Byline: Bill Burgey, Communication Specialist at Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife recently announced two new appointments to its leadership team.
Scott Ariel (photo right) was named Executive Director of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Dedham, located at Hebrew SeniorLife’s NewBridge on the Charles. From 2008 to 2012, Scott was Vice President of Post Acute and Support Services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston.
Matthew Russell, M.D. (photo left), was named Medical Director for Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s Rehabilitative Services Units in Dedham and Boston. Prior to joining HSL, Dr. Russell was an assistant professor of Medicine in the Geriatrics section at Boston University and Boston Medical Center. He was also the founding medical director of the Boston University Physician Assistant program. A native Bostonian, he is new to HSL.
I had the opportunity to meet with Scott Ariel and Dr. Russell and learn what each of them brings to their roles and what plans they have for 2015.
Coinciding with Scott’s return, the HRC community in Dedham celebrated its five year anniversary. Scott was instrumental in bringing staff and residents together for this special event. It was timed perfectly to help with one of Scott’s priorities: to get to know the team and for the team to get to know him.
Scott will work with staff to cultivate an environment where each team member feels personally responsible for the welfare of all patients, residents, volunteers and visitors. “The 5 year anniversary celebration was a great starting point. I know I am working with staff that care very much how we care for the people who need our help,” says Scott.
“The programs we offer our residents are extraordinary. I think the multigenerational programming makes us stand out in a very powerful way. I’ve already observed the students from the Rashi School and our seniors engaged in some very creative activities together. From concerts to storytelling, they share laughter and the seniors look forward to the students’ next visit.”
Scott is responsible for the day-to-day operations and for providing leadership for all staff at HRC in Dedham. He works closely with staff in long-term and post acute care.
Dr. Russell’s role on the Rehabilitative Services Units combines his skills in patient care and administration. “When I hit the ten-year mark out of training earlier this year, I decided to focus on my primary passion: taking care of older patients in a team-based setting. HSL is world famous for its excellence in clinical care as well as research, and I wanted to be part of this exciting organization,” says Dr. Russell.
“Here I work with a group of professionals who come to work and know their patients inside and out. The quality of care and communication across the various disciplines is outstanding. If there were one thing I want the Greater Boston health care community to know about HRC, it is that the quality teamwork and patient care that our patients receive is far above what is seen in most skilled nursing facilities.”
The Rehabilitative Services Units at HRC are licensed as skilled nursing facilities (SNF) and treat patients following a serious illness or surgery. According to Dr. Russell, “Post acute care patients are complex. Medical issues are often still active and require close monitoring. This calls for a well-integrated team of clinicians that can identify all the challenges and manage them over the course of the patient’s rehab stay. I call this ‘team-based medicine in motion.’ As the new Medical Director, I’m so thrilled to be part so of such a competent team.”
Dr. Russell and Scott are excited to be at HSL. “As health care reform and cost containment approaches dominate the health care landscape, organizations are seeking partnerships to reduce waste, improve communication and optimize transitions of care. There will likely be additional partnerships between HSL and our referring hospitals,” predicts Dr. Russell.
Scott Ariel hopes to see more prospective residents and their families visiting the campus to help them with their decisions about long-term care. “Making a decision about long-term care is difficult. I want families who are dealing with this issue to feel comfortable visiting us to see all we have to offer and what we are doing to help seniors live their best lives.”
About Long-Term Care at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center
We take pride in providing seniors with long-term care that redefines the nursing home experience. The basic tenet of care in Hebrew Rehabilitation Center’s nursing home long-term care communities is that resident preferences come first. Our vision for long-term care emphasizes the dignity, health and independence of seniors. Our innovative programming—along with a dedicated staff of Harvard Medical School-affiliated physicians, geriatric specialists, nurses and more—can be experienced in three communities in Massachusetts: Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Boston, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center Dedham at NewBridge on the Charles, and long-term care at Orchard Cove in Canton. We welcome older adults of all backgrounds, faiths and cultures.