Gala Honors The Associates of Market Basket and Eduardo da Silva Haddad, MD

September 26, 2015

September 26, 2015 - Burlington, MA - A crowd of nearly 500 guests gathered at the Burlington Marriott Saturday, September 26th to celebrate Lawrence General Hospital’s second Legacy of Caring Gala. One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of a 2015 Santagati Award for Visionary Leadership to the Associates of Market Basket for their unprecedented demonstration of dedication to saving the local supermarket chain for the benefit of their customers in the Merrimack Valley region. Also receiving a Santagati Award for 2015: Eduardo da Silva Haddad, MD, honoring his decades of service to the hospital and the community as one of the region’s top nephrologists. The Santagati Awards honor leadership of constructive, sustainable, positive change, and a demonstrated long-standing dedication to the people of the Merrimack Valley region. 

“Great organizations do not just happen - they are shaped by great leaders with a vision and extraordinary commitment. Under Eduardo’s dedicated leadership, Lawrence General has begun to transform into its full potential - a regional medical center for the entire Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire,” said Dianne J. Anderson, RN, president and CEO of Lawrence General Hospital. “We’re extremely grateful for Dr. Haddad’s years of outstanding dedication, commitment and leadership of Lawrence General Hospital and our community.” Matthew Caffrey, chair of the Lawrence General Hospital Board of Trustees added, “The Associates of Market Basket did something unexpected and extraordinary, something that has had a lasting impact on their customers. They risked their own livelihoods for the company and the leader they believed in. Like the employees of Lawrence General, they strive every day to improve their organization and work hard to deliver a great experience to each and every customer.” 

The gala, an annual celebration of the exceptional health care work going on at the Merrimack Valley’s premier independent, non-profit health care system, also announced more than $7,000,000 raised to date towards the $72 million in hospital facility improvements. The hospital master facility plan includes construction of the new Surgical Center on Prospect Street, inpatient unit renovations and new state-of-the-art three-dimensional breast imaging equipment for both its Lawrence and Andover Women’s Health Imaging sites. The Lawrence General Hospital physicians surprised the event crowd with the presentation of a $375,000 pledge to these clinical expansion projects. 

The gala goers enjoyed video tributes to the Market Basket Associates and Dr. Haddad, produced by Tower Hill Films of Lawrence, and capped the evening off with dancing to The Tom LaMark Orchestra. 

The event featured four “Presenting Sponsors”: Telemachus and Irene Demoulas Family Foundation, The Lawrence General Hospital Medical Staff, The Lupoli Family/Lupoli Companies & Richard and Marilyn Santagati. “Platinum Sponsors” of the gala included Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Pentucket Medical and the Lawrence General Hospital IPA.

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Lawrence General Hospital president and CEO Dianne J. Anderson presents the 2015 Santagati Award for Visionary Leadership to Joseph Schmidt, VP of Operations at Market Basket, accepting on behalf of the thousands of Market Basket associates who were honored Saturday night.

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Dr. Eduardo da Silva Haddad, nephrologist and physician leader at Lawrence General accepts the 2015 Santagati Award for Visionary Leadership Saturday evening at the Lawrence General Hospital Legacy of Caring Gala, held at the Boston Marriot in Burlington. Also pictured are Dianne J. Anderson, RN, president and CEO, Matthew Caffrey, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Richard Santagati, board chair emeritus, and namesake of the Santagati Award. 

The thousands of associates of Market Basket were represented at the Lawrence General Hospital Legacy of Caring Gala Saturday by an enthusiastic group of Market Basket employees, pictured here. The associates of Market Basket were honored at the gala with the 2015 Santagati Award for Visionary Leadership for the stand they took in 2014 in support of their beloved CEO, Arthur T. Demoulas.