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ADULT DAY PROGRAM AT WAVENY CARE CENTER 3 Farm Road, New Canaan 203-594-5200 The Adult Day Program at Waveny Care Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults who are still living at home, but who may require personal assistance, more social interaction or medical monitoring throughout the day.

GERIATRIC CARE MANAGEMENT AT WAVENY CARE CENTER 3 Farm Road, New Canaan 203-594-5300 Waveny Care Network's professional Geriatric Care Management team helps family members and friends navigate the complex issues, questions and difficult decisions involved in caring for an older adult.

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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty held a press conference at Regional Hospice’s Center for Comfort Care and Healing on July 31, 2015. The congresswoman lauded Regional Hospice’s selection as the only Connecticut hospice chosen to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model beginning January 1, 2016, and the positive impact the model program will have for Regional Hospice patients. “I applaud Regional Hospice on its selection as the only hospice in Connecticut to participate in this critical hospice expansion program,” said Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5). “This initiative is a recognition and acceptance that it is psychologically very important for some families to continue to pursue treatment even in the face of extremely unlikely odds. This is also an opportunity for us to gain more information to make wise decisions with taxpayer dollars to help Americans live long, healthy, respectful lives.” Regional Hospice and Home Care is one of only 140 hospices se-

lected nationwide to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model which aims to increase choice and quality by enabling individuals to receive curative care and hospice care concurrently. All 5,000 eligible hospices across the country were invited to apply to participate in the model. As the only hospice chosen to participate in the state, Regional Hospice is also one of only 70 nationally that has been invited to participate for the full five years of the study. Congresswoman Esty stated that Regional Hospice’s announcement coincides with the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid and is not just for senior citizens. Younger people eligible for these national programs who are disabled by lifelimiting illnesses will also be able to participate in the Medicare Care Choices Model. The program will enable as many as 150,000 eligible Medicare beneficiaries nationally with advanced cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, congestive heart failure, human immunodeficiency virus/ acquired

immunodeficiency syndrome who receive services from participating hospices to experience this new option and flexibility. “Choosing to end treatment is often a painful choice for patients and families,” said Regional Hospice’s Medical Director Doctor Robert Kloss. Dr. Kloss told stories about patients who would have significantly benefitted from the support and improved quality of life that simultaneous palliative and hospice care would have provided them. Among the guests at the press conference were State Representatives Robert Godfrey and David Arconti and former state representative, Commissioner David Scribner. Regional Hospice and Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years. Regional Hospice and Home Care is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health

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Board-Certified Emergency Physicians Dr. Mary-Elise Smith, Dr. Kathy Finn, and Dr. Josh Flanagan join UrgentCare Express at Harrington

Harrington HealthCare has named three board-certified physicians who will work at its recently announced urgent care center. Dr. Mary-Elise Smith and Dr. Kathy Finn have joined UrgentCare Express at Harrington as staff physicians, and Dr. Josh Flanagan has been named Medical Director. The urgent care center, which will provide walk-in medical care for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, is scheduled to open in September. It will be located inside the Harrington HealthCare at Charlton building at 10 North Main Street. “It is important that we offer our patients the best quality of care possible,” said Kristin Morales, Executive Director of Harrington Physician Services, Harrington’s primary care and multidisciplinary group. “To do this, we are staffing UrgentCare Express with board-certified emergency physicians. Not all urgent care is created equal, and we believe that our doctors will make the difference.” Dr. Smith is currently employed at UMass Memorial Medical Center as an Attending Physician in its Emergency Medical Department and is also the director of its Emergency Preparedness Education and Training program, and the Division of Disaster Medicine & Emergency Management. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Sciences and a Doctorate of Medicine, both from New York University, as well as a Masters in Disaster and Emergency Management from American Military University in Charles Town, West Virginia. She also completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Smith is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and has won numerous honors and awards, including “Woman of Distinction” from Girls Scouts of America.

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Finding the Way By Jan Chiampa, LSW, Dementia Specialist, Genesis Healthcare

Helping a parent or relative who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or a related dementia to find a safe and desirable new home can be daunting. When someone is no longer thriving or even safe at home, it may be time to search for an alternate living situation. But, exactly how does one go about finding the right place for a loved one? There are books and pamphlets that address this subject and many do it very well. There are the usual pointers, such as look on the web to get the Quality Rating for the center. Or look for feedback from friends and family members. Other suggestions include visiting a center several times prior to making a decision especially during off tour hours such as evenings and weekends. The Alzheimer’s Association has put together a booklet on how to choose a nursing center. In it, they suggest much of what has been previously stated along with asking about the staff to resident ratio; the amount of dementia education that is provided to the staff; residents’ access to safe outdoor space and whether or not the physical environment is appropriate for persons with dementia by promoting independence through simplifying the environment and providing wayfinding cues. However, how does one prepare themselves and their loved one for such a move? It is a most difficult task. The emotional energy that goes into this decision is what I would like to focus on. The decision does not come lightly, but does often come suddenly. Someone who is marginally thriving at home today may have an accident, illness or other changes which will often force the decision. Oftentimes families do not have the luxury of looking at different centers and selecting the “right” choice. So, it needs to start early. When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of a progressive dementia, it

is almost certain that they will need to live in a nursing center or assisted living facility either for a short stay or for the long term. It is up to the family to visit centers and to select several that are suitable for a loved one. By doing so a family is not scrambling to find the perfect next home. Whenever possible, the prospective resident should visit the centers as well. Many centers will gladly invite a future resident to take part in an occasional event or activity. This will help your loved one to become familiar with the staff and you will get an idea about how he or she feels about the place. It is an opportunity for family members to observe interactions and to learn if there are consistent faces present in the center. In many settings, residents move through a continuum of care within a center. Some neighborhoods within the same center have a more social emphasis while others offer a higher skilled or medical setting. How the center handles transitions is an important fact to uncover. It is more desirable to “bridge” an individual from one neighborhood to another than to suddenly move them. This holds true for families as well as residents. Bridging offers the opportunity to gradually become familiar with the new setting through attending a program or a meal over two or three days. No matter what the circumstance or choice a family may have, the last piece of advice is to know that there is help out there. Reach out to a support group whether formal or informal. Contact any local nursing or assisted living center and ask to speak with someone who can take you in the right direction. That person may be the specialist in a nursing center or, like me, a specialist who is involved on a more regional level. If you need more assistance, you can contact me at You are not alone in this marathon of mazes.


