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Colglazier continues MMHF involvement as exec. director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darci Tomky   
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 10:53

After eight years as treasurer and member on the Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation board of directors, Nancy Colglazier has accepted the position of MMHF executive director, effective Monday, July 21.

In 2006, Colglazier was recruited to join the board as treasurer because of her financial knowledge, with experience as the Peerless Center building fundraising finance chairman. Since then, she has learned the ins and outs of how the local hospital foundation works.

Colglazier has been filling in the executive director duties since March 1 because her experience allowed her to keep things running smoothly and efficiently. She has worked with the past two executive directors, Cherrie Brown and Jessica Johnson, who have given her a solid background of the foundation and the history.

“It is because of my strong belief in MMH and the foundation that I have accepted the position as executive director,” said Colglazier. “I look forward to working with our community in asking for their support for one of Holyoke’s greatest assets, MMH.”

Colglazier said she wouldn’t want to live in a city that didn’t have a hospital. “We are so blessed,” she said, to have an outstanding facility close by, since everyone needs a hospital at some point.

“I whole-heartedly believe that a hospital is one of the most significant assets of a community, and I am most thankful that we have Melissa Memorial Hospital and the excellent leadership and staff that truly makes a hospital what it is.”

The Melissa Memorial Hospital Foundation, which will celebrate 20 years next year, raises funds for the hospital.

Colglazier’s part-time executive director duties include creating positive community and board relations, providing leadership and overall direction of the foundation and formulating and implementing short- and long-range strategic planning objectives.

She will lead the foundation in fulfilling its mission, “To enhance quality of life and increase generosity in the community served by Melissa Memorial Hospital.”

The MMHF board wants to do everything it can to help MMH be an excellent and progressive hospital, said Colglazier. “I hope to be an accessible director to anyone who is interested in keeping MMH vital through new technology and service. Every donation, no matter the amount, makes a difference to a facility that we all need.”

Colglazier has had to resign her position as board member with the acceptance of executive director.

The board can have seven to nine directors. Six spots are currently filled, so they are looking for three more individuals to fill the board.

Current directors are Linda Alberts, Gary Krumm, Paul Wickenkamp, Steve Young, Ardie Besse and Erica Ayoub.

Board members help coordinate the events that have become MMHF tradition.

February will bring the fifth annual MMHF Legacy Event, which has become the foundation’s most profitable event, greatly benefiting MMH. It’s a unique and fun “night out on the town” for the community, said Colglazier, noting she hopes to make the next event a success.

The amateur triathlon and eight-week fitness challenge, which begin Saturday, Aug. 2, give the community a way to become healthier and more fit. Registration is due Aug. 1 for this event, which is in its 10th year.

MMHF’s Legacy of Thanks is set for Sept. 14. It’s a time to honor donors as well as a great opportunity to meet new doctors and nurse practitioners.


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Holyoke Enterprise July 31, 2014