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`Compassionate leader' hailed; Leominster woman honored with award.

Byline: Karen L. Nugent

LEOMINSTER - Gail M. Allen, a Leominster lawyer, a trustee of HealthAlliance Leominster Hospital and a member of St. Leo's Parish, was one of six recipients of the 12th annual White Mass Award given by the Catholic Diocese of Worcester, the St. Luke Society and the Guild of Our Lady of Providence.

Ms. Allen and the others were honored for their work promoting health care for the disadvantaged.

The Mass and ceremony, presided over by the Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, bishop of the Worcester Diocese, took place last month at the Chapel of Our Lady of Providence at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester.

Patrick Muldoon, president and CEO of Leominster Hospital, described Ms. Allen at the ceremony as a compassionate leader who has helped spearhead quality and patient safety initiatives.

"Many of our successes are due to Gail's leadership and unwavering commitment to providing exceptional, accessible care to all members of the community," Mr. Muldoon said.

Besides her hospital work, he said, Ms. Allen, a wife, mother and new grandmother, advocates for youth in the court system, and for others in need of assistance, including Our Father's House in Fitchburg, Boys and Girls Club of North Worcester County, the Leominster Council on Aging and the Leominster Multi-Service Center.

Ms. Allen was nominated for the award by Cathy Pimley, chaplain at Leominster Hospital.

"Gail is a leader in health care quality improvement within the HealthAlliance system, and across the commonwealth," Ms. Pimley said. "Gail works tirelessly and humbly to focus medical and local programs on their initial mission of healing and advocacy for those they serve.

"In a culture of continual regulatory and budgetary change, her voice and presence is a reminder to those in leadership that God's healing and our service goes hand-in-hand," Ms. Pimley said at the ceremony.

When asked why she spends so much of her own time helping others, Ms. Allen simply said: "I never ask why I do this - I usually ask why others don't. It's a privilege and honor to help other people, and I'm very grateful and humbled to receive the award."



CUTLINE: From left, Robert Allen, Gail Allen, Chaplain Cathy Pimley and Patrick Muldoon at the White Mass Award ceremony in Worcester.
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Date:Nov 19, 2009
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