VNA Care, a nonprofit visiting nurse association, will honor three Heroes in Health Care at the organization’s 14th annual gala on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Mandarin Oriental, 776 Boylston St., Boston. The gala is VNA Care’s signature fundraising event and has raised millions in essential funding for home health and hospice care in Massachusetts.

This year’s Heroes are Dr. Tony Coles, who was appointed in September as CEO of Pfizer neuroscience spinout Cerevel Therapeutics; Dr. Steven Strongwater, president & CEO of Atrius Health; and Patricia Joyce, a community nurse with VNA Care.

A Natick resident, Strongwater is being honored for his leadership on population health, value-based care and returning joy to the practice of medicine. As president and CEO of Atrius Health, Strongwater leads 6,800 employees, serving 745,000 patients across eastern Massachusetts and has helped make Atrius Health a national leader in delivering high-quality, patient-centered, coordinated, cost effective care to every patient served, according to VNA Care.

He currently serves on the Mass Digital Health Council, IBM Watson Advisory Board, Janssen Healthcare Innovators Council, Healthcare Executives Network and Zetema Project.

For more information about the Heroes in Health Care Gala, visit www.vnacare.org/gala<http://www.vnacare.org/gala>.

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Worcester-based Ascentria Care Alliance, one of the largest human service nonprofits in New England, recently announced that its former board chairman, Jeff Kinney, has been hired as chief of staff and external relations for Angela Bovill, its president and CEO.

For the last eight years, Kinney served as regional vice president at Wells Fargo Bank, in Boston and prior to that was a senior vice president at Wachovia Bank. He has an MBA in finance from DePaul University, and a BA in economics and political science from Wittenberg University.

Kinney was chairman of Ascentria’s governing board during a time of great transition, including a change in identity from Lutheran Social Services of New England to its new name, Ascentria Care Alliance. Kinney was both board chairman and a leading volunteer – he helped promote adoption services, Services for New Americans and legal services for the victims of human trafficking. And as a prominent banker he actively encouraged corporate executives to work with the nonprofit’s programs in the communities their businesses served. After his term as board chairman – succeeded by William Mayo – Kinney continued as a board member.

Kinney resides in Natick.

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Rockland Trust recently announced that James C. (Jay) Donnelly Jr., has been appointed vice president and commercial financial consultant for its Investment Management Group (IMG).

In his new role, Donnelly provides investment management and retirement plan services to the bank’s commercial lending clients in the Greater Boston communities and will draw from his extensive network of attorneys, accountants and insurance professionals to deliver wealth management solutions.

Donnelly brings 25 years of financial services experience to Rockland Trust. Prior to joining the bank’s Investment Management Group, he was an investment officer in Boston College’s Endowment Office. Previously he was an equity analyst at Wells Fargo Securities and at FTN Equity Capital Markets. A Certified Public Accountant, he began his career at Arthur Andersen, after which he was appointed chief financial officer for Koning Restaurants International and then became owner/operator of the Pacific Restaurant Group.

Donnelly received an MBA and a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. He resides in Newton.