Sarah Sjostrom, R.N., of Bedford, was recognized in the Boston Globe’s annual “Salute to Nurses,” for her exemplary work as Associate Chief Nursing Officer at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham. Hebrew Rehabilitation Center offers long-term chronic care, post-acute rehabilitation, and outpatient services to seniors.
Sjostrom was nominated by her colleague Mary K. Moscato, FACHE, President of Hebrew SeniorLife Health Care Services at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. In her “Salute to Nurses” nomination for Sjostrom, Moscato said, “Sarah gets my vote for her outstanding commitment to leading her staff, her patients, and their families through those difficult days.”
According to Moscato, “Sarah moved out of her home for five to six weeks this past year and stayed in a cottage on our NewBridge campus in order to provide 24-hour/7 days per week coverage during the height of the pandemic. She left her three children in her mother’s care and saw them only via Zoom. Admittedly she was very concerned for her family as well due to her front-line work with COVID-19 patients.”
Additionally, Moscato noted, “Due to Sarah’s intense onsite coverage and under her close clinical leadership, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center at NewBridge turned the corner quickly to contain the spread and to see a quick recovery. Sarah served as a role model for all the staff, providing education, guidance, and comfort during this stressful and uncharted time. She was able to reach many of the families and manage their fears and anxieties.”
“We have a nursing staff of 1,200 people who truly represent and live Hebrew SeniorLife’s core values,” said Tammy Retalic, M.S., R.N., Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President, Patient Care Services, Hebrew Rehabilitation Center. “Every day, they go above and beyond to provide world-class clinical care and to make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.
”We all know that 2020 was a challenging year. I’m incredibly proud of the way our nurses led the way in protecting and caring for our patients while providing comfort and solace during some of the most challenging days in their own lives, too.”
Hebrew SeniorLife offers many opportunities for nurses to advance their careers through professional development, tuition assistance, scholarships, and leadership opportunities. Hebrew SeniorLife recently launched a paid training program for those interested in beginning a career in nursing as a Certified Nursing Assistant. The next paid training session will run in August and is intended for those who have not already been working in this role. Please email [email protected] for details.
About Hebrew SeniorLife and The Boston Globe’s Salute to Nurses
Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Based in Boston, the nonprofit organization has provided communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers since 1903. Hebrew Rehabilitation Center is the flagship campus for Hebrew SeniorLife, a senior care organization that is committed to improving the lives of older adults.
The Globe’s annual “Salute to Nurses” recognizes nurses whose dedication and caring have saved lives, soothed fears, and eased the pain of countless patients and their families.