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Orchard Hills club donates to Simonds-Sinon center.


Orchard Hills Athletic Club of Lancaster held its second annual Day of Hope in March, raising $9,105 for the Simonds-Sinon Regional Cancer Center. The event began 14 years ago as the club's Spin for Hope, with participants cycling to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Over the years it has grown to include more than 250 participants. Tim Richards, former owner and CEO of Orchard Hills Athletic Club, was a driving force behind the success of this fundraising effort. Mr. Richards passed away in January. Cindy Curley, general manager at Orchard Hills, stated, "It was a great day for us and it was a privilege. Tim's mission was always one of helping the community and we intend to continue it." The event has grown over the years to include Aqua Fitness, Yoga, Body Pump, Body Attack, Body Vive and Zumba classes, along with 3 on 3 Basketball.

Many local businesses contributed to the success of the day through donations to the basket raffle, or by providing refreshments for the event, including Panera Bread, Sal's Pizza and Wyman's. The raffle raised $5,000 of the event proceeds with gift certificates, items and baskets being donated by club members, area businesses and people from throughout the community.

Fallon Clinic has announced the addition of Dr. Teresa Schraeder to its medical team. She will practice in Fallon Clinic's Department of Adult Urgent Care in Worcester.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, she received her medical degree from the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. She completed her internship and residency at the Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge. She completed her fellowship with the Kaiser Family Health Care Journalism Fellowship in Menlo Park, Calif., and The New England Journal of Medicine Editorial Fellowship in Boston.

Dr. Joseph R. DiFranza, a professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2011 recipient of the Henry Ingersoll Bowditch Award for Excellence in Public Health.

Named after a leading figure in medicine and public health in the 19th century, the award is presented to a Massachusetts physician who demonstrates creativity, commendable citizenship, initiative, innovation and leadership in the public health and advocacy fields. He will receive the award, one of the society's most prestigious honors, at the organization's annual Public Health Forum April 27 at the society's headquarters in Waltham.

Dr. DiFranza is being recognized for his years of research, advocacy, and activism in anti-tobacco efforts for children. His research in the early 1990s, documenting that laws prohibiting tobacco sales to minors were being ignored, led to a federal mandate that states adopt and enforce laws prohibiting tobacco sales to minors. His development of the Hooked on Nicotine Checklist, which he has distributed free and which has been translated into 18 languages, assists physicians in identifying the onset of nicotine dependence. And he has been a strong advocate against the marketing of tobacco to children, organizing physicians around the country to study the impact of tobacco advertising on children.

Dr. DiFranza is a 1981 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School and received his B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1976. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest academic honor society, and Alpha Omega Alpha, the national medical honor society. He resides in Princeton.

Fallon Clinic announced the appointment of Dr. Leon Josephs, Dr. Seema Naravane and Dr. Aaron Mendel to its board of trustees.

A resident of North Easton, Dr. Josephs is chief of general and vascular surgery at Fallon Clinic in Worcester Medical Center and chief of surgery at St. Vincent Hospital. In addition to being a surgeon at Fallon Clinic, Dr. Josephs is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. He has served in Kuwait and Baghdad as part of a small, mobile surgical team.

Dr. Naravane, a resident of Northboro, practices internal medicine at Fallon Clinic in Millbury. She attended medical school at Government Medical College in Nagpur, India, and completed her internship and residency at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.

Dr. Mendel, a resident of Holden, practices obstetrics and gynecology at Fallon Clinic in the Worcester Medical Center and has delivered over 2,000 babies in his career with Fallon Clinic. He attended the University of Michigan and completed his residency at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine.

Beginning May 2, Dr. Alexandra Schultes will join Dr. Valerie Moreland and Dr. Jennifer Nohrden at the newly expanded Sterling Family Medicine practice at 50 Leominster Road, Sterling. Dr. Schultes cares for patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors, and specializes in women's health, pediatric services, dermatology and minor surgical procedures.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School and completed her residency at UMass Memorial/UMass Medical School. She is on the medical staff at Clinton Hospital and is a longtime member of UMass Memorial Medical Group.

Need health insurance? UMass Memorial Health Care counselors will be available to explain health insurance and food stamp programs, answer questions and fill out and submit paperwork to determine eligibility from 6 to 8 p.m. April 25 at Epworth United Methodist Church, 64 Salisbury St., Worcester; 6 to 8 p.m. April 26 at St. Anne's, 130 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury; 8:30 a.m. to noon April 27 at the Worcester Trial Court, Registry of Probate, 225 Main St., Worcester; 6 to 8 p.m. April 28 at Akwaaaba African Clinic, International Central Gospel Church, 52 Harlem St., Worcester.

For more information, call (508) 334-9300 or email

VNA Care Network and Hospice is hosting free Keep Well clinics where residents 60 and older may have their blood pressure checked and learn about health concerns. Blood sugar, weight monitoring and other health assessments are available at most locations. 9 to 11 a.m. April 21 at the Senior Center, 250 Main St., Marlboro; noon to 2 p.m. April 21 at Council on Aging, 1 Park St., Sterling; 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 21 at the Senior Housing, Glen Road, Hudson; 12:30 to 2 p.m. April 26 at Brigham Circle, 6 Brigham Circle, Hudson; 1 to 2 p.m. April 26 at the Senior Center, 119 Bearfoot Road, Northboro.

For more information, call (888) 663-3688.

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CUTLINE: (1) Orchard Hills Athletic Club raised $9,105 for the Simonds-Sinod Regional Cancer Center. From left are Sophia Bogdasarian, nurse manager at the center; Rose Tasca, raffle coordinator; Rose Earley, Orchard Hills club; and Mary Jane Ruth, Simonds-Sinon. (2) Dr. Schraeder (3) Dr. DiFranza

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Date:Apr 21, 2011
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