Individualized healthcare and family values
The professionals at Hannah Duston Healthcare Center are dedicated to providing high-quality long-term nursing and subacute care to the Merrimack Valley since 1982. Our goal is to open the doorways to a functional and fulfilling lifestyle for every one of our residents.
Hannah Duston is situated on lovely grounds in Haverhill, Massachusetts, in a setting described by residents as “pleasant and comfortable.” Hannah Duston offers elegant dining, common social rooms, and finely decorated living accommodations. Also, nursing and therapeutic services are second to none. Programs are comprehensive, offering residents the most modern, innovative therapies available.
Hannah Duston is proud the be the home of a Whittier Health Network Transitional Care Unit. The Whittier TCU at Hannah Duston provides patients with that extra bit of post-hospital care and physical rehabilitation they need to transition back home safely after a hospital stay or orthopedic procedure.
The Whittier TCU at Hannah Duston
Getting home after your acute rehab stay or orthopedic surgery can be a challenging experience.
Hannah Duston is here for you with all of your post-op needs!
The Whittier Transitional Care Unit at Hannah Duston offers short-term rehabilitative care for patients who need additional time to transition to home safely after their hospital stay.
Located inside our facility, nurses and therapists will help you return home as soon as possible and function independently at the highest level possible. Your post-operative plan is catered to your surgeon’s protocols, while care is managed by a collaboration of our doctors and your surgeon.
The Whittier Transitional Care Unit at Hannah Duston is your place for physical rehabilitation after spinal surgery, or total knee and hip replacement—and these are just a few of the diagnoses we can handle! Call us for more information.
Our Team of Compassionate Caregivers
Our professionals work 24-hours a day to provide the highest quality care. The staff represents a wide range of specialties, including physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, and nutritionists. Together, they create a restorative program suited to individual needs and then work to maximize their patients’ potential each day of their stay.
Residents may choose to have their primary physician provide their care. However, if that is not possible, our facility staff will assist in selecting a physician that meets the resident and their families’ approval.
In conjunction with our interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, a resident’s physician will develop an individual program of restorative care for each resident. It is our goal to provide all of our residents with an active and fulfilling lifestyle.
We have built our reputation on our quality nursing, medical, and therapeutic team. The care and services they provide not only meet but surpass state and federal guidelines.
• Age 22 or older
• Persons with a significant change in functional status resulting from a medical problem or problems.
• Persons who are medically stable and able to participate in rehabilitation activity.
We accept admission from all healthcare facilities
• Emergency Rooms
• Physicians Office
• Acute Care Hospitals
• IV Therapy (Central Lines)
• Wound Management
• Respiratory Therapy
• Physical Therapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Speech-Language Therapy
• Medication Monitoring
• Patient Teaching
• Discharge Planning
• Nutrition Counseling
• Podiatry Services
• Dental Services
• Optometry Services
The rehabilitation program is led by a physician who specializes in rehabilitation and physical medicine. The physician has an interdisciplinary group of highly trained and motivated specialists to round out the team – physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech/language pathologists, cognitive therapists, rehabilitation nurses, social workers, therapeutic recreational specialists, and nutritionists.
All rehabilitation programs are individually tailored to ensure success. We strive for healthy outcomes. That means using every possible form of effective therapy to accelerate and maximize every resident’s rehabilitation potential.
Rehabilitation programs range from intensive one-on-one therapy sessions to group sessions, including a variety of support groups that allow residents to learn more about their condition, share experiences with others, discuss concerns, and build lasting friendships.
Intravenous and Central Line Program
For some patients, intravenous antibiotic therapy is the most effective treatment for fighting infection. For those patients whose physicians have prescribed intravenous antibiotics as part of their healthcare program, an IV and Central Line program is offered, which allows them to continue their therapy in the comfort of our facility.
Residents are always busy if they choose to be. A representative from the activities department greets each resident at the time of admission to discuss personal interests and hobbies. While at the facility, patients can be involved in their favorite pastimes and meet others with similar interests.
