City of Worcester, MA in the winter

Impact - Belmont Home

The Issue

Belmont Hill - Worcester MassachusettsIn 1992, the City of Worcester was confronted with financial problems at Belmont Home, its publicly owned and operated nursing home, that were similar to those at Worcester City Hospital. Since 1955, the City had operated this 184-bed nursing home primarily for elderly infirm persons. It was located in a 1921 building on Belmont Street between Green Hill Park and Worcester State Hospital at the site of the former Belmont Hospital, which had been established to treat patients with tuberculosis and other contagious diseases. In its report the Research Bureau raised questions about the City's continued ownership and operation of a nursing home:

The Results

In 1995, the City sold the license to build a new nursing home to Christopher House, a private, nonprofit organization based in Boston. A year later, the Belmont Home patients moved into Christopher House of Worcester, a new $9.5 million, 156-bed facility located next to Belmont Home. Today, Christopher House has four units: sub-acute care, medical care, long-term care and Alzheimer's. It has a 96-98% occupancy rate and a constant waiting list. It regularly ranks in the top 50% on the State's Department of Public annual surveys of nursing homes and scores 99% approval on its own family and resident satisfaction surveys. In 1998, Christopher House built an 82-unit assisted living facility at the site as well.


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