Hebrew SeniorLife Pressroom

2012 Press Releases

12/10/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Researchers find Palliative Care Associated with Improved Outcomes for Seniors in Long-Term Care
Fewer Emergency Room Visits, Less Depression
BOSTON – Seniors in long-term care experienced a significant reduction in emergency room visits and depression when receiving palliative care services, according to a recent collaborative study by researchers at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) and Institute for Aging Research, both affiliated with Harvard Medical School (HMS).

12/6/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Names Gregory P. Toot as Vice President, Post-Acute and Professional Services for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
Toot brings 15 years as Senior Health Care Executive to his new role at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
BOSTON — Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced the appointment of Gregory P. Toot to Vice President for Post-Acute Care and Professional Services for the organization’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, located in Boston and Dedham.

12/6/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Names Dr. James R. Jewell as Clinical Director, Medical Acute Care Unit (MACU) for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
Dr. Jewell will lead the MACU’s Interdisciplinary Team in his new role at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
BOSTON — Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced the appointment of James R. Jewell, M.D., F.A.C.P. to Clinical Director for the Medical Acute Care Unit (MACU) for the organization’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center located in Boston.

11/13/12
New eBook Helps Families Navigate the Aging Process
Hebrew SeniorLife Experts Provide Valuable Insights, Advice and Resources for Aging
BOSTON – Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and housing communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, recently released “You & Your Aging Parents: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness & Care,” a comprehensive eBook designed to serve as a resource for aging parents and adult children as they confront the often difficult decisions families face when their loved ones age. The eBook is available for free download now at http://AgingRedefined.org.

11/7/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Study Finds No Link Between Calcium Intake and Coronary Artery Calcification
BOSTON – Researchers at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School (HMS), have published a study that shows no evidence of a link between calcium intake and coronary artery calcification, reassuring adults who take calcium supplements for bone health that the supplements do not appear to result in the development of calcification of blood vessels.

10/11/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Medical Group Offers Geriatric Care to Brookline Seniors
Care will be provided at the Sloane Family/Century Bank Primary & Specialty Care Center; Ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled
BOSTON — Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and housing in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, announced today that the Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) Medical Group has expanded its geriatric primary care practice at Center Communities of Brookline (CCB) to serve residents of the Brookline community and surrounding areas. The expansion provides Brookline’s growing senior population access to affordable, accessible and patient-centered geriatric health care services. Physicians in the HSL Medical Group are Harvard Medical School-affiliated geriatricians.

10/1/12
Hebrew SeniorLife College of Retirement Living To Offer Workshop Focused on “You & Your Aging Parents: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness and Care”
Two Sessions October 14 & 21 to Feature HSL Aging Experts
BOSTON – Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and housing communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced two fall 2012 College of Retirement Living workshops. The “You & Your Aging Parents: A Family Approach to Lifelong Health, Wellness and Care” workshop sessions will focus on the questions every family has when faced with the myriad of physical, mental, social and emotional needs of aging parents.

9/27/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Launches ReAge Movement Dedicated to Redefining What It Means to Age in America
109-Year-Old Non-Profit Charts New Course for Today’s Seniors

BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and housing communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced the launch of its new organizational movement, ReAge, aimed at redefining aging in America. With Americans living longer and remaining active into their later years, the current generation of 40 million seniors has new expectations about how their lives should and can be lived. The ReAge movement is designed to launch a social dialogue that will ultimately change the perception of what it means to age in America. It will highlight the importance of the new types of services and programs required to satisfy the lifestyles of today’s seniors.

9/4/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Hosts Annual Conference for Senior Wellness Providers
Evidenced-based programs provide tools for seniors to stay independent
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of senior health care and housing communities in New England, will host a conference for professionals who deliver evidenced-based programs to community-dwelling seniors. These programs encourage healthy lifestyles and empower seniors by providing tools to manage their health, including chronic diseases, so they can remain vibrant and live independently in their communities. The term evidenced-based refers to approaches to prevention or treatment that are validated by some form of documented scientific evidence.