Arts and crafts, physical fitness programs, and discussion groups are all coordinated through the activities department. There are also tea socials, ice cream parties, and cookouts. Outings away from the facility are also scheduled.
In addition to our activities room, we have a music room, an activities room, a library, and an entertainment room.
How to Make a Referral
Referrals can be made by contacting Hannah Duston Healthcare Center directly. Please refer to the list below for insurances accepted. If you want to confirm insurance information on Hannah Duston Healthcare Center, please call the facility directly at (978) 373-1747.
Medicare and Insurances Accepted
We accept most Medicare, Medicaid, workers compensation and insurance plans, including a wide range of major HMO’s and PPO’s, including, but not limited to:
• Workers Compensation
• AETNA/US Healthcare
• Anthem BC
• Blue Cross/Blue Shield of MA
• CIGNA/Healthsource MA/NH
• Fallon Community Health Plan
• Focus Healthcare
• Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
• Holland Compcare
• Neighborhood Health Plan
• Tufts Associated Health Plan
• Unicare (GIC Indemnity)
• United Payors/United Providers
Religious Services & Support Groups
We recognize that the spiritual needs of our residents are fundamental. Religious services are held on-site, and clergy of different faiths visit regularly.
Support meetings are available for family members of residents. These group discussions and activities allow families to share thoughts and feelings and learn from others who have loved ones in similar situations.
Patient support groups are held regularly. Here residents can learn more about their disability, discuss concerns, share experiences, and more.
Could you please tell your friend about Perlita Potter? She is extremely caring, kind, and is taking excellent care of my mom, and from what I see, other patients as well.
Hannah Duston Healthcare Center Patient TestimonialCelestino’s Mom Ida is at a Hannah Duston. He said: “Wanted to pass on this great note and thank you again for taking care of her … really appreciate it!” “Hi Anthony, Many times we hear about the bad situation but we never hear about some of the good workers. Could you please tell your friend about Perlita Potter? She is extremely caring, kind, and is taking excellent care of my mom, and from what I see, other patients as well. Please tell...
The nurses and staff at the transitional rehab unit are second to none! What an amazing group of people. So kind and helpful, I can never thank them enough.
Hannah Duston Healthcare Center Patient Testimonial⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My nana was placed here over the holiday season. I was reluctant to place her, however, after such a wonderful experience with the transitional rehab unit, we decided it was our best bet to keep her safe. The nurses and staff at the transitional rehab unit are second to none! What an amazing group of people. So kind and helpful, I can never thank them enough. The activities coordinator was also so kind to my nana. She was transitioned...
All the staff are amazing but Mary Jane makes every day as fun and blessed as possible. If it can’t be me to take care of her, I trust them all with her life.
Hannah Duston Healthcare Center Patient Testimonial⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hannah Duston Healthcare is a wonderful place for a loved one. It was my dream to keep Mom at home forever, I had everything needed to do so, until a bad fall leaving her here. Not only is the staff so caring and informative, they really love the residents being cared for. A special recognition for Mary Jane Chambers Praiano, Activities Director, an angel on this earth that makes every day special and fun and ensures people aren't just...
My mother, Eleanor G., was there for 10 days of rehab, and the entire staff was terrific. They gave her great care.
Hannah Duston Healthcare Center Patient Testimonial⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My mother, Eleanor G., was there for 10 days of rehab, and the entire staff was terrific. They gave her great care. Her therapist really helped her back to health and gave her confidence in herself. They "ALL" made her stay there very enjoyable, and the food was excellent. Thanks to all of you.—John N.More Patient TestimonialsContact UsWe love to hear from our community and are happy to assist in your healthcare needs. This form is not...
