Business Briefs: HCA honors GRLA’s Richardson; Solect Energy receives award; local lawyers lauded

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Scott Richardson, president of Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects, received the inaugural Founder’s Philanthropy Award from the Hopkinton Center for the Arts at the HCA Founder’s Celebration held earlier this fall.

Richardson has been involved with the HCA from its inception more than 20 years ago, working diligently with the staff, board members and volunteers to bring the center to life.

“It has been a passion project of his for over 20 years,” the announcement read. “Scott has donated countless hours above and beyond his scope of work to this project. His patience, guidance and creative spirit are a cornerstone of the HCA and will forever be felt inside its walls.”

The celebration also featured a look back at the 10 years of HCA history, a moving tribute to late long-time volunteer Dora Garabedian, and the presentation of the Dora Garabedian Vision Award to former HCA Co-Executive Director Kris Waldman.

Solect Energy receives award

At the New England Clean Energy Council’s 13th annual Green Tie Gala on Nov. 18, Hopkinton-based Solect Energy and the nonprofit PowerOptions were awarded Partnership of the Year for helping nonprofits and public entities save money by powering their facilities with renewable energy.

Solect Energy, a leading commercial solar developer, helps commercial and industrial businesses, state government, cities/towns and nonprofits in New England transform the way they manage and optimize energy, according to a company statement. The company’s services include solar financing, design, engineering, installation, operations and maintenance, 24/7 system monitoring and utility bill monitoring.

Solect Energy has worked with PowerOptions, New England’s largest consortium for energy and sustainability, since 2015. In 2020, PowerOptions recognized Solect Energy as the winner of its large scale solar and energy storage program, enabling the solar company to offer solar photovoltaic solutions of any size to its members.

“Our program makes installing solar easy for local communities and opens up access to low-cost renewable energy across the state, including communities that may not be able to fund renewable energy upgrades otherwise,” said Ken Driscoll, CEO of Solect Energy.

Local lawyers recognized

Three Hopkinton residents who work at Mirick O’Connell recently were recognized by Super Lawyers. Joseph Baldiga and David L. Fine were selected to the 2021 Massachusetts Super Lawyers list. Baldiga is a partner and chair of the creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and reorganization group at Mirick O’Connell, while Fine is a partner and chair of the construction law group at the firm.

Hopkinton’s Kate Foley, an associate in the firm’s creditors’ rights, bankruptcy and reorganization group, was selected to the 2021 Massachusetts Rising Stars list.

Milford Regional earns another ‘A’

Milford Regional Medical Center received an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade this fall. This national distinction, which Milford Regional has received for an unprecedented seven consecutive times, recognizes MRMC’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

“It is an honor to receive this Leapfrog recognition. To receive it seven times in a row is an incredible distinction for Milford Regional,” said Edward J. Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional. “This continued recognition is a testament to the dedication our entire team at Milford Regional has to keeping our patients safe every single day.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.