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SALMON breaks ground on new assisted living residences in Sharon SALMON Health and Retirement broke ground on its new assisted living residences on Tuesday, June 21st at 675 South Main Street, Sharon, MA. Financed with a construction loan from Middlesex Savings Bank, the new 106,000-square-foot, 88apartment building will incorporate both “traditional” settings for seniors and SALMON’s “innovative, highly personalized Tapestry Program for individuals needing memory care.” Attendees included SALMON CEO Matt Salmon, Sharon Board of Selectmen William A. Heitin, Chair; Walter B. Roach, Clerk; John McGrath; and Town Administrator Frederic E. Turkington, Jr. Also present were members of SALMON’s management team as well as architects, builders and lenders involved in the project.

Landscaped grounds will offer walking paths lined with benches, patio sitting areas, private gardens for the memory care neighborhoods, and other features. Residents will receive individual attention from nursing care staff, dedicated Alzheimer’s professionals, a skilled recreation team and expertly trained personal care attendants, and have access to social services. Residents will also enjoy delicious chef-prepared meals in multiple dining venues, abundant social events, local transportation, community and intergenerational programs and 24-hour emergency response. Construction is expected to be completed by September 2017. SALMON Health and Retirement, family owned and operated


From left to right are Frederic E. Turkington, Jr., Sharon Town Administrator; Kathleen Salmon-Robinson, MHSA, Marketing Communications Director, SALMON Health and Retirement; Andrew Salmon, Director of Network Development, SALMON Health and Retirement; Matthew Salmon, PT, MHP, MBA, Chief Executive Officer, SALMON Health and Retirement; William A. Heitin, Chairman, Sharon Board of Selectmen; Walter B. Roach, Clerk, Sharon Board of Selectmen; and John J. McGrath, Sharon Board of Selectmen.

Located just over the Sharon/ Foxborough town line by Route 95 and Shaw’s Plaza, the threestory residence will provide a mix of studio, companion, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Some of the amenities will include a spa, salon/barber shop, fitness center, general store, Internet café/bistro, library, billiards lounge, creative arts studio, Great Room equipped with a stage, and more, all for the convenience and enjoyment of Residents.

since 1952, has four other assisted living residences called Whitney Place located in Natick, Northborough, Northbridge and Westborough, MA. SALMON looks forward to a high level of integration between others in the town of Sharon and SALMON’s new community, which will host social and educational programs open to the public. For more information, visit


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Returning to school, sports means everyone should make concussion awareness a part of their Playbook

For millions of children in North America, the return to school also means a return to organized competitive sports.

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The Gables celebrates their 25th Anniversary

Hundreds of residents, family members, friends, employees and member of the Winchester area community attended the gala 25th Anniversary Celebration of The Gables at Winchester on Saturday, May 14. The celebration lasted three hours and included an incredible array of homemade food, entertainment and a Proclamation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ House of Representatives. Winchester State Representative Michael S. Day presented the proclamation which read: “Be it hereby

known to all that: The Massachusetts House of Representatives offers its sincerest congratulations to: The Gables at Winchester in recognition of 25 years of dedicated and caring service to our seniors and active involvement in the betterment of our community. The entire membership extends its very best wishes and expresses the hope for future good fortune and continued success in all endeavors.” It is signed by Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo and Representative Day, who represents Winchester and Stoneham. Three managers were recognized by Executive Director Karla Rossi for 23 years of service: Marion Borges, Business Office Manager, of Woburn and lifelong resident of Medford; Russ Wyse, Director of Maintenance, a resident of Winchester; and Janet Grant, Housekeeping Supervisor, a resident of Woburn. Rossi also recognized the nurses, care givers and other staff for “going above and beyond every day in their service to residents” of The Gables. She hailed the record of many long-term employees. Director of Food and Beverage Barry Greene and his staff presented carving stations, a pasta station; an activity room full of seafood delights; and a large room full of desserts, in addition to several other platters. Attendees were greeted at a champagne fountain and many admired the large ice

sculpture carved into the number 25. A live band played music and sung tunes from the 40s through 60s. Several area residents took tours of the assisted and independent living

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Hughes Health & Rehabilitation receives the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best for Extended Care

Hughes Health & Rehabilitationhas received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award® as one of America’s Best for Extended Care. This evidence-based designation is the only extended care award that identifies the country’s best healthcare institutions based on robust criteria that considers female patient satisfaction, clinical excellence, and what women say they want from an extended care facility or nursing home. This is the third consecutive year that West Hartford-based Hughes Health has been recognized with a Women’s Choice Award. “To be honored for three consecutive years with a Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best in Extended Care is a testament to the consistent, unwavering and dedicated care our family of caregivers performs every day here at Hughes. We are very grateful for the recognition bestowed upon us by the Women’s Choice Award and other national organizations in 2016. It inspires us to do and be better continuously,” stated Mark J. Finkelstein, vice president of Hughes Health & Rehabilitation.

