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Bear Hill Rehab continues to earn top overall rankings —five stars—in the respected U.S. News & World Report annual survey of nursing home quality and performance across the United States. The ranking places Bear Hill Rehab among the elite rehabilitation and long term care facilities in the country.





STONEHAM, MA — Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center received the 2015 Post-acute Collaborative Participation Award from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). The award recognizes post-acute facilities that participate in the Collaborative and have shown dedication in improving the care stroke patients receive in the post-hospital setting.

Collaborative participants have been collecting data on stroke patients, participating in regional meetings and learning session, and participating in quality improvement activities in their facilities.

“At Bear Hill we strive to provide exceptional care to all our patients. We are proud to be working on improving the post-acute care of stroke patients. Being honored by this award emphasizes the importance of our work,” said Peg Archidiacono, RN, Director of Nursing at Bear Hill.

Stroke is the fourth-leading cause of death in the Commonwealth, and a leading cause of adult disability. Immediate assessment and treatment is critical to help improve outcomes.

Knowing the key signs and symptoms of stroke and calling 9-1-1 immediately can save a life. The F.A.S.T. acronym is an easy way to remember:  

  • Face: Does the face look uneven? Ask the person to smile
  • Arm: Does one arm drift down? Ask the person to raise both arms
  • Speech: Does the speech sound strange? Ask the person to repeat a phrase
  • Time: If you observe these symptoms, call 9-1-1

For more information about the Massachusetts Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry, or about FAST and the DPH stroke awareness campaign, please visit:

Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has been providing outstanding health care in the Boston area since 1983. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health designated Bear Hill as a Coverdell Post-Hospital QI Collaborative member in 2014. For more information, please contact Peg Archidiacono, RN, Director of Nursing at 781-438-8515 or via email at



Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is a community of caring individuals eager to welcome new residents and their families.

Established in 1983 by the Franchi family, our facility is not chain affiliated. This affords us the opportunity to provide the highest in quality care and attention to personal detail for each and every one of our residents. Some of our residents make Bear Hill their permanent home, but we also offer comprehensive programs for those in need of subacute care, rehabilitation or skilled nursing services on a short-term basis.

We also recognize our role as resident advocates, and seek to ensure that each individual is treated with dignity and fairness. Family members are welcome at all times and are viewed as an integral part of our plan of care. Our services are provided in the spirit of teamwork and strength through service to others.

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The Boston Herald reported in a story about nursing home performance that Bear Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was one of the top-performing nursing homes in Massachusetts, based on its repeated history of top scores during evaluations by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The article wrote that "Administrator William E. Ring Jr. said one of the keys to running a successful nursing home is supportive ownership. Bear Hill is owned by Commonwealth Management."

Bear Hill is a member of the American Healthcare Association and the Massachusetts Senior Care Association (MSCA). We accept all BC/BS, Tufts, Harvard/Pilgrim managed care products and many commercial insurances as well. We are also preferred providers of the Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Partners and the Harvard Vanguard Medical Group.

We have a long history of outstanding Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulatory compliance, and no nursing agency use for over 22 years. Our committed, hands-on management team has also been led by the same Administrator and Director of Nursing for the same period of time. We take pride in this history of service to our resident community — and we reinforce these quality-of-service ideals on a daily basis.

  • Privately owned (not part of a chain) 169-bed Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility established in 1983
  • Leadership continuity: Same Administrator, Director of Nursing and Assistant Director of Nursing for over 22 years
  • Excellent inspection history: August 2012 - No deficiences, August 2013 - No deficiencies, October 2014 - one deficiency on Mass. Department of Public Health annual survey
  • CMS 5-star facility: Bear Hill has been consistently ranked as a 5-star facility since the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) established its Nursing Home Compare system in 2008
  • Member of Partners HealthCare Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Collaborative
  • Member of Winchester Hospital and Atrius ACO (Accountable Care Organizations)
  • Sigmacare (EMR) Electronic Medical Records Documentation System
  • INTERACT (Intervention to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) trained clinical staff
  • PointRight member: Providing benchmarked 30-day re-hospitalization data
  • Customer Satisfaction: Positive customer feedback from long term care residents, residents' families, and short-term patients -- over 98% would return or refer Bear Hill Rehab to others
  • In-house Rehabilitation Team providing 24x7 multidisciplinary rehab (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy)
  • Multiple managed-care contracts: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim
  • Always ready: Admissions handled 24x7x365


  • Genuine, caring, friendly staff

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