8/20/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Links Delirium and Long-term Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer's Patients
Study suggests prevention strategies are critical
BOSTON – Patients with Alzheimer's disease who suffered episodes of delirium while hospitalized had a sharply increased rate of mental decline for up to five years after being hospitalized compared to those who did not have any such episodes, according to a study by researchers at The Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

8/16/12
Jack Satter House Receives Grant to Purchase Reading Equipment for Low-Income Revere Seniors
Massport Donation to Hebrew SeniorLife Will Help Residents Remain Independent
REVERE, MASS. - Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and housing communities in New England, announced today that the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) has made a grant to fund a new text-enhancing machine used by seniors living at the Jack Satter House, a low-income housing community in Revere. Text enhancers magnify and enlarge text and images to restore and maintain independence for people with low vision.

7/24/12
Boston Foundation and Hebrew SeniorLife Join Forces to Advance Career Paths for Certified Nurses Assistants
Hebrew SeniorLife Receives $300,000 Donation to Fund New Career Development Opportunity
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), the largest provider of senior health care and housing communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has received a $300,000 donation from The Boston Foundation. The three-year grant will support the creation of HSL’s “Advanced Career Path for CNAs: Creating Frontline Leaders” program to expand career opportunities for Certified Nurses Assistants (CNAs). This unique nursing specialty certification program will enhance the skill set of CNAs and ultimately improve the economic security of CNAs throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

7/23/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Names Idriz Limaj as Chief Nursing Officer of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at Dedham
Limaj Brings More than 10 Years of Health Care Experience to New Role
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), the largest provider of senior health care and housing in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced the appointment of Idriz Limaj to Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for the organization’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) Dedham location. Limaj previously served as Operations Leader at HRC Dedham from the opening of NewBridge on the Charles in 2009 through 2011. Most recently, Limaj oversaw daily nursing operations as the Associate Vice President of Nursing, Family and Patient Centered Care at HRC’s Boston location.

7/4/12
Postoperative Delirium in Cardiac Surgery Patients Associated with Prolonged Cognitive Impairment
Preventing postoperative delirium may improve recovery of cognitive ability in cardiac patients
BOSTON - Older patients undergoing cardiac surgery often experience changes in cognitive function, such as memory problems or an inability to focus, in the days immediately following their operations. While these changes are usually temporary, for unknown reasons, a significant number of cardiac patients will encounter long-term cognitive problems, lasting as long as a year after their surgeries.

6/27/12
Len Fishman to Retire as Hebrew SeniorLife CEO in Spring;
HSL President Lou Woolf to be Appointed

Fishman Leaves Lasting Legacy After 12 Years as CEO
BOSTON — Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), the largest provider of senior health care and housing communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced Len Fishman will retire as CEO in Spring 2013, following 12 years with the organization.

6/27/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Physician Recognized by Harvard Medical School Multi-Campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine Program
Frederick Rowland, Ph.D., M.D., Named Mentor of the Year
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and the largest provider of senior health care and housing communities in New England, today announced that Frederick Rowland, Ph.D., M.D., was recognized as Mentor of the Year by the Harvard Medical School Multi-Campus Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine program.

6/19/12
Boston Institutions Team Up to Provide Meals to Low-Income Brookline Seniors
Hebrew SeniorLife Partners with The Greater Boston Food Bank at Center Communities of Brookline
BOSTON — Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and housing communities in New England, today announced a partnership with The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to provide meals to seniors living at a low-income housing community in Brookline. The residence is one of three buildings that make up Hebrew SeniorLife’s Center Communities of Brookline (CCB). With this donation of food from GBFB, CCB will prepare dinners twice a month for residents in the 104 apartments and offer them free-of-charge.

6/18/12
Findings Show That Alzheimer’s Patients Experience Adverse Outcomes Following Hospitalization, Delirium
BOSTON – The state of acute confusion and disorientation known as delirium can stem from a serious illness, surgery or infection, and often develops while patients are in the hospital. Now a new study confirms that for patients with Alzheimer’s disease, hospitalization and delirium pose a particular risk and can lead to adverse outcomes, including hastened cognitive decline, institutionalization and death.

