Sherrill House, a Jamaica Plain not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, recently announced that it will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of its efforts to ensure the health and safety of patients, residents and staff. The vaccination requirement will go into effect once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fully approves at least one of the currently available vaccines as expected later this year. The vaccines, shown to be safe and effective for millions of Americans, are currently used under the FDA’s emergency use authorization. Sherrill House employees will be able to request an exemption for medical and religious reasons. “As an organization providing health care to a vulnerable population, we feel strongly that requiring our staff to be vaccinated from COVID-19 is another important step that we can take to ensure the health and safety of our entire community,” said Patrick J. Stapleton, CEO of Sherrill House.
All residents of the Sherrill House nursing home are on their way to being vaccinated, followed by all staff. "It has been an exciting two days here with our partner CVS Pharmacy for the first of two shots of the Pfizer vaccine," said Pattyanne Lyons, Director of Development, to Jamaica Plain News. Lyons said that 98 percent of residents, and approximately 55 percent of its staff were vaccinated in the first round, which started Jan. 5. There will be another round of vaccinations in February to offer it to the remaining staff and residents.
Sherrill House, a not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center located in Jamaica Plain, is grateful for a Feeney Brothers donation and their words of support. Feeney Brothers donated masks and gloves. These donations are greatly appreciated, especially for a center like Sherrill House that is caring for one of the most vulnerable populations in Boston, none with COVID-19, although Sherrill House is prepared.
Sherrill House, a not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, announced that Chief Executive Officer Patrick Stapleton has been appointed by Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to serve on the state’s recently established Nursing Facility Task Force. The 15-member Nursing Facility Task Force is charged with evaluating ways to ensure the financial stability of skilled nursing facilities, to enhance their role within the continuum of elder care services, and to address current workforce challenges. “I am honored to serve with this exceptional group of officials and advocates, all of whom share my commitment to identifying the best strategies to bring financial stability to the nursing home industry in Massachusetts,” said Stapleton. “There will always be a need for skilled nursing facilities and the level of care that only they can provide, particularly as the aging population continues to increase. I look forward to fulfilling the mission as laid out by Governor Baker and the Legislature.”
Stapleton has more than 25 years of experience in the skilled nursing industry and is certified by the American College of Healthcare Administrators.
Sherrill House, a nonprofit nursing home and rehabilitation center in Jamaica Plain, celebrated “The Longest Day,” a worldwide event established by the Alzheimer’s Association to shed light on the disease on the longest day of the year, summer solstice, June 21. Residents, family, friends and staff wore purple and joined in activities such as music and motion, art therapy, word games, a bake sale and raffles. Proceeds benefited the Alzheimer’s Association’s regional chapter and supported the purchase of new musical instruments and activity supplies for Sherrill House.