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Bonk named Administrator of Waveny Home Healthcare Helen Bonk, RN, BSN, has been named Administrator of Waveny Home Healthcare by Bill Piper, Chief Executive Officer of Waveny LifeCare Network. She joins Waveny with a depth and breadth of home care expertise gained through a comprehensive nursing career. “As Waveny’s community-based services continue to grow, we’re delighted to have Helen on board in this key leadership role,” said Piper. “Her degree of clinical expertise and direction are vital – now, more than ever – as Waveny continues to evolve from a brick and mortar destination, into a healthcare provider that can also come to you.” To deliver upon the community’s evident demand and preference for home-based care, Waveny Home Healthcare provides a full spectrum of licensed and professional in-home services to clients throughout Fairfield County. Professional treatments range from physical, occupational and speech-language therapies to skilled nursing care, geriatric care management, medical social services and home health aide assistance. “Waveny has always been synonymous with quality within the healthcare world, so I am very excited to serve the organization in this role,” said Bonk. “As part of a larger healthcare organization versus being a standalone agency, Waveny Home Healthcare is


Helen Bonk, RN, BSN, has been named Administrator of Waveny LifeCare Network’s clinical home care agency, Waveny Home Healthcare.

able to strive beyond quality measures into the even higher realm of best practices. We bring the power of a full continuum into the heart of the community and right to our clients’ doors. This capacity for providing continuity in person-centered care is a huge point of difference, and honestly sets Waveny apart in the home care arena.”

More and more often within our rapidly changing healthcare system, older patients find themselves discharged directly home following an operation or procedure, rather than to an inpatient rehabilitation center as they may have in the past. “Because our home-based clinical services and therapies allow for short-term medical care during critical times of recovery, Waveny Home Healthcare is meeting an increasing and important need within the senior community,” said Bonk. “Our team makes successful recovery at home following a joint-replacement or medical procedure possible, because we bring expertise, support and resources into the home to help transition our clients back to independence.” Most recently, Bonk served as both Branch Director and Administrator for Gentiva Health Services of Hamden and Farmington, Conn., respectively. Her prior experience includes positions as Assistant Director of Clinical Services for Connecticut Home Healthcare of Trumbull, Conn. and Director of Care Management for the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging (SWCAA), where she maintained an additional clinical focus on mental health. Bonk holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from Fairfield University, where she graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian of her class.

Waveny Home Healthcare is always accepting new Medicare, private-pay and longterm care insurance clients living in the greater Fairfield County area. Based on a comprehensive assessment and physician orders, services can be provided within 24 hours of inquiry or referral in a client’s home, their family’s home, or an assisted or independent living setting – including on weekends. For more information about how Waveny’s services and professional care can come to you, contact Waveny Home Healthcare’s main office on 21 Grove Street in New Canaan at 203.594.5249 or visit Celebrating 40 years of serving the community, Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, Geriatric Care Management, an Adult Day Program available on weekdays with flexible hours, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at The Village and Care Center. For information call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit

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Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging expands staff thanks to grant

The Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging has announced an expansion of staff as a result of the $2.1 million grant received late last year from the state Department of Social Services. A not for profit member of Hartford HealthCare Senior Services, the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging is a resource and assessment center designed to enhance access to services and information related to attaining optimal quality of life for seniors and their caregivers. Wendy Martinson, MSN, RN, is the new program director of the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging, responsible for program development and care coordination. She holds more than 25 years in the health care field, most recently as quality assurance specialist at University of Connecticut John Dempsey Hospital. She is also an adjunct professor of Health Care Reform and Nursing in the masters of nursing program at the University of Hartford. Her focus has been on reducing hospital readmissions and improving care transitions, and in 2013 published with Dr. Jason Ryan, “Stopping the Revolving Door: Improving Heart Failure Care and Reducing Readmissions” in the American Journal of Medical Quality. She was an oncology case manager at John Dempsey Hospital, case coordinator/appeals coordinator at Hartford Hospital, and health care consultant with Aetna U.S. Healthcare. She is a West Hartford resident. Patricia B. O’Brian is the new patient and family engagement coordinator for the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging. In this position she is responsible for providing effective strategies to improve the quality of life for caregivers and persons with dementia/Alzheimer’s

disease, developing care plans and training for caregivers, providing community resources, and offering follow-up and support. O’Brian was the regional director of the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter for seven years and was also a program director for a Benchmark community for the memory impaired. She has been keynote speaker and presenter at numerous Alzheimer’s Association conferences and has chaired several memory walk fundraisers. She is a resident of Cromwell. Michele Wyman, LSW, who has worked in the elder care field for more than 30 years, is the new life enrichment coach with the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging. In her new position she develops and implements evidence-based tools to assist patients with dementia, their families and caregivers, training them on best dementia care practices and conducts educational sessions, among other roles. She previously was case manager supervisor for Boston Senior Home Care. She is a licensed StilMeeTM Alzheimer’s coach and is a resident of West Hartford. Nancy Becker is the new resource coordinator based at the Connecticut Center for Healthy Aging office at the Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain campus. She provides home, office or telephone assessments and information to seniors and families about available resources to improve the quality of life, coordinating necessary programs and interventions. She is a resident of Windsor Locks. For more information about the Connecticut Center for Health Aging, visit or call toll-free, 1-877-4AGING1 (1-877-424-4641).

