Groundbreaking marks new chapter for East Longmeadow Campus

On September 21, Berkshire Healthcare held a groundbreaking ceremony for new construction on the East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center campus. Construction of a new skilled nursing center and other improvements to the site are the culmination of nearly a decade of planning, coordination, and collaboration.

“We are proud to bring forward this new and unique offering to the surrounding community,” said President Bill Jones. “This project embraces a new era of collaboration where patients experience healthcare in the right setting, at the right time, at the lowest cost.”

Continuing the mission

State Representative Angelo Puppolo, 12th Hampden District, presented Berkshire Healthcare President Bill Jones and East Longmeadow Administrator Michael Marcus with a citation from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts commemorating the day. The citation offers “sincerest congratulations to East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center in recognition of the auspicious occasion of the Groundbreaking Celebration for your new skilled nursing facility, continuing your mission of ‘Perfecting the Art of Superior Care.’”

Local dignitaries and representatives from TD Bank joined Berkshire Healthcare leadership for the groundbreaking. Those pitching a ceremonial shovel of dirt included Alta Fleming, TD Bank Healthcare Team Lead; Stephen Festa, TD Bank Senior Relationship Manager; Jill Zucco, BHCS Regional Director of Operations – East Region; Lisa Gaudet, BHCS VP Business Development and Marketing; Stephen Crane, Longmeadow Town Manager; Bill Jones, BHCS President; Representative Angelo Puppolo, 12th Hampden District; Donald Anderson, East Longmeadow Town Councilor; Corey Benson, BHCS Director of Facilities; and Michael Marcus, East Longmeadow Administrator.

Building for the future

The new building will house over 85,000 square feet of newly constructed space, including 131 private rooms, and state-of-the-art technology and amenities. Once this incarnation of East Longmeadow Skilled Nursing Center is complete, a portion of the original building will be renovated and updated to house Life Enrichment memory care assisted living for those living with Alzheimer’s or related dementias. The $22 million project is expected to be completed in early 2020.

State Representative Angelo Puppolo, center, presents a citation to Administrator Michael Marcus and President Bill Jones on behalf of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.