Hannah Duston Healthcare Center Patient Testimonial⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I was here for nine days after being transferred from Mass General. The healthcare was superior. They attended to my every need. Kudos to Maryanne Burke and her staff for the best in recovery care. —James P.More Patient TestimonialsContact UsWe love to hear from our community and are happy to assist in your healthcare needs. This form is not for medical questions. If at any time you have urgent medical questions, please contact your...
For the first time in years, we are breathing a little easier, knowing she is armed with the tools she needs to stay safely at home…Thank you to the entire team at Hannah Duston!
Hannah Duston Healthcare Center Patient Testimonial⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I cannot say enough about the wonderful care and support Hannah Duston provides! Our Dad was in and out of hospitals and rehabs for years and Hannah Duston was the first facility to diagnose him, which led to us getting him the support he needed. So when our Mom fell and broke her hip and was being transferred to skilled nursing, we immediately requested Hannah Duston. Our Mom is 80 years old, so when she broke her hip we immediately...
Hannah Duston Healthcare Center is run by Administrator Alfred Arcidi III and a team of dedicated healthcare professionals.
Hannah Duston Healthcare CenterRyan Barry, NHA Administrator, Hannah Duston Healthcare Center Ryan graduated from Saint Anselm College in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication, and then graduated from Merrimack College in 2019 with a Master’s degree in Public...
Whittier Health NetworkTraci Aubin, OTR/L Corporate Director of Business Development Specialty: Strategic Analyst for Business Development with Clinical expertise; Community Marketing; Admissions; Patient and Family advocate with a focus on customer service. Traci...
Hannah Duston Healthcare CenterLindsey Rice, RRT Respiratory Director, Hannah Duston Healthcare Center My name is Lindsey Rice and I have been in the healthcare field since 2006. I am currently a Registered Respiratory Therapist. I graduated from Northern Essex...
Hannah Duston Healthcare Center Suzanne Gitschier Director of Admissions, Hannah Duston Healthcare Center Suzanne Gitschier was born and raised in Haverhill and attended NECC to earn her Associates Degree in Business. Suzanne is also the newest admissions member of...
Hannah Duston Healthcare Center Maryanne Burke, RN Case Manager, Hannah Duston Healthcare Center Maryanne Burke’s desire to help people started 40 years ago as an EMT. She knew then that she could do more for her community, so she went to nursing school and got her...
News + Updates
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Tyler Soucy is only 25 years old, but he’s already been a part of the Whittier Health Network for eight years! Originally from Rowley, Massachusetts, his career started in high school when he enrolled in Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School’s Healthcare...
Hannah Duston Healthcare Center was voted the #1 Senior Living facility in the Greater Haverhill area by readers of the Eagle Tribune and the Haverhill Gazette!
Over 20,000 votes were cast for more than 1,800 different businesses, people, and places by over 1,200 different residents of the Greater Haverhill Area, and Hannah Duston was voted Greater Haverhill’s Best of 2022. “The staff at Hannah Duston Healthcare Center are...
Michaela Carlson, LSW Director of Social Services at Hannah Duston Healthcare Center, discusses the role of the Social Worker in the skilled nursing setting.
We recently sat down with Michaela Carlson, LSW, Director of Social Services at Hannah Duston Healthcare Center, to talk about the role of the Social Worker in the skilled nursing setting and how that role has become even more important in these last few years. What...
As of December 8, Hannah Duston Healthcare Center has 1 confirmed case of COVID-19. In addition, Hannah Duston Healthcare Center has had 0 clusters of three or more residents/staff with new onset of respiratory symptoms within 72 hours of each other. CURRENT...
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Directions to Hannah Duston Healthcare Center
From Route 93: Route 93 to 495 North – Take Exit 108. At the top of the ramp, go straight (Monument Street.) At blinking lights, go straight and on your left is Hannah Duston – across from Haverhill High School.
From Route 95: Get on Route 495 South – Take Exit 108. At the top of the ramp, take a left onto Route 97. After going over the 495 overpass, take your first left onto Monument Street. At the blinking lights, go straight and on your left is Hannah Duston, across from Haverhill High School.
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