but those who participate recognize the great value of the material learned.
RN to BSN Program
Region 4 hosted a handful of members who participated in this valuable videoconference program from MNA Canton.
CE Reimbursement Benefit
In fiscal year ’13, we spent over $11,000 to reimburse 138 members up to $100 for the costs of continuing education, certification or APN licensure.
Massachusetts Nurses Foundation
Our $1,000 donation to the MNF Golf Tournament sponsored a foursome of Salem Hospital nurses.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy which devastated many of our nursing colleagues in New York, we donated $500 to the New York State Nurses Association Disaster Relief Fund.
We contributed $500 to each of these three local organizations: Cape Ann Food Pantry in Gloucester, My Brothers Table in Lynn, and the Merrimack Valley Food Bank in Lowell.
We continued our collection of hats, scarves, mittens and gloves for school-age kids. We deliver them to nurses in our five MNA school nurse bargaining units and through the Lawrence Public Health Department.