A Message to Our Community from Notre Dame Health Care’s Board of Directors
These past nearly two years have brought some very trying times throughout the world, our country and most especially healthcare communities. Notre Dame Health Care has not been spared.
Our extraordinary staff has been diligent in complying with all guidance from the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and others to ensure we are following best practices. This includes, but is not limited to ongoing screening of employees and visitors; adherence to COVID-19 testing protocols for both residents and staff; the management of safe visitation processes as required; and enhanced cleaning and social distancing policies.
The physical space of our Educational Bridge Center continues to remain closed due to physical distancing requirements mandated by OSHA for healthcare organizations. We are pleased to continue many services using remote learning systems and other technology to ensure we are able to serve our employees and others in the community.
We know that new procedures and “rules” can be difficult for our residents as well as their families. Please know that we are following the strongest guidance from federal and state agencies to ensure we are doing the very best to protect the well-being of everyone who visits and works on our campus as well as those who live at Notre Dame Health Care, including our Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Center and du Lac Assisted Living Residence; as well as those who receive services from our Hospice and Pediatric Palliative Care programs; and students who participate in our Educational Bridge Center programs.
We are grateful for your continued patience and understanding and hope you take comfort in the knowledge that our employee family is working very hard to care for your loved ones. Our goal is always to find creative ways to keep our residents and patients active and engaged. Our staff is also happy to assist in helping to facilitate communications between residents and family via the use of telephone and online technology.
In concert with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, we pray for your continued well-being and good health.
May God’s Blessings be Yours,
Lorraine Connell, SNDdeN
Chair, Notre Dame Health Care’s Board of Directors
On Behalf of the Board of Directors