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JGS Lifecare (JGS), a leading health care system serving seniors and their families in western Massachusetts, and Chelsea Jewish Lifecare (CJL), a highly respected leader in senior living with campuses in Chelsea and Peabody, Massachusetts, today announced their intention to affiliate.

“Our organizations are similar and like-minded in many regards,” said Susan Goldsmith, chair of the board for JGS Lifecare. “Both are centenarian institutions that have been serving seniors for over 100 years. We are both non-profit, faith-based and founded on Jewish principles while serving people of all faiths.”

She continued, “We also offer the same spectrum of services, including skilled nursing, long-term care, short-term rehabilitation, home health and hospice, assisted living, independent living, and adult day health care. Above all, our commitment to providing the best possible care for our elderly community is the driving force behind both institutions and all we do.”

Adam Berman, president of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, agreed. “Affiliating our two organizations makes a great deal of sense at this time. CJL and JGS share the same mission, philosophy, values and goals. We both strive to provide the highest possible quality of care. For us, this common synergy is the key to a long and successful relationship.”

Goldsmith noted that the affiliation represents a continuation of the collaborative relationship JGS formed with CJL in 2013. “They offered regular guidance and consultation to us based on their award-winning Green House skilled nursing and rehabilitation residence, the Leonard Florence Center for Living, in preparation for the construction of our Green House residence, the Sosin Center for Rehabilitation. The affiliation is a natural progression of this ongoing relationship.”

There will be no changes to the names of either organization. The Board of Directors at JGS will remain; CJL will manage the daily affairs of JGS in accordance with the direction set by the Board of Directors.

“This affiliation is beneficial to both institutions and will ensure our stability and future growth for generations to come,” said Goldsmith. “It’s no secret that across the health care continuum, it’s become increasingly important for organizations to come together for long-term viability, to learn best practices from each other and to better serve the greater good.”

Barry Berman, CEO of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare, said, “This is a terrific opportunity for us to combine our expertise to better serve the growing senior population across the state of Massachusetts. Our combined resources and economies of scale will ensure the future growth and enhancement of all of our services.”