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Chicopee Gardens Welcomes New Administrator

Thomas Rackliffe brings a decade of experience and homegrown passion.

Chicopee Gardens for Nursing and Rehabilitation is pleased to announce that Thomas Rackliffe, NHA has joined their ranks as their new Administrator.

Tom comes to Chicopee with more than a decade of professional long-term care experience and has been a licensed nursing home administrator for four years. During this time, Tom has a proven track record of providing high quality care to residents and brings a vast amount of experience to Chicopee Gardens.  “In addition to his breadth of knowledge and expertise,” said Tom DePoy, Regional Director of Operations, “we recognize that Tom brings both a deep appreciation and familiarity with Chicopee and the local communities we serve.”

Previously, Tom served as Administrator of Fitchburg Gardens for Nursing and Rehabilitation, where his leadership and management philosophy contributed greatly to the facility’s recent success. In addition, Tom has over twenty years of experience as a respiratory therapist and manager; treating a wide range of acute and long-term care patients.

Massachusetts native, Tom currently lives in Palmer with his wife and children. When asked about the opportunity to now work closer to home, Rackliffe shared, “Truth is, home is wherever your heart is, and in that sense, Fitchburg Gardens was always my home away from home. That said, it’s nice to know my days commuting up the I-90 are now in the rear-view mirror.”

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Public Announcement: On April 1, 2019, the Department of Public Health, Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification (the “Department”) received notification of a proposed change in ownership of the Chicopee Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center, 44 New Lombard Road, Chicopee, MA 01020. Chicopee Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, LLC, 44 New Lombard Road, Chicopee, MA 01020, if deemed suitable by the Department, intends to purchase the nursing home from the current operator, Chicopee Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center Operations LLC. There will be no changes in the bed capacity or the services provided by Chicopee Gardens Rehabilitation and Care Center. A public hearing may be requested upon a petition by any group of ten adults. Such petition shall include the name, address and signature of each adult. Written comments concerning the facility’s ability to provide quality long-term care services and petitions for a public hearing, may be addressed to the Department of Public Health, Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification, Suitability Review Office, 99 Chauncy Street, 11th Floor, Boston, MA 02111, or submitted electronically to [email protected], for a period of 14 days following this publication. All written or oral comments submitted to the Department may be posted on the Department’s website and released in response to a request for public records.