Introducing Sheila Pawlak, LPN

Please join us in congratulating Sheila Pawlak, LPN for moving into our newly created position of Case Manager at Holden Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center. Sheila has been a dedicated nurse for Oriol for over 20 years and is a perfect fit for this integral position.

Osipov is Person of the Year

HOLDEN — The Holden Woman’s Club, a community service organization, recently named Debby Osipov as the recipient of its 2020 Person of the Year award.

Osipov is a lifelong resident of Holden, and is currently employed as the director of marketing and community relations at Oriol Health Care. She received her bachelor’s degree from Nichols College, and is working toward her MBA at Fitchburg State University.

“A motivated, selfless achiever, Debby is a fine example of how one person can have a beneficial impact on a whole community,” the HWC said in announcing Osipov’s selection.

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No COVID-19 Cases at Oriol Health Care Facilities in Holden, West Boylston

There are 46 COVID-19 cases in Holden, a relatively low number given that Holden Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center is located there. Neither Holden Rehab nor Oakdale Rehabilitation in West Boylston, both owned and operated by Oriol Health Care, have any known or suspected COVID-19 cases. The town of West Boylston is reporting 26 cases.

“We are performing ongoing testing and have enlisted the National Guard to test all remaining residents and staff as an extra measure of precaution,” said Tara D’Andrea, administrator of Holden Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Holden Rehabilitation, which D’Andrea said is the largest family-owned private employer in Holden, has 123 beds; Oakdale has 92. When the coronavirus pandemic hit the region in early March, D’Andrea said, proactive emergency preparedness and early implementation of strict processes at both facilities were put into place. Holden Rehab and Oakdale immediately halted all planned community programming and began restricting visitation.

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Good Deeds: Oriol Foundation of Holden Comes to Aid with Mask Force

HOLDEN — Debbie Osipov has been with the Oriol organization for two decades, currently serving as the director of marketing and community relations for Oriol Health Care and the program director for the Oriol Foundation.

And now it is her sewing skills that are being called upon to help save lives.

Ospiov, with the help of a half-dozen sewers and about a dozen people who have donated fabric, has launched what is being called the Mask Force, to assemble homemade masks in the wake of the shortage of N95 masks.

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Breakfast & Shopping with Santa

HOLDEN – Holden Rehab will be hosting their 5th annual Breakfast with Santa on December 7th. This year there will be a new Christmas Corner Marketplace with local crafters selling affordable, unique items in the therapy gym from 9am – 1pm. Free gift wrapping will be offered. Santa will be available in the library for photos from 9am to noon while a buffet breakfast is served in the community room. Printed photos will be available while supplies last. All ages are welcome and you are encouraged to bring your camera. Breakfast and photos are complimentary. RSVP to Harry Quick at 508-829-1119.

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Mara Louinord Named Nursing Director at Holden Rehabilitation

HOLDEN — Oriol Health Care of Holden has hired Mara P. Louinord of Milford as director of nursing services at Holden Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center.

Louinord, a registered nurse, is a graduate of Quincy College and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in nursing at UMass-Lowell.

She is a fourth generation nurse, and in her 18 years of experience she has been a staff nurse, nurse supervisor, staff developer, director of case management as well as director of nursing. Louinord will oversee the nursing staff for 123 patients in long term care, short term rehab and the Wachusett Respiratory Care Unit.


Diabetes Education, Support Group Starts Sept. 5

From The Landmark

HOLDEN — The fall series of Oriol Health Care’s Diabetes Education and Support Group begins Sept. 5.

Dietitian Abbi Wood will discuss fall seasonal produce choices, along with a cooking demonstration.

The Oct. 3 topic will be health maintenance and management when living with diabetes.

Nov. 7, the topic will be medications to manage your diabetes.

Each meeting will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and include handouts and a light dinner. Meetings are held in the Community Room at Holden Rehab, 32 Mayo Drive. Dinner is at 6 p.m., and the evening’s presentation starts immediately afterward.

All programs are sponsored by The Oriol Foundation and are free to the public of all ages. RSVP to Debby at 508-829-1213 or

National Contest Win Benefits Oriol Health Care Patients Through Technology

HOLDEN — It was Christmas in July last week for Oriol Health Care.

The company has won a $30,000 Workplace Makeover contest sponsored by PCM, a provider of IT products and service, and Intel, a multinational technology company and semiconductor chip manufacturer.

Beth Cogavin, Oriol’s Chief Financial Officer, saw the contest online last year when she was looking for a new laptop for her daughter on the PCM website.

At a monthly security meeting, Oriol Health Care CEO Robert Oriol had just said the company needed to put aside $30,000 to reinvest in technology.

“I was thinking, $30,000 — just what we need,” Cogavin said. “I sat down and wrote an essay that truly came from the heart.”

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Oriol Health Care New Hires

Oriol Health Care has hired Maria Franco, BSW of Clinton to join their social services team at Holden Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center. Franco, originally from Puerto Rico, is a graduate of Quinsigamond Community College and Anna Maria College where she earned her Bachelors in Social Work.

Oriol Therapy Services has hired Darlene Kilhart, PT, DPT, MS of Athol as Director of Rehab Services at the Holden location within Holden Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center. Kilhart has been practicing physical therapy for 32 years; the last 18 in skilled nursing facilities. She is a graduate of Kean University in NJ, post graduate of Massachusetts General Hospital Allied Health Professions with an advanced Master’s Degree in Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, and a graduate in the first class for a Doctorate in Physical Therapy also from MGH.

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An Introduction to Mindfulness for Wellbeing – Free Lecture

Holden – The Oriol Foundation will be hosting “An Introduction to Mindfulness for Well-being” on April 18th. The program will be presented by Marjatta Moimas, MSBR Teacher, MA in Mindfulness Studies, trained in MBCT and Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness. Learn daily mindfulness skills, working with thoughts and emotions, self compassion and guided practices for people with chronic illness. Free and open to the public of all ages. Meeting will be from 6-7:30 PM and will include handouts and a light meal. Meetings are held in the Community Room at Holden Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center, 32 Mayo Drive, Holden. Dinner is a 6 PM and presentation is immediately after. Please RSVP to Debby at 508-829-1213 or

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