National Contest Win Benefits Oriol Health Care Patients Through Technology

HOLDEN — It was Christmas in July last week for Oriol Health Care.

The company has won a $30,000 Workplace Makeover contest sponsored by PCM, a provider of IT products and service, and Intel, a multinational technology company and semiconductor chip manufacturer.

Beth Cogavin, Oriol’s Chief Financial Officer, saw the contest online last year when she was looking for a new laptop for her daughter on the PCM website.

At a monthly security meeting, Oriol Health Care CEO Robert Oriol had just said the company needed to put aside $30,000 to reinvest in technology.

“I was thinking, $30,000 — just what we need,” Cogavin said. “I sat down and wrote an essay that truly came from the heart.”

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Oriol Health Care New Hires

Oriol Health Care has hired Maria Franco, BSW of Clinton to join their social services team at Holden Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center. Franco, originally from Puerto Rico, is a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College and Anna Maria College where she earned her Bachelors in Social Work.

Oriol Therapy Services has hired Darlene Kilhart, PT, DPT, MS of Athol as Director of Rehab Services at the Holden location within Holden Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center. Kilhart has been practicing physical therapy for 32 years; the last 18 in skilled nursing facilities. She is a graduate of Kean University in NJ, post graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital Allied Health Professions with an advanced Master’s Degree in Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, and a graduate in the first class for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy also from MGH.

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An Introduction to Mindfulness for Wellbeing – Free Lecture

Holden – The Oriol Foundation will be hosting “An Introduction to Mindfulness for Well-being” on April 18th. The program will be presented by Marjatta Moimas, MSBR Teacher, MA in Mindfulness Studies, trained in MBCT and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness. Learn daily mindfulness skills, working with thoughts and emotions, self compassion and guided practices for people with chronic illness. Free and open to the public of all ages. Meeting will be from 6-7:30 PM and will include handouts and a light meal. Meetings are held in the Community Room at Holden Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, 32 Mayo Drive, Holden. Dinner is a 6 PM and presentation is immediately after. Please RSVP to Debby at 508-829-1213 or

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Childhood Pals Turned WWII Vets From Worcester Reunite After 70+ Years

WEST BOYLSTON – There was something about the two World War II veterans’ stories that seemed so similar to Becky Gardner, a social worker at the Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center. After discreetly working to get the pair together, the men immediately recognized each other, though they hadn’t seen one another in more than 70 years since leaving grade school.

Reunited, they now reminisce for hours like schoolkids, again, including about when they used to hop the trolley to go to the Boys Club in Worcester.

Frank J. Musci, 94, of Auburn, and Anthony J. Polito Sr., 94, of Worcester, grew up in the same neighborhood in Worcester, Mr. Musci on Belmont Street and Mr. Polito on Crescent Street, first attending Adams Street School together, then East Kendall Street School, they said, from kindergarten through Grade 8. Though it is emotionally difficult, as it is for many WWII veterans, to share what they went through serving during the war, both smile and laugh when they share childhood memories.

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Oriol Foundation Memorial Scholarship 2019

Holden – The newly established Oriol Foundation, a non-profit organization created by the Oriol family, is proud to offer the Eugene L. Oriol Memorial Scholarship to the Wachusett community. This $1,000 scholarship will be offered to any graduating senior in Wachusett District towns, Boylston, and West Boylston that will be pursuing a degree in health care. Eugene Oriol was the founder and first administrator of Holden Nursing Home. Applications may be obtained by visiting our Oriol Foundation page or by emailing Deadline to apply is May 12th.

The Oriol Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes including but not limited to enriching the lives of those who deliver this care, to promote wellness and stimulate innovations in health care so all may live more independently and safely wherever they call home in the Wachusett community.

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