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Mayor Sarno and HHS Commissioner Caulton-Harris meet with Nursing Home Officials and local State Delegation to work towards Resolution to Protect Residents and Save Jobs

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Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Health and Human Services (HHS) Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris were very appreciative to participate in a meeting late this afternoon with nursing home officials to discuss and obtain information about the most recent announcement of four local nursing homes, including the Chapin Center in Springfield, facing the distinct possibility of closing due to the state Department of Public Health (DPH) regulation changes emanating from the COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting was called and led by State Representative Michael Finn and State Senator John Velis. Also, attending this meeting were Chicopee Mayor John Vieau, State Representatives Shirley Arriaga, Kelly Pease and Aaron Saunders, and State Senator Jacob Oliveira.

Mayor Sarno stated, “The number one goal for all of us involved in this meeting is to work towards a plausible solution to protect those residents and their families potentially affected by these changes and to save jobs. Though these changes were meant in a good way, they have brought unintended consequences. We all pledged to work together to take our message that other safe public health options/measures can and should be explored to keep all these four facilities open. This is the only way that they can all survive and keep giving those residents and their families a peace of mind.”

Mayor Sarno also added that besides bringing in the expertise of Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, he has also contacted David Cruise, President and CEO for MassHire, on behalf of the employees too.

“We’ll keep fighting for these residents, their families and the employees so that no one is left out in the cold,” said Mayor Sarno.

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