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Addison Gilbert Hospital’s Michael Arsenian, MD, to Receive Rev. J.J. Healy Award

Michael Arsenian, M.D. will receive the Rev. J.J. Healy Award on February 14, 2018 at the “Hearts for Health Women’s Valentine’s Luncheon,” an annual fundraiser benefiting the Addison Gilbert Society.

Dr. Michael Arsenian, a cardiologist and intensivist at Addison Gilbert Hospital, has provided lifesaving care to Cape Ann residents and visitors for since 1989. His service has saved many lives. He is known to go above and beyond the care and interest that he takes in his patients and their recoveries.

In 2017, State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) established the Rev. J.J. Healy Service Award in honor of Reverend Jeremiah J. Healy, P.R., to the individual who best epitomizes the social Gospel of Matthew:

When I was hungry did you feed me; thirsty, did you give me drink; naked, did you clothe me; homeless, did you give me shelter; imprisoned, did you visit me; and dead, did you mourn me? (Paraphrase of Matthew 25: 34-35).

Rev. Healy was a highly regarded priest at St. Ann’s Church in Gloucester, Massachusetts, from his arrival in 1871 until his death in 1910. During his life, Healy served the Cape Ann community by living the social gospel. Healy built St. Ann’s church, school, rectory and convent. By undertaking these construction projects, he offered employment to the Irish, who found “they need not apply” for other employment. He also established a fund at City Hall for the Poor, and constructed and dedicated the non-sectarian, non-denominational Gloucester Free Library. Finally, he remains one of the single largest contributors to the Addison Gilbert Hospital in inflation-adjusted dollars for the free care of the poor.

“I know that many on Cape Ann credit the talented staff at Addison Gilbert for treating them and ultimately, saving their lives,” said Frances Ferrante, Co-chair of the Hearts for Health Luncheon. “Like many others, I know that without the attention of Dr. Arsenian and the Emergency staff, I would not be here today. I am happy to see that Dr. Arsenian will be honored at this event.”

The Hearts for Health Fundraiser is an annual event co-hosted by Frances Ferrante and Jane Fonzo. Ferrante and Fonzo started the event last year to benefit services provided by Addison Gilbert Hospital. All contributions from the luncheon are made to the Addison Gilbert Society, founded by Robert and Jan Crandall to benefit Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Proceeds from the “Hearts for Health Women’s Valentine’s Day Luncheon” will help the hospital meet the generous $200,000 challenge offered by the Crandalls, which seeks 20 supporters who will commit to an annual gift of $10,000 or more for five years. Last year’s event contributed over $20,000 to the Addison Gilbert Society. Ferrante and Fonzo hope that the annual event will raise over $20,000 in each of the next five years.

Jane Fonzo said, “’The Hearts for Health Fundraiser’ is a way that everyone can contribute to the generous match challenge issued by Robert and Jan Crandall. It’s a way for women and ‘honorary men’ to attend and to make a smaller contribution to a larger goal.”

The Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Gloucester House. For more information about the luncheon and to RSVP, please call Frances Ferrante at (978) 281-2104 or Deb Sacco at Addison Gilbert Hospital at (978)283-4000. Attendance for the luncheon is $100.

For those who are unable to attend and would still like to contribute, contributions can be made to the Addison Gilbert Society, c/o Hearts for Health, 11 ½ Proctor Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. All contributions in any amount will be accepted in honor of Dr. Michael Arsenian.

Gloucester Harvest Music Festival 2017

What a day huh??? We raised so much money for the hospital all thru the love of music!! It heals us all!


Every where you turned there were smiling faces. Delicious food.Great service. So many coming together for a great cause. Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Awesome music all day long. Each and every band gave their all. Thank you all for a wicked memorable day!
Ol Brown Shoe
Cold Engines
Bim Skala Bim Music
The Four Legged Faithful
Gang of Thieves
Thank you Christopher Silva & Carol Pallazolla and all the many volunteers that helped made this event so awesome!


