Message from Megin Hemmerling, North Shore Regional President of CJL

September 14, 2022

Dear Residents and Families,

We have three exciting milestones to share this this month. Shapiro-Rudolph Adult Day Health Center is celebrating 40 years from its opening date; September marks the 25th anniversary of Harriett and Ralph Kaplan Estates; and the Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living (formally Jewish Rehab Center) has been part of our Peabody campus for 10 years. The longevity of these three entities reflects the loyalty, dedication, and support of our residents and families throughout the years. We are truly grateful.

For those of you who observe the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and You Kippur, I wish you a very happy and healthy New Year. It is a time to rejoice in being with family and friends.

Congratulations are in order for Tammy Starion and Eddie Gathii. Tammy passed her Nursing Home Administrator exam after a yearlong administrator-in-training program. She is now Executive Director/Nursing Home Administrator at BCL. You can read more about Tammy in this newsletter. Additionally, Eddie, one of our wellness nurses for the past five years, was recently promoted to Resident Care Director at Kaplan Estates, a very well-deserved promotion.  I am so proud of both Tammy and Eddie, and their deep commitment to our organization.

As always, please know I am available to answer questions, hear comments or simply get together and talk. I welcome the opportunity to connect with each of you.

Enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

All the best,


Megin L. Hemmerling
Regional President, Peabody
Chelsea Jewish Lifecare

Look at What’s Happening in Peabody!

September 14, 2022

Residents and staff at Kaplan Estates celebrated for National Assisted Living Week with live entertainment by Howie Conley’s Memory Laners. The popular musical group played a medley of hits from the 50’s and 60’s.

This month’s International Festival will focus upon Israel, showcasing historical sites of interest to a variety of religious backgrounds. A medley of Israeli foods will be offered as residents learn about the how history connects all different backgrounds to the Holy Land.

A new series called “Michele’s Musings”  debuted this month! Led by Spiritual Leader Michele Tamaren, this interactive discussion, aptly entitled “The Healing Power of Community” was a hit from the start. Residents of all religions are invited to participate. The series allows individuals to look inward and then share their common experiences. The overwhelming consensus: the topics relate to each of us in different ways.

Our Legacy residents became deeply engrossed in their watercolor classes by Arts of Gold. Their paintings were colorful, original, and absolutely beautiful. Residents also took part in flowers arranging classes, which resulted in an array of creative arrangements.And as always, the monthly summer BBQ’s were savored by all.

Over at Brudnick Center, the second floor memory care enjoyed a lively Tiki Bar Party, complete with food, drinks, and themed décor. Our fourth floor enjoyed an “End of Summer” party, with musical entertainment by the acclaimed Bill Sokolow and Tom Sheehan.

The recent outing to Burton’s Grill & Bar in Lynnfield was a huge success. Delicious food and lively conversation were on the menu!

Meet Executive Director Tammy Starion RN, BSN, MS

September 9, 2022

Tammy Starion knew early in life that she wanted to be a nurse. Her grandmother talked to her often about how she herself had wanted to become a nurse but wasn’t allowed to choose nursing as a profession. These conversations resonated with Tammy, but it wasn’t until 7th grade, when her brother was in a serious car accident, that Tammy realized she had found her calling. “For three months, I would walk to the hospital every day after school to visit him,” recalled Tammy. “I would help him with physical therapy, wash his hair, and keep him company. Looking back, I feel like I was born to be a nurse!”

Working as a CNA for five years while getting her BSN degree provided Tammy with a valuable training. Tammy admits it was “the hardest job I’ve ever had” but also noted that she loved it. She then worked in the Intensive Care Unit at Salem Hospital, opening up the Cardiac Surgical Unit. After being employed in an acute care setting for 13 years, Tammy ultimately returned to long-term care. As Chelsea Jewish Lifecare’s Director of Nurses for six years, Tammy supported each and every nurse on her staff. Today, in her role as Executive Director, Tammy focuses upon maintaining a high quality of life for the residents. “Making life mean something to our residents by providing as much quality as possible is my mission,” stated Tammy. “I truly enjoy listening to their stories and seeing them smile. There is nothing better.”

Tammy lives with her fiancé, 12 year old son and 28 year old stepdaughter. She moved to Danvers two years ago after living her entire life in Peabody but is still very active in the Peabody community. “I only moved two miles away, but I feel like I moved cross country,” said Tammy with a laugh. “The good news is that I only have a 7 minute commute to get to work!” Tammy’s son Dylan attends school in Peabody and plays on the Peabody football team. Added Tammy, “I am grateful that I have established relationships with so many wonderful people in the community. My heart belongs in Peabody!”

Transitioning from Director of Nurses to Executive Director allows Tammy to focus on every department at the Brudnick Center, supporting staff members and making the residents and families feel at home. Tammy feels fortunate that she knows so many of our residents personally as a result of growing up in the area. “Helping individuals and families is incredibly rewarding,” said Tammy. “I always look forward to receiving letters and calls about the exceptional quality of care at the Brudnick Center.”

For Tammy, the Executive Director at the Brudnick Center for Living position is near and dear to her heart. As she explains, “Anyone who knows me knows I am ‘living the dream.’ Life is short and I believe we should all make the best of every day.” Clearly, Tammy makes each day better for our residents and our staff.

Attention Residents and Families: We Need Your Help!

September 8, 2022

Our Resident Satisfaction Survey is here. This survey is a means for our organization to obtain valuable feedback, enabling us to provide the best quality care. To coordinate the survey, we have partnered with Activated Insights, a nationally recognized research firm.

“The involvement of our families is vital to the care and support of our residents,” stated Melissa Kershaw, MPT, Director of Development for Chelsea Jewish Lifecare. “Family feedback allows us to celebrate the things we are doing well and also make adjustments in the areas where we can do better.”

The survey is completely confidential and will take place from September 12 through October 4. At that time, residents and families will receive an email or text invitation from Activated Insights providing you with a special link to the survey. This link will be unique to each individual. The survey can be accessed via a smart phone, computer, or tablet and is compatible with all devices and web browsers. It should take approximately ten minutes to complete the survey.

Our “Survey Champion,” also known as our Executive Directors, will guide residents who need assistance with the survey. They will be available to provide tablets for residents, answer questions, assist with the survey code and offer assistance with reading the questions, if needed.

Results will be shared residents and families a few months after the end of the survey. Kershaw stressed the importance of the survey. “We continuously strive to support and care for our residents in the best possible way. Family feedback is invaluable and will guide us as we strive to ensure that our residents are living their best lives!”

Here is a preview of a sample question: