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Friday, November 02, 2018

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Groundbreaking at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home

Baker-Polito Administration Celebrates Groundbreaking at Chelsea Soldiers’ Home
New long term care facility will support 154 veterans


CHELSEA - Today, Governor Charlie Baker joined Secretary of Administration and Finance Michael J. Heffernan, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders, Secretary of Veterans' Services Francisco Ureña, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and veterans of the United States Armed Forces for the groundbreaking of the new long term care facility at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home. The current facility will continue to be fully operational, caring for 154 veterans, during the construction process with an anticipated project completion date in 2022.

“The new long term care facility at the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home will improve the quality of services and care provided to the Commonwealth’s men and women who have answered the call of duty and served our nation,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much for this country, and it is our duty to care for them with honor and dignity.”

“The Commonwealth owes a great debt to the veterans who have served America,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Constructing this new facility in Chelsea is a small way to ensure their sacrifices are not forgotten, and we are thankful to the Legislature and the VA for supporting this project.”

In May 2017, Governor Baker announced plans for a new long-term care Community Living Center (CLC), which was included in the Baker-Polito Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 capital investment plan, and in November 2017, signed legislation authorizing funding needed to advance the project.

The Administration has also received funding authorization from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for the $199 million project. The federal funding was awarded through the VA’s State Home Construction Grant Program which provides reimbursement of up to 65% of construction costs for approved projects. The Administration, with strong support from the Legislature, plans to spend approximately $70 million net of federal reimbursement on the project.

“We honor our veterans with gratitude and support. And, we are taking appropriate steps preparing our state to serve our growing older veteran adult population,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders. “The new building’s features ensure that our veterans continue to be treated with the dignity and respect that they have earned.”

“The Community Living Center at the Soldiers’ Home is a critically important capital investment that will serve the Commonwealth’s veterans for decades to come,” said Administration and Finance Secretary Michael J. Heffernan. “We are grateful to our partners in the Legislature and at the federal level for supporting this project, which is so well deserved by the men and women who have served our nation at tremendous personal sacrifice.”

“This facility truly is a fitting tribute to our veterans who have served our nation. With this building construction, we honor their sacrifice. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, we are thankful to the Baker-Polito Administration, the Massachusetts Legislature, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veterans’ Services, and everyone who has supported this initiative from its conception,” said Cheryl Poppe, Superintendent, Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea. “The Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea is honored to serve Massachusetts veterans, and this groundbreaking reaffirms the Commonwealth’s commitment to veterans of yesterday, today, and for generations to come.”

“Today’s event is the culmination of years of hard work with the leadership and support of Governor Baker and his Administration, Superintendent Poppe, the legislature, and our VA partners,” said Secretary of Veterans’ Services Francisco Ureña. “Today is a turning point and a new chapter in the life of the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea. I couldn’t be prouder.”

“On behalf of the House of Representatives, we are grateful to our veteran’s for their bravery, commitment and strength, and we hope this new building serves as symbol of our collective support of the needs of veterans and their loved ones,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.“Thank you to Veteran’s Committee Chair Lawn and Rep. Velis for their dedication to veteran’s issues.”

“This project is just another example of the Baker-Polito Administration’s commitment to a targeted approach to capital investment,” said DCAMM Commissioner Carol Gladstone. “We are so happy to be partnering with our friends at HHS and DVS to make this project a reality.”

“At Consigli, we respect the selfless commitment veterans have made in defense of our freedom, and we are proud to have many veterans on our team,” said Matthew Consigli, President of Consigli Construction Co., Inc., the construction manager for the project. “It’s truly an honor and a privilege to be a partner on this transformational project that will create the highest-quality facilities to serve the dedicated members of our armed services.”

The Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea first opened its doors to Massachusetts veterans in 1882. The first residents were Civil War veterans who were wounded or unable to care for themselves, many of whom had previously resided in the Commonwealth’s “alms houses.” Today, Chelsea carries on Massachusetts’ proud tradition of helping all veterans in need of both long term care and domiciliary / supportive services. Chelsea is surveyed annually by the Federal Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”). It is also fully accredited by The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (“Joint Commission”). Chelsea has a Board of Trustees appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The trustees and DVS share responsibility for the management of the home. Chelsea Soldiers’ Home currently has capacity for 136 beds for long-term care.

The Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) advocates on behalf of the nearly 365,000 veterans in Massachusetts, their families and survivors.

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