Breast Health Center at Kent to host Breast Screenings

Kent Hospital’s Cancer Program and the Breast Health Center at Kent are providing a breast health screening program which consists of a mammogram and clinical exam for women 40 and over. In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Kent Hospital is partnering with the RI Department of Health Women’s Cancer Screening Program to provide free breast health exams to women 40 and over who do not have insurance, have income below the generous income guide-

lines or for women who do not have health insurance that covers breast health screening services. The mammogram followed by the clinical exam will be performed at the Breast Health Center at Kent. Appointments can be scheduled starting in October 2015, by calling (401) 736-1988. All participants must be Rhode Island residents. For more information visit or call the Breast Health Center at 736-3737.

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Daniel J. O’Connor joins AdCare as its Greater Boston Community Service Representative

Dan O'Connor will be representing AdCare in the metropolitan Boston area. As a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, as well as a certified labor and employee assistance professional, Dan brings many years of experience to his position. He is a past president of the Labor Assistance Professionals of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts-Rhode Island Employee Assistance Professionals Association. Dan O'Connor serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Organization on Addiction Recovery as well as the Community Association Serving Alcoholics. In addition to those roles, Dan has also been a past member of the AFL – CIO Greater Boston Labor Council.

Dan has given many years of service to labor programs and to others seeking recovery from substance use disorders. In his new role, Dan will continue to help referring professionals, families and patients seeking treatment. He will represent the Boston Outpatient AdCare Clinic, Adcare Hospital, the AdCare Rhode Island Acute Residential Treatment Center, and is able to make connections to AdCare’s other facilities in MA and RI, in addition to other resources as needed. Dan brings great passion and commitment to his work and AdCare is lucky to welcome him aboard!

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Harrington welcomes Dr. Christian Heinis to the ER

Kathleen C. Coan, a board-certified emergency medicine physician, has joined Harrington HealthCare System¹s Emergency Care Department. Dr. Coan will provide care to patients of all ages at Harrington's two Emergency Care Centers in Southbridge and Webster (the Remillard Family Emergency Department). Harrington employs more than 20 emergency care physicians and mid-level practitioners. Dr. Coan, who grew up in Cheshire, Conn., but now lives in Sturbridge, Mass., has a medical degree from the University of Connecticut. She recently completed her residency at Boston Medical Center, where she served as a Chief Resident of Emergency Medicine. 'The fact that Dr. Katie Coan was selected as one of the Chief Residents during her final year of training is a considerable honor and is reflective of her skill, knowledge, and commitment to learning and teaching,' says Dr. James Sullivan, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Harrington.

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Christian G. Heinis, a board-certified emergency medicine physician, has joined Harrington HealthCare System’s Emergency Care Department. Harrington HealthCare System services 21 communities across South Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut. Dr. Heinis, who lives in Harvard, Mass. and grew up in Hanover, Mass, will provide care to patients of all ages at Harrington’s two Emergency Care Centers in Southbridge and Webster (the Remillard Family Emergency Department). Harrington employs more than 20 emergency care physicians and mid-level practitioners.


Conceived in 1975 as a ten bed alcoholism service in a general hospital, AdCare Hospital in Worcester, MA provides the highest levels of care for persons affected by substance use disorders. With conveniently located inpatient and outpatient facilities in Worcester, Boston, Quincy, North Dartmouth, West Springfield, MA and in Warwick and North Kingston, RI, AdCare is nationally accredited by The Joint Commission and offers nationally recognized treatment for individuals and families affected by substance use disorders. Contact: Mary Beth Papcsy, AdCare Media Relations (800) 345-3552, ext. 4058.

Dr. Heinis has 15 years of experience. He received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School’s Finch University of Health Sciences. He completed his residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. ‘Dr. Chris Heinis is very experienced, comfortable working both in large, high-volume, high-acuity departments and in community and rural departments when he is the only physician in the hospital,’ says Dr.James Sullivan, Chief of Emergency Medicine at Harrington. ‘He is procedurally very skilled. He will be a full-time, night physician for the ER.’

For the past two years, Dr. Heinis has served as a physician in the Emergency Department at Heywood Hospital in Gardener, Mass. Previous to his time at Heywood, Heinis spent nine years working at the UMass Memorial Medical Center Emergency Department, where he was also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine. In addition to accepting the new position as a provider with Harrington, he will continue to work as the Medical Director and Hair Transplant Surgeon for Distefano Medical Group. Visit for more information.

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Steven Roth, M.D., named on-site physician at Evergreen House Health Center


Physician Onsite, Inc., recently placed Dr. Steven Roth at Evergreen House Health Care in East Providence, Rhode Island, as the skilled nursing and rehab center’s first on-site physician. In his new role, Roth enhances physician accessibility to patients and families. He aids in hospital transitions and pharmacy communications, and being on-site allows him to personally respond to medical changes or emergencies in a timely manner. “I have been fortunate to work with progressive-thinking organizations in previous positions,” said Roth. “Life Care Centers of America struck me as an organization that is interested in staying at the forefront of patient care, interested in excellence and putting patient care first, as well as improving the transitions of care.” Roth comes to this position from Thundermist Health Center of South County in Wakefield, Rhode Island, where he served as a family physician for more than 11 years, including as medical director for eight years. He has experience working in rehabilitation, hospice and emergency settings, as well as teaching as an assistant clinical professor at Brown University. Board certified in family medicine, Roth earned his doctor of medicine degree from the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in 1980. He completed his

residency in family medicine at Rutgers University Memorial Hospital in Mount Holy, New Jersey, in 1985. Roth will be present full time at Evergreen House Health Center but will also be available to cover for physicians at other skilled nursing facilities run by Life Care Centers of America. “Dr. Roth has been a wonderful addition to the Evergreen House team,” said Dianna Shaw, executive director. “He has jumped right into his new role with enthusiasm. The residents and staff are honored to have him here every day. Dr. Roth is a very patient, caring and thoughtful person. We can all tell that he is enjoying having a positive impact on the quality of care and life of the residents!” “What a body of experience our elders have!” said Roth. “They have so much wisdom and so many life lessons.” Originally from New York City, Roth currently lives in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, with his wife, Mary. They have three children: two sons and a daughter. For more information about Physician Onsite, Inc., please contact Doug Veazey, director of field operations, at (423) 473-5028 or Evergreen House Health Center is located at 1 Evergreen Drive.

