Donahue Dental Center Dedicated
LOWELL -- — In recognition of their tremendous contributions to the Lowell Community Health Center and the community, the center on Monday celebrated the dedication of its Nancy L. and the late Richard K. Donahue Dental Center at 101 Jackson St.
More than 75 invited guests, including the Donahue family, friends, and colleagues attended.
The health center’s new dental center opened over one year ago in March and has since served more than 3,500 patients, many of whom were able to access dental care for the first time.
Donahue was a major supporter of the capital campaign to renovate space for the dental center, an eye care center and expanded primary care at the Health Center.
“Nancy, you make us smile,” said center CEO Susan West Levine. “I never had the privilege of meeting Dick, but I certainly know of his generosity and his commitment to Lowell. You two truly comprised the Dynamic Duo.”
“Thank you for all your contribution to arts. It helped changed and enhanced the quality of life,” said Mayor William Samaras.
“The city of Lowell is made up of many people. In order to be successful, you need a strong foundation and Nancy, you set the foundation of Lowell to be strong. Thank you and your entire family for giving so much to the community,” said Rep. Thomas Golden.
After opening remarks, Donahue was regaled with a reading of “Ode to a Mighty Gal,” which extolled her many contributions to the city. Reading the final stanza, West Levine said, “We really do think it’s the most logical pick, to dedicate our dental center to Nancy and Dick.”
West Levine also announced the Health Center’s new Caring for Lowell Fund, made possible with Donahue’s support, which will allow medical assistants and other frontline staff at the health center to pursue their nursing degree at Middlesex Community College without taking on undue financial burden.
Said Donahue, “I feel very blessed to help someone who needed a leg up. It makes you want to cry when someone don’t have adequate dental care. I can’t imagine Lowell without Lowell Community Health Center. We feel very blessed to help.”
Family members and others then joined Donahue, West Levine, and Board Chair Bruce Robinson in unveiling the dental center signage, amid a flurry of confetti. A luncheon catered by UTEC followed the dedication.
“When we first planned this dedication, we mentioned having a small, intimate gathering,” said Robinson. “Well, small is a relative term, and there is no small way to say thank you.”″