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April 30, 2013

LaFlamme chosen to head AJH Board of Trustees

NEWBURYPORT — On March 27 at the Annual Corporators’ Meeting of the Anna Jaques Hospital and Anna Jaques Community Health Foundation, David J. LaFlamme, president and chief executive officer of North Shore Bank, was elected chairman of the AJH Board of Trustees. He has served as the hospital’s vice chairman of the board and chairman of the Finance Committee for the past seven years.

Janice C. Morse, president and CEO of Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, was appointed vice chair and Bernhard Heersink, MD, ophthalmologist in Newburyport, was appointed secretary.

LaFlamme has been president and CEO of North Shore Bank since 2007 and has more than 30 years of banking experience, primarily in Essex and Middlesex counties. Actively involved in the community, LaFlamme gives his time and expertise to numerous organizations. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Essex National Heritage Commission and former chairman of the Home Health Foundation. He was the 2007 chairman of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce and is presently a board member. LaFlamme is a graduate of Holy Cross College and lives with his family in Newburyport.

Chairman Emeritus George H. Ellison Jr. stepped down at the end of his term after leading the AJH Board of Trustees since 2006. He had also chaired the Community Foundation Board from 2003-2006. Under his chairmanship, Anna Jaques accomplished the main goals from its strategic plan written in 2007, established its reputation for delivering high-quality care at a lower cost and posted a positive operating margin for seven consecutive years. He is often credited by the hospital community for his leadership, loyalty and perseverance in steering the hospital’s turnaround. The 200 attendees of the annual meeting enjoyed a video tribute honoring Ellison in appreciation of all he has done for the hospital community.

“Years of planning and hard work by the boards, committees and community leaders have culminated in the transformation of Anna Jaques,” said Ellison in a press release. “It has been an honor to have been associated with a team of do-ers who stepped up and delivered when it mattered most.”

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