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On Jan. 25, 2018, Life Care Center of Acton, Massachusetts, hosted a murder mystery dinner.


The facility teamed up with sister facility Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton, Massachusetts, for a Midnight at the Masquerade Murder Mystery Dinner event.


Both buildings are rated five stars, and the dinner started as an idea to help associates get to know one another better and strengthen their partnerships.


David Coughlin, business development director at Life Care Center of Acton, came up with the idea and found a local company that puts on murder mystery dinner programs for businesses. Soon the facilities opened the invitation to not only the centers’ executive teams but also attending physicians and case workers from Emerson Hospital in Concord, Massachusetts, and Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Littleton.


Attendees dressed up and sat together at tables with people they did not know to help build relationships. Coughlin provided masks as part of the costuming, and two actors from the murder mystery dinner company walked around to the different tables and spoke with the groups, selecting attendees to participate as suspects.


Life Care Center of Acton’s chef, John Andrade, prepared a formal dinner of shrimp scampi, filet mignon, delicious side dishes and decadent desserts for everyone to enjoy while they gathered clues and tried to figure out which suspect was the murderer.


“It was a very fun and interactive evening,” said Coughlin. “We achieved our goals of having our teams get to know each other better, and people are still talking about it.”


“My team adored getting to know the Acton associates,” said Rebecca Benoit, executive director at Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley. “It was good for us to put faces with names for the people we talk to on the phone. And it was a lot of fun.”

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