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2013 Press Releases

11/19/13
Massachusetts Healthy Living Center Of Excellence Secures More Than $1.3 Million
Private Funding Allows Center to Expand Evidence-Based Health Promotion Programs Statewide with Goal of Improved Health Outcomes and Lower Costs
WATERTOWN, MA — The Massachusetts Healthy Living Center of Excellence (HLCE), a collaboration between Hebrew SeniorLife and Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, announced today that it has secured more than $1.3 million in funding over three years from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and the John A. Hartford Foundation. The grants will fund a centralized infrastructure and six new regional coalitions to expand disease management and wellness programs across the Commonwealth and improve the way community-based groups, health care providers and consumers work together to improve care.

11/7/13
Leading Boston Institutions Team Up to Tackle Age-Related Health Policy and Practice Issues in Wake of “Silver Tsunami”
Brandeis University and Hebrew SeniorLife establish research agenda to address implications for health care delivery as 10,000 Baby Boomers turn 65 every day
BOSTON -- Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and the Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) Institute for Aging Research today announced a joint Center to Inform Health Care Policy and Practice in Aging to address the impact of the nation’s unprecedented demographic shift, often called the “Silver Tsunami,” on the U.S. health care system.

10/9/13
Hebrew SeniorLife and Aviv Centers for Living Explore Potential Affiliation
Effort Designed to Improve Senior Care in Shifting Health Care Market
Hebrew SeniorLife and Aviv Centers for Living, organizations which share a commitment to providing the highest quality health care, communities and support services for seniors, are exploring a potential affiliation designed to enhance and expand care and services for North Shore seniors as well as those who live in communities served by Hebrew SeniorLife.

9/24/13
Four-Year Repeat of Bone Mineral Density Screening in Seniors Offers Limited Value
BOSTON – Repeating bone mineral density (BMD) tests after four years provides little clinical benefit when assessing bone fracture risk in seniors age 75 and older, according to a recent study led by researchers at the Harvard Medical School-affiliated Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife. The study appears in the Sept. 25 online issue of JAMA.

9/24/13
Managed Care Reduces Hospitalizations Compared to Traditional Fee-for-Service Insurance in Nursing Home Residents with Advanced Dementia
BOSTON – Nursing home residents with advanced dementia commonly experience burdensome, costly interventions that do not improve their quality of life or extend their survival. Now a new study suggests that providing intensive primary care services may result in less burdensome and less costly care for these terminally ill residents.

9/19/13
Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., granted Leadership Award by the National Institute on Aging to build nation’s first delirium research center
Kick-off event slated for October 30, 2013
Sharon K. Inouye, M.D., M.P.H., Director of the Aging Brain Center in the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and a faculty member in the Division of Gerontology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), recently received the prestigious Academic Leadership Award (K07) from the National Institutes of Health to build the nation’s first Center of Excellence for Delirium Research. The Center, which will be called CEDARTREE (Center of Excellence for Delirium in Aging: Research, Training and Educational Enhancement) will be located at Hebrew SeniorLife and will operate under the direction of a national advisory board in close collaboration with Harvard Medical School and other academic institutions throughout Massachusetts.

9/16/13
Elimination of Medicare Three-Day Rule Could Reduce Risks and High Costs of Unnecessary Hospitalizations
New criteria for skilled nursing and rehabilitative services can save confusion, cost
BOSTON – Elimination of a Medicare rule that mandates a three-night hospital stay as a precondition for skilled nursing rehabilitation coverage could reduce unnecessary hospitalizations and improve patient care without increasing costs to the patient or the federal government, a leading geriatrician asserts in the Sept. 18 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

8/28/13
Hebrew SeniorLife Names Helen Chen, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer for Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
Chen brings 20 years of geriatric training and clinical care to her role as CMO
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 Helen Chen, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center.

7/9/13
New England Baptist Hospital and Hebrew SeniorLife Sign Preferred Provider Agreement
Focus is on improved clinical outcomes for post-operative seniors
BOSTON – New England Baptist Hospital (NEBH) and Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL) have signed a preferred provider agreement that builds on their long-standing relationship and establishes HSL as a NEBH preferred provider. This partnership aims to ensure seamless transitions of care between the institutions and the best possible outcomes for those patients who need in-patient post-surgical care following a surgical procedure. While the agreement is not exclusive, it reflects the organizations’ strong relationship and shared commitment to patients. The agreement encompasses both campuses of the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), in Boston and on the NewBridge on the Charles campus in Dedham, Mass.

