New Horizons - Woburn, MA
This section deals exclusively with Massachusetts independent and assisted living at New Horizons in Woburn, MA. Information about assisted living in Marlborough, MA is in the previous section.
Assisted Living in BostonNew Horizons retirement community in Woburn, Massachusetts has a total of 120 apartments housing about 125 seniors. This upscale, award-winning retirement community includes 98 suites for seniors, up to 35 of which may receive assisted living services from Winchester Hospital/Homecare. The remaining apartments are for independent living seniors. In addition, there are 26 apartments serving the memory impaired in the Hearthstone Alzheimer's Care Center. The 50,000- square-foot Choate Medical Center on the ground floor is occupied by Woburn Medical Associates, Bournewood-Caulfield Counseling Center, Winchester Hospital Collection Station, Woburn Nephrology, Orthopaedics Plus, Woburn Davita Dialysis Center, Moon Hearing Services, and The Learning Zone.
Following the closure of Woburn's 150,000-square-foot Choate Memorial Hospital in November 1989, Cummings Foundation New Horizons, Inc. was incorporated on January 4, 1990. The goal was to acquire the hospital property and create a major corporate philanthropic presence for Cummings Properties, LLC in the community where the firm had its beginnings and earliest successes. About 75 percent of New Horizons' staff members are local Woburn residents. The rendering shown left is of the original hospital circa 1906.
The actual purchase of the former hospital property occurred through U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Boston, on January 5, 1990, when the late Judge Harold Lavien awarded the property to the new corporation, a subsidiary of what was then Cummings Properties Foundation. The total purchase price was $3,110,020.
The city of Woburn then granted New Horizons a Special Permit to convert the hospital into a not-for-profit assisted living community, by a 7-2 vote of the Woburn City Council on February 6, 1990. Next, the corporation was approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt private operating foundation on April 27, 1990.
With additional contributions from the Foundation and Cummings Properties totaling several million dollars, New Horizons initially received unsecured loans from two local banks to complete the reconstruction.
New Horizons at Choate welcomed its first residents in August 1990. With all loans since fully paid off, the community has a net worth today of more than $17.5 million, while the combined net worth of New Horizons and Cummings Foundation is now almost more than $1 billion.
Now operating as New Horizons at Choate, LLC, the corporation is a 501(c)(3) operating foundation with a 12-member volunteer board of trustees. In 1998, it was determined that the board's elected chairperson, vice chair, and clerk would serve for indefinite terms, while up to nine other members typically serve three-year terms, with three trustees rotating off each year.
Located near historic Horn Pond in a neighborhood of traditional Victorian homes, New Horizons retirement community is a short distance from local shopping, banks, and churches, and only minutes from Route 128, I-93, and downtown Boston.
New Horizons MA Retirement Community offers both independent and assisted living near Boston. As a not-for-profit residence, its rates are considerably lower than those of most similar top-tier communities. This is particularly so also because New Horizons assisted living centers have enjoyed substantial financial backing from Cummings Foundation, Inc., and substantial personal involvement by the Cummings family.
Inclusive monthly fees start at $2,425 for independent living. An additional $1,795 monthly for the assisted living program includes up to 90 minutes of personal care services daily by Winchester Hospital certified home health aides. All residents pay a 100 percent refundable $50,000 Entrance Fee and furnish a guaranty from a suitable individual, usually a family member, prior to moving in. Both programs include full accommodations, utilities, all meals, light housekeeping services, 24-hour front desk service, comprehensive recreational and activities programs, scheduled transportation for outings aboard our own minibus, and much more.
In keeping with the property's longstanding legacy of serving the immediate local community, applications for residency in New Horizons at Choate are presently being accepted only from current or former residents of Woburn, Winchester, and Medford, MA, or from prospective residents who have immediate family members in these communities. At New Horizons in Marlborough, a much larger and more expansive facility, there presently are no such geographic residency requirements, and there is currently no waiting list due to the more sizeable campus.
A full program of recreational and cultural activities offers residents opportunities to do the things they enjoy, or try new ventures in the spacious recreation lounges. Many outings to Boston and other areas are planned, and courtesy transportation is available to local shopping areas and churches.
