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Heritage Health Care Center Kicks Off Multimillion- Dollar Renovation Project: 28 Guest Rooms Added Through the Remodel of Facility’s Seventh Floor Tower Wing; Rest of the Facility


Heritage Health Care Center, a 220-bed skilled nursing facility located at 1657 Sunset Ave. in Utica, has kicked off its multimillion-dollar renovation project.

Officials from The Grand Healthcare System, the Queens-based company currently managing the 150-year-old non-profit facility, announced that the building’s seventh floor tower wing has been remodeled, resulting in the creation of 25 additional private guest rooms and three double rooms with picturesque views of the city.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the renovations are progressing,” said Charlie Lewis, administrator, Heritage Health Care Center, noting that his staff is “buzzing” about the upgrades. “We’re taking a tired old building last decorated in the 1970s and making it contemporary.  Work crews have installed new offset lighting, walls, flooring, call bells, television sets and a wide-open nurses’ station. They have also upgraded our video security system at the front door to ensure the safety of loved ones.

“Forty years ago Heritage Health Care Center was the benchmark for nursing care in the Mohawk Valley,” Lewis continued. “Fast forward 40 years and Heritage is on its way back!”

“We manage nursing homes across New York and this facility is certainly in need of much attention and investment,” added Bruce Gendron, regional vice president, The Grand Healthcare System, which also regionally owns and operates The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome and The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Chittenango. “We are committed to devoting the financial and human resources necessary to restore this once grand facility to its former glory. Doing so will give the staff the tools they need to succeed.”

“Heritage Health Care Center was founded to meet the needs of this community,” said Lewis. “Through our association with The Grand Healthcare System we are beginning the process of returning the facility to the Utica community — giving them back a place where they can come and heal.”

Founded in 1867 as a shelter for homeless women, Heritage Health Care Center offers an array of short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization to improve independence, dignity, and self-esteem. These services include inpatient medical rehabilitation, skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s care, wellness programs, outpatient physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and aqua therapy.

Times Union's Your Best Shot: National Night Out


Guilderland Police Chief Carol J. Lawlor accepts a $1,000 check from officials at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland for the department's annual National Night Out event, which will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Tawasentha Park. The police department plans to use the money to help pay for the evening's musical entertainment, The Refrigerators. The event will include displays by emergency medical service agencies, local fire departments and neighboring police agencies. Community groups, children's activities, and music and vendors will also be on hand. Also shown here are Bruce Gendron, Gary March and Joe Yurowitz of Grand Healthcare System.

Source: http://m.timesunion.com/local/article/Your-Best-Shot-11298102.php

The Grand Connection


The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland Introduces iPad Program for All Residents


For guests at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, staying in touch with loved ones — and those around them charged with their care and recovery – just got a whole lot easier.

As part of a rising trend of bringing technology to nursing facilities, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland has started issuing iPads to all guests who want and can use them. In addition to featuring standard apps like news, social networking and Netflix movies, each tablet comes loaded with a concierge app to make the place feel more like a hotel and less like a rehabilitation facility.

"We've started to see more 40- and 50-year-olds with knee and hip issues, heart failure and stroke – who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization,” explained Gary March, assistant administrator, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland. “This younger clientele wants to be connected during their time with us and feel comfortable – just like they do at home.

“Through our new iPad program, guests have the freedom to surf the web, watch their favorite show or a new movie, or use Facetime to talk, smile and laugh with friends and family,” said March. “With a touch of their finger, they can also use our app to request coffee, tea, soda, juice or water or an afternoon snack be brought directly to their room. From the comfort of their own rooms, guests can also select their own breakfast, lunch and dinner choices for the week; request television/phone assistance; adjust their room’s temperature; make repairs to their bed or wheelchair; ask maintenance for help fixing something that’s not working properly in their room; view upcoming facility events; order transportation to an appointment; and, email staff with any questions that they might have.”

“This program has been a tremendous success at our other facilities in Chittenango, Pawling, Queens, Rome and River Valley,” added Jeremy B. Strauss, CEO, The Grand Healthcare System. “Tablets not only offer a link to the outside world, but also provide a world of therapeutic opportunities in the nursing home setting by sharpening patients’ minds and fine motors skills.”

