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Senator Edward J. Kennedy “Answers the Call to Care” at Northwood Rehabilitation & Health Care Center

Lowell, MA- April 12, 2019- Residents, staff, and family met with State Senator Edward J. Kennedy at Northwood Rehabilitation & Health Care Center on Friday afternoon. Senator Kennedy addressed a packed crowd to help bring attention to the growing financial gap in funding nursing home care in Massachusetts. Senator Kennedy toured the center and spoke with staff, residents and family members regarding the direct impact the state budget has on the center. Northwood Rehabilitation has worked with legislators to educate them on the changes that have taken place in their center, as well as nursing homes across the state over the past few years. A primary goal of the tour and meeting was to help the legislators better understand who nursing homes care for and how they provide that care; how the lack of increased funding over the past 12 years has affected everything at the center, from care to recruitment and retention of staff.

Northwood Rehabilitation & Health Care Center is located at 1010 Varnum Avenue, Lowell, MA and is managed by Athena Health Care Systems.  For more information, please visit their website at



Pictured: June Witham-Clark, DNS; Tim Churchill, Administrator; State Senator Ed Kennedy; and Nancy Veiga, Admissions Director

April 17, 2019