The list of under 845 winners out of 15,000+ facilities nationwide, including Hughes Health, represents facilities that have 25 or more beds, and have received at least 18 combined stars in the four categories determined by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) five-star rating system. The CMS categories are: general staffing, RN staffing, quality rating and inspection survey rating. Awarded facilities must also have a Medicare certification, full sprinkler systems and no recent history of penalties or fines. “One of the hardest decisions a woman will ever have to make is to choose a nursing home or extended care facility for a loved one. Reducing the risk of making the wrong healthcare choice is our mission,” said Delia Passi, CEO and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award. For more information on the Women’s Choice Award and recipients, visit arded/healthcare/

Japanese Delegates visit The Village at Waveny


A distinguished group of international eldercare specialists from Japan visited The Village at Waveny, Waveny LifeCare Network’s unique assisted living residence that serves as a benchmark in Alzheimer’s care, therapeutic memory enhancement programming and environmental design worldwide. Much to their surprise, the group was joined by Art Lesowitz, a participant in Waveny’s Adult Day Program who previously lived in Japan as a teacher, and who was able to converse with the group in Japanese. Also pictured with the delegation are Kristin Sinatra, Waveny’s Director of Marketing; Drew Eccleston, Village Admissions Coordinator; and professional interpreters, Mutsuko Onishi and Larry Ward.


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Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod donates to Hebrew HealthCare

Sandie Pastuszak is what you could call an avid quilter. She is a fairly new member of Bayberry Quilters of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, but her quilting experience didn’t begin there. Before she retired to Cape Cod, she quilted as part of a group in South Windsor, Connecticut, but was sure to carry the hobby with her when she moved. Founded in 1981 with just 15 members, Bayberry Quilters is now compiled of 300 extremely dedicated members. There are the quilters’ guild monthly meetings, both morning and evening and once a month “Quilt-Ins” designed for socializing and expert assistance. These quilters specifically design and hand-stitch over 200 quilts for charities, hospitals, shelters, veterans, etc. Sandie says, “Making a quilt for someone is like giving them a hug,” and those “hugs” are what the Bayberry Quilter’s strive for. Cape Cod is not only home to Bayberry Quilters, but also to Cape Cod Cares for the Troops founded in 2005 by Dylan DeSilva, and managed by his mother Michelle DeSilva. Dylan wanted to honor our troops for their service, dedication, and sacrifices to our country. Cape Cod Cares for the Troops works espe-

cially with Bayberry Quilters for Operation Santa at Fort Belvoir, a rehabilitation location for Veterans in Virginia. Operation Santa works to collect quilts, wreaths, stockings, gifts for spouses, and stocking stuffers for kids of the wounded warriors who have previously served our country. The quilts are handmade

Hospice House is coming: Center for Hospice Care announces launch of $7.5 million public campaign

At a celebratory event recently, Center for Hospice Care announced the public launch of a campaign to raise $7.5 million to build a Hospice House facility on its Norwich-based campus. In making the announcement, Center for Hospice Care also divulged that for the past year it has been conducting the “quiet phase” of its Hospice House Campaign, during which it has already raised $5.5 million in donations and pledges toward the $7.5 million goal. As Nathan Beit, who is a member of the Campaign Steering Committee, explained to the gathering of 125 supporters, “In announcing the launch of our public campaign, we are committing to raising all of the remaining $2 million to reach our goal. Then we will break ground and build what will be the first Hospice House in Eastern Connecticut.”

As Carol Mahier, President and CEO of Center for Hospice Care explained, “Hospice House will be a specialized medical-care facility that will provide a home-like environment where patients will receive 24/7 end-of-life care in their private suites, and where their families can visit and gather any time of day or night and even spend the night in their loved one’s suite. Our Hospice House will fill a critical gap in the continuum of endof-life care in Eastern Connecticut, by providing care to hospice patients who are too sick to be cared for at home. Currently, the only freestanding hospice facilities in the state are located in Branford and Danbury -- long and difficult drives for families in our region, particularly when their loved one is near the end of life. Hospice House will provide easy access to care for patients and families from throughout Eastern Connecticut.”