“I play gin rummy, and listen to music, and because of the iPad I have not had a panic attack since I started using it,” noted Deb Hyde, a guest at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland. “This is the longest I’ve gone without having a panic attack or bout of anxiety in nearly seven years. It has greatly reduced my dependency on medications.”

The ipad program is part of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland’s rebranding initiative begun last year by the facility’s new owners, Queens-based The Grand Healthcare System. Since acquiring the facility last November, the company has also made comprehensive staffing upgrades and invested more than $1 million in renovations to the building’s lobby, common areas, dining room, recreation area, as well as constructed a 2,000-square-foot rehabilitation room with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

For more information about The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, please call (518) 861-5141 or visit thegrandhealthcare.com/guilderland.

Pawling Nursing Home Hosts Easter for Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie


April 14th 2017, Pawling, NY – 34 children and teenagers celebrated Easter with a pancake breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14th. The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling, located at 9 Reservoir Road in Pawling, NY, invited the Children’s Home for the Easter holiday to spend time with residents and enjoy a Homestyle Easter.

The children that were in attendance, who currently reside at The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, were greeted by the Easter Bunny at their arrival. After enjoying a pancake breakfast, served from The Grand kitchen, the children gathered for story time by The Pawling Library and participated in a friendly Easter egg hunt. The Grand Staff handed out Easter baskets to each of the visiting children with prizes and candy for them to take home.

“Helping those in need is what the holidays are all about,” said Yosef Spierer, Administrator of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling. “We are happy to be able to host a breakfast and make this Easter special for those who are unable to spend the day with their families.”

For more information about the Grand Healthcare System, visit www.TheGrandHealthcare.com

Source: The Harlem Valley News

Pawling Nursing Home Hosts Easter for Children's Home of Poughkeepsie


PAWLING – 34 children and teenagers celebrated Easter with a pancake breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 14th. The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling, located at 9 Reservoir Road in Pawling, NY, invited the Children’s Home for the Easter holiday to spend time with residents and enjoy a Homestyle Easter.

The children that were in attendance, who currently reside at The Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, were greeted by the Easter Bunny at their arrival. After enjoying a pancake breakfast, served from The Grand kitchen, the children gathered for story time by The Pawling Library and participated in a friendly Easter egg hunt. The Grand Staff handed out Easter baskets to each of the visiting children with prizes and candy for them to take home.

“Helping those in need is what the holidays are all about,” said Yosef Spierer,Administrator of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling. “We are happy to be able to host a breakfast and make this Easter special for those who are unable to spend the day with their families.”

For more information about the Grand Healthcare System, visit www.TheGrandHealthcare.com

Source: HVNN.com

Celebrating 100


Fairmount woman celebrates 100th birthday

Dora Devoe, who spent much of her life in Fairmount and is currently a resident at Heritage Health Care Center in Utica, celebrated her 100th birthday Friday afternoon surrounded by family, friends and other well-wishers. Family, who made the short drive from her native Syracuse, celebrated with cake, flowers, family photos, a stuffed brown bear.

Sarah Bormann, director of constituent and support services for Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, also read a special proclamation. Devoe was born in Syracuse and raised her family in the nearby hamlet of Fairmount, with her husband, Willis Austin, who passed away at the age of 30. She supported her family by working as a cleaning lady at a local rectory. Devoe later served as a reading volunteer at her local BOCES. She was much loved by her students who affectionately called her “Grandma.” She credits her long life to remaining active and enjoys attending live entertainment, movie nights, and taking part in seasonal dances.

Source: Eagle News Online

Seniors compete for Queens art competition


Last Thursday, seniors from various local community centers competed in a Senior Art Show at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens.

Seniors from Kew Gardens Community Center, Rego Park Senior Center, Castle Senior Living at Forest Hills and The Samuel Field Y gathered at the nursing and rehabilitation facility for the final judging of their works of art.

The Grand turned into an art gallery for the day. Department heads from local hospitals such as St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center, North Shore LIJ, NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, and Flushing Hospital Medical Center volunteered their time to participate in the judgement of the paintings.