Ol’ Brown Shoe


Cold Engines


Bim Skala Bim Music

The Four Legged Faithful

Gang of Thieves

people stayed till the very end even though the fog was just about a light rain, dancing their hearts out…awesome awesome music…


dscf2258Bravo and huge shout out to Mayor Romeo Theken, Chef Anthony, the Tonno staff, and all the volunteers who contributed to today’s successful sauce cook off charity luncheon. Held at Tonno (Anthony donated his restaurant and the Tonno staff volunteered their time), the event raised money to benefit three families with a member undergoing cancer treatment at Addison Gilbert Hospital. The families will each receive $500.00. The additional monies raised are going to the oncology department at AGH. A wonderful time was had by all, especially the Chefs, Mayor Sefatia and Anthony Caturano.dscf2180

dscf2420The event was inspired by Chef Anthony (erroneously) referring to sugo as gravy. War was declared and a sugo cookoff to benefit charity was decided upon. See Mayor Sefatia explaining Gloucester-acceptable terms for sauce (practically anything but gravy) 🙂

Gloucester Harvest Music Festival Fundraiser at LAT43! 4-10pm 25 Rogers St, Gloucester, MA

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This is a fundraiser for the Gloucester Harvest Music Festival, which is a charity event to support the AGH Citizens Fund, a fundraising arm for our local hospital, Addison Gilbert. The AGH Citizens Fund is a non-profit, grass roots community based organization who raises money to donate funds directly back into the hospital for anything they may need. All proceeds go directly to the fund to support AGH! Visit our websites at www.gloucesterharvestmusicfestival.com and www.aghcitizensfund.orgThere will be amazing food that night of course, along with raffles, a 50/50. For more info, you can call Carol Pallazolla at 978-879-7652. 10percent of the proceeds raised will be donated to our event! Please come out and have a yummy meal with us for a good cause! Thanks!

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25 Rogers St

Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-0223


Local Artist Naomi Lee is happy to be able to share her artwork at Addison Gilbert Hospital and at other local spots around town.

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Naomi Lee was called and offered an opportunity to show her art for the second time at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, MA, through the end of July.

Naomi says she is so happy to be able to share her feelings on canvas. Her passions, the warmth of the sun, the calm of the moon, respect for the strength of the wind and the power of the sea.
Naomi, a self taught artist has been asked to take part in exhibiting at the Marblehead and Beverly Art Festivals. Also, The Annisquam Art Gallery for the past three years. She is currently a member of the Beverly and Salem Art Associations.

You can see other art by Naomi around town at the Cape Ann Brewery, Capt Bill’s Wale Watch and the Welcome Center at Harbor Loop. Her next art show is scheduled at Cape Ann Coffees for the months of September and October

86 Bass Ave Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 282-1717

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After injuring my elbow this winter, the next step to recovery is working with an occupational therapist. From the long list of possible rehabilitation centers provided by the arm physician I wasn’t sure where to turn. Because my family has been very well cared for by the Addison Gilbert Hospital Emergency room staff, as well as the fact that it is so convenient, made deciding upon AGH easier. When making the initial appointment I stated one criteria and that was that whoever was assigned me had to be extremely gentle.

I liked Francine from the moment I met her and not just because she is super gentle, she is also smart, kind, compassionate, and truly knows her profession. If you are ever in need of an arm OT, Francine is the one. She has been treating patients for twenty years, seventeen of those years at AGH. Francine specializes in nerve and tendon injuries of the hand and arm, arthritis, trauma, and wound care. If you are ever injured, which I sincerely hope you are not, but if you are, ask for Francine; you will surely be in the best possible hands!

Francine Elliott kimsmithdesigns.com 2016.


99 thank yous Lisa and April❤️

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I find myself for the second time this year sending a heartfelt thanks to the compassionate and infinitely competent emergency room staff and EMTs at Addison Gilbert Hospital. 

Embarrassingly, yesterday morning I fell on the rocks along the berm. The nicest person you could ever meet, Carol, helped me to my feet and waited with me for the ambulance, taking care of Rosie, car, and camera until husband and son arrived.

The EMT Jeff Romeo was terrifically kind (both Jeff and the ambulance driver, whose name I did not learn, were terrific).  When I asked him if he pronounces his name the same as does our Mayor, we laughed when he said no, because he is from New York, his name is pronounced like the Romeo of Shakespeare fame.

So many thanks to Doctor Berger for getting my elbow back in place, and to nurse Dana and x-ray technician Jennifer Ella for their gentle touch. I would especially like to thank Kariann Bergman. She is the most kindhearted and sympathetic nurse, and was thoughtful in every way possible. Thanking Kariann too for sparing my warmest winter coat and not cutting it off!

