Former Gov. Michael Dukakis will speak at a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Brookline Thursday for the expansion of the Hebrew SeniorLife geriatric primary care practice in the town.
The expansion will enable the primary care practice at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Center Communities of Brookline to open to all seniors in Brookline and the surrounding area rather than just to the residents of the senior housing buildings.
Dukakis and Brookline Town Manager Melvin Kleckner will attend the ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Thursday to celebrate the newly named Sloane Family/Century Bank Primary & Specialty Care Center at 100 Centre St., according to Hebrew SeniorLife. The center is being named in recognition of gifts from the Sloane Family and Century Bank and will be open five days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hebrew SeniorLife said in a press release that the expansion of its primary care services is the beginning of an initiative that aims to deliver health care to under-served seniors in a way that reduces the cost to the health care system by promoting preventative care and alternatives to expensive hospital emergency room treatment.
“By offering improved care coordination and easy access to senior care specialists, we believe the HSL Medical Group at CCB will reduce hospital visits and maximize the quality of life for Brookline seniors through prevention tools and health management services, ultimately enabling them to live independently for as long as possible,” Dr. Rob Schreiber, medical director of outpatient primary care practice, community-based programs, innovation and development said in a press release.
Hebrew SeniorLife’s Center Communities of Brookline includes three apartment buildings as well as the primary care practice at 100 Centre St., which operates as a satellite of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. The Hebrew Senior Life Medical Group will offer a number of services, including routine exams, psychiatric care and chronic disease and diabetes self-management.