Hebrew SeniorLife Pressroom

2009 Press Releases

Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Opens Recuperative Services Unit in Dedham
Skilled Nursing Facility Provides Expert Care and Another Option for Patients

BOSTON - Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, affiliated with Harvard Medical School, today announced the opening of its new Recuperative Services Unit  (RSU) at the Gloria Adelson Field Health Center at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham.  The new RSU, a 48-bed skilled nursing facility, offers patients another location to receive short-term, post-acute care from Hebrew Rehabilitation Center.

Chronic pain found to increase risk of falls in older adults
BOSTON - Chronic pain is experienced by as many as two out of three older adults. Now, a new study finds that pain may be more hazardous than previously thought, contributing to an increased risk of falls in adults over age 70. The findings appear in the November 25 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Hebrew SeniorLife Receives $1 Million Gift to Support Nursing Career Development Program. Gift Will Give Dozens the "Opportunity of a Lifetime"
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced it has received a $1 million gift from Burton and Gloria Rose to support its innovative "career ladder" program that enables certified nursing assistants (C.N.A.s) to become licensed practical nurses (L.P.N.s).

James D. Hart Named CFO of Hebrew SeniorLife
Brings 28 Years of Financial Experience to Leader in Senior Care
BOSTON - James D. Hart of Chestnut Hill has been named chief financial officer of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Mr. Hart will direct HSL's strategic and operational financial planning, budgeting process, accounting and finance practices, and financial risk assessment, as well as maintain relations with financial institutions. He will report to Louis J. Woolf, who was recently appointed president of Hebrew SeniorLife by HSL CEO Len Fishman.

Flu Vaccine Public Service Announcements Available from Medical Leaders
Hebrew SeniorLife and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Make Public Service Announcements Available Just in Time for the Flu Season.
BOSTON - An innovative and successful campaign, first launched in 2008 to encourage health care workers to take responsibility and get the flu vaccine, is now available to more people. Its goal is to get people to take responsibility and protect themselves from influenza.

Institute for Aging Research Study Says Dementia is a Terminal Illness
Understanding Clinical Course of Disease Leads to Better End-of-Life Care.
BOSTON - The clinical course of advanced dementia, including uncomfortable symptoms such as pain and high mortality, is similar to that experienced by patients of other terminal conditions, according to scientists at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Hebrew SeniorLife Names Boston Business Leaders Tom Alperin and Howard Cohen as Co-Chairs of the Board
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) today announced the appointment of Tom Alperin and Howard Cohen as Co-Chairs of the organization's Board of Directors.  These well-known Boston business leaders will work together to advance key organizational initiatives at the Harvard Medical School affiliate.

Institute for Aging Research Study Links High-Heels to Heel and Ankle Pain. Study Finds No Corresponding Pain in Men
BOSTON - Women should think twice before buying their next pair of high-heels or pumps, according to researchers at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife in a new study of older adults and foot problems.

Louis Jay Woolf Joins Hebrew SeniorLife as President
BOSTON - Louis Jay Woolf, a respected health-care leader with experience in both the Partners and CareGroup Healthcare Systems, has been appointed President of the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife.

Hebrew SeniorLife Physician Named Practice Change Fellow, Will Study Hospital Readmission Rates
BOSTON - Randi E. Berkowitz, M.D., of Newton, a geriatrician at Hebrew SeniorLife, has been awarded a two-year Practice Change Fellowship by The Atlantic Philanthropies to study the problem of hospital readmissions from skilled nursing facilities.

Hebrew SeniorLife Receives Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grant to Expand Evidence-based Healthy Aging Programs in Massachusetts
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife has received a $105,000 grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation for the expansion and implementation of three evidence-based healthy aging programs designed to disseminate preventive health-related information to seniors in the community.

Rachel Whitehouse Joins HSL as VP of Marketing and Communications
BOSTON - Rachel Joslin Whitehouse of Winchester, a longtime marketing communications professional, has joined Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, as vice president for marketing and communications. She is responsible for marketing the services of HSL's eight-site system of senior care and housing, as well as the organization's internal and external communications initiatives.

Institute for Aging Research Study Finds Delirium Presentation Predicts Mortality 
BOSTON - The way certain patients present in the post-acute hospital setting with delirium, a common, preventable but life-threatening acute confusional state, predicts mortality, according to a study conducted by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife.

Institute for Aging Researchers Contribute to Study That Finds Genes That Influence the Start of Menstruation 
BOSTON - Two scientists at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife are part of an international team of investigators that has identified genes that influence the start of menstruation, a milestone of female reproductive health that has lifelong influences on overall health. The breakthrough was published online in Nature Genetics, one of the world's leading scientific journals.

Robin Young to Speak at Orchard Cove in Canton
CANTON, MA - Robin Young, host of WBUR National Public Radio's "Here and Now" will be speaking at Orchard Cove on Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 pm.  The topic of Ms. Young's talk is "Reporting on the News."

Institute for Aging Research Study Finds Modifiable Hip Fracture Complications Contribute to Mortality
BOSTON - Potentially modifiable post-fracture complications, including pneumonia and pressure ulcers, are associated with an increased risk of death among nursing home residents who have suffered a hip fracture, according to a new study conducted by scientists at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife.

Institute for Aging Research Scientist Honored for Teaching, Peer Review Excellence
BOSTON - Richard N. Jones, Sc.D., of Needham, a senior scientist at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, has been recognized by two prestigious organizations, Harvard Medical School and Medical Care journal, for his teaching and reviewing excellence.

Institute for Aging Research Scientist Named Permanent Member of NIH Study Section
BOSTON - Susan Mitchell, M.D., M.P.H of Needham, a senior scientist at the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, has been named a permanent member of the National Institutes of Health's Health Services Organization and Delivery Study Section. She will serve a four-year term.

Kathryn Kelly Appointed Wellness Coach at Orchard Cove
CANTON, MA - Aline Russotto, associate executive director of Orchard Cove, announces the appointment of Kathryn Kelly as Wellness Coach for the new Center for Healthy Living.

Lisa Cappuccilli, R.N., M.A., Appointed Chief Nursing Officer at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
BOSTON - Patricia Leddy, executive vice president of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, announces the appointment of Lisa Cappuccilli, R.N., M.A., as chief nursing officer.

Griffin Named to Head Research Administration at Hebrew SeniorLife
BOSTON - Louise G. Griffin, a long-time academic research executive, has been named vice president of research administration at Hebrew SeniorLife.

National Health-Care Volunteer Week: Orchard Cove Residents Dedicate to Volunteering and in the Process Help Shape a Sense of Community
CANTON, MA - National Health-Care Volunteer Week, April 19-25, recognizes the support of volunteers who dedicate their time to hospitals and health-care facilities. Orchard Cove, a retirement community of Hebrew SeniorLife, has dozens of active resident volunteers who dedicate their time to building a sense of community and improving the lives of their fellow residents.

Orchard Cove's Residents Stitch 60 Quilts Together with Hope and Love for Local Children in Need
CANTON, MA - The Orchard Cove Quilters and Knitters hand make quilts and knitted goods for children through the organization Project Linus and are then distributed to Boston area hospitals, pediatric centers, shelters and other locations who serve infants and children.

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