Hebrew SeniorLife Appoints New Medical Director for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center

Dr. Matthew Shuster brings years of experience in compassionate and coordinated care

BOSTON – Hebrew SeniorLife, New England’s largest nonprofit provider of senior health care and living communities, and the only senior care organization affiliated with Harvard Medical School, announced the appointment of Matthew Shuster, M.D., as Medical Director of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham. 

In this vital position, Dr. Shuster will oversee geriatric specialty care that meets the chronic and acute medical needs of older adult patients. Patient care at HRC at NewBridge on the Charles includes long-term chronic care hospital services, post-acute rehabilitative care, and outpatient services. Dr. Shuster will focus on cultivating teams to deliver compassionate, coordinated patient care across all levels of care. 

Dr. Matthew Shuster

Dr. Shuster brings more than 30 years of clinical, teaching, and leadership experience as primary care physician and geriatrician at Atrius Health/Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and most recently as Associate Medical Director for VNA Care Hospice and Palliative Care. He also served as initial Medical Co-Director for Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care. His first experience with HRC and its care model was from his previous work with Atrius Health at the HRC-NewBridge on the Charles Rehabilitative Services Unit.

“Dr. Shuster is a highly talented and experienced geriatrician, having worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings as well as home care,” said Helen Chen, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Hebrew SeniorLife. “The thoughtful effort behind the creation and recruitment of this Medical Director position reflects our goal to better integrate health care services across the broader NewBridge on the Charles community.”

A Newton, Mass. resident, Dr. Shuster received his medical degree from the University of Maryland and completed his residency training at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Since 1987, he has served as a Lecturer in Medicine for Harvard Medical School and an Affiliate Staff Physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center since 2010. He has been recognized for his contributions five times over his career by Harvard Community Health Plan and was named Physician of the Year by the Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts.

Recently Hebrew Rehabilitation Center – NewBridge, and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center – Boston were recognized by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) as an Age-Friendly Health System based on IHI’s rigorous standards for Long-Term Chronic Care Services and Rehabilitation Services. Health systems receiving the Age-Friendly designation are noted for expertly designed care for older adults, with a proven commitment to each patient’s needs, values, preferences, and beliefs as they age.

About NewBridge on the Charles 
NewBridge on the Charles offers independent living, assisted living, memory care assisted living and health care services in luxurious surroundings with exceptional amenities, first-class educational and cultural programming, and a complete continuum of care on a lush 162-acre intergenerational campus.

About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Hebrew SeniorLife cares for more than 3,000 seniors a day across six campuses throughout Greater Boston. Our locations include: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-Boston and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center-NewBridge in Dedham; NewBridge on the Charles, Dedham; Orchard Cove, Canton; Simon C. Fireman Community, Randolph; Center Communities of Brookline, Brookline; and Jack Satter House, Revere. Founded in 1903, Hebrew SeniorLife also conducts influential research into aging at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and trains more than 1,000 geriatric care providers each year. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit our website or follow us on our blog, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.