Before her sudden passing in June 2015, Patricia “Pattie” Grady had a tremendous impact on North Shore communities. As Executive Director of Ambulatory Clinical Services at Lahey Medical Center in Peabody, she helped launched multiple programs, one of which was the medical assistance internship program at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School (PVMHS) that exposes students to a career in health care.
On June 24, just shy of the first anniversary of Grady’s death, Maria Ferri, PVMHS’s vocational director, held a dedication ceremony to name the school’s medical assistance classroom in Grady’s honor.
“This is a very important day for me,” said Ferri. “This is program is my professional heart and soul.”
A few of Grady’s colleagues from Lahey Medical Center, Peabody, were in attendance at the dedication, as was Michael Bonfanti, former mayor of Peabody and representative of the J.B. Thomas Lahey Foundation —the foundation that helps fund the program — and Gabriella DaSilva, a 2016 graduate of PVMHS and the first recipient of the J.B. Thomas Lahey Medical Foundation Scholarship, which goes to a graduating senior pursuing a degree in the medical field. DaSilva will attend UMass Lowell in the fall to study exercise physiology.
“I’m just so thankful,” said DaSilva. “I’ll pay it forward in the future.” “I want to show people that once I was helped and now I want to help as well.”
Also in attendance: Grady’s husband, Mark Grady.
Mark thanked Ferri and others for their vision and execution of the medical assistance program and for the support and admiration they showed his wife.
“I miss her. I know we all do,” Mark Grady said. “I’m forever grateful for the people here and your kind words.”
Mark Grady was presented with a plaque naming the room in Pattie’s honor — an identical plaque now hangs above the door of the classroom: a reminder to students of the woman who helped make their future possible.
“There are people you meet once, twice, three times in your life and they have an enormous impact,” said Ferri. “Pattie was that type of person for me.”