Distinguished Citizen Award

WIn BrownEach year Nashua Valley Council selects a Distinguished Citizen, chosen for their long standing commitment to our communities, their efforts to improve the quality of life, their tireless leadership in promoting the values that Scouting shares, and the example they set for our youth. Nashua Valley Council is honored to announce the recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award:

Winfield S. Brown
President & CEO, Heywood Health Systems

The award will be presented at a reception in Mr. Brown's honor on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Devens Commons Center in Devens. Social hour begins at 5:00 PM. Nashua Valley Council invites the members of our communities and our Scouting family to join us in honoring Mr. Petersen.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the Nashua Valley Council Service Center at 978-534-3532 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for details. 

 Respected as a leader in the New England healthcare industry for nearly two decades, Win Brown serves as President and CEO of Heywood Healthcare, a north central Massachusetts, non-profit healthcare organization, which includes Heywood Hospital, Gardner, MA  Athol Hospital, Athol, MA, and the Quabbin Retreat in Petersham. Mr. Brown has served as President and CEO of both organizations since January 2013. Prior to building the partnership with Athol Hospital, which resulted in the development of Heywood Healthcare, Mr. Brown served as President and CEO of Heywood Hospital since 2011. His engaging leadership style and optimistic drive, drives the organization to encourage innovation and embrace new trends in healthcare, leading to significant growth, improved quality, and patient and employee satisfaction.

During his tenure, he has commanded the growth of the Heywood Healthcare system having established the Center for Specialty Care, Diabetes Center, Heart and Vascular Center and the Center for Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery at Heywood Hospital and expanded its behavioral health partial hospitalization program three-fold, improving access to behavioral health care in the region. Athol Hospital has also seen substantial growth under his leadership, adding on-site diabetes, cardiology and physical rehabilitation services, in addition the establishment of the Center for Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation.

As part of the organization’s Fulfilling Our Promise Capital Campaign, Athol Hospital broke ground on a new Emergency Department and Medical Office Building, opened the Dana Day Treatment Program at The Quabbin Retreat in response to the region’s pressing need for access to behavioral health and addiction treatment services,  and planning is underway for a new surgical pavilion at Heywood Hospital. 

Prior to his role at Heywood, Mr. Brown served as Vice President of Administration at Lowell General Hospital, Vice-President of Marketing, Planning and Development at Northern Berkshire Healthcare in North Adams, MA, and Executive Director and Vice President of St. Mary’s Foundation – St. Mary’s Health System in Lewiston, Maine.

Mr. Brown has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bates College, a Master of Science in Business from Husson University and a Master of Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE). He serves on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Hospital Association (MHA) and chairs its Public Affairs standing committee; Vizient and the United Way of Central Massachusetts; Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation; the Young Presidents’ Organization of New England; the GFA Credit Union Supervisory Committee; Heywood Physician Hospital Organization (PHO) and the SHINE Initiative

The Distinguished Citizen is chosen for his/her long standing commitment to our communities.  Their efforts have helped improve the quality of life for thousands of people who are less fortunate.  Their tireless leadership, energy and vitality have been a true inspiration to all who service within numerous charitable organizations. The values learned through the Boy Scouts are much the same as the values held by our Distinguished Citizen.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Distinguished Eagle
(Event Sponsor)
$7,500 Includes 20 tickets, a full page back cover color ad in dinner book
Eagle Scout
(Dinner Sponsor)
$5,000 Includes 15 tickets, a full page inside cover color ad in the dinner book
Life Scout
(Reception Sponsor)
$3,000 Includes 12 tickets, an inside back cover ad in dinner book
Star Scout
(Flower Sponsor)
$2,500 Includes 10 tickets, and a full page black & white  ad
1st Class Scout
$1,500 Includes 10 tickets, and a half page ad
Tenderfoot Scout $1,000 Includes 1 ticket, and a program listing
Single Seat $150  
Program Advertisements 
Full Page Ad $750 7.5”w x 10”t 
Half Page Ad $500 7.5”w x 4.75”t 
Quarter Page Ad $250 3.5”w x 4.75”t