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Holyoke Medical Center has proudly selected that Esmat Ezzat and Tom Hazen will each be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award
Apr 27, 2019

HOLYOKE, MA – September 20, 2017 – Holyoke Medical Center has proudly selected that Esmat Ezzat and Tom Hazen will each be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their outstanding dedication and hard work on behalf of Holyoke Medical Center and the Holyoke community. Valley Health Systems, which includes Holyoke Medical Center, Holyoke VNA Hospice Life Care, River Valley Counseling Center and Western Mass Physician Associates, will also recognize select members of the VHS team who exemplify exceptional care. Award recipients will be honored at this year’s “ACE Awards” event on October 7, 2017 at UMass Amherst.

“The dedication and continued support provided to Holyoke Medical Center and the entire Pioneer Valley from both Mrs. Ezzat and Mr. Hazen make them true assets to our community. We are honored to recognize them for a lifetime of service,” said Spiros Hatiras, President and Chief Executive Officer, Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems, Inc. “The ACE Awards allow us to highlight the work of our dedicated employees who deliver quality healthcare every day, as well as community members who work behind the scenes to support and advance our mission.”

Esmat Ezzat retired as the Director of Speech and Hearing at Holyoke Medical Center in 2007, after a forty year long career with the hospital as a speech pathologist. Ezzat developed many innovative programs and built a reputation for the center as a regional leader in speech and language therapy. Ezzat credits the success of her career and of the center to the support she received from the community and her staff.

“The support we have received from the community over the years has been tremendous,” said Ezzat. “When we needed something, the community gave it to us.”

Tom Hazen is a past partner in his family’s Holyoke-based Hazen Paper Company and served on the board of directors for Holyoke Medical Center for 11 years. He continues to be involved with the hospital and currently serves on the investment committee. Tom has also been an active member in the community, serving in volunteer leadership roles for many local and regional organizations including the Holyoke Public Library, the Mayor of Holyoke’s Industrial Development Advisory Committee (MIDAC), the Holyoke Chamber of Commerce, the Holyoke Taxpayers Association, The Associated Industries of Massachusetts, The Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts, The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, and The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

“I’ve had a long kinship with the Holyoke community,” Hazen says. “The people I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years are a distinguished group. I have many fond memories of citizens and friends who are dedicated to both the hospital and the Holyoke community, and contribute readily to the long-term well-being of both.”

ACE Awards will also be given in the categories of Best Physician, Best Caregiver, Best Supporting Employee and Best Leader. This year’s finalists are:

BEST PHYSICIAN FINALISTS: Zubeena Mansoor-Mateen, MD – Oncologist, Kevin Snow, DO – Primary Care, Arthur Weinstock, DO – Intensivist

BEST CAREGIVER FINALISTS: John Glogowski, FNP-BC – Primary Care, Iris Romero – Oncology, Sara Taylor, LICSW – Behavioral Health

BEST SUPPORTING EMPLOYEE FINALISTS: Angela Lozano Callahan, MSW – River Valley Counseling Center, Darlene Gramolini – Physician Services, Maria Young – Environmental Services

BEST LEADER FINALISTS: Lynn Grondin, RN, BSN – OR and Peri-Operative Services, Vimari Lassalle-Garcia – Orthopedic Center, Kaye Van Straten, RN – Nursing

The 2017 ACE Awards will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at UMass Amherst.

Tickets to the event, which is open to the public, are available by contacting Denise Rebmann at (413) 534-2579 or

About Holyoke Medical Center:
Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) is a 198-bed independent community hospital with over 1,300 employees serving individuals and families throughout the cities and towns of the Pioneer Valley. The medical staff includes more than 300 physicians and consulting staff. Holyoke Medical Center is a nationally-accredited hospital and received a 2016 Top Hospital Award from the Leapfrog Group for excellence in quality of care and patient safety. This full-service hospital provides a complete line of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services, including an award-winning birthing center with the only Baby Friendly designation status in the region. Holyoke Medical Center’s award-winning Stroke Service has been consistently recognized as one of the best in the state for the past eight years and has received the 2017 Get with the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Honor Roll Elite Plus Award from the American Stroke Association. Holyoke Medical Center is a member of Valley Health Systems in Holyoke which also includes the affiliates Holyoke Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Life Care, Western Mass Physician Associates and River Valley Counseling Center.

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