Woburn Nursing Center Partners with Honoring Choices Massachusetts

April 18, 2014
Salter Healthcare Team
Woburn Partners with Honoring Choices Masssachusetts

Pictured above (from left to right) are Dr. Wayne Saltsman, Section Chief of Geriatric Transitional Care at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and Medical Director of Woburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center; Ellen DiPaola, Honoring Choices® Massachusetts President and co-founder; Pamela Gelardi, Honoring Choices® Facilitator, Nursing Supervisor and Care Plan Coordinator at Woburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center; and Cheryl Evangelista, Executive Director of Woburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center.

WINCHESTER, MA - Salter HealthCare is pleased to announce that their Woburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center recently partnered with Honoring Choices® Massachusetts, a nonprofit organization that provides information and programs to patients and their families to help them create personalized health care plans.

The goal of Honoring Choices® Massachusetts is to build a strong network to ensure that adults in Massachusetts have access to early and ongoing health care planning and receive lifelong quality care. The organization provides comprehensive information on health care planning, Massachusetts planning documents and a step-by-step planning process to help adults choose their own health care plan. Partnering with Honoring Choices® will bring new resources to the Center for both residents and staff that will add to the person-centered care approach that is a trademark of all Salter Health Care facilities.

"We've dedicated an experienced staff member to champion health care planning and place it at the forefront of patient and family centered care," Woburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center Executive Director Cheryl Evangelista said.

Longtime member of Salter HealthCare's nursing team Pamela Gelardi, RN has become a Certified Honoring Choices® Facilitator. For over ten years, she has served as a full-time nursing supervisor and care plan coordinator in both long and short-term resident care. By working as the Honoring Choices® Facilitator, Gelardi will be assisting residents and families in choosing a health care proxy, exploring options and making end-of-life decisions regarding treatment that may include referrals for palliative care or hospice care.

"Patients and families do not always know that the tools used to communicate their choices can impact so much of their care," Gelardi said. "We help a person review their individual plan to see what's right for that person at the current stage of their life and help them look towards the future. We are excited to be working with Honoring Choices® Massachusetts to ensure every person has a voice."

The Woburn Rehab and Nursing Center's social services department, nurses and medical team address health care planning and advance directives from admission through discharge. The addition of the Honoring Choices® Massachusetts facilitator role to the facility will only improve their team approach to quality care.

"Woburn is like the friendly train depot", Dr. Wayne Saltsman, Medical Director of Woburn Rehabilitation and Nursing Center said. "People stop here on their way in life and take time to understand their journey, to talk about why they are here and how to find the right way home."

Residents and/or families seeking additional information can request a referral from Honoring Choices® Facilitator Pamela Gelardi, RN. She will provide information, help to document choices, facilitate referrals and help ensure that the patient's health care decisions are honored. Gelardi can be reached by phone at: (781) 933-8175 or email at: pam.gelardi@salterhealthcare.com.

Founded in 1956, Salter HealthCare is a family owned and operated health care provider with a reputation for excellence in the health care community. With three rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers in Winchester and Woburn, Salter offers specialized rehabilitation programs, short-term care, subacute care, long-term care, skilled nursing, and hospice care, as well as respite services. To learn more about Salter HealthCare, call (781) 729-2200 or visit www.salterhealthcare.com.