Mary Defeudis Training Center Celebrates One Year Anniversary

Press Release   •   Feb 09, 2010 21:42 EST

With the end of June marking the one year anniversary of the opening of the American Red Cross Mary C. DeFeudis Training Center, the American Red Cross of Central MA continues to see a growing interest in the vital programs and services provided to its constituents in north central MA.

The training center, located at 29 Main Street in Leominster, serves

as a satellite location to the Chapter Headquarters located in Worcester. The site hosts a myriad of Red Cross Healthcare training programs including Nurse Assistant Training, Phlebotomy and EKG Technician, Acute Care and Medication Administration Procedures as well as Health and Safety classes including CPR/First Aid.

To date, 890 north Central Massachusetts residents have completed Red Cross training programs at the Leominster facility, included 20 individuals who are now Red Cross instructors prepared to offer critical health and safety education to the residents of the region.

"I am very proud to have my name on this building, where the Red Cross is making great things happen everyday, with their training programs,” stated Mary C. DeFeudis. “This organization really changes lives with the variety of classes they have here, and the many students they accommodate.”

In addition to hosting courses, the Red Cross has responded to 22 fires in the north central MA towns of Ashburnham, Athol, Ayer, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Leominster, Lunenburg, Orange, and Shirley. Red Cross volunteers provided emergency assistance to 42 families who were displaced by these fires that destroyed their homes.

“When the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts absorbed the 19 towns which represent north Central MA, we knew it was crucial to get out into the communities, assess their needs and provide these vital programs to our new constituents,” stated Nicole Valentine, spokesperson for the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts.

“Thanks to the generosity of Mary DeFeudis, we are now able to provide these high-demand courses in a state-of-the art facility, training hundreds of new healthcare specialists who will work in and support the towns and cities in our expanded jurisdiction.”

In addition to the generosity of Ms. DeFeudis, the Red Cross is extremely grateful to the major donors who contributed towards the opening of the Mary C. DeFeudis Training Center. These donors include the George I. Alden Trust, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, the Fairlawn Foundation, and the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund of the Community Foundation of North Central MA and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

The American Red Cross of Central MA is also truly grateful to the numerous local individuals, businesses and community partners, including our local United Ways, who support the mission of the Red Cross each and every day. Although mandated by government to respond to disasters, the American Red Cross of Central Massachusetts is not a government funded agency, but rather relies on the generosity of the American public for donations of time, money and blood to carry out our mission.