1-13-2021 (Summit by Morrison Update)

As of today, we are happy to report that Summit by Morrison is COVID free and is accepting new residents!

Staff will continue to be tested once a week for COVID, and a vaccine clinic is scheduled.

We encourage all staff, residents, and those reading this to continue using good precautionary measures: wear a mask, physically distance, and only go out for essential needs.

12-15-20 (Summit by Morrison Update)

On Monday, December 14th, we were alerted that one of our part-time, direct care staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during our routine staff testing on December 10, 2020.

The staff member consistently and properly wore personal protective equipment (PPE) – a face shield and a surgical mask.

We have asked this employee to not return to work until a 14-day quarantine is complete. We have also contacted the NH Bureau of Infectious Disease Control and will follow all guidance provided by them and the NH Division of Public Health Services. We have made arrangements for all residents and staff to be tested this week.

Our number one priority is to maintain the health and safety of our residents and staff. We are taking every measure possible to mitigate any possible consequences and will provide timely updates to our residents and their families.  

Shannon Lynch, Executive Director

The post above is specific to the Summit by Morrison campus and does not apply to any other facility of The Morrison Communities.


11-17-20 (Morrison Communities Update)

As Thanksgiving approaches, we at The Morrison Communities would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all our wonderful staff and our local healthcare providers and first responders. Thank you for working so hard to keep our residents safe and healthy during this difficult time. We recognize the sacrifices that each of you have to make—from social distancing to missing out on events—to maintain your health to keep us safe. As of November 17, 2020, The Morrison Communities remains COVID free in large part due to your diligence. Thank you!

8-12-20 (Morrison Communities Update)

We are happy to report that The Morrison Communities continues to remain COVID free!

Outdoor visits with residents are still available at both campuses. Please call the receptionist at the appropriate campus to schedule a visit with your loved one.

Lastly, we encourage everyone reading this to continue to keep the Three C’s in mind: avoid CROWDS, CLOSE CONTACT, and CLOSED rooms. Continue to wear masks and follow social distancing guidelines. Everyone has a part to play in keeping our communities healthy and safe.

7-11-20 (Morrison Communities Update)

We are happy to announce that the State of NH Department of Health and Human Services is now allowing senior living facilities to provide outdoor visitation opportunities! The Morrison Communities is following strict health policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all involved in these visits. If you would like to schedule an outdoor visit with your loved one, please call the receptionist at either campus to do so.

5-14-20 (Morrison Communities Update)

As the governor has released Stay at Home 2.0, we want to remind you that there have been no changes for senior living communities. The same precautions remain in place to protect your loved ones and those caring for them.

4-17-20 (Summit Update)

Dear Family and Friends of Summit,

Thank you so much for your continued support, flexibility, and encouragement during these difficult days.

We continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC and NH Department of Health and Human Services have implemented several new guidelines to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 entering or spreading in facilities such as ours. Here are the new measures we will be implementing:

  • Residents in our Assisted Living and Memory Care communities MUST wear a cloth mask whenever they leave their rooms OR if a staff member enters the room. Residents in Independent Living are strongly encouraged to follow the same policy.
  • Masks for residents in Assisted Living and Memory Care communities: These will now be washed in each wing at the end of the day. Staff will collect their masks at the end of the day.
  • Due to the new mask wearing guidelines for residents, meals will be changing for our Assisted Living and Memory Care communities as of tomorrow (April 17):
    • All meals will now be taken in resident rooms. Meal trays will be provided for those who do not have a table in their room.
    • Starting Sunday, April 19, breakfast service will change. The main kitchen will send family style breakfast offerings. Scrambled eggs and bacon will be offered everyday along with one other hot choice.
    • Assisted Living lunch and dinner: Meals will still be chosen by residents; however, their meals will come boxed to the wings.
    • Memory Care lunch and dinner: Meals will still come family style. Staff will serve to residents on disposable dinnerware.
    • There will be NO dinnerware or silverware going back to the main kitchen.
  • If any resident goes to an inpatient or outpatient visit, they must wear a SURGICAL mask when leaving the building which will be provided by Summit. Upon their return, they will be quarantined to their room for fourteen days. Please note that Sue Shevlin, Resident Care Director will be working with Assisted Living and Memory Care community residents’ physicians to see if some procedures can be completed here in the vestibule to try to avoid having residents isolated in their rooms. Independent Living residents are strongly encouraged to use Telehealth options. Please call your care provider for more information.
  • We are no longer accepting admissions to Assisted Living or Memory Care. We do have a Memory Care resident potentially joining us at the end of the month. She currently lives at The Morrison Skilled Nursing Facility where they are following the same safety measures as us.
  • If a positive case is identified here, the State will be notified, and residents and staff will be tested for COVID per CDC/DHHS guidelines.

