CEO Message: June 2018

Dear Colleagues:

I hope you are enjoying spring and spending time with your friends and family.

Thanks to all of you who attended our first NEMG community health fair on June 2. We had a good turnout considering this was the first time we held the fair. Our goal was to raise awareness of preventive health care and the specialty services we provide, and I would like to give special recognition to all of the volunteers who made the day an overwhelming success. At the end of this message are some photographs from the event. 

It has been a busy year full of community outreach activities for FY18. The mission of the Community Outreach Committee (COC) is to stay committed to the health and wellness of our communities through giving and volunteerism. The committee is comprised of members from each region and that collective mindset has yielded great results in multiple efforts. With tremendous support from NEMG’s COC, we partnered with numerous organizations to benefit those less fortunate around us.

We’ve already accomplished:

  • The Great Thanksgiving project with the Bridgeport Rescue Mission
  • NEMG’s Toys for Tots collection with the United States Marine Corps
  • The Ronald McDonald House of CT volunteer meal program
  • The Be Smart, Don’t Start smoking cessation program with the Boys & Girls Clubs of CT
  • The American Heart Association heart walk
  • NEMG’s health fair

We also have numerous initiatives still to come, including:

  • NEMG’s annual coat drive
  • The backpack initiative for the Youth Continuum

This past December, a volunteer meal program was started at the Ronald McDonald House of CT across from Yale New Haven Hospital. Due to a substantial outreach response, the program has evolved from a quarterly to a monthly event. Volunteers prepare, cook and serve home-cooked meals to children and their families, many of whom are being treated at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and surrounding facilities.

RMH June

(l-r): Aimee Derry, executive director, business development; Peter Logue, vice president, operations; Craig Thorne, MD, chief medical director, occupational health; David Mazzariello, operations manager; and Richard Goldstein, MD, chief medical officer

With additional programs on the horizon, the COC will continue to carry out NEMG’s mission to help the communities we serve. They encourage an open floor, welcome new ideas and suggestions and are actively seeking new members to join the committee. If you are interested, please contact Chris Hines at [email protected]. Watch out for more information on their upcoming initiatives for the remainder of 2018.

My gratitude to you all for your diligent work and dedication to excellence in patient care and enhancing the care of the communities we serve. Thanks and have a happy summer.

Best wishes,

Prathibha Varkey, MBBS, MPH, MHPE, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
Northeast Medical Group