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Our facility was the place to be when over 60 people gathered for breakfast and a discussion of senior care issues. Hosted by Bill Ring, 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.

The event featured a facility tour, a full breakfast and a program with comments by Senator Lewis, host Bill 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.  Tara 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, and 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.

Pictured above: Enjoying breakfast and conversation at Bear Hill’s political breakfast were Bear Hill resident Katie Jones, Senator Jason Lewis, Administrator Bill Ring, Tara Gregorio of Mass Senior Care, and resident Mary Pothier.

Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is a community of caring individuals eager to welcome new residents and their families.

Established in 1983 by the Franchi family, our facility is not chain affiliated. This affords us the opportunity to provide the highest in quality care and attention to personal detail for each and every one of our residents. Some of our residents make Bear Hill their permanent home, but we also offer comprehensive programs for those in need of sub-acute care, rehabilitation or skilled nursing services on a short-term basis.

We also recognize our role as resident advocates, and seek to ensure that each individual is treated with dignity and fairness. Family members are welcome at all times and are viewed as an integral part of our plan of care. Our services are provided in the spirit of teamwork and strength through service to others.

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The Boston Herald reported in a story about nursing home performance that Bear Hill Nursing and Rehabilitation Center was one of the top-performing nursing homes in Massachusetts, based on its repeated history of top scores during evaluations by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The article wrote that "Administrator William E. Ring Jr. said one of the keys to running a successful nursing home is supportive ownership. Bear Hill is owned by Commonwealth Management."

Bear Hill is accredited by the prestigious Joint Commission (formerly the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, or JCAHO), and is a member of the American Healthcare Association and the Massachusetts Senior Care Association (MSCA). We accept all BC/BS, Tufts, Harvard/Pilgrim managed care products and many commercial insurances as well. We are also preferred providers of the Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Partners and the Harvard Vanguard Medical Group.

We have a long history of outstanding Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulatory compliance, and no nursing agency use for over 22 years. Our committed, hands-on management team has also been led by the same Administrator and Director of Nursing for the same period of time. We take pride in this history of service to our resident community — and we reinforce these quality-of-service ideals on a daily basis.

  • Privately owned (not part of a chain) 169-bed Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility established in 1983
  • Leadership continuity: Same Administrator, Director of Nursing and Assistant Director of Nursing for over 22 years
  • Excellent inspection history: August 2012 - No deficiences, August 2013 - No deficiencies, October 2014 - one deficiency on Mass. Department of Public Health annual survey
  • Member of several ACOs and collaboratives: Winchester Hospital ACO, Atrius ACO, Partners Skilled Nursing Facility Collaborative
  • Sigmacare (EMR) Electronic Medical Records Documentation System
  • INTERACT (Intervention to Reduce Acute Care Transfers) trained clinical staff
  • PointRight member: Providing benchmarked 30-day re-hospitalization data
  • Customer Satisfaction: Positive customer feedback from long term care residents, residents' families, and short-term patients -- over 98% would return or refer Bear Hill Rehab to others
  • In-house Rehabilitation Team providing 24x7 multidisciplinary rehab (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy)
  • Multiple managed-care contracts: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Tufts, Harvard Pilgrim
  • Joint Commission accredited
  • Always ready: Admissions handled 24x7x365


  • Genuine, caring, friendly staff
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