Dr. Michael J. O’Connell Donates Retirement Funds to CVHS Capital Campaign

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CVHS Capital Campaign Co-Chair and VP of Federal Savings Bank, Kelly Glennon; Dr. Michael J. O’Connell; and CVHS Executive Director, Leslie Heindl}

CVHS Capital Campaign Co-Chair and VP of Federal Savings Bank, Kelly Glennon; Dr. Michael J. O’Connell; and CVHS Executive Director, Leslie Heindl}

Michael J. O’Connell, MD, MHA and CEO of PainCare, Salmon Falls Family Healthcare and R.O.A.D. to a Better Life, has generously donated $250,000 to support Cocheco Valley Humane Society’s “Bring Us Home” capital campaign to build a new 11,000 square foot animal shelter that will be located on the grounds of the Strafford County complex in Dover. His leadership gift will name the surgical suite at the new facility.

Dr. O’Connell has been a steadfast supporter of CVHS for many years; regularly underwriting events and providing financial support to enhance the quality of care for thousands of abused, neglected and abandoned animals the shelter serves each year. In addition, he has served as a tireless advocate for CVHS and has worked to champion the shelter’s mission by authoring letters of support encouraging his peers to join him in making a difference in the lives of the animals at CVHS.

According to Dr. O’Connell, “As I reach the twilight of my career, and as CVHS approaches its momentous rebirth, I have decided that my plans to include CHVS in my will are far too conservative, not anywhere near as helpful to my favorite charity as I would like and as what CVHS deserves. The old saying “you can’t take it with you”, is particularly germane for me. I dearly wish to see with my own eyes, in my own lifetime, a vibrant, robust home for CVHS. As the caretakers for the truly innocent, I can’t imagine draining my retirement funds now for any more lofty or noble purpose. The employees and volunteers at CVHS are to be commended for an awesome, yet too often thankless job in face of recurring challenges. I hope with my assistance and that of many others, CVHS can realize a long held dream.”

With 10 locations throughout NH, PainCare is the leading medical practice in the northeast dedicated exclusively to pain management. Salmon Falls is a comprehensive family health care practice treating newborns, children, and adults of all ages. The practice has been serving the tri-city area of Dover, Somersworth, and Rochester for over 20 years. The mission of the R.O.A.D. To A Better Life program is to provide therapy and treatment for drug and alcohol addiction in a safe, respectful and friendly environment that is focused on recovery, relapse prevention, and a return to normalcy.

For more information about the Cocheco Valley Humane Society “Bring Us Home” Capital Campaign, please contact Executive Director, Leslie Heindl at edirector@cvhsonline.org or 603-749-5322 and visit www.cvhsonline.org for campaign updates.

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