Innovation Distinction Award: John Bonnell

John enjoyed a more than thirty-year career in healthcare management. He first became involved with Northwood through his involvement in the predecessor to the Live More Awards, “Appetite for Life” when he assisted in garnering health industry sponsorship for the event.

In 2012, John was invited to become a member of a Northwood steering committee charged with re-establishing the Northwood Foundation Board. Dedicated to Northwood’s vision and values, John was the Foundation’s Chair from 2013-2016, laying the groundwork for today’s success.

During his time as the Foundation’s Chair, John was instrumental in the drive to raise funds for the William E. Frank Live More Park. Located on the grounds of the Bedford Campus, the park was created through an intensive consultation process with the West Bedford community, with Northwood residents, senior care experts, and Northwood staff. It is designed for people living with a disability, people living with memory loss and other forms of dementia and the surrounding neighborhood and community.