Annual Athol Golf Classic raises $24K for proposed Emergency Dept Renovations

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Athol Hospital's Golf Classic, held recently at the Ellinwood Country Club in Athol, raised $24,000 which will allow Heywood Healthcare to move forward with upgrading Athol Hospital’s Emergency Department, providing essential enhancements, including renovations that will offer improved clinical facilities and more private, inviting and effective care for patients. The proposed renovations will more than triple the current treatment rooms, while providing more spacious and private accommodations for patients. Construction of the new energy-efficient and environmentally conscious Emergency Department is targeted to move forward this fall. It is anticipated that the project will take 12 to 18 months to complete. Athol’s annual Golf Classic, now in its 21st year, has underwritten a wide variety of initiatives and services including enhancements to equipment and improvements throughout the hospital’s campus. Most recently, golf proceeds facilitated bringing the Diabetes Center of Excellence onsite to Athol Hospital. Major sponsors of this year’s Athol Hospital Golf Classic include HUB International New England, Medstar Ambulance, Athol Savings Bank, Aztec Company, Fallon Healthcare, GFA Credit Union, Heywood Medical Group, SMRT, St. Vincent Hospital and Tufts Health Plan.


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Harrington HealthCare System Brings Award-Winning Quality Care to South Central Massachusetts Eight years ago, Harrington Memorial Hospital was a quiet community hospital in Southbridge, Mass. Over the years, it has steadily grown into Harrington HealthCare System, a thriving, independent, financially secure network with multiple locations throughout 21 zip codes, including the main campus in Southbridge and the adjacent Cancer Center at Harrington, The Remillard Family Emergency Department in Webster, and the recently opened UrgentCare Express at Harrington in Charlton. Patients and families have long appreciated the personalized, close-to-home care that Harrington provides. But today, they are discovering Harrington’s other attributes as Harrington is receiving regional and national accolades for quality, safety, and patient satisfaction. Harrington has been recognized for its clinical excellence, advanced technology, and clean, modern facilities. Part of Harrington’s success is enhanced through its strong relationships with UMass Memorial Medical Center and UMass Medical School as well as contracts with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children’s Hospital in Boston for diagnostic imaging. At the same time, patients like not having to travel to Worcester and Boston to receive care. Since Ed Moore became Harrington’s President & CEO in 2007, he has built a dynamic leadership team and Board of Directors. During his tenure, Harrington has doubled in size and revenue.


Harrington President & CEO Ed Moore (left) and Harrington Board Chair Jim Waddick pose in front of Harrington’s main building in Southbridge.

Examples of the many accolades Harrington has received in recent years: • A Top Hospital in the Nation 2013 and 2014 from Leapfrog Group • One of only 182 hospitals nationwide to earn seven straight “A” grades for patient safety from Leapfrog • Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades • Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades • Top 10 Massachusetts Hospitals for Quality Measures from Press Ganey • 99th percentile patient satisfaction rating for inpatient care from Press Ganey • Gold Plus Achievement Award for stroke care from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

The Cancer Center at Harrington The freestanding, two-story, 17,000-square-foot building offers hematology, oncology, and radiation services under one roof. The state-of-the-art facility features natural lighting, a modern infusion area, and the latest in radiation technology. This year, the center received a three-year accreditation from the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons. To earn CoC accreditation, cancer programs must meet 34 CoC quality care standards and maintain levels of excellence in the delivery of comprehensive, patient-centered care.

New Emergency Department In 2009, Harrington assumed control of the former Hubbard Regional Hospital and repurposed it as Harrington HealthCare at Webster. Harrington’s Webster campus houses diagnostic imaging, a laboratory, cardiology and gastroenterology services, same-day surgery, and a sleep lab. But the most significant addition to Webster came in 2014 with the opening of the Remillard Family Emergency Department. The renovations more than tripled the size of the previous emergency department to 13,000 square feet and added nine private treatment rooms, including cardiac and trauma; a separate ambulance entrance; psychiatric emergency evaluation rooms; expanded registration area; and a private family waiting room. Last year, there were 14,000 patient visits to the emergency department, which has the area’s shortest wait time.

UrgentCare Express at Harrington In a response to a growing demand for urgent care, UrgentCare Express at Harrington opened its doors to patients this September. It is located inside the existing Harrington HealthCare at Charlton building, which also houses diagnostic imaging services, Harrington’s Wound Care Center, and Harrington Physician Services. The center, staffed by board-certified emergency physicians, provides walk-in medical care, including after-hours and weekends, for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses. It also offers integrated care with Harrington’s primary care physicians and on-site radiology and lab services.

Harrington Physician Services Harrington Physician Services (HPS) brings much-needed outpatient services to the community. Through Harrington’s active recruiting, HPS has grown into a robust multidisciplinary group, including 75 doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. These primary care and specialty physicians come from top training programs and provide high-quality care throughout Harrington’s service area.

Community Outreach An example of Harrington community outreach is the grant-funded Self-Wellness Program, which targets at-risk people aged 13 to 26 and provides information on abstinence, birth control, date safety, sex, violence, abuse, STIs, and pregnancy. Also, Harrington on Wheels is a popular mobile unit that travels to health fairs, career days, businesses, and other venues to share resources and offer free screenings. Services include blood pressure screening, blood sugar screening, cold and flu prevention, CPR, first aid, Lyme disease awareness, stroke education, and sun safety.

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Behavioral health is another top priority for Harrington, including efforts to address growing substance abuse, especially opioid addiction. This May, Harrington partnered with the Dudley District Court - Drug Court Program to provide participants with treatment plans, drug testing, and counseling. Harrington also hosted a major “Take a Mental Health Day” 5K run/walk that raised $12,000, which will help expand Harrington’s psychiatric services. Harrington’s Auxiliary and volunteer services help make these events possible. Additionally, Harrington strives to make care more accessible to the large Hispanic population in its service area. “At Harrington, we’re dedicated to the physical and mental healthcare needs of all in our community,” said Moore. “At the same time, we wouldn’t be able to survive without strong fiscal health.”

