Dr. Renée Quarterman, a true champion of the Y’s mission was honored at the annual Hockomock Area YMCA’s annual meeting and awards night on Wednesday, May 15 at Lake Pearl Luciano’s in Wrentham.
Renée Quarterman, M.D. received the Hockomock Area YMCA Bernon Family Branch’s Red Triangle Award. This award is presented annually to individuals or organizations for their steadfast dedication and partnership with the Hockomock Area YMCA to meet the changing needs of our community. Since coming to the region as part of The Breast Center at Milford Regional Medical Center in 2009, Dr. Quarterman has improved the health of our community. She recognizes the importance of the LIVESTRONG at the YMCA program – a free twelve week small group program designed for adult cancer survivors who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or cancer — and she often makes it part of her patient's recovery.
|Hockomock Area YMCA Ed Hurley, Renée Quarterman, M.D., and Hockomock Area YMCA member and award presenter Virginia Brennan|
Dr. Quarterman was acknowledged for being more than a breast health expert, more than a surgeon, and more than a community wellness provider. She is a positive, progressive, caring professional about whom presenter Virginia Brennan, Franklin resident and longtime member of the Y, had this to say, “As a patient of Dr. Quarterman, I have experienced firsthand her compassionate care. As a LIVESTRONG at the YMCA graduate and volunteer, I have met so many women that have been touched by her." Virginia continued, "She understands how a community comes together to support and encourage those with health challenges."
Dr. Quarterman expressed fond childhood memories, growing up at a YMCA camp in Delaware where her family was offered support for which she is thankful. She says she joined the Hockomock Area YMCA quickly upon arriving from Oregon and finds it to be a very nurturing environment, with exercise, a huge part of the experience. “As a breast cancer provider, I believe in all of those things for my patients. I want them to be nurtured and supported," says Dr. Quarterman. And, after glancing at Virginia, she says, "I see so many of my patients, who are healthier and stronger, and I know their lives are better because they joined the Y."
Dr. Quarterman passionately speaks about the collaborative work being done by the YMCA and its partners to address chronic disease, “The Hockomock Area YMCA's LIVESTRONG and MS Programs, as well as its Diabetes Program about to be launched — these are new ventures. But, I think they will be just as longstanding as the YMCA traditions of helpings a kid feel like a kid, taking the burden off a working mom, and helping members become engaged because it's the right thing to do."
She closed by saying thank you for the award, which was quickly and enthusiastically followed by "More importantly, thank you to the Y — for everything you do!"
At the meeting, Renée Quarterman, M.D. was also elected to the Board of Directors at the Hockomock Area YMCA for a three-year term.
About The Hockomock Area YMCA
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities in the areas of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. At the Y, strengthening community is its cause. Every day, the Y works side-by-side with its neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn and grow.For more information about the Hockomock Area YMCA, please visit www.hockymca.org.