and donated by Bayberry Quilters for Operation Santa. When Marsha Mulready, a registered dietician at Hebrew HealthCare, found out about this great cause that Sandie is a part of she brought the connection right to Hebrew HealthCare providing the chance for one of our residents to have a quilt of his


own. Sandie says she is motivated by “the joy we can bring to peoples’ lives who are suffering physical and mental difficulties and who have given us so much,” and one of our residents deserves such joy, so this quilted surprise was absolutely perfect. Paul Pavano, a resident of Hebrew HealthCare, was the Veteran

that was given the quilt, handmade by Sandie. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Paul worked as a mechanic during the 1950’s at Camp LeJeune in North Carolina; water contamination there contributed to negative effects on Paul’s health giving him cause to seek services at Hebrew HealthCare. Hebrew HealthCare has been given the honor to witness the “hug” and “joy” that Sandie describes. With the gift of the handmade quilt, Paul has received a gift that represents his service, dedication, and sacrifices for our country, something that can never be taken away from him. Although his health has been affected by his time of service, groups like Bayberry Quilters and Cape Cod Cares for the Troops continue to bring joy and support to those who are deserving of such appreciations. Hebrew HealthCare is a nonprofit, non-sectarian healthcare provider featuring a comprehensive system of integrated and seamless in-patient; out-patient and community based geriatric services. For over 100 years our commitment to providing comprehensive care to the elderly in the Greater Hartford area is unparalleled and is the foundation on which our reputation for excellence is based.


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Lyme Disease: Stay Safe this Summer

Summer is officially in full swing! We can take a break from shoveling snow and puffy winter coats and go hiking and camping outdoors with friends and family! But, before walking your dog through the beautiful wooded areas, it is important to know the facts about Lyme Disease to decrease your risk! Symptoms to Look For Lyme Disease is spread through the infected bite of a blacklegged tick who is carrying the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. Early symptoms usually include flu-like symptoms of fever, headache, tiredness, and generalized malaise. The tell-tale sign of Lyme Disease is a skin rash called “erythema migrans,” which an look like a bulls-eye. This rash is not necessarily where the tick bite occurred. If Lyme Disease goes untreated, the infection can be devastating- spreading to the joints, heart and nervous system. Transmission According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the deer tick Ixodes scapularis spreads the bacteria to humans in our northeastern area. Ticks generally need to be attached for 36-48 hours to transmit the disease. Although tick bites can occur anywhere, ticks love dark, warm areas of the body like the groin and armpits. Ticks cannot fly, but can be travel from a pet who brushes up against you. Lyme disease is not spread through blood transfusions, touching or kissing. People most at risk are people who spend time outdoors in heavily woody, grassy areas. Protect Yourself The highest prevalence of Lyme Disease occurs from May to early August- so staying away from overgrown grass or trail edges is important. Utilizing insect repellent with 20% DEET on clothes can help decrease your chances of being bit. Light colored clothes help to spot ticks more easily. Be sure to check your body for ticks after being outdoors in the yard. If you do see a tick, use tweezers to firmly grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible, and then clean the skin with antiseptic. Since ticks can stay on your clothes, be sure to shower and wash and dry clothes at a high temperature within 2 hours of coming inside. Tricky Diagnosis Lyme disease may be hard to recognize- early tests may turn up negative and others have false-positive results. The rash erythema migrans usually appears within 3 to 15 days after an infected tick bite, but not everyone with Lyme Disease will have a rash. There is a 2 step blood test process for diagnosis to measure the body's antibodies to Lyme disease bacteria. The enzyme immunoassay (EIA) takes place first, and is then confirmed with a Western blot test. Treatment Treatment includes a 14-21 day course of antibiotics, which are more effective when the disease is recognized early. There are no current vaccines available for Lyme disease, so prevention is key!

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Trinity Health New England and Quinnipiac University announce Primary Educational Affiliation Program will offer health care students training at five hospitals

Trinity Health - New England and Quinnipiac University recently announced the signing of a primary educational affiliation to train the next generation of health care providers to meet the health care needs of patients in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Beginning in 2017, Trinity Health - New England hospitals will expand their existing partnership with Quinnipiac to include students enrolled at the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, the School of Nursing and the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University. This affiliation will provide students with opportunities to complete their clinical rotations at any of Trinity Health - New England’s facilities in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Trinity Health - New England’s Regional Health Ministry includes Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital in Hartford, Johnson Memorial Medical Center in Stafford Springs, and Sisters of Providence Health System, which includes Mercy Medical Center, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Saint Mary’s Health System in Waterbury will also be a participating provider after the Office of Health Care Access approves Trinity Health - New England’s Certificate of Need to include Saint Mary’s in its regional health ministry. That approval is anticipated later this summer. “This affiliation will ensure the robust development of an interprofessional workforce to care for the present and future health care needs of patients, families and communities across New England,” said Steven T. Ruby, M.D., chief clinical officer at Hartfordbased Trinity Health - New England. “We’re excited about the opportunity to be the primary clinical partner with Quinnipiac to develop the next generation of health care providers.” For more information, please visit



