On July 9, New England Baptist Hospital and Hebrew SeniorLife issued a joint press release announcing their preferred provider agreement. At a time when hospital mergers, affiliations and acquisitions seem to be taking place throughout Greater Boston at record speeds, why does this agreement matter to seniors and their families? Seniors and those who care for them need to pay attention to all that is happening in health care today. The landscape continues to change. We cannot afford to let our guard down. Services are being cut and seniors need advocates.
Keep this in mind: Hebrew SeniorLife has provided care to seniors since 1903. Today, it is the largest provider of senior health care and communities in New England. Seniors benefit from a comprehensive continuum of care services; everything including adult day health, home care, outpatient care, post-acute care and long-term care, at multiple locations.
One year ago, HSL strengthened its affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 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.”
This week’s announcement of the agreement with New England Baptist Hospital is a further commitment that Boston area hospitals are demanding the very best for their patients following an acute hospital stay. No hospital wants their patients to go home and fail. Every hospital is working to prevent avoidable re-hospitalizations.
By entering this agreement with HSL, the Baptist is recommending that post surgical patients who require inpatient rehabilitation consider Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, an integral part of HSL, for care. Patients can choose between two locations, HRC in Boston and HRC in Dedham, for their rehabilitation needs.
Our Harvard Medical School-affiliated doctors, committed nurses, and experienced physical, occupational and speech therapists have deep experience caring for seniors. At Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, seniors will receive care that prepares them for their return home, not back to the hospital.