This is the third time our family has received stellar medical attention at Addison Gilbert, stemming from an emergency. I can’t express enough how very fortunate we are to have such an incredible team of doctors, nurses, and the entire AGH team serving the medical needs of our community, and located in the very heart of our community.

I would like to write more about AGH but left handed typing and mouse moving are slow going. Please forgive typos for the next several months while I work on developing lefty skills.

Resting and wearing new cast- very modern as it adjusts while you heal!

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BREAKING NEWS: Harvest Moon Music Fest Tix On Sale NOW!

We’ve just put tickets on sale for the Harvest Moon Music Festival benefit to help save Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Five years after Celebrate Gloucester, top north-shore musicians once again take the stage at Gloucester’s award-winning HarborWalk for an extraordinary day of music, food and family fun to help the Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund save our local hospital.

This is an all-ages festival with plenty of food, an artisan marketplace and a beer and spirits tent for people over 21.

North Shore Curtain Up host Aurelia Nelson will MC the show.

Dance, eat, drink, party and feel good about it because you’re contributing to a great cause.

Get your tickets right now, right here!

Army of Nurses

Local Business Owner Reopens Photoshop Fred Bodin received cancer treatment at Addison Gilbert Hospital

For more than 40 years, photography has been Fred Bodin’s life. The Rockport resident started as a freelancer before getting regular work at local colleges, newspapers and magazines. Eventually he opened his own classic photography shop – Bodin Historic Photo – in downtown Gloucester.

“It’s like having a hobby, but I get paid for it,” said Bodin, who has run his Gloucester shop for nearly two decades.

But for 10 months last year, from January to October, Bodin’s shop was dark. There was no developing films and no interacting with customers. Instead, Bodin was at Addison Gilbert Hospital receiving cancer treatment.

In January 2014, Bodin was unable to walk and was taken to Addison Gilbert Hospital. There he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer.

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GloucesterCast 118 Taped 2/20/15 with Guests Craig Kimberley, Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro


GloucesterCast 118 Taped 2/20/15 with Guests Craig Kimberley, Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Guests Craig Kimberley, Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro.  Mentally Crushing Snow Damage, Toby and Kim Give Props To Addison Gilbert Hospital, Are People Ready To Abandon Massachusetts for Florida?, Craig’s High Speed Slow Mo iPhone Video, Craig Kimberley and Brian O’Connor’s SkyProp Media To Launch Soon, Contributors Should Feel Free To Provide Links To Their Own Projects On Their Posts, Polarizing Coyote Comments, Wearing The Right Winter Clothing Makes A Huge Difference, Ugg Slippers, Muck  and Bog Boots, Contigo Travel Coffee Mug , Craig’s App Recommendation FilMic Pro, Kim Smith Recommends Instagram, How Much Are Camera Companies Getting Beaten Up By Smartphone Sales?, Joey Recommends Radar Express for Android,Trident Gallery The Art of Natural History Event, Charlie Carroll, Fish On, Capturing The Catch Fishing Photography Seminar with Craig Kimberley, Blog Tutorial Classes If People Are Interested.
podcasticon1Joey, Craig, Toby 118 podcast ©Kim Smith 2015

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Shout Out to Addison Gilbert Hospital (Edited)

53949368_127714376795Thanks so much to the incredible emergency room staff at the Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Tuesday morning after my pleasant shopping break at Alexandra’s Bread, I crashed on the ice. It was bound to happen and ever since breaking my back in a harrowing fall when I was nine months pregnant, I live in mortal fear of ice. After waiting a day to see if the swelling around my ankle would subside, which it did not, I found this very handy link called the Ottawa Ankle Rules. The test is not used to ascertain if your ankle is broken or sprained, but is a practical guide to determine whether or not an X-ray is needed.

From the receptionist, to the X-ray technicians, to Doctor Soderman, everyone was kind, courteous, and compassionate. A special thanks to my assigned nurse Eileen. I am sorry I did not learn her last name, but she lives in Rockport, and when I inquired as to how long she had been working at AGH, she said so many years, she had lost track!