Looking Ahead Harrington is always looking for ways to improve, including two upcoming initiatives. •

A new Women’s Health Clinic in Charlton is set to open this fall. The facility will provide a full range of women’s health services in an inviting, modern space with enhanced privacy.

A 16-bed inpatient psychiatric unit located on Harrington’s Webster campus will treat patients suffering from mental illness and substance abuse. It will feature an intensive outpatient program to ease the transition for patients back into the community. Recently, Harrington received a $3.5 million grant from Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, & Transformation, with $1.4 million designated for construction of the inpatient psychiatric project scheduled to open in the fall of 2016.

“We look forward to many more milestones,” said Moore. “But while we continue to grow and become increasingly state-of-the art, we will maintain our original vision and commitment to personalized, compassionate care.”

The state-of-the-art Cancer Center at Harrington offers comprehensive cancer care under one roof. Services include hematology and oncology/infusion, radiation therapy, and patient support, such as access to a social worker, genetic counseling, and a lymphedema clinic.

The Wound Care Center at Harrington provides individualized treatment for chronic, non-healing wounds. The center includes hyperbaric oxygen therapy, which enhances the body's natural healing process by inhalation of 100 percent oxygen in a total body chamber.

The Diagnostic Imaging department at Harrington collaborates with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center to provide the region’s most advanced imaging. Services include MRI, Digital Mammography, Ultrasound, X-ray, CT Scans, Bone Densitometry, and Nuclear Medicine.

LOCATIONS Harrington Hospital

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100 South Street Southbridge, MA 508-765-9771

20 Southbridge Road Charlton, MA Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Audiology 508-434-1435

Harrington HealthCare at Charlton 10 North Main Street Charlton, MA 508-248-6780 UrgentCare Express 508-248-1770

The Cancer Center at Harrington 55 Sayles Street Southbridge, MA Infusion Services, Therapy, Resource Room 508-764-2400 Radiation Therapy Services 21st Century Oncology Affiliate 508-765-6830

Harrington HealthCare at Webster 340 Thompson Road Webster, MA 508-943-2600

Harrington Physician Services has locations in Southbridge, Webster, Spencer, Sturbridge, Charlton, and Brimfield. Please visit our website for a full list of addresses.

CONTACT US 508-765-9771 100 South Street, Southbridge, MA 01550



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Nurse’s Viewpoint By Alison Lazzaro, RN

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Infection Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 25 patients in the United States acquire hospital associated infections in healthcare facilities each year. Moreover, approximately 75,000 people in hospitals die each year from these preventable infections. While your loved one is hospitalized, there are some important things you need to know in order to break the chain of infection. In the hospital, safety measures are utilized to stop the spread of germs from one person to another. The easiest and most cost effective way to stop the spread of infection is to wash your hands with soap and water. Healthcare workers apply “Standard Precautions” to all patients by performing hand hygiene and donning personal protective equipment (PPE). This includes wearing gloves or eye masks for all patient encounters in which they might come in contact with blood or body fluids. Microorganisms can enter a susceptible host by accessing a break in the skin and through mucus membranes. Once in the body, the microorganisms can multiply and cause secondary infection. Since healthcare workers treat multiple patients, hand washing and wearing PPE protects them from mobilizing the infection to another room. Isolation precautions are used to prevent the spread of communicable diseases and PPE varies depending on the causative organism and mode of transmission. Contact precautions are used to prevent transmission of infection disseminated by direct touching of the skin (examples: MRSA, C. difficile). Patients will not have a roommate because surrounding surfaces can become contaminated. Disposable gloves and gowns are worn at all times in the room. Droplet precautions are instituted for illnesses that are spread by coughing and sneezing (examples: influenza, pneumonia). A disposable mask is worn in the room and both healthcare workers and visitors must wash their hands before entering and leaving the room. Airborne precautions are reserved for diagnoses of diseases like tuberculosis and varicella (chickenpox) because they are transmitted by inhaling minute nuclei containing the causative pathogen. A negative pressure ventilated room is ideal for these patients and surgical masks are designed to reduce the risk of infection. Family members play a vital role in reducing the spread of infection. Following the above guidelines and refraining from bringing food or drinks in patient rooms can positively affect the health of many patients. Families should check first before bringing children or even live flowers and fruit into hospital rooms. Being aware of how infections are spread and simple ways to protect yourself and your loved one can save lives.

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Hospital for Special Care Awards $31,000 in Scholarships to Eight Local Students

Hospital for Special Care (HSC) is honoring eight area students for their academic achievements. The first Florence Timura Medical Student Scholarship was awarded to Caitlin M. Bette-Waner, a fourthyear medical student at University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine in the amount of $12,000. This scholarship was made possible through a contribution to HSC by Mike Timura, a longtime friend, business associate and benefactor of the Hospital, in honor of his wife Florence.

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The following annual scholarships also were awarded:

• The Rona Botwinick and Florence Timura Nursing Scholarship: Nefeli M. Makris, a sophomore at UConn School of Nursing, $3,000. • The Rona Botwinick Nursing Scholarship: Lauren N. Durand, a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts School of Nursing, $3,000. • The Florence Timura Nursing Scholarship: Kayla Rose Beaupre, a graduate of Northwest Catholic High School who will be attending Pennsylvania State University School of Nursing, $2,750. • The Dr. Michael Timura, III Nursing Scholarship: Kiernan P. Wyllie, a senior at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) Department of Nursing, $2,750. • The Paul Sutula Nursing Scholarship: Paulo Fernando Gouveia, a junior at UConn School of Nursing, $2,500. • The Elizabeth Timura Gold Star Mother Healthcare Professions Scholarship: Julie C. Taing, a graduate of New Britain High School Health Academy attending UConn and majoring in chemistry, $2,500 • The John Timura Management of Information Systems Scholarship: Derrik R. Bosse, a senior at CCSU majoring in computer sciences, $2,500.