All New Horizons independent suites have their own mini-kitchenette. There are many libraries, sitting areas and lounges (both indoors and out), and a varied schedule of appropriate activities. New Horizons' own air-conditioned minibus provides free transportation for scheduled shopping trips and community activities.
Residents in our "Baldwin Suites" assisted living program receive convenient added services, including help with daily activities, self-administered medication management, access to on-site home care aide assistance 24 hours per day, seven days per week, meal and trip escorts, and more, by Winchester Home Care, an affiliate of nationally acclaimed Winchester Hospital. Baldwin Suites residents (only) currently pay an additional fee of $1,795 per month for Winchester Home Care's convenient services, which is the same fee charged to New Horizons by Winchester Hospital.
Other residents (in the independent living suites) who prefer assistance on a less frequent schedule, may arrange for services directly with Winchester Hospital Home Care, or with any provider of their choice.
Similar in principle to New Horizons' assisted living program, the on-site independently-owned and managed Hearthstone program accommodates up to 26 additional residents for the care and treatment of those living with Alzheimer's and other dementias.
New Horizons at Choate also owns and operates the adjacent Choate Medical Center which offers on-site medical care for New Horizons and the entire greater Woburn community. Residents may conveniently contract directly with any of the many on-site health care practices, including Woburn Medical Associates (a five-physician, internal medicine practice), Woburn Davita Dialysis Center, Bournewood Hospital Counseling Center, Woburn Nephrology, Winchester Hospital Specimen Collection Station, The Learning Zone, Moon Hearing Services, and Orthopaedics Plus, a major physical therapy provider also affiliated with Winchester Hospital. In addition, a full-service dental office is located directly across the street from New Horizons at 26 Warren Avenue.
Besides sharing a name, the two New Horizons communities also share much information and considerable buying power. They are in different geographic markets, and are not perceived as competitive in any way.
A plan of New Horizons' property was recorded at South Middlesex Registry of Deeds, on April 26,1993. This plan shows a separate lot created at 17 Warren Avenue and donated to Supportive Living Inc. for the construction of a home for people with traumatic brain injuries, leaving New Horizons with 5.49 acres. "Warren House" was completed in 1997, and now has 15 residents.
The substantial rental income derived from these medical facilities is applied toward New Horizons' food service costs. Thanks in part to this income, and the ongoing subsidy of resident fees by Cummings Foundation, the monthly fees at New Horizons at Choate remain substantially lower than those of any similar-quality community in the area. Presently, there have been no increases in "rent" or meal charges for existing residents at New Horizons at Choate since 1996!
|Joyce Cummings, treasurer
Bill Cummings, chair
Joel B. Swets, clerk
|Rev. Mary Bettencourt
|Joyce Cummings, treasurer
Bill Cummings, chair
Joel B. Swets, clerk
NHC trustees and Cummings organization representatives shown during their October 2015 meeting include (seated, l to r) Joseph Tarby, Scott Seaver, Christy Regan, Reverend Mary Bettencourt, Lawrence Guiseppe, Cummings Foundation executive director Joel Swets, (standing, l to r) Cummings Foundation founders Bill and Joyce Cummings, Lynne Rahmeier, Fred Erwin, Jane Murray, Terry Fuller, Cummings Foundation associate executive director Joyce Vyriotes, Cummings Properties president and CEO Dennis Clarke.
NHC trustees shown during their October 2004 meeting include (seated left to right) Everett J. Mawn, Kathryn A. Martin, the late Dr. Kenneth K. Tucker, Rev. John W. Taylor, (standing left to right) Bill Cummings, Joyce Cummings, Atty. Susan F. Brand, Joanne Campbell, and Representative Jay Kaufman. Not pictured are Fr. Wayne L. Belshner, Marie B. Coady, and the late Chief Leo McElhiney.
All board members on January 1, 1996, as well as emeritus trustees who served prior to that date, are considered charter trustees. Charter trustees include (seated left to right) Rep. Carol Donovan, Kenneth Summers, Joyce Cummings, the late Janet Pavliska, and Chief Robert Doherty, (standing left to right) the late James McKeown, Lawrence King, the late Dr. Arthur Veno, the late Dr. James McDonough, the late Marian Forsyth, Atty. Susan Brand, and Bill Cummings. Not shown are Msgr. Francis McGann, Judge Fred Gilgun, and the late James Mawn.