4/24/13
Hebrew SeniorLife College of Retirement Living “A Celebration of Aging in Words and Images” Kicks Off May 8 With Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style
Three Sessions May 8, 15 and 23 Featuring Acclaimed Photographer and Writers
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 “A Celebration of Aging in Words and Images” is the theme for their Spring 2013 College of Retirement Living. The event includes three sessions May 8, 15 and 23 and brings together acclaimed creative professionals to discuss how their work is inspired by the looks and the lives of older adults.

4/11/13
Name Change for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Recuperative Services Units to Better Reflect Focus on Rehabilitation
Highly-Regarded Services for Seniors Get New Name
BOSTON --- Representing its commitment to accountable care, quality patient care and a desire to return patients to their homes as quickly as possible, 110-year old Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC) is changing the name of its Recuperative Services Units, located in Boston and at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham, to Rehabilitative Services Units. The new name better represents the scope of services to patients, their families and the professional community.

4/1/13
Hebrew SeniorLife Names Kimberly J. Brooks as Vice President, Senior Living
Brooks brings 20 years of Community-Based Housing and Senior Living Services Leadership
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 Kimberly J. Brooks to Vice President, Senior Living. Brooks is a highly talented senior services professional with extensive experience in the development and delivery of innovative community-based housing and other senior living services.

3/27/13
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Awarded Three-Year CARF Accreditation
Hebrew Rehabilitation Center achieves highest level of accreditation
BOSTON --- CARF International, formerly the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, announced that Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), a chronic care hospital dedicated to senior care with locations in Boston and Dedham, has been accredited for a period of three years for its inpatient rehabilitation programs.  HRC’s inpatient rehabilitation programs include its Medical Acute Care Unit (a long-term acute care hospital) in Boston, and its Recuperative Services Units (skilled nursing facilities) in Boston and Dedham. The latest accreditation is the fourth consecutive Three-Year Accreditation that the international accrediting body, CARF, has awarded to Hebrew Rehabilitation Center.

3/11/13
Hebrew SeniorLife Researchers Find Link between Nonbenzodiazepine Hypnotic Drugs and Hip Fractures in Nursing Home Residents
Study Suggests Caution Should be Exercised when Prescribing Sleep Medications
BOSTON —The risk for hip fracture is elevated among nursing home residents using sleep medications, according to a study by researchers at The Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Researchers state this is likely due to an increased risk of falling associated with drug use.

2/14/13
Hebrew SeniorLife’s Leadership Transition Set for Feb. 15
CEO Len Fishman Leaving After 12 Years and Lou Woolf to be President & CEO
BOSTON – Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), the largest provider of senior health care and senior living in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, announced today that Len Fishman, CEO, will step down on Feb. 15, and Lou Woolf, the organization’s President since 2009, will take over as President and CEO. The planned transition was originally announced in June of 2012.

2/1/13
New Study Sheds Light on Link Between Dairy Intake and Bone Health
Researchers at the Institute for Aging Research find not all dairy products are equal in maintaining strong bones
BOSTON – A study by researchers at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School (HMS), has found that dairy intake —specifically milk and yogurt —is associated with higher bone mineral density (BMD) in the hip, but not the spine. Cream, on the other hand, may be associated with lower BMD overall. Published today in the journal Archives of Osteoporosis, these findings suggest that not all dairy products are equally beneficial in promoting bone strength.

1/8/13
Hebrew SeniorLife and HouseWorks Announce Collaboration to Deliver In-Home Private Care Services
Collaboration Rounds Out Services for Residents of HSL Communities and Users of HSL Healthcare Services

BOSTON – Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), the largest provider of senior health care and housing communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, announced today a formal collaboration with HouseWorks to deliver non-medical private care services to Hebrew SeniorLife’s private care clients. Under the new collaboration, Hebrew SeniorLife’s private care service will be relaunched as Hebrew SeniorLife Private Care powered by HouseWorks. HouseWorks is a leading provider of in-home private care serving Boston area residents for more than 14 years .

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