To say we are so very fortunate to have AGH in our community is an understatement. While mine was a very minor injury, I recalled the last time we were there at the emergency room, which was when my then nine-year-old son Alex went down the hill that is our street, Plum Street, at 90 miles per hour on his bike. He careened off the road and planted his head on the neighbor’s stone wall. The ambulance driver said had he not been wearing his helmet, which was cracked in a half dozen places, he would most likely not have survived. Alex was rushed to AGH where he received outstanding care. I will never forget how kind the nurses were during that traumatic event.

Thanks again to the dedicated and compassionate staff at the Addison Gilbert Hospital, for the care our son received at that time and, broadly speaking, for all that they do to keep our community alive and well. And thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to help keep the Addison Gilbert Hospital doors open.

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(EDIT) Great message from GMG Reader Jane Southworth, an RN and former Gloucester resident, now living in Southport, ME, where their local hospital was shut down.

Jane writes ~

“The Cape Ann community is really fortunate. I grew up in Magnolia and have lived in Southport, Maine for many years. Our community is much like Gloucester. Southport is a small community of 500 year around residents. Boothbay Harbor is a fishing community and has a strong relationship with Gloucester. The big difference is that we lost our wonderful St. Andrews Hospital two years ago after a fierce battle with the Maine Health Organization. We are located 18 miles down a peninsular from route 1 which leads to two other hospitals, each another 18 + miles depending on whether you wanted to go south or N.East. We have been left with an 8 hour Urgent Care Center. We are primarily an elderly community which says a lot for access to 24 hour emergency care especially in weather like we’ve had this winter. In the summer months this is a big tourist area similar to Gloucester. Fight for your hospital and don’t let the big guns (CEO’s and lawyers) knock you down. AGH is a great Hospital.”

Jane Southworth, RN

Portrait Addison Gilbert Gloucester

Who was Addison Gilbert (1808 -1888)?

Addison Gilbert was the founder of the Addison Gilbert Hospital and the Gilbert Home for Aged and Indigent Persons. He was a merchant, banker, and politician. Gilbert served many terms as a Gloucester selectman as well as in the Massachusetts legislature. He also served as town moderator and auditor. Gilbert was one of the founders of the Cape Ann Savings Bank. Addison Gilbert is buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery on Washington Street. Information and portrait of Addison Gilbert found on the web from Kenneth Gilbert.



Medical Monday

9.30am: CATA Dial-a-Ride bus picks me up at home to go to Addison Gilbert Hospital.
10:00am: Have an echocardiogram made, to check for heart valve abnormalities.
11:00am: In oncology clinic, get injection for my bones, and have a teaching session about upcoming chemotherapy treatment.
12:30pm: Eat lunch in hospital cafeteria, read, and people watch. The food is good there and inexpensive.
2:15pm: Walk down to the AGH sports medicine and rehab department for specific exercises for gait and balance.
3:00pm: Call Dial-a-Ride for ride home to Rockport.
3:30pm: Hit the couch and watch CNN.
Don’t let anyone tell you that being sick is like a vacation. I’m busier that when I was healthy!

My Holiday Lights of Love

My favorite holiday decorations this year were on the Beauport Ambulance at Addison Gilbert Hospital’s “Lights of Love” cancer care fundraiser. Beauport was the major sponsor of the event. In the past ten months, I’ve been transported by ambulance maybe 50 times to medical appointments from hospitals and nursing/rehab homes, because I was incapable of sitting on a bus seat. This doesn’t include emergency rides, two of which were under life threatening circumstances. Ambulances, which I always thought of as an inconvenience while driving, are now my flashing “Lights of Love.” They may be saving someone’s life, and I say a prayer as I pull over to the side of the road to let them pass.Ambulance5292wm

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This is Dr. MacIntyre, my oncologist (cancer doctor). He has helped me through hormone and chemo therapy. He spoke at the Lights of Love event at AGH. His talk impressed me with all the Leahy and other connections they have. I'm glad I went for treatment in the Oncology clinic at AGH, and even more so now.

This is Dr. MacIntyre, my oncologist (cancer doctor). He has helped me through hormone and chemo therapy. He spoke at the Lights of Love event at AGH. His talk impressed me with all the Leahy and other connections they have. I’m glad I went for treatment in the Oncology clinic at AGH, and even more so now.