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Years later, junior volunteers continue to nurture intergenerational program at Waveny

Six years ago, two friends, Caroline Callahan and Emma Chivily, set up shop in the General Store on “Main Street” at The Village at Waveny, Waveny LifeCare Network’s award-winning assisted living residence dedicated to memory care. Then both 10 years old, the girls took the lead in a unique intergenerational effort started in 2008 by the Bruno and Zehner families, designed to provide Waveny’s residents and Adult Day participants with the experience of shopping for small items and toiletries for themselves and their loved ones. With a personal commitment to nurturing the success of the General Store program, Callahan and Chivily, now both 16, recruited some very important helping hands over the years since then by engaging additional support from the Schlim, Colthup and McNamara families. Fellow teen, Camryn Schlim, and fourth graders Cooper Colthup and Bernadette McNamara, have joined Callahan and Chivily in driving the success of the program, often described as a “Waveny resident favorite.” “They smile and hold my hand,” said 10-year-old Colthup. “It makes me feel good to know I'm brighten-

ing someone's day.” Ten-year-old McNamara added, “I like seeing the smiles on their faces when they find what they want in the store. They’re really nice people and once you get them talking it’s fun to hear what they have to say.” Designed to promote independence, fulfillment and above all, fun, no real money is exchanged at Waveny’s General Store, although the experience of shopping is the same. Waveny’s seniors select items of their choice and “purchase” them with the help of the friendly Junior Volunteer shopkeepers. Promoting a sense of autonomy, normalcy and independence through creative activities is a main goal of the therapeutic approach to care provided at The Village. “What I love most is talking to the residents and helping them pick out a couple special things to brighten their day,” said 17-year-old Schlim. “Nothing can compare to the times I’ve seen residents with tears of joy over finding something they really love.” The junior volunteers say they’ve become close to many of the residents since beginning their volunteer service through the General Store program. “After all these years, I've come to know

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some of the regulars and look forward to seeing their smiles and getting hugs when they're happy with their shopping experience,” said Chivily. The volunteers say they look forward to seeing their regular customers who always come to seek out their favorite items. “One resident is always looking for a good book to read, another for her favorite type of hair clip, and we can always count on certain residents to go straight for the soft, cuddly stuffed animals,” said Callahan. “The best part is seeing them so happy about finding that one perfect thing, whether it’s a necklace, their favorite shade of lipstick or a stuffed animal to hold onto. It’s fun to go shopping for our Waveny

friends and to select items that we know they’ll love, as well as hunting down their specially requested items.” Keeping the General Store well-stocked is admittedly a challenge for the group, as they generously bring in all the items themselves. They welcome and encourage community donations to help meet the Waveny residents’ diverse preferences. “We hope community members will consider donating non-breakable items like slip-on costume jewelry, toiletries, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, nail polish and lipstick to our cause,” said Charlene Callahan, mother of Caroline. “Recently, we’ve seen more men coming into the store to shop, so

with that in mind, we’re also seeking out items like handkerchiefs, fountain pens, model cars and sports related magazines.” The group says that they would love for even more kids and teens to become involved in the program. “It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to give back and make a difference,” said Chivily. “If more people and families got involved, we could probably open the General Store more often,” added Callahan. To donate items to the cause, or for more information about the General Store volunteer program or volunteer opportunities in general, contact Deb Perron, Waveny’s Director of Volunteers, at 203.594.5334 or

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Congressman William Keating named 2015 Southcoast Health – Hero for Health Award recipient

Southcoast Health recently announced that Congressman William Keating has been named the recipient of the 2015 Southcoast Health Hero for Health Award. The Southcoast Health - Hero for Health Award is presented annually to an outstanding leader who exemplifies the mission of Southcoast Health by steadfastly fighting for and promoting the optimal health and wellness in our region, state and/or country. The award was presented to Congressman Keating on Friday, May 20. “Throughout his career, Congressman Keating has been a staunch supporter of vital healthcare initiatives and improvements for our region and the Commonwealth as a whole,” said Keith Hovan, President & CEO of Southcoast Health. “He is a leading voice on a number of health-related issues, and is often ahead of the popular groundswell in identifying areas of need. He is truly deserving of this recognition.” Congressman Keating has been a leader in the effort to combat the opioid epidemic, sponsoring legislation which promoted tamper-proof pharmaceuticals, increased access to drug take-back programs and the expansion of drug monitoring programs.

