May 16, 2023

Message from Kae Santos, Regional President, Chelsea

Katherine Santos headshot

Dear Residents and Families,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the warm weather and May flowers. This month brings us many things to celebrate as a community.

May 11th marked the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. With this change, the Department of Public Health issued new guidance for personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees and visitors on our campuses. Because COVID-19 prevalence across Massachusetts is low, facemasks are no longer required in our residences unless otherwise indicated. However, we will always have masks on hand for anyone who would like to use one. We also continue to ask that you refrain from visiting our residences if you do not feel well. It has been a long three years, but we are grateful for all the hard work of our staff to keep our residents and each other safe throughout the pandemic.

On Sunday, May 14th, we celebrated Mother’s Day with special activities of music, games, and wonderful meals. Across our campuses, our staff distributed thoughtful presents including beautiful flowers and yummy treats to all our female residents.

May also brings two important celebrations of our employees. May 6th through 12th marks Nurses Appreciation Week and May 14th through 20th marks National Skilled Nursing Care Week. During these two weeks, we recognize and honor our incredible nurses and nursing home staff who do an amazing job caring for our residents. We encourage you to join us in these celebrations and to take a moment to express your gratitude to our staff for everything that they do.

Please note that this letter also marks my final one to you as Regional President, Chelsea of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare as I’ve been promoted to the new role of Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) for Legacy Lifecare. Moving forward, Megin Hemmerling will be working closely with Barry Berman, CEO of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, to support the Chelsea campuses as the new President of Operations. Megin has worked for CJL for 10 years, most recently as Regional President of the Peabody campus. She is eager to introduce herself and meet all of you.

I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for the privilege of partnering with you and our staff to better serve our residents. Being a part of this community has been truly rewarding. I have learned so much from our team and all of you, and I have enjoyed every moment we shared. As CSO, I hope to take these lessons and apply them to further strengthen our senior care communities across Legacy Lifecare.

Although I am moving to a different role in the organization, please know that Chelsea Jewish will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you again for everything, and I look forward to continuing to work with Megin, our staff, and all of you to ensure that we provide the best quality care for all our residents in our Chelsea campuses.

All the best,


Kae Santos
Regional President, Chelsea
Chelsea Jewish Lifecare