The first person I recognized at the Light of Love event at Addison Gilbert Hospital Wednesday was Joanne Gibbs. She put her reassuring hands on my shoulders. From the start of my cancer journey, she was on my side, offering care and information when I was still in a wheelchair. She still is there for me. When you enter the health care world, there are key front line people that help save your life; She is one of them, as is Dr. MacIntyre.

Lights of Love at Addison Gilbert Dec. 3rd

KnowlesPainting Addison Gilbert Hospital’s Seventh annual celebration of life and hope – Lights of Love – will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the hospital. Lights of Love was co-founded by Sue Kyle, who fought a courageous five-year battle with colon cancer. Together, Sue and her partner Shawn Wilson founded Lights of Love to ensure that Cape Ann residents could benefit from the comprehensive care provided by the cancer care team at AGH. Since 2008, Lights of Love has raised more than $116,000 to ensure access to high-quality cancer care for Cape Ann families and the 2,000 patients served each year at the Gorton’s Specialty and Cancer Care Center. This year’s goal is to raise $25,000 for cancer services, with proceeds supporting Addison Gilbert Hospital’s cancer program, including the provision of special care packages to new cancer patients. This year’s event will be presented in honor of Tina Ketchopulos.

For a chance to win an original 20×24 framed oil painting, “Schooner Races in Gloucester,” by renowned Cape Ann artist Ken Knowles, visit the web site listed below. All event proceeds support cancer care at Addison Gilbert Hospital, including special care packages to patients.

For more information or to make a donation, please visit addisongilbert.org/lightsoflove.

Writer’s Note: This is my special place is for cancer care, which I’ve written about extensively here and for my Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/BodinHistoricPhoto?sk=wall. I look forward to attending and also donating.

USS AGH Rehab Rebels

HalloweenPumpkinAGH5082wmTrue Story: At Addison Gilbert Hospital, dressed as pirate Captain Fred for an injection, I had a little time before the Dial-A Ride bus ride home. The costumed Witch and Thing 1 in Oncology suggested I see the pumpkin carving contest display in the cafeteria. Not having my glasses on, I looked at the entrees. I picked my favorite. It happened to be the AGH Rehab Rebels, where I go for my PT now. I gave them my vote. Today I went to see them, and (brace yourself), free-walked 80 feet. My medical professionals and friends are helping me so much, and I’m trying to do everything right.

Dare I? Oh Why Not!


Halloween morning I dressed in jeans, a heavy long sleeve shirt with black and white stripes, a watch jacket, and outrageous pirate hat. All of these items came from Bananas, a vintage clothing store on Main Street. Captain Fred’s first adventure of the day was a medical appointment at Addison gilbert Hospital. As I got off the bus, I almost chickened out with the hat, but decided to just suck it in and go for it.

I got a lot of attention walking through the lobby, down the hall, and in the elevator. Everyone who passed by smiled, and most said “Happy Halloween” or “Trick or Treat.” Once on the fourth floor, oncology, I was greeted by a witch, and signed in by a Thing with blue hair. I had found kindred spirits on my favorite floor. Of course, we had to take a photo. Nurse Kristen is the witch on my right, and Myriah, of departmental administration, is the Thing on my left. Whether Witch or Thing, they are great people providing exceptional care to me and all of their patients.

King Chemo and I


I’ve met people who fear Chemotherapy, and I hope they never have to get it. Cancer patients undergoing this therapy react to it in different ways, some badly. Chemo or a different therapy can help rid you of your cancer.

My experience as a (non-medically) trained patient has been a good one at the Oncology Clinic on the 4th floor of Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. When I arrived yesterday morning, I was seated in a Lazy Boy type chair with a view of the Annisquam River and the outer harbor, provided with the morning paper, up to date magazine, a cable TV remote, and earbuds. The intravenous connection was made, freshly brewed coffee delivered, and I studied the breakfast menu. If the timing is right, I get lunch too. I’d bring my laptop or tablet, but time goes by quickly with so many things do, and no pain whatsoever.

Why am I happy to be treated here for cancer? Most importantly, it will prolong my life. The above amenities are welcome, but the staff is key: “We want to make your experience here as pleasant as possible,” they say. And they do.

A few hours later, I’m home expecting fatigue and the dreaded side effects. After 5 treatments, I’m not tired enough to nap, and go ahead with my everyday life, just a little slower. As I said above, this is MY experience with King Chemo, and so far, we’re getting along just fine.

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