HSC scholarships are funded through the Hospital for Special Care Foundation, Inc.’s Annual Giving Program, through the generous gifts of hospital employees, and, in part, through the Advancement for Nursing Endowment Fund established by Mr. Allen Botwinick and Mr. Mike Timura in celebration of and in honor of their wives. Mr. Timura funded additional nursing scholarships. For more information, please visit




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Heywood Hospital wraps up summer volunteer program for local students

Heywood Hospital concluded its Summer Junior Volunteer program with a celebratory lunch. The annual summer program brings high school and college students in to the hospital to work in various areas at the Gardner campus. This summer, 43 high school and 20 college students participated in the program. High schools represented include Gardner Academy, Gardner High School, The Gateway Program/Mount Wachusett Community College, The Groton School, Montachusett Technical Regional High School, Murdock Middle High School, Nargansett Regional High School, Oakmont Regional High School, Proctor Academy, Quabbin Regional High School, St. John's High School, Wachusett Regional High School, Westboro High School and The Winchendon School. Additionally, colleges represented were Boston College, Boston University, Drew University, Fitchburg State

University, Franklin Pierce University, Gordon College, Mount Wachusett Community College, Northeastern University, Quinnipiac University, Quinsigamond Community College, University of Massachusetts Amherst, University of St. Joseph and Worcester State University. Students participating this year were Lilianne Abese-gihozo, Olivia Amato-Hansen, Sarah Ampuja, Jen Antocci, Kaya Banks, Brieanna Benoit, Shyanne Boise, Heather Boucher, Kali Brown, Juliette Coleman, Bailey Culver, Jason Davis, Clothilde Donarumo, Victoria Donarumo, Blair Donohue, Katy Dumas, Nervanna Faheem, Bishoy Fandy, Victoria Farrell, Samantha Geyster, Caitlin Goodbrake, Meaghan Grammel, Zoe Hammond, Stella Ikuzwe, Sydney Jaber, Nathan Kamel, Marissa Knoll, Akash Koul, Madisson LaRoche, Beshoy Lawindy, Lindsey Lee, Erin Magee, Jesse Mailloux, Nick McFadden, Delmy Melendez, Jared Merritt,

Emily Moyen, Colin Murchie, Olivia Nasis, Serina Nguyen, Isabelle O’Connor, Abby O’Sullivan, Owasif Rahman, Devin Resnick, Mackenzie Rushia, Daniella Salinas, Bethany Sefikis, Maggie Shenouda, Isabelle Sillo, Rachel Taylor, Taylor Vautour, Carasanta Woodard, Heather Wrigley and Sophia Yasin.

During this 8-week summer program, these great student volunteers worked in 28 areas of the hospital, donating over 1800 hours of their time to Heywood. “We had such a wonderful, dedicated group of young people willing to give up some of their summer time to volunteer at Heywood. This pro-


gram would not be possible without the willing cooperation and help from the many department managers and staff each year,” stated Sue Deacon, Manager of Volunteer Services. “We applaud them for their assistance and willingness to work with these students...perhaps our next generation of health care employees!”

Hoffman SummerWood Community donates school supplies

Hoffman SummerWood Community residents and staff spent the last month collecting new school supplies to donate to an inner-city Hartford school. Karen Mudgett, SummerWood’s Man-

ager of Operations, headed up the effort and rallied all to consider purchasing needed items or to make a monetary donation. The community showed great support and dozens of notebooks, back-

packs, art supplies, makers, pencils and pens were collected, right up until the last minute when the delivery was made to the school. Ms. Mudgett said, “I am so pleased with the show of support for these

school children; every little bit will help them have a better school year and I know I speak for all of our residents and staff when I say we were more than happy to do this!” Hoffman SummerWood Community is a national award-winning senior living community

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Worldwide Cycling Movement Benefitting the Elderly introduced in Connecticut at Hughes Health & Rehabilitation Worldwide Cycling Movement Benefitting the Elderly Introduced in Connecticut at Hughes Health & Rehabilitation: Cycling Without Age, a program founded in Denmark that provides outdoor rickshaw rides for the elderly, was introduced recently in Connecticut at Hughes Health & Rehabilitation in West Hartford. Cycling Without Age rickshaw rides benefit the health and social interactions of the elderly and, in just over two years, have spread across Europe. The program’s second rickshaw in America and first in New England was unveiled recently at Hughes Health & Rehabilitation in an event co-hosted by Bike West Hartford, Inc. Pictured at inaugural rickshaw ride of Cycling Without Age in Connecticut are, standing back row from left, Mark Finkelstein, vice president of Hughes Health & Rehabilitation; Shari Cantor, deputy mayor of West Hartford; Lene Bruun, Cycling Without Age West Hartford; Ole Kassow, founder of Cycling Without Age Denmark; and Scott Franklin, president of Bike West Hartford, Inc. Sitting in the rickshaw, front row from left, are Hughes Health & Rehabilitation’s director of therapeutic recreation Olivia Astle and resident Peggy Daniels. For more information, please visit

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital to host free Community Health Fair

On Saturday, October 3 from 9 am to 1 pm, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital will be hosting a free community health fair. Throughout the event Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital will a variety of free health screenings, free health information, free food tastings, giveaways and so much more! Activities for kids will include a visit from the Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, a Doc McStuffins teddy bear clinic, pumpkin decorating, face painting, and an ambulance and fire truck tour. “At Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital one of our top priorities is to help people maintain a healthy lifestyle,” says Tracy Sylven, Director of Community Health and Wellness. “This free family health fair will give people access to important health screenings and information that could change their lives.”

