Community News — New England Urgent Care employees put compassionate care in action. They collected $1,100 to feed families in West Hartford and Elmwood on Thanksgiving.
Physician Assistant Michael Zerbe and Lead Radiology Technician Luciane Mastrangeli organized the effort. They worked with West Hartford Social Service Director, Ed Sandy.
Zerbe said, “It was a combined effort with the Elmwood-West Hartford Stop & Shop, which generously donated $100 towards our collection. New England Urgent Care employees collected enough money for 18 Thanksgiving dinners. Each Stop & Shop dinner package feeds a family of six and is valued at $59.99. The package included a 12-pound turkey, stuffing, gravy, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, green bean casserole, and a pie.”
The Monday before Thanksgiving, New England Urgent Care employees bought dinner package vouchers from Stop & Shop and deliver them to West Hartford Social Services. They were given to an assigned family in need.
“New England Urgent Care employees are excited their contribution helped needy families this holiday,” explained Mastrangeli. “We care about our patients and our community. This is another way for us to put our compassion for others into action.”
For the second year in a row, New England Urgent Care wins the North Central News Readers Poll.
“We are very pleased to be recognized with this award. New England Urgent Care excels because of our dedication to ER-quality, walk-in medical care for all ages — from newborns to the elderly,” explains Medical Director and co-founder, Dr. Michael Gutman, MD, PhD, FACEP. “Patients wait less, pay less, receive high-quality treatment quickly without sacrificing service. And, we do it every day of the year.”
It was only fitting that New England Urgent Care — The Bristol Press back-to-back “Best of Bristol” winner — provided first aid care at this year’s Half Marathon and 10K race. Proceeds benefited The Fisher House Foundation, which supports military families of seriously injured soldiers in need a place to stay during their loved one’s rehabilitation.
“We were happy to participate in this year’s event,” explains Luciane Mastrangeli, New England Urgent Care’s lead X-ray Technologist. “Our company founders, Dr. Michael Gutman (MD, Ph.D., FACEP), and his wife Yahel (RN, BSN) both served in the armed forces. Dr. Gutman, a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel, served overseas three times over a five-year period — twice to Iraq and once to Bosnia. Yahel served in the Israeli Army. Helping veterans is a cause we are behind 100 percent.” Both Michael and Yahel Gutman have extensive emergency medicine training and have worked in hospital Emergency Departments.
The race started at 8 a.m. The route took runners through the streets of Bristol starting at Clark Avenue. The 10 K race ended at Memorial Boulevard. The half marathon continued on up North Main Street, past West Cemetery, Birge Pond, around Chapel Street and back to the starting post. The run was followed by a pancake breakfast and also included a kid’s “Fun Run.”
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Symptoms of Zika virus include:
- Joint pain
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- Pain behind the eyes
According to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), only 1 in 4 people infected with Zika virus develop symptoms.
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- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.
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For more information: www2.epa.gov/insect-repellents or www.cdc.gov/features/StopMosquitoes