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August 1, 2013

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Derry woman receives Star Award

BURLINGTON, Mass. — The Stroke Collaborative Reaching for Excellence recently honored Derry resident Claudia Fitzgerald, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Quality Measures Coordinator for the Stroke Program.

Fitzgerald received SCORE’s 2013 Star Award, which recognizes one stroke coordinator who has demonstrated outstanding leadership.

“This award highlights Claudia’s exceptional leadership at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center,” said Dr. Kinan Hreib, Director of Stroke Services at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center. “She is a leader dedicated to providing exceptional care. We are grateful SCORE has provided this opportunity for Claudia to share her knowledge and expertise in stroke care with her SCORE colleagues.”

SCORE, a voluntary statewide quality improvement collaborative administered by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that supports Primary Stroke Service hospitals, relies on shared learning to raise the quality of care for stroke patients at Primary Stroke Service hospitals.

Strokes are the third-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes.

For more information about SCORE, visit scorema.org. Find out more about FAST and the DPH stroke awareness campaign at mass.gov/dph/heartstroke.

FDA hosts public session on food safety rules

In response to a request by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Congresswoman Annie Kuster, D-N.H., the Food and Drug Administration will participate in a public input session in New Hampshire for farmers to comment on proposed Food Safety Modernization Act rules.

Shaheen and Kuster led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 20 senators and representatives in calling on the FDA to come to New England after hearing concerns about these new rules potentially burdening small farmers throughout the region.

The event will be hosted by the New Hampshire and Vermont Departments of Agriculture on Tuesday, Aug. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hopkins Center on the campus of Dartmouth College in Hanover.

The session will specifically focus on FDA’s proposed rules for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act, a 2011 law revamping food safety laws to increase the safety of our food supply. Small farmers across New Hampshire and New England could be substantially impacted by these regulatory overhauls.

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