Photo credit: John Marinelli


Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s Community Health Fair 1153 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02130 Saturday, October 3, 2015 9 am – 1 pm

Exhibits and Screenings

• Free Health Screenings (Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, Body Mass Index, Carotid Artery, Lung Cancer)


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Harrington HealthCare System awarded $10,000 grant from Janet Malser Humanities Trust

Harrington HealthCare System has been awarded a grant of $10,000 from the Janet Malser Humanities Trust as a contribution toward equipment for the Diagnostic Imaging Department, at its Webster campus on Thompson Road, and its Rehab Department, on Cudworth Road in Webster. This grant will allow Harrington to meet increased demand and develop a more robust Sports Medicine program. According to Pam Zouranjian Connor, Harrington’s Executive Director of Satellite Operations, in 2014, Harrington HealthCare at Webster provided 12,195 physical therapy visits and 1,374 occupational therapy visits, for a total of 13,569 visits. Total visits are expected to increase by five percent this year. For the sports medicine program, Harrington has purchased two Hi-Lo treatment tables and a recumbent bicycle with upper-body ergometer. Zouranjian Connor says that Hi-Lo tables are ideal for patients whose mobility is compromised and who may have difficulty stepping up. In addition, the Hi-Lo table will allow Harrington to provide better care to its lymphedema and bariatric (obese) patients. The recumbent bike will distribute the rider’s weight comfortably over a larger area. This is also a benefit for patients with limited mobility, many of whom are elderly, post-operative knee/hip patients, and those working on conditioning. This piece of equipment also has a UBE (Upper- Body Ergometer), which is like a bicycle that you peddle with your arms. This function of the equipment works well for shoulder problems, cardiac endurance, and pulmonary function.

For the Diagnostic Imaging Department, Harrington purchased a blanket warming unit, which can provide heating from 98 degrees to 200 degrees to “ensure maximum patient comfort and safety.” Zouranjian Connor says that heated blankets have been proven to help calm patients, especially when many feel cold, anxious, and uncertain. The application of pre-warmed blankets also has a positive psychological impact. “We are grateful for the Janet Malser Trust and its generous gift,” said Zouranjian Connor. “They continue to show great support and enthusiasm for our projects that benefit local communities.” In June 2014, the Janet Malser trust awarded Harrington $8,298 for equipment for the new Remillard Family Emergency Department at the Webster campus. Janet Malser was a lifelong resident of Dudley and Webster, Mass. She established this trust so that the causes she was involved with would continue to be supported when she was no longer here. She loved art, history, nature, and music. The Janet Malser Humanities Trust was established in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation. Its purpose is to fund educational, cultural, historic and charitable causes in the towns of Dudley, Oxford and Webster. For more information, visit HARRINGTON HEALTHCARE SYSTEM is a comprehensive regional healthcare system serving more than 21 communities across South Central Massachusetts and Northeastern Connecticut. For more information, visit


Emergency Department Nurse Danielle Croteau with one of the blanket warmers purchased through the awarded grant.


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A Hole in One for Regional Hospice and Home Care The 2015 Clancy Relocation and Logistics Golf Tournament for Regional Hospice and Home Care at the Ridgewood Country Club raised $211,366; the weather was picture perfect; the event flowed seamlessly; the revelry was palpable; the auction prizes enviable and the rivalry to win them was only exceeded by the generosity in the room. This year Susan White was the first woman to qualify for the Million Dollar Shoot-Out. White hit Closest to the Pin for Women at 12 feet. Jeff Jones took Men’s Closest to the Pin at 9 feet. Closest to the Line Tee Shot was Wayne Lousbury; Brian Crotty hit the Men’s Long Drive; and Fran Panella won for Ladies’ Long Drive. Bill Craig, president of Craig’s Fine Jewelry in Ridgefield, chaired this year’s tournament. “It’s a privilege to oversee an event that supports Regional Hospice and Home Care. We’re very proud that they built their beautiful new Center in our area,” said Craig. “We’ve all been touched by the compassionate work they’ve been doing in our area for the past thirty years.” President & CEO Cynthia Emiry Roy thanked the committee and golfers whose generosity over the years has supported the hospice,

palliative care and bereavement services that Regional Hospice and Home Care provides both in patient homes and in their new Center for Comfort Care & Healing. “This committee and all of you who have supported them over the years, made our dreams to build an in-patient Center possible as we continued to support families with the clinical excellence and compassionate care we’ve built our reputation on for the past 32 years.” Founding member and former chairman of the Regional Hospice golf committee, Larry Riefberg, spoke to participants during dinner about his family’s recent experience at the new Center as his father-in-law was dying. “How could I have ever imagined that when we stood here five years ago, dreaming about a facility—that not only would the magnificent doors truly open—but also that our family would need to seek comfort inside those doors during my father-in-law’s final hours. We were comforted by the genuine caring and outpouring of those who work at Regional Hospice. From its leadership to the chef in the kitchen – everyone cares,” said Riefberg. We thank Fred Del Percio, Barbara Eisele, Robert Geambazi, and

the PGA along with the staff at the Pro Shop and Ridgewood Country Club for their hospitality and continued support. Next year’s Sixth Annual Tournament for Regional Hospice and Home Care will take place on Monday, August 29, 2016. To sponsor, purchase a foursome, volunteer, or donate auction or raffle prizes, please contact Felicia Saraceno at (203) 702-7435 or

Regional Hospice and Home Care’s team of experienced clinicians have been providing physical, emotional, spiritual and bereavement support to children, adults and their families through our palliative and hospice care program for the past 30 years. Regional Hospice and Home Care is a nonprofit, state-licensed and Medicare-certified home health care and hospice agency. Now, with the opening of our new

private-room, specialty hospital for palliative and end-of-life care — the Center for Comfort Care & Healing — Regional Hospice and Home Care can bring that same hope and compassionate care close to home and under one roof. For more information, visit Follow us on twitter: @RegionalHospice. Like us on Facebook: RegionalHospiceandHomeCare.

XRI announces Halifax Biomedical’s imaging Suite to come to New England

XRI recently announced that Halifax Biomedical’s imaging Suite will be coming soon to the New England market. The Halifax Biomedical’s (HBI) Imaging Suite is a StereoOrthopedic Radiography (SOR) System that allows for very accurate 3-D measurements of orthopedic implants and bone. The suite will be installed in a mobile trailer at the XRI facility, and will be available in the fall of 2015 to be transported to various hospitals throughout the six New England states. An imaging kit can also be installed in an existing radiology room, providing instant SOR capacity at minimal cost, and allowing physicians and institutions to be leaders in patient-focused, evidencebased care.

