When John Shaver stepped on the stage to receive the Baystate Noble Spirit Award, he had already served Noble Hospital and the greater Westfield community for more than 30 years.
Presented annually at the Baystate Noble Ball, the Noble Spirit Award honors former and current employees who have gone above and beyond to support and serve as a champion for Baystate Noble Hospital and its patients, team members, and the communities it serves – areas in which John exceeds again and again.
John’s tenure with Baystate Noble began in 1988, when he joined the organization as the director of finance/controller. More than 30 years later, John now serves as the chief financial officer for Baystate Noble Hospital in Westfield and Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
“John’s impact has been positive since day one. He’s a joy to work with, an asset to Noble, an asset to the greater Westfield community. And, though he’s not involved in direct patient care, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that, day in and day out, patients in the community are better off for John’s efforts,” shared Stan Strzempko, MD, Baystate Noble Hospital emergency department physician.
To say John put in his dues would be an understatement. Between service to the community and helping Baystate Noble at a crucial time in its history, John has been a steadying presence and valued voice.
“You can tell that folks have a deep understanding and faith in what John’s trying to accomplish. They trust him. They see him as someone who has been there through thick and thin and good and bad,” shared Baystate Noble Hospital and Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Ron Bryant. “As long as John’s around, everything’s OK.”
John’s tenure continues at Baystate Noble Hospital and Baystate Franklin Medical Center, as does his ability to make a difference in the lives of his colleagues and patients, day in and day out. He now joins a group of individuals whose plaques line the walls at Baystate Noble Hospital, each an important reminder of the ability one person has to inspire a community.
Save the date for the next Baystate Noble Ball: Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.