“I have long been committed to improving the quality of healthcare for my constituents and I am appreciative of Southcoast Health for recognizing those efforts,” said Congressman Keating. “Health systems like Southcoast continually rise to meet new public health challenges, and Congress needs to follow suit. I will keep working in Washington to lead efforts to ensure our healthcare systems have the tools needed to support our communities.” In 2013, during the government shutdown, Congressman Keating worked with the Directors at the National Institutes of Health to prioritize access to essential treatments. He cosponsored the 21st Century Cures Act, federal legislation which increases funding for research related to modern treatments for diseases including cancer, diabetes, ALS and Alzheimer’s. He is a champion of the Veteran’s Choice Act, which increases access to healthcare for veterans, and fought against Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital cuts, and reductions in the Medicare Area Wage Index. Congressman Keating served in the Massachusetts Legislature as a State Representative and State Senator from 1977 through 1999, and served as the District Attorney of Norfolk County from 1999 through 2011.

He has represented the 9th Bristol Congressional District, which includes Fall River, New Bedford, Wareham, the South Shore and the Cape and Islands since 2011. He is currently a senior member on both

the Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security House Committees. Past recipients of the Southcoast Health – Hero for Health Award include former Congressman Barney Frank (2012), State Represen-


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Hartford Business Journal recognizes Gaylord VP with “Women in Business Award” Wallingford resident and Healthcare Leader among eight honored at annual event


Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, a nationally-recognized long-term acute care hospital that specializes in the care of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues, is pleased to announce that Tara Knapp, Vice President of Development, Public Relations and Marketing, was a recipient of the 2016 Hartford Business Journal “Women in Business Award”. The Wallingford resident is one of eight women business leaders who were selected from a pool of nearly 100 nominees. The award recognizes women who demonstrate business savvy, confidence in themselves and their organizations, and a history of success in the business world. Knapp was honored for her proven track record in not-for-profit fundraising and for most notably spearheading a multi-million dollar capital campaign to

expand the footprint, capacity and medical capabilities of the hospital. Opened in December 2008, the Milne Pavilion offers a modern technology-enhanced wing to care for some of the state’s sickest patients. Knapp currently volunteers on the board of trustees of the Independent Day School as Secretary. She is a board member of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce and is a long-time member of the Town of Wallingford’s Historic Property Commission. Knapp attributed her continued business success to having an open mind, willing spirit, and a can-do outlook. “At Gaylord Hospital we encourage patients to ‘Think Possible.’ It’s a mantra I’ve always taken to heart when opportunities fall in my lap – and fall outside of my comfort zone. I think that saying

‘yes’ and never turning my back on opportunity has been critical to my career,” Knapp said. “It’s an honor to be counted among such an amazing and talented group of women and to be recognized for doing something that I love.”

About Gaylord Specialty Healthcare: Gaylord Specialty Healthcare, headquartered in Wallingford, Connecticut is a not-for profit long-term 137 bed longterm acute care hospital that specializes in the care and treatment of people with complex medical and intensive rehabilitation issues. Gaylord also operates outpatient therapy centers in Wallingford and North Haven. For latest news or more information go to their website at

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Hughes Health & Rehabilitation hosts Health & Wellness Fair for employees

Free health screenings and massages, educational opportunities and presentations, as well as oneon-one discussions of personal health and wellness goals were all part of Hughes Health & Rehabilitation’s Health & Wellness Fair on May 27. The event, held at Hughes’ West Hartford center on Highland Street, was free and open to all employees, and included door prizes and postevent health programs. “Your health is very important us,” stated Mark Finkelstein, vice president of Hughes Health & Rehabilitation, in an invitation sent to all 210 employees in all work shifts at the skilled nursing center. According to Finkelstein, the Health & Wellness Fair was designed to give employees valuable information for all aspects of their lives. “From eating well to exercising well, from taking care of their bodies as well as their minds, we want to make sure we are giving employees every opportunity to maintain a healthy lifestyle,” said Finkelstein. “It’s important for me to be healthy, and this fair really helps,” said Robin Crandlemire, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) at Hughes. “We need to feel good when we’re working to help other people feel good.” Hughes’s Health & Wellness Fair included participation by many local organizations, including Fit Behavior, YMCA, Capitol Chiropractic, LA Fitness, American Heart Association and American Diabetes Society. Hughes’ health provider, Aetna, offered information on medical and dental plans, discounts programs for gym memberships, eye exams, weight-loss programs and more, as well as an Employee Assistance Program that provides free and highly confidential counseling and relationship support services for all Hughes employees. “Many of the offerings today are eye-openers,” said Pat Semrow, Hughes Health & Rehabilitation’s benefits administrator and coordinator of the Health & Wellness Fair. “We want our employees to leave here with a better understanding of what’s available to them.” Some employees were leaving as lucky winners of one of several door prizes, which included a full year pre-paid membership at LA Fitness, a Pilates Ring-Premium Power Resistance Full Body Toning

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Hughes Health & Rehabilitation’s Certified Nursing Assistants, standing from left, Jessica Medina, Tamesha Cunningham and Odette Genus learn about healthy eating and fitness at the Hughes Health Wellness Fair.