6/13/12
New Agreement Builds On 60 Years of Collaboration to Improve Transitions of Care
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC and Hebrew SeniorLife sign preferred provider agreement
BOSTON – After 60 years of a close working relationship, Hebrew SeniorLife and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, along with Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC, have signed a formal preferred provider agreement. The agreement is a recommitment of a 60-year clinical affiliation which aims to provide the highest quality, cost-effective hospital and post-hospital care, including ensuring seamless transition between institutions.

6/7/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Receives $3 Million Adelson Family Foundation Donation
Gift Closes Hebrew SeniorLife’s Campaign and Expands Multigenerational Program Offerings
BOSTON -Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), the largest provider of senior health care and housing communities in New England, today announced a $3 million donation from the foundation of Dr. Miriam Adelson and Sheldon G. Adelson, philanthropists and long-time supporters of HSL’s commitment to senior care. This donation will establish the Adam and Matan Adelson Multigenerational Program, in honor of the couple’s two youngest children, to expand the multigenerational program offerings throughout HSL’s network and increase their impact. The gift also completes HSL’s more than ever campaign which has raised a total of $100 million.

4/15/12
Hebrew SeniorLIfe Researchers Discover Genes Linked to Osteoporosis, Bone Breaks
May Lead to New Treatments for the Degenerative Bone Disease
BOSTON -Researchers at The Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, have co-authored the largest meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies of osteoporosis as part of an international consortium and have identified dozens of genetic variants found to be linked to an increased risk of developing osteoporosis and of suffering broken bones.

2/24/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Names Vivian Sternweiler as Wound Care Nurse Specialist for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
Sternweiler Brings 20 Years of Experience to Role at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

BOSTON -Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), the largest provider of senior health care and housing in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced the appointment of Vivian Sternweiler as Wound Care Nurse Specialist for the organization’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Sternweiler brings over 20 years of health care experience to her new role.

2/2/12
Institute for Aging Research Awarded $2.7 Million Grant to Investigate “Dowager’s Hump’’
Study Will Determine Causes and Impact of Hyperkyphosis

BOSTON -The Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced that Dr. Lisa Samelson and the Institute were awarded a $2.7 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to conduct a five-year study to better understand the cause of hyperkyphosis, a condition that causes extreme forward curvature of the spine.

1/27/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Names Tammy Retalic as Vice President of Nursing and Patient and Family-Centered Care Services for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
Retalic Brings 25 Years of Health Care Experience to New Role at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

BOSTON -Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and housing in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced the appointment of Tammy Retalic to Vice President of Nursing and Patient and Family-Centered Care Services for the organization’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Boston location. Retalic brings nearly 25 years of health care experience to her new role, and spent the past eight years at Hebrew SeniorLife working with the organization’s leadership team, employees and seniors as the Director of Professional Development, Infection Control and Occupational Health.

1/23/12
Robin Lynch Joins Hebrew SeniorLife as Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs
Lynch to Oversee Quality Control and Risk Management for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and housing in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced that Robin Lynch has joined as Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Affairs for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. Lynch has more than 30 years of experience overseeing quality, operations, risk management and patient safety at New England-area hospitals and was most recently the director of quality, patient safety and risk management at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Mass.

1/17/12
Hebrew SeniorLife Names Mary Moscato as Chief Operating Officer of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and Health Care Services
Moscato Brings Nearly 30 Years of Health Care Expertise to Respected Boston Organization
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and housing in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced that Mary Moscato has joined as Chief Operating Officer of the organization’s Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and Health Care Services divisions. Moscato brings nearly three decades of health care leadership and most recently served as president and CEO for Care Alternatives, a multi-state provider of community-based health care services.

1/10/12
Hebrew SeniorLife’s Dr. Randi Berkowitz Selected for Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Care for Patients
BOSTON - Hebrew SeniorLife, the largest provider of senior health care and housing in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, today announced that Dr. Randi Berkowitz has been selected for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Innovation Advisors Program. The initiative, launched by the CMS Innovation Center in October 2011, will help health professionals deepen skills that will drive improvements to patient care and reduce costs.

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