Senior Issues Summit Held at Bear Hill

Bear Hill was the place to be when over 60 people gathered for breakfast and a discussion of senior care issues. Hosted by Bill Ring Jr., Administrator of Bear Hill and a Mass Senior Care ambassador, the event was attended by several area nursing center administrators and associate members, as well as residents and staff of Bear Hill and honored guests Senator Jason Lewis and Chairman of the Stoneham Board of Selectman Paul Rotundi.

Bear Hill Administrator Bill Ring Jr. (center) welcomed honored guest Sen. Jason Lewis (second from left), resident Katie Jones (left), Tara Gregorio (second from right) of Mass Senior Care, and resident Mary Pothier (right) at the political breakfast hosted by Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center

The event featured a facility tour, a full breakfast and a program with comments by Senator Lewis, host Mr. Ring, and Tara Gregorio, Mass Senior Care Director of Government Relations.

Representative Lewis, a frequent visitor to Mass Senior Care facilities in his district, shared his views on Massachusetts health care and his belief that health care is a basic human right.  Ms. Gregorio outlined the Commonwealth’s plan to create Accountable Care Organizations and the need for a cooperative effort to reduce costs and improve quality of care by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations. She also stressed the need for adequate funding for quality nursing home care in Massachusetts.  The breakfast is one of many events hosted by Mass Senior Care members with a goal of educating and informing the public about critical senior care issues.