Rollstone Bank & Trust donates $ 50,000 to cancer patients – Sentinel and Enterprise


FITCHBURG – Rollstone Bank & Trust on Friday announced a donation of $ 50,000 to UMass Memorial Health HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital to expand local complementary care resources for cancer patients, according to a press release from the bank .

The donation will also be used to increase access to the most vulnerable populations who historically lack access to life-saving preventive measures or subsequent cancer care. The grant will be paid over a five-year period as part of a long-term partnership, according to the bank.

“We cannot do enough to support individuals and families facing a cancer diagnosis, especially those in historically underserved communities,” said Martin Connors Jr., President and CEO of Rollstone Bank & Trust. “We’re doing what we can to help every member of our central Massachusetts community access competent, compassionate health care when they need it most.”

The work of HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital aims to reduce the health disparities of marginalized populations, particularly in Fitchburg and Leominster, with a focus on Blacks, Indigenous people, people of color and other marginalized populations, improving access to primary care, cancer screening and cancer treatment. , when it’s necessary.

According to the recently released Community Health Needs Assessment from HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, cancer was the second leading cause of death among residents in the hospital’s service area.

“We are working to increase community education, prevention measures and access to screening, to improve outcomes for cancer patients,” said Tricia Pistone, senior director of external affairs for HealthAlliance- Clinton Hospital.

The HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital Wellness Center is a 14,000 square foot complementary care facility that opened in August 2021. Its goal is to improve quality of life and patient outcomes. with cancer and their families by integrating and improving complementary therapies. in traditional cancer care. The Wellness Center will offer services, encouragement and support to empower people with cancer.

“Our multidisciplinary approach to care will be available to help patients and their families cope with the lingering side effects of treatment,” said Steve Roach, president of HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital. “These complementary care services, including counseling, case management, support groups, massage therapy, acupuncture and yoga, will provide culturally competent care focused on reducing barriers to treatment.”

Because some extended care is not covered by commercial or MassHealth insurance, HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital is seeking to establish a Patient Care Fund to provide equitable care to those in need. In addition, these funds will be used to overcome other barriers such as transportation, access to healthy food and personal items such as wigs.

With branches located in central Massachusetts, Rollstone Bank & Trust customers have peace of mind knowing they are FDIC and DIF insured, and that they are never far from home. For more information visit www.rollstonebank.com

UMass Memorial Health – HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital is a full-service, 163-bed community hospital serving communities in north-central Massachusetts and surrounding towns and villages with a team of over 400 physicians in 40 healthcare specialties. Visit healthallianceclinton.com for more information.


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