WE HAVE MOVED! As of July 1, 2015 New location: Unit # 1A 225 Metro Center Blvd. Warwick RI 02886 Telephone: 401-732-4300 Fax: 401-738-4708 “Same Good Service & Same Friendly Staff!”



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Bernstein & Associates, Architects Founded in 1990, Bernstein & Associates, Architects, specializes in the design and construction of hospital and healthcare facilities. Our focus: high-quality design, excellent service, and client satisfaction. We have worked for over 100 hospitals and another 200 private healthcare facilities, across the United States. Our project types have included all hospital and healthcare service groups, including: Adult Day Care, Alcoholism Treatment Facilities, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Assisted Living, Cancer Centers, Cardiac Cath, Cardiology, CCU/ICU, Clinics, Coronary Care, Dental, Dermatology, Dialysis Clinics, Doctors Offices, Drug Treatment Facilities, Elder Care, Employee and Student Health Support Services, Emergency Departments, Emergency Preparedness, Endoscopy, ENT, Expert Witness, Group Practices, Hospices, Hospitals, Infectious Disease, Information Systems, Intensive Care, JCAHO Survey, Joint Commission Survey, Laboratories, Master Plans, Medical Offices, Medical Equipment, Medical Libraries, Medical Records, Neurology, Nursing Homes, Ophthalmology/Eye Center, OB/Gyn, Orthopedic, Pain Care Facilities, Pathology, Patient Safety Consulting Services, Pediatric, Pharmacy, Physical Fitness and Sports, PT/OT, Primary Care Programs, Psychiatric, Radiology, Rehabilitation, Senior Citizen Facilities, Sleep Centers, Social Services, Statement of Conditions, Surgical Suites and Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Urgent Care Centers, and USP 797 Consulting Services. The firm's projects have won design awards from Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, and the Architectural Woodworking Institute, and have been published in Advance, Health Facilities Management, Medical Technology Today, Bio/Technology, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Record, Design Solutions, Hospitality Design, Sound and Communication, Contract Design and Hospital Newspaper. Architectural Services include: programming, planning, design, construction documents, bidding and negotiation, and construction administration. The firm also offers sustainable or “green” healthcare design. The firm has a number of LEED-accredited professionals, has successfully completed numerous green healthcare projects, and has published articles on “Greening the Healthcare Environment”. Project Management (or Owner’s Representative Services) is offered as a stand-alone service through our affiliated project management company, Empire Projects, Inc. ( Bernstein & Associates, Architects - PLLC 100 Pearl St. - 14th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103 Contact: William N. Bernstein, AIA Managing Principal Tel: 860-616-2200 Fax: 860-616-0018 NEW YORK - HARTFORD - PRINCETON

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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


HOSPITAL WORKERS HAVE YOU BEEN INJURED ON THE JOB? Learn What You Must Do To Protect Your Workers' Compensation And Disability Rights! Do Not Make These Mistakes That Can Cost You Benefits 1. You must report the accident or injury as soon as possible, even if you might not lose time from work or need immediate medical care. 2. Report all injuries to all body parts, no matter how minor they may seem. If you do not report it and the injury gets worse over time, the job may deny benefits. 3. Remember, you are entitled to treatment and benefits even if you have previously injured the same body part in a prior accident. Do not let the job tell you different. 4. Your doctor controls the treatment, not risk management. If you need an MRI and the job will not approve it, the experienced attorneys at BAGOLIE FRIEDMAN can fight to get it approved at no cost to you. 5. When you are released from treatment, you may be entitled to money for your injury and disability. You may also collect for repetitive stress, cumulative trauma, cancer, hearing loss & hepatitis. 6. Contact Attorneys Ricky Bagolie or Alan Friedman now for a confidential and free consultation and to discuss your workers' compensation and disability rights. There is no fee if there is no recovery.


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Clough Family Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies now open Combines latest equipment with expert therapists for fastest recovery

Emerson Hospital recently opened the new Clough Family Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies, located a short drive from the hospital at 310 Baker Avenue in the Concord Woods Office Park. With generous donations from the community, including the Clough family of Concord, the 16,000 square foot custom-built center is designed for optimal care of patients who need rehabilitation therapy for pediatric development, physical/orthopedic, occupational, speech language and neurological issues. The center is the only program in the suburbs west of Boston to feature an aquatic therapy pool with an underwater treadmill and video system that allows therapists to observe patients as they exercise. The pool is similar to those used by top athletes including Bruins and Red Sox players. In addition to aquatic therapy, the center has dedicated gyms for pediatric patients and for those who are recovering from neurological conditions, including strokes and concussions.

Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies main gym.

“We are very excited to offer the latest advances in rehabilitation and sports therapies in a beautiful new setting,” said Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital. “Thanks to the support of

our generous donors in the community, the opening of the Clough Family Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies allows us to keep patients close to home for advanced rehabilitative care.”


With the new Dr. Robert C. Cantu Concussion Center located in the Clough Family Center, high performance athletes, as well as those who are suffering from a concussion, have convenient access to

baseline testing as well as clinical and neurological care by leading practitioners, including one of the nation’s leading experts on concussion diagnosis and treatment. “The new rehabilitation center and its very talented therapists have contributed greatly to my son’s recovery; he has blossomed from working with the team,” said Kathryn Camgemi of Concord, mother of two-year-old Joseph who suffered a debilitating accident this winter and required physical, occupational and speech therapies for recovery. “The center is truly a one-stop-shop with all of the experts and latest equipment conveniently located in one place. It made the process so much easier. We’re very lucky to have access to exceptional care and rehabilitation just down the street from us.” For more information about the Clough Family Center for Rehabilitative and Sports Therapies, and to make an appointment, please visit or call 978-287-8200.


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