Fitness Circle, Jillian Michaels 30 Shred videos, and gift cards for one hour back massages. Hughes’ Health & Wellness Fair did not end with the one-day event.

The center is sponsoring a company-wide 30-day weight loss challenge with 35 employees participating, as well as twicemonthly Zumba classes on its

premises. “I’m very excited that were able to offer these programs here at Hughes. They are important and at the same tie fun!” said Semrow.

About Hughes Health & Rehabilitation: Hughes Health & Rehabilitation, a family-owned and operated health care center for more than 50 years, provides quality care for those with chronic illness, as well as those needing convalescence and rehabilitation. Excellent healthcare, coupled with a genuine caring attitude are the hallmarks of Hughes Health. Hughes Health has been accredited for its quality as a nursing care center by The Joint Commission, and named as one of the best nursing homes in the United States for five consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report and seven consecutive years by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Hughes Health has been named a Women’s Choice Award recipient as an America’s Best for Extended Care for two consecutive years, has received the Silver Achievement in Quality award by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living, has been recognized by the AHCA for achievement in its Quality Initiative Recognition Program and has received the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration (NADONA) for achieving a deficiency-free inspection from the Department of Public Health. For more information about Hughes Health & Rehabilitation, visit

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Day Kimball Healthcare wins “Best in New England” for Healthcare Communications at NESHCo Lamplighter Awards

Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) took the top prize for excellence in healthcare communications at the New England Society for Healthcare Communications’ (NESHCo) annual Lamplighter Awards, held June 1 in Providence. DKH’s “I AM New Day” legislative advocacy campaign was awarded Best in New England and was among 381 entries submitted by 58 New England hospitals, healthcare facilities and marketing/advertising agencies. The campaign also won the top award in its category of Cause/Social Marketing Campaign Produced In-House. The Lamplighters were established to showcase and honor excellence in healthcare communications throughout the New England region. The 2016 competition entries were judged by the Georgia Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations, Mississippi Society for Healthcare Marketing and Public Relations, Wisconsin Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing Society, and Louisiana Society of Hospital Public Relations and Marketing. "A gutsy campaign and you made it work," one judge commented on DKH’s campaign. "It was simple and informative with an effective message. The campaign had great execution to a targeted audience." The campaign ran from April through December of 2015 and employed grassroots advocacy, public relations, social media and advertising in a successful effort to prevent unprecedented cuts to DKH’s hospital funding, not just once but twice.

“It’s a challenging time in healthcare today and the last year has been especially so for hospitals and health systems in Connecticut,” said DKH Director of Marketing and Communications Laura Dunn. “For Day Kimball in particular as a small independent community health system, this campaign was really a ‘David and Goliath’ story of sorts. Its success serves as a testament to the dedication and passion that our staff has for serving our community, as well as our community’s strong support and recognition of the critical role Day Kimball plays in the health and wellness of our region.” DKH President and CEO Robert Smanik echoed that statement, saying, “The very active and vocal support that our employees, our community and our local legislators demonstrated throughout this campaign was just extraordinary. It all comes back to what makes Day Kimball different and worth protecting in the first place, and that’s the people. We couldn’t be more proud of this honor or more thankful to all in our community whose support allowed this campaign to be such a success.” Day Kimball Healthcare is a non-profit, integrated medical services provider comprised of Day Kimball Hospital, healthcare centers in Danielson, Dayville, Plainfield and Putnam, Day Kimball HomeCare, Hospice & Palliative Care of Northeastern Conn., Day Kimball HomeMakers, and Day Kimball Medical Group. Its website is For more information about NESHCo, please visit


Sara Brandon (left) and Laura Dunn (right) accept the Best in New England award on behalf of Day Kimball Healthcare at the New England Society for Healthcare Communications’ annual Lamplighter Awards.