While many paintings were included in the final round of competition, judges had a tough time choosing the top talent. Eventually, the judges chose three honorable mentions, as well as a third, second, and first place winner of the contest. Each painter left The Grand competition with a certificate of appreciation and a gift bag.

The first prize winner, a senior from The Samuel Field Y, took home a gift card which will allow the facility to spend more on art supplies.

“Everyone's a winner here at The Grand,” said Jeremy B. Strauss, CEO of The Grand Healthcare System. “We are excited to have been able to host this art show and glad that the local seniors of the Queens community were able to use their talents for a healthy and fun activity.”

Source: Queens Ledger

Simone Westerman


EDUCATION: The College of Saint Rose (Albany, NY)

Westerman will maintain open communication between residents, staff and families, as well as connect residents with community resources.

Source: Albany Business Review

Dan Hoose


EDUCATION: Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady BOCES (Albany, NY)

Hoose is responsible for developing, implementing and supervising a full scope of recreation services.

Source: Albany Business Review

Amber Acosta


EDUCATION: SUNY College at New Paltz (NY)

Acosta has been hired as a human resources coordinator at the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland.

Source: Albany Business Review

The Grand at Guilderland Names March Assistant Administrator


GUILDERLAND CENTER, N.Y. (March 2, 2017) — The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, a 127-bed nursing facility that provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization, has named Gary March assistant administrator. In his new position, the Kinderhook resident will assist in the direction, supervision, compliance and maintenance of the facility’s day-to-day operations, as well as its adherence to federal, state and local laws and regulations. He will also ensure that the highest level of quality care is being provided for residents in need of either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization.

March, who has more than 13 years of experience in the health care and insurance industry, previously worked as regional census director for the company. Prior to that, he spent five years as marketing supervisor at Fidelis Care, where he focused on creating new opportunities to market and brand the company’s product lines.

“I am delighted to welcome Gary to his new position,” said The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland Administrator Josh Gurock. “He is an important member of our team and is committed to providing our guests with the highest level of care and outstanding customer service.”

A 2002 graduate of SUNY Oneonta with an undergraduate degree in communications, March has served on the Ulster County United Way board of directors and its CA$H Coalition, which aims help individuals and families achieve financial stability as one of the building blocks for a good quality of life and strong community.

For more information, please call (518) 861-5141, or visit thegrandhealthcare.com.

-- ABOUT THE GRAND HEALTHCARE SYSTEM Based in Whitestone, N.Y., The Grand Healthcare System offers customized rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term care. Its state-of-the-art facilities, which are located at five sites across New York, feature certified instructors who provide exceptional clinical care to help residents achieve their wellness goals. All sites offer carefully curated entertaining and dining options, and tranquil grounds for optimal recuperation. For more information, visit thegrandhealthcare.com.

Source: http://assets-origin.bizjournals.com/albany/potmsearch/detail/submission/6408376/Gary_March

Pre-K Students Deliver Hugs, Smiles and Cards


Source: CNYHomepage

He was shot. 8 months later, he walks again


Suffering from two gunshot wounds and lying in the street, Stanley Auclaire tried to pull himself to the side of the road on an early June afternoon in Loris, South Carolina.

It was at that moment that the Millerton native realized he couldn't feel his legs.

"I was prepared for the possibility that I may spend the rest of my life in a wheelchair," Auclaire said. "It didn't shock me, I just wanted to see my kids grow up."

On Wednesday, after seven months of rehabilitation in the City of Poughkeepsie at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley, he'll return to his South Carolina home to see those kids, 9-year-old Jaden Auclaire and 7-year-old Brylie Auclaire.

The 32-year-old has not only regained the ability to walk, but is practicing climbing stairs.

With custom-built braces supporting his legs and his physical therapist Rhea Jane Lopez at his side, Auclaire takes one deliberate step at a time. Auclaire concentrates on the placement of his feet as he moves down the steps, focusing on his form as well as his speed.

Auclaire came to the city for his rehabilitation at the request of his mother, who works at MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center in Poughkeepsie. While he was never told recovery was impossible, he knew there was a long road ahead.

His kids, he said, were his biggest motivation throughout.

"We were always outside playing football and basketball," Auclaire said, "and I wanted to do that again."

On June 8, Auclaire was returning home around 3 p.m. when he