We would like to remind you that creative solutions are available to help you stay in touch with your loved ones. Window visits can be scheduled, and we are happy to assist your loved ones with their technology if they would like to Skype or Facetime. Please remember that family and friends should not visit in the parking lot or in other outdoor spaces with their loved one in person.

Our residents’ well-being is our top priority. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure their safety and happiness during this difficult time.

Thank you for your understanding and your encouragement to residents to adhere to these guidelines. We can only keep our residents and staff safe as a team effort.



Shannon Lynch, Executive Director



3-20-20 Update

We are continuing to respond to this rapidly changing situation.  Over the past week, we have instituted a no visitor policy, have closed the dining room and instituted meal delivery, structured the facility to maintain social distancing and are working to meet and exceed the new guidelines.  Our community continues to be healthy. The safety of our residents and staff are the priority.

We are sad to say that we can no longer allow visiting with family and friends anywhere on the campus outside the main building, i.e. the “front porch” or walks around the grounds. This is per CDC recommendations.

We will continue to participate in the daily conference calls with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control in order to receive the most up to date information. As we progress, we will continue to update you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call.

The Morrison Skilled Nursing Facility and Sartwell Place Assisted Living (603) 837-2541

Summit by Morrison (603) 837-3500

3-13-20 Update

This is part of the Emergency Declaration that Governor Sununu issued on March 13, 2020:

Beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, March 15th, all assisted living facilities, long term care facilities, nursing facilities, residential care facilities . . . or any other similar facilities providing residential care to elderly or infirm patients shall prohibit visitor access to reduce facility-based transmission of COVID- 19. This prohibition shall not apply to medically necessary personnel, visitors for residents receiving end of life care, or visitors necessary to provide for residents [sic] psychosocial needs as determined by a licensed medical care provider.

Due to the recent pandemic Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and the frailty of our residents, our facility is closed to visitors until further notice.

The State of New Hampshire has mandated that our facility limit visitation to ONLY residents receiving hospice or end-of-life care, and those visitors will be thoroughly screened prior to entering our facility.

We understand that this is going to be a frustrating and frightening time for families. Please know that this protocol is being initiated to ensure that the health and well-being of our residents and caregivers is protected. Staff members are available to help residents receive phone calls, as well as Skype and Facetime with their loved ones until this restriction is lifted.

You can protect your own health and safety by performing the following basic precautions:

  • Wash your hands, FREQUENTLY! (for 20 seconds – sing Happy Birthday twice during washing)
  • Avoid contact with your face (particularly mouth, nose, and/or eyes)
  • Use proper respiratory etiquette (cover your coughs and sneezes)
  • If you’re are sick, STAY HOME!
  • Perform routine cleaning for frequently used areas at home, your workspace, and in your car!

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and THANK YOU for your patience and support to guarantee the safety to our residents and your loved ones. If you have any questions, please contact our facilities.

The Morrison Skilled Nursing Facility and Sartwell Place Assisted Living (603) 837-2541

Summit by Morrison (603) 837-3500