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Principals And Officers of Welch Senior Living

Richard M. Welch
President

Richard Welch serves as chief executive officer for Welch Senior Living. He has more than 40 years of experience in the management of skilled nursing centers. Mr. Welch’s professional experience includes the oversight of Welch rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers, housing for the elderly, assisted living communities, home care, a temporary nursing agency and adult day health centers.

Experience

  • Principal in ownership entities of the Welch Senior Living properties
  • Former administrator, Colonial Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Weymouth.
  • Former director of MECF
  • Founder, The Friends of Nursing, University of Massachusetts - Boston, School of Nursing

Michael Welch
Vice President, Operations

Michael Welch serves as vice president and chief operating officer of Welch Senior Living. Previously, he served as vice president and chief operating officer for all Welch owned and managed rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers. For more than 30 years, he has held senior management positions in the long-term care industry. Mr. Welch directed the company’s successful Medicare PPS conversion and guided the organization toward a team-oriented and process-focused management structure. These initiatives have generated higher census, deficiency-free surveys, increased patient satisfaction and greater retention of staff.

Experience

  • Principal in ownership entities of the Welch Senior Living properties
  • Development of management programs for personnel, facility operations and consulting contract services
  • Former administrator (16 years), John Scott Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Braintree.
    He served for six years as assistant administrator.
  • Past president, South Shore Chapter, Massachusetts Federation of Nursing Homes

Paul T. Casale, MBA
Vice President and Treasurer

Paul T. Casale serves as vice president and chief financial officer for Welch Senior Living. He has more than 35 years of experience in the management of skilled nursing facilities (SNF). He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Senior Care Association, formerly known as the Massachusetts Extended Care Federation (MECF) and Mass ALFA, the Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association. Mr. Casale also has significant experience in the development of SNFs, retirement housing and assisted living residences.

Experience

  • Principal in ownership entities of the Welch Senior Living properties
  • Since 1976 responsible for the financial management of the business and development activities related to new facilities - Principal in the ownership entities of the Welch Senior Living properties
  • Administrator for six years of the John Scott House Rehabilitation & Nursing Center
  • Director and former second vice president, Massachusetts Extended Care Federation, now the Massachusetts Senior Care Association - Director, Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association

Mrs. Rita M. Welch
Founder

The late Mrs. Welch was a businessperson who helped shape the senior care industry in Massachusetts. She is credited with being both a pioneer and an innovator in Long Term Care. In 1949 the Welch family opened and shared their home with elders needing around-the-clock supervised care. This event marked the founding of the John Scott House by Mrs. Welch and her late husband Frank.

Six decades later the business that began as a modest 11-bed nursing home grew into the Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group company, that employed over 2,000 full and part-time staff members and offered a continuum of care from independent and assisted living to rehabilitation and skilled nursing and home care. On the 60th Anniversary of Welch Healthcare & Retirement Group, Mrs. Welch released her memoir, "Hand in Hand; My Family and My Business".

Mrs. Welch served in leadership positions on boards of national and state organizations.

She was:

  • Principal in ownership entities of the Welch Healthcare properties
  • A founding member and former president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American College of Nursing Home Administrators
  • A founding member and former president of the Massachusetts Senior Care Association
  • Former secretary of the American Health Care Association
  • First chairperson of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Nursing Home Administrators and holds License # 1 in Massachusetts.