Spaulding North Shore

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Spaulding North Shore (formerly known as Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehabilitation Hospital) has been providing care for residents of greater North Shore and Merrimack Valley communities since 1975. They are a 120-bed long-term acute care (LTAC) facility and a 40-bed transitional care unit (TCU), sometimes referred to as a skilled nursing facility (SNF).

At Spaulding North Shore, a wide range of inpatient medical and rehabilitation services at the acute, subacute and skilled nursing levels of care are provided. The building serves the geriatric rehabilitation and pediatric rehabilitation needs of the area.

After being known as Shaughnessy-Kaplan Rehab Hospital since opening in 1975, named after founding physician Dr. J. Robert Shaughnessy and renamed to honor the contributions of Dr. Israel Kaplan, this hospital was renamed to Spaulding in 2010.

The facility was built in 1975 to fill a need in the community for a rehab hospital. Patients at the time were using the Chronic Disease Hospital at Salem Willows. This building was ancient (built in 1816 and designed by Charles Bullfinch) and in need of repair. The State Dept. of Public Health had condemned the building for use as a hospital in 1969. They let it stay open until the new one could be built.

The new facility cost $5 million and was built with federal assistance amounting to $1.1 million. Salem residents cannot have priority here due to accepting federal money for construction.

In 1990, then mayor Salvo signed a lease agreement with North Shore Medical Center to run Shaughnessy. Before this the city was running a deficit every year of an estimated $1.2 million. The city would continue to own the building.

In 1996, the city sold Shaughnessy-Kaplan to the North Shore Medical Center, effectively taking the city out of the hospital business.

In 2010, the name changed to Spaulding Hospital for Continuing Medical Care North Shore, continuing the alignment of the hospital with the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network that began in 2008.

An 8-foot pillar with a plaque bearing Shaughnessy's likeness was put up at the hospital's entrance to honor the hospital's founder after the name change.

See the article Shaughnessy Rehab Hospital and vertical File Shaughnessy Rehab Hospital on this wiki for more.


See Also

  • Vertical File in the Salem Collection - Shaughnessy Hospital
  • "Salem's long term care hospital - result of six years of planning" Salem Evening News, June 23, 1975, p. 1
  • "Long term care hospital named" Salem Evening News, June 25, 1975, p. 1
  • "Long care hospital keyed to quality" Salem Evening News, June 27, 1975, p. 8
  • "A new beginning for Shaughnessy: Salem Hospital assumes control Sunday" Salem Evening News, June 29, 1990, p. 1
  • "City eyes hospital sale" Salem Evening News, June 2, 1995, p. 1
  • Shaughnessy-Kaplan sale on horizon" Salem Evening News, Feb. 26, 1996, p. C3
  • "Rehab hospital honors Shaughnessy, Kaplan names" Salem News, Nov. 17, 2010, p. 11
  • "Shaugnessy-Kaplan adopts Spaulding name" Salem News, Oct. 13, 2010.