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ASHLAND – An Ashland rehabilitation and nursing care facility transported multiple residents to MetroWest Medical Center yesterday, April 10, according to multiple community and health officials.

The scanner had multiple residents taken by private ambulance to the Medical Center, which operates Framingham Union Hospital in Framingham and Leonard Morse Hospital in Natick.

SOURCE contacted The CEO of Laxmi Corporation yesterday during the 3 o’clock hour and has called and emailed the Waterview Lodge Rehabilitation & Healthcare facility in Ashland for a statement. No one has returned phone calls or emails.

It is unknown why more than a handful of patients were removed from Waterview and taken to MetroWest Medical Center, but it is could be linked to COVID-19 pandemic. No one from Waterview is speaking on the matter.

In 2016, Indira Desai, president and CEO of Laxmi Corporation and Resident Care Rehabilitation & Nursing Care opened the 103-bed Waterview Lodge Rehabilitation & Healthcare facility at 250 West Union Street in Ashland.

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The 52,000 square foot healthcare facility on the Ashland-Hopkinton line provides individuals with orthopedic, stroke, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services in private and semi-private rooms

The 4-story facility also provides long-term care unit for residents who are no longer able to manage on their own.

AARP Massachusetts sent a letter to the Massachusetts Governor this week seeking the names of senior facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases made public.

2Life Communities have been very public releasing this information during the crisis.

“We urge Massachusetts’ Department of Public Health to release publicly the names of nursing facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases,” wrote AARP Massachusetts on behalf of its 775,000 AARP members in Massachusetts.

“Contrary to concerns that such disclosures would violate a patient’s health privacy, we do not believe HIPAA precludes a state health agency from releasing the names of facilities because a facility is not a covered entity as defined by federal law. We believe transparency and notice to the public is critical for public health,” wrote AARP Massachusetts.

“Moreover, caregivers and family members need and deserve to have this information for their own health decisions and as they consider possible next steps and interventions for their loved ones,” wrote AARP Massachusetts.

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The Town of Ashland as of April 7 was reported 25 positive cases of COVID-19.

SOURCE contacted the Town of Ashland for a statement on Waterview Lodge and has yet to receive an official statement.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.