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Judy Riopelle Named Penacook Place’s First Director of Mission Integration


A Significant Step Toward Embracing Catholic Healthcare Mission

Haverhill, Mass. – April 1, 2019 – Penacook Place, a member of Covenant Health, is pleased to announce Judy Riopelle has joined the team as its very first Director of Mission Integration.

Penacook Place has served families in Greater Haverhill for over 40 years as a 160-bed skilled nursing facility providing short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term nursing and specialty memory care. Penacook recently became a member of Covenant Health, a Catholic regional health care system and a leader in values-based, not-for-profit health and elder care. This offered a special opportunity to commit to a faith-driven mission to care for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. As part of that commitment, Penacook is adding a mission director to the management team and is building a chapel in its facility.

“We’re very excited to welcome Judy to our team. She will play an integral role in our community,” shares Paula Drelick, President, Penacook Place. “Each and every day, she’ll help ensure the entire staff is inspired by our mission and focused on delivering high-quality, compassionate care.”

“I look forward to bringing a spiritual component to Penacook Place. Creating it from the ground up offers a unique opportunity for me to bring the love of faith to this community,” shared Riopelle. “I’m excited to be a part of this facility’s journey to becoming a Catholic healthcare provider staff, patients, residents and families alike will seek out and rely on.”

Most recently, Riopelle served as Director of Faith Formation for St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Dracut, Mass. She earned her Master of Arts in Ministry from St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass. and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Salem State College in Salem, Mass. In addition, Judy is a Certified Spiritual Director and Certified Pastoral Associate. She resides in Methuen.

More Additions to the Team
Penacook Place also welcomes Alison Campbell, Admission Director, and Deborah Eastman, Memory Care Unit Program Director, to the team.

About Penacook Place
Penacook Place, a member of Covenant Health, is a 160-bed skilled nursing facility in Haverhill, Mass., which is a short drive from Boston and southern New Hampshire. The center is fully committed to the health and well-being of the whole person and offers short-term rehabilitation, long-term nursing care and memory care as well as private and semi-private rooms. Our skilled team focuses on personalized, compassionate care for our residents, patients and their families. To learn more about us, please visit our Facebook page or call 978.374.0707.

About Covenant Health
Covenant Health is an innovative, Catholic regional healthcare system and a leader in values-based, not-for-profit health and elder care. Covenant’s family of organizations includes hospitals, skilled nursing and rehabilitation centers, assisted living, independent senior residences and adult day care organizations throughout New England and Pennsylvania. We’re fully committed to offering a continuum of high-quality, compassionate care to the individuals and communities we serve. Please visit to learn more about us or to review a list of associated locations.

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