RiverWoods Group CEO Justine Vogel was featured in an article by New Hampshire Union Leader on the importance of testing by Correspondent Jason Schreiber on Monday, April 26, 2020
The following is an excerpt.
As the death toll grew at a Washington state nursing home, where dozens of staff and residents had fallen ill with COVID-19, Justine Vogel followed the horrific news in disbelief.
Life Care Center of Kirkland, Wash., was one of the first long-term care facilities in the country to face a coronavirus outbreak, which reportedly resulted in 37 deaths.
It was a tragedy Vogel and others committed to protecting the most vulnerable population did not want to see repeated.
“Our process went from disbelief to how do we keep that from happening here, to how do we contain it when it comes, because you know it’s coming for you?” said Vogel, chief executive officer of the RiverWoods Group.
“That’s what we’ve been saying to our residents for a while. Math would suggest that we will have some cases, and you just have to be prepared, and I feel like we are. We are doing everything we can. It’s scary to our staff, it’s scary to our residents, but we’re in it together,”
RiverWoods Group operates RiverWoods Exeter, Birch Hill in Manchester and Riverwoods Durham, all of which are continuing care retirement communities that offer independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing.
Like other long-term care facilities, RiverWoods took steps to prevent the spread of the virus by prohibiting visitors in March and requiring its mask-wearing workers to be checked for fever and other symptoms at a drive-through checkpoint before being allowed to work their shifts.