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Life Care Center of the North Shore welcomes Dr. Tabba as consulting pulmonologist

Dr. Maher Tabba, a board certified pulmonologist, recently began consulting with patients at Life Care Center of the North Shore in Lynn, Massachusetts. Tabba works primarily as a physician at Tufts Medical Center in Boston in the department of pulmonary and critical care medicine and sleep. He has been practicing pulmonary medicine in Massachusetts for 10 years and has served patients at multiple area hospitals. As a consulting pulmonologist at Life Care Center of the North Shore, Tabba now visits respiratory patients each week, working together with Joe Maloof, respiratory therapist, as well as Dr. Ajay Anand, the facility’s medical director.

Through this collaboration, Life Care Center of the North Shore provides specialty care for patients with respiratory diagnoses, including: • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

• Chronic restrictive lung diseases • Chronic heart disease • Pneumonia

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“I like to have diversity in my practice,” said Tabba, “and it’s been a great experience at the facility so far. They have good people.” For more information about the respiratory therapy program at Life Care Center of the North Shore, please call (781) 592-9667. Life Care Center of the North Shore, located at 111 Birch St., is one of 15 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in Massachusetts operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America. Founded in 1976, Life Care is a nationwide health care company. With headquarters in Cleveland, Tennessee, Life Care operates or manages more than 200 nursing, post-acute and Alzheimer’s centers in 28 states. For more information about Life Care, visit


Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging resource coordinator connects older adults with essential services Most recently, Zuzel, of Willimantic, was the educational advocate/vocational coordinator for the North American Family Institute Child Youth Family Support Center and previously the assistant director of HARC in Hartford. A native of Norwich, his experience includes special education, music and


The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging at Windham Hospital recently welcomed Joseph Zuzel, M.Ed, as the new resource coordinator. In this role, Zuzel acts as the point person to educate older adults and their loved ones/caregivers about the resources and services available to achieve the optimum quality of life. The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, with four locations, is staffed by experienced professionals who provide assessments (in person, telephonically and in home) to establish the connection to essential community services, organizations, programs and medical services. The newly opened center at Windham Hospital serves residents of eastern Connecticut. “As resource coordinator, we help individuals navigate the complex medical and resource world so that they can get the assistance they need and deserve. We help people to age independently while helping to reduce the rate of hospital readmissions,” Zuzel said.


performance theater. He earned his master’s degree from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. Whether working with youth or older adults, the world of social services has many of the same challenges and rewards, Zuzel said. “Regardless of age, navigating the

maze of options and finding the right services is daunting. Community contacts are essential to success and the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging makes those connections,” he said. “I hope to develop a greater connection between agencies and sectors of our community to better

support the people in our region. Creating a network of referrals will enable our seniors to gain independence and be empowered,” Zuzel said. For more information about Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging at Windham Hospital, call toll-free 1.860.456.6785.

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Kennedy named Waveny’s Director of Facilities

Waveny LifeCare Network is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick Kennedy as Director of Facilities for the non-profit eldercare organization. “We are delighted to have Patrick join our management team and know he will further our success in this important role,” said Ray Wilkens, Waveny’s Campus Administrator. “His seasoned background in facility operations and his commitment to continually raising the bar of excellence higher and higher is a natural fit for our 5-star rated organization.” As Director of Facilities, Kennedy will manage and oversee the mechanical systems, facility operations and construction projects throughout the healthcare organization’s main campus on Farm Road – a 100,000 square foot operation – as well as at The Inn, Waveny’s independent living community on Oenoke Ridge. He will also chair Waveny’s Safety Committee.

Kennedy brings decades of experience in facility management with expertise in healthcare to his new position, and credits his coop experience at IBM very early on in his career for grooming his high standards and expectations. A graduate of two separate 2-year technical schools, Kennedy’s strong desire to remain at the forefront of his craft has led him to pursue numerous continuing education opportunities over the years in areas like A/C and electrical work. “You need to stay timely and current to be a responsible leader in facilities management – particularly in the fast-paced, ever-changing field of healthcare, and especially at a well-respected center of excellence like Waveny,” said Kennedy. “I have a talented and supportive team, and we must always be moving forward and prepared to tackle new challenges with quality and customer service at the heart of everything we do.”

Kennedy says his sense of drive and accomplishment in the workplace is reflected by a variety of personally fulfilling outside interests including running 10K races, fly fishing and competitive baking. Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a non-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living and respite care for people with memory impairment at The Village, and skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, an Adult Day Program that provides free door-to-door transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, and an array of community-based services through Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home and Geriatric Care Management. For more information, call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit


SummerWood staff again P.A.S.S. with flying colors at annual fire safety training session

Fire Protection Team’s Jay Patterson looks on as SummerWood nurse Rosemary Semanski demonstrates her fire extinguisher skill.

