Posted on April 4, 2013

Anna Jaques Elects New Chairs to Its Board of Trustees and Community Health Foundation Board

 NEWBURYPORT, Mass.  – On March 27, 2013 at the Annual Corporators’ Meeting of the Anna Jaques Hospital and Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation, David J. LaFlamme, President and Chief Executive Officer of North Shore Bank, was elected Chairman of the AJH Board of Trustees.  He has served as the hospital’s Vice Chairman of the Board and Chairman of the Finance Committee for the past seven years.  Janice C. Morse, President and CEO of Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, was appointed Vice Chair and Bernhard Heersink, MD, ophthalmologist in Newburyport, was appointed Secretary.

David J. LaFlamme has been President and CEO of North Shore Bank since 2007 and has more than 30 years of banking experience, primarily in Essex and Middlesex Counties. Actively involved in the community, LaFlamme gives his time and expertise to numerous organizations. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Essex National Heritage Commission and former Chairman of the Home Health Foundation. He was the 2007 Chairman of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and is presently a Board member.  LaFlamme is a graduate of Holy Cross College and lives with his family in Newburyport.

Chairman Emeritus George H. Ellison, Jr. stepped down at the end of his term after leading the AJH Board of Trustees since 2006. He had also chaired the Community Foundation Board from 2003-2006.  Under his chairmanship, Anna Jaques accomplished the main goals from its strategic plan written in 2007, established its reputation for delivering high-quality care at a lower cost, and posted a positive operating margin for seven consecutive years.  He is often credited by the hospital community for his leadership, loyalty and perseverance in steering the hospital’s turnaround.  The 200 attendees of the Annual Meeting enjoyed a video tribute honoring George in appreciation of all he has done for the hospital community. 

“Years of planning and hard work by the boards, committees and community leaders have culminated in the transformation of Anna Jaques,” said George H. Ellison, Jr., Chairman Emeritus. “It has been an honor to have been associated with a team of do-ers who stepped up and delivered when it mattered most.”

Five new members were welcomed to the Board of Trustees at the meeting: DeWayne Pursley, MD; George K. Darling; Byron J. Matthews; Laurie Knapp; and Virginia (Ginny) Eramo. Outgoing members of the AJH Board of Trustees include:  Ann M. Lagasse (2004-2013); Rosalin Acosta (2009-2012); Maurice Fremont-Smith, MD (2010-2013); and Michael J. Jones (2010-2012).

The Community Health Foundation appointed Ginny Eramo, Owner and Creative Director of Interlocks Salon and Spa in Newburyport, as its Board Chair.  Ginny has served on the Foundation Board since 2007. Ginny opened Interlocks in 1988 and over the past 25 years, she has grown her business to employ a team of 48.  She and her company are frequently recognized nationwide for industry success in leadership, growth, marketing and philanthropy.  Charles Withee, Executive Vice President of The Provident Bank, was appointed Vice Chairman and Barbara Cullen, Regional Vice President of HealthWyse, was appointed Secretary.

After five years as Chair of the Community Health Foundation Board, Ann M. Lagasse’s term ended.  Ann’s dedication and commitment has helped improve patient comfort, safety and access to state-of-the-art equipment and technology.  With support from Capital Campaign Committee Chairman Charles R. Cullen, President and CEO of The Provident Bank, the Foundation raised $6.5 million and exceeded its goal to help fund the AJH Master Plan. The Master Plan guided the modernization of the facility with the new Zampell Power Plant, Institution for Savings Inpatient Unit, Virginia A. Capolupo Outpatient Entrance and Ann & Chuck Lagasse Terrace.

Five new members were welcomed to the Foundation Board at the meeting:  Luis Fernandez, Fernandez Associates; Todd Baltich, Leary’s Fine Wines; Patricia Mansfield, Community Volunteer; Kari Bernard, The Walsingham Gallery; and Jeffrey Nahas, The Barking Dog Ale House Group. Outgoing members of the Community Health Foundation Board include: Daniel A. Abdulla (2007-2013); and Scott Vandersall (2007-2013).

“We are deeply appreciative of the time and effort these community leaders have given to help strengthen Anna Jaques and make this a terrific place for patients to receive care,” said Delia O’Connor, President and CEO of Anna Jaques Hospital.  “The insights and perspectives that the incoming chairs, officers and new members bring to our Boards will greatly benefit our management team, as well as our patients and community.”



Anna Jaques Hospital is an independent, not-for-profit community hospital serving 17 cities and towns in the Merrimack Valley, North Shore and Southern New Hampshire. Our mission is to provide the highest quality medical care, in alliance with our medical staff.  Anna Jaques is recognized for delivering measurably high quality, low cost community health care with an emphasis on patient satisfaction. The hospital is clinically affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a Boston academic medical center and major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.

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