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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 11-19-2020

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8 WOONSOCKET / BUSINESS NOV. 19-25, 2020 | VALLEY BREEZE | NO. SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET 8 WOONSOCKET – Oakland Grove Health Care Center has been fined $11,567 for allegedly violating a standard that requires companies to report the death of an employee as a result of a work-related incident within eight hours. The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced last Friday, Nov. 13, the Woonsocket nursing home was among more than 200 establishments nationwide that have been cited for "violations relat- ing to coronavirus." The list included companies that have violated report- ing procedures and other standards during the COVID-19 crisis. OSHA issued a citation to Athena Health Care Systems, the nursing home's parent company, on Nov. 3. While the announcement did not contain detailed information about the violation, a database of citations on OSHA's website reveals the nurs- ing home was cited for allegedly failing to comply with two of the agency's standards. The first requires companies to report occupational illness or injuries of employees to OSHA within seven days. The sec- ond requires them to report the death of an employee as a result of a work- related incident within eight hours. In an email to The Valley Breeze, Tim Brown, spokesperson for Athena Health Care Systems, said the com- pany is disputing the violation. "We do disagree with the findings against the center and the matter is currently being appealed," he said. Brown did not respond to a ques- tion regarding the nature of the viola- tion. "There is no greater priority for us than the health and safety of our patients and staff. COVID-19 is an insidious virus that has taken a tre- mendous toll on the vast majority of long-term care facilities in Rhode Island and beyond. Our hearts go out to all affected by this insidious virus," he said in a statement. Megan Sweeney, spokesperson for OSHA, also declined to provide additional information beyond what was included on the agency's website. Oakland Grove is one of the local nursing homes that was hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. As of Nov. 11, the home had between 80 and 84 confirmed resident cases since March 1 and between 20 and 24 resident deaths related to COVID-19. In May, the home was designated a COVID-19 specialty nursing home to accept COVID-19 patients cleared for release from hospitals around the state. Oakland Grove fined for allegedly failing to report employee death By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze BankRI kicks off annual Holiday Giving Tree PROVIDENCE – Bank Rhode Island will begin its annual Holiday Giving Tree program early in hopes of brightening the season for as many local children as possible. The sig- nature effort, now in its 23rd year, collects gifts for underprivileged kids that are distributed by the bank's nonprofit partners. The program began at BankRI branches in Lincoln, Pawtucket, Smithfield and Woonsocket on Nov. 2. As a result of COVID-19, the bank has made adjustments to this year's effort, and its branches are operat- ing with health and safety guidelines in place to help keep customers and staff safe. All BankRI locations are displaying a Holiday Giving Tree in their lobby, decorated with ornaments featuring the name, age, and holiday wish of a child served by that branch's non- profit partner. During the multi-week effort, customers and members of the community are invited to visit a branch to select an ornament and provide a gift for that child. Those interested in helping may also call their local branch to request orna- ment information by phone if they prefer. Once a gift has been purchased, donors may return to their branch to deliver the unwrapped present. BankRI understands its community's concerns amid COVID-19, and is offering alternatives to safely deliver gifts. Donors may also call their branch to schedule a curbside drop- off where bank staff will retrieve the donated present from the trunk of the vehicle. Those who wish to enter a branch to place their gift beneath the tree must wear a face covering, and will be greeted by an employee at the entrance. Gifts collected in Lincoln will be distributed to children through the town of Lincoln Holiday Basket Program, while gifts in Pawtucket will benefit kids through Adoption Rhode Island. In Smithfield, gifts will help Tri-County Community Action Agency, and in Woonsocket they will benefit Connecting for Children & Families. Information for BankRI's Northern Rhode Island branches is as follows: Lincoln, 625-B George Washington Highway, 401-333-2322; Pawtucket, 499 Smithfield Ave., 401-721-0751; Smithfield, 445 Putnam Pike, 401- 231-1400. For a complete list of BankRI branches and hours of operation, visit www.bankri.com/locations . North Smithfield CEO named to NSBA Leadership Council NORTH SMITHFIELD – Rhode Island business owner Junior Jabbie, of Banneker Supply Chain Solutions Inc., headquartered in North Smithfield, has been named to the National Small Business Association Leadership Council. The NSBA is the Nation's oldest small business advocacy organization that operates on a staunchly nonpar- tisan basis. They are focused on pro- viding valuable networking between small business advocates from across the country while ensuring small businesses a seat at the table as Congress and regulators take up key small business proposals. Jabbie joins other small business advocates from across the country who work to pro- mote the interests of small businesses to policymakers in Washington, D.C. "I am proud to have Junior Jabbie as part of our Leadership Council," stated NSBA President and CEO Todd McCracken. "He came to us highly recommended and I look forward our coordinated efforts for years to come." Butler joins BBBSRI board of directors NORTH SMITHFIELD – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island welcomes Patrick Butler to its Board of Directors. Butler joined the BBBSRI board in October of 2020. Butler is the director of operations at North Smithfield-based Banneker Supply Chain Solutions, one of the largest warehousing, logistics, and supply chain companies in New England. Butler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in international business from Johnson and Wales University and a business management certificate from the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth University. He is also a six sigma green belt, a licensed cus- toms broker, and a certified Supply Chain Professional. He has participated in the Bike MS 150: Ride the Rhode in support of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the BoldrDash Race for Special Olympics, and is a student sponsor at the San Miguel School in Providence. Butler and his wife of 28 years currently reside in Cumberland and together they have two adult children – Patrick and Sarah. BUSINESS NEWS Performance Physical Therapy named an NYSS Champion PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recognized Performance Physical Therapy as one of the first organizations to join the National Youth Sports Strategy Champions. HHS released the NYSS in September 2019 in response to Presidential Executive Order 13824, which called for a national strategy to increase youth sports participation. As a NYSS Champion, Performance Physical Therapy has demonstrated support of youth sports and commitment to the NYSS vision, according to a press release. Performance Physical Therapy will be recognized along with other NYSS Champions on health.gov as part of a growing network of organizations partnering with HHS to improve the youth sports landscape in America. Performance Physical Therapy has local offices in Smithfield, North Providence, Woonsocket and Pawtucket. Learn more at www. performanceptri.com or call 401-726- 7100.

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