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Baystate Health honors veterans and current military at its 5th Annual Veterans Day Celebration

November 09, 2017

Baystate Health recognized and honored its team members who are veterans and those currently serving in the military during their 5th Annual Veterans Day Celebration held at Baystate Medical Center on Friday, Nov. 10.

The event featured the posting of colors, music and song, a panel discussion, awards, and the recognition of veterans and family members in attendance.

Mike Moran, LT, CEC, USN, president and chief administrative officer of Baystate Health's Eastern Region, delivered the opening remarks.

A wide range of skills

"Veterans possess a wide range of skills from perseverance to resilience and innovation, which make them excellent job candidates in the workforce, especially as team members in the healthcare industry," said Moran.

The event included a panel discussion focusing on military veterans transitioning into civilian workplaces. Panelists included Moran, Dave Lussier, RN, from the Chestnut Surgery Center; Laddy Rua, a training specialist in Access Services; and Rick Purcell, an Access Services rep.

The Talent Acquisition team at Baystate Health works diligently to bring awareness to Baystate departments of the benefits of hiring veterans. When Baystate hires a veteran, the health system gains an employee who demonstrates leadership, responsibility, and possesses critical thinking skills.

Baystate employs hundreds of veterans and active military

Baystate Health has hundreds of veterans and active-duty employees – including doctors, nurses and other clinical and support staff – and supports and respects their service to country and is grateful for their efforts in helping to keep us safe. Baystate Health has also developed its own special Military Leave Pay Policy to provide additional monetary assistance beyond their military pay to employees when called to active military duty.

Certificates of Appreciation were also presented at the event to Holyoke Rows Marina, Stop & Shop Store 404, and James DiDonato, MBA, CIA, CISSP, a former Baystate administrator, for their support of Baystate Health's Military and Veteran's Organizational Resource Group.

This year's theme was Historic Medical Advancements in the Military, which was depicted through several poster presentations.

The event's host

The event was hosted by Baystate Health's Military and Veteran's Organizational Resource Group, which is committed to providing support and camaraderie for active military team members, those in the reserves, veterans, and family members.

Among the group's chief goals are:

  • Increase awareness of the value that a veteran and those with military experience bring to the workplace.
  • Educate employees on the importance of self-identifying as a veteran.
  • Support and promote the importance of Baystate Health and other Organizational Resource Groups through the Color Guard, which promotes diversity, culture and a sense of community.


Streamed live

This year's celebration was streamed live at Baystate Wing Hospital in Palmer and Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. Baystate Noble Hospital hosted a luncheon for their veteran and current military team members.

Next year's event will be held on Nov. 9.