Hoffman SummerWood Community staff practiced putting out fires recently during their annual fire safety training session with FPT (Fire Protection Team) trainers. A staging area with a large vat of flammable liquid and dozens of fire extinguishers was set in SummerWood’s parking lot. After a full briefing on the proper use of the equipment, each staff member had an opportunity to “Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep (P.A.S.S.)” their own fire extinguisher. After each fire was put out, it was relit for the next staff member. The training was followed by a cook out with hotdogs and hamburgers. Chefs, housekeepers, administrative staff, drivers, nurses, aides and all managers participated one by one, receiving applause

from their peers as they looked on. SummerWood’s Executive Director, Joan Carney said, “our residents’ safety and well-being is our number one priority, and we thought this hands-on in-service would be another way to take that one step further. The FPT trainers do a great job and we will continue to hold this exercise every year.” Hoffman SummerWood Community is a national award-winning senior living community located on Simsbury Road in West Hartford, and is a member of the Hebrew HealthCare family. For more information on SummerWood please call 860-523-3808 or visit their website at


Patrick Kennedy joins Waveny LifeCare Network’s management team as Director of Facilities.

Thompson couple leaves a legacy of care with $216,000 gift to Day Kimball Hospital

More than a decade ago, Leonard and Barbara Wielock of Thompson set up a trust that would determine how their estate would be disbursed upon their passing. Today, their forethought and commitment to the community where they spent nearly their entire lives is benefiting a number of nonprofit organizations, including a $216,000 gift to the Day Kimball Hospital Emergency Department. The Wielocks were married for 60 years before Barbara passed away in 2011 at the age of 85. Leonard died just two years later at the age of 92. Having no children, they decided to establish the Leonard E. and Barbara A. Wielock Trust and divide the proceeds of their estate among the organizations that had been important to them during their lives. “The Wielock’s generous gift will go a long way toward offsetting costs for improvements and upgrades to our Emergency Department,” said Day Kimball Healthcare (DKH) President and CEO Robert Smanik. “Unfortunately we don’t know a lot about the Wielocks as there are no known family members who might be able to give us deeper insight into their motivations behind making the gift. But regardless,

we are so grateful,” Smanik said. The Wielocks lived in the Quinebaug section of Thompson for most of their long lives and were active and engaged members of the community. Leonard was a 33-year veteran of the Connecticut State Police as well as a senior inspector for the States Attorney Office in Tolland County. He was also a member of the Quinebaug V.F.W. and the American Legion in Grosvenordale, having served in the U.S. Army in Africa, Sicily and Italy. Barbara worked for many years as an office clerk at an insurance agency. “We can only assume that Day Kimball Hospital served Leonard and Barbara Wielock well, and that’s why they wanted to support that care for others,” said Joseph Adiletta, DKH’s Chairman of the Board. “Because of the value they placed on the services provided by Day Kimball for the community, and their forethought in establishing this trust, those who come to our hospital seeking emergency care will benefit for years to come.” More information about the various ways to support Day Kimball Healthcare and additional donor stories can be found online at

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Whaler’s Cove Assisted Living has 120 safe and affordable rental apartments in a beautifully restored historic building. Life at Whaler’s Cove means living independently for senior adults who no longer want the responsibility of maintaining a home, but may need a helping hand with personal care and other needs. Located in Southeastern Massachusetts, on the site of the former Whitman Mills, bordering the Acushnet River, Whaler’s Cove offers all of the comforts of home. Amenities include a spacious dining room, large sunroom with interior gardens, chapel, library, beauty/barber salon and beautifully furnished lounge areas. Whaler’s Cove has recently added a billiards room and gym, as well as refurbished the Reception Desk area. At Whaler’s Cove, our professionally trained and dedicated staff is sensitive to residents’ changing needs, assuring that they receive the services they need to maintain their independent lifestyles. Whaler’s Cove is one of the most affordable assisted living facilities in the area. In addition, our units are 20-50% larger than other local facilities, making ours the most generously sized apartments in Southeastern Massachusetts. Are you in need of accommodations following surgery or an injury or just want to try us out before you decide? Ask about our Short Stay Suites. At Whaler’s Cove, we understand that everyone’s financial situation is unique and that these circumstances determine how you will fund your or your loved one’s stay in an assisted living. There are a wide variety of options available which offer the flexibility and additional resources that you need. Call us today to ask how we may be able to help you make the transition to assisted living. Whaler’s Cove Assisted Living 114 Riverside Avenue New Bedford, MA 02746 Phone 508-997-2880 • Fax 508-997-1599


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