February 26, 2017

Inbox [Feb. 26]: Brown Bag Concerts spring to life, Senior Fraud HelpLine seeks volunteers, Ascentria adds VP, Anna Maria creates new online partnership

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Interesting and worthwhile things happen every day in our community. Alas, we can’t cover them all. That’s where Inbox comes in, to offer readers an easily digestible compilation of interesting and noteworthy items you and your neighbors keep telling us about.

Spring Brown Bag Concert Series schedule announced

Mechanics Hall and WICN-FM (90.5) have announced the schedule for the spring Brown Bag Concert Series.

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Mechanics Hall

The concerts, which run noon-1 p.m. Wednesdays for four weeks beginning March 15, are free and open to the public. The opening concert features Mais 55, comprised of recent Brazilian graduates of Boston’s Berklee College of Music. The group’s mission is to spread awareness of Brazil’s unique musical genres and culture.

More information is available on the Mechanics Hall website

Volunteers needed to staff Senior Fraud HelpLine

RSVP Worcester Area Volunteers is accepting applications from individuals ages 55 and over to staff its new Senior Fraud HelpLine, launching in October.

Have a little Sun Shine: RSVP responds with helping hand

The goal of the HelpLine is to be a recognized safe place for seniors in Worcester County who may be confused or concerned about a phone call, email or other solicitation. National legal entities are calling these scams “the crime of the 21st century.” The $18 trillion of combined wealth in the hands of those 65 and over is what makes them such popular targets.

Volunteers will act as peer-to-peer compassionate listeners, intervene to dissuade callers from responding to high-risk solicitations, and track calls to help identify scams or frauds “trending” in specific cities or towns.

Detailed training is provided. Volunteers must be Worcester County residents and pass a background check. Applications being accepted now for training in the spring.

More information is available on the RSVP Worcester Facebook page

Ascentria adds VP of Quality and Compliance

Ascentria Care Alliance announced the hiring of Patrick Williams to the position of vice president of Quality and Compliance. Williams, who joined Ascentria on Jan. 23, will focus on quality, service and improved performance for Ascentria’s programs with the goal of increasing the value those programs provide to its customers.

Patrick Williams

Courtesy of Ascentria Care Alliance

Patrick Williams

“We are fortunate to have Patrick join us at Ascentria,” said Tim Johnstone, executive vice president of Community Services. “He offers a wealth of knowledge and expertise that will help us better demonstrate our effectiveness with all our programs.”

Williams brings extensive experience to his new role, including LEAN process improvement credentials from Villanova University; MBA and MS degrees in organizational leadership from Southern New Hampshire University; and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Maine. Prior to joining Ascentria, Williams held a number of key leadership positions with Covenant Health.

Most recently, Patrick was system director of LEAN Transformation for Covenant Health, leading the implementation of a nationally recognized management method.

“I’m excited to be joining Ascentria because of how Ascentria connects with the community in many different ways,” said Williams. “The diversity of the people served, the programs offered and the locations supported [are] incredible. My challenge is to measure the successes and improve the quality of work already taking place in each area of Ascentria.”

Williams will work with Ascentria leaders and locations across New England and will be based in Ascentria’s Westbrook, Maine, office.

For more information, go to Ascentria’s website

Anna Maria creates online fire science partnership with Illinois college

Anna Maria College has created a partnership with Elgin Community College in Illinois to offer an FESHE-recognized bachelor’s degree in fire science. Students have the opportunity to complete two years at Elgin Community College, followed by two years online through Anna Maria College.

This program will prepare students to understand the federal, state and local regulations within the field of emergency services; enhance written communication and media relations skills; recognize the expectations and qualities for managing human resources; identify provisions for community risk reduction; acquire knowledge in proper fire scene investigation and interpretation; and design disaster planning strategies.

A bachelor’s degree in emergency medical services administration is also available to students.

More information can be found here

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