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WALTHAM, Mass.—Benchmark Senior Living, a leading provider of senior living services in the Northeast,has expanded its team of consulting medical and scientific experts with the creation of the Benchmark Coronavirus Advisory Council. As part of its ongoing commitment to the health, safety and well-being of its residents and associates, Benchmark will benefit from additional expert advice and insights to help guide its long-term strategy and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The council’s esteemed members include a former U.S. Surgeon General, a former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, a nationally known geriatric psychiatrist, a leading infection control preventionist, and other experts.

“Since the pandemic began, we’ve relied on leading experts to help guide our response. I am pleased to say that our response has earned us praise from our residents, their families and our associates,” said Tom Grape, Benchmark’s founder, chairman and CEO. “Now, by formalizing additional relationships with a larger group of experts that includes some of the nation’s top public health minds, we can ensure that our infectious disease prevention and containment protocols are consistent with leading-edge thinking on COVID-19. Our goal is to continue to ‘Be the Benchmark’ for senior care, and this is one of the many ways we are setting that standard.”

The Benchmark Coronavirus Advisory Council consists of physicians and nurses with expertise in infectious disease mitigation, geriatrics, as well as physical and mental health. Many are affiliated with some of the nation’s leading medical, research and academic institutions. They will use an evidence-based approach to try to stay ahead of COVID-19 developments and address residents’ holistic health needs at Benchmark’s 63 independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities throughout the Northeast.

The Benchmark Coronavirus Advisory Council members include:

For more information regarding Benchmark’s response to the global pandemic, visit

About Benchmark Senior Living

Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark Senior Living is a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast. It has 63 communities across Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, New York, Vermont and Maine. Benchmark employs nearly 6,000 associates within its communities and corporate office. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark offers independent living, assisted living, memory care and continuing care retirement communities that are guided by Benchmark’s core values – Called to Care, Better Together, and Be the Benchmark, and are committed to transforming lives through human connection. Click here for more information.


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