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To Our Dear Residents and Families,

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that as of September 8, 2020, Deutsches Altenheim will be joining Legacy Lifecare, a nonprofit management resources collaborative whose mission is to help organizations like ours operate in today’s complex environment while retaining our mission, identity and values. Other members of Legacy Lifecare are the highly respected Chelsea Jewish Lifecare of Peabody and Chelsea, and JGS Lifecare of Longmeadow.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for thinking about Deutsches Altenheim’s future and how to ensure its continued sustainability and growth. For the past few years, we have been aware that the healthcare environment is growing increasingly more competitive and complex. In response, many small organizations have elected to align and consolidate in order to share resources, learn best practices from each other, and grow.

More than a year ago, we began to explore a variety of options for how we can effectively maintain our mission and serve our residents, families, and staff. After careful consideration, we are confident that we have found the right partner in Legacy Lifecare. The other two members of Legacy Lifecare are similar to us in many ways. All three institutions have been serving seniors in the community for over 100 years. We share the same philosophy, values and goals. In particular, we share a commitment to providing the most compassionate and highest quality care, living options and support services for seniors. We also all strongly believe that our greatest strength lies in our people, and we will continue to respect the value our families and residents bring to our organizations.

The Board of Trustees at Deutsches Altenheim will remain in place, as will our steadfast commitment to the Greater Boston community and the residents we are privileged to serve. Legacy Lifecare will provide executive leadership and report directly to the Deutsches Altenheim Board. We will not be changing our name as part of this transition.

In order to begin our integration, members of the Legacy Lifecare leadership team will be on our campus starting September 8th to tour our facilities and meet with our staff and residents. They are very excited to welcome us into the Legacy Lifecare family.

Please be assured that the Board of Trustees fully supports this decision and believes this to be in the best interest of our organization’s future. Together with Chelsea Jewish Lifecare and JGS Lifecare, we believe Legacy Lifecare will be a model for how to support our staff, residents, and families in providing excellent care.

We will continue to communicate and provide information to you as the relationship progresses. If you have any questions or comments, I encourage you to talk to your Executive Director, either Kathy Labbe or Michael Lincoln. On every level, we will work extremely hard to make this transition as smooth as possible. Our wonderful residents and families have always been, and will continue to be, our highest priority.

Best wishes,

Genevieve MacLellan

Board of Trustees, Deutsches Altenheim, Inc.

Genevieve MacLellan, President
Hans P. Birle, Esq., Vice President
Heinrich W. Brinkhaus, Treasurer
Hans H. Toegel, Secretary/Clerk
U. Barbara Bridge
Heinz R. Brinkhaus
John G. Carberry
Alan W. Eilertson
Dirk M. Hentschel, MD
Ralph Jaeger
Marie Schwartz
Carol Soeldner
Roswitha Stehling
Philipp von Rosenstiel, MD
C.A. von Stackelberg
Michael J. Winter
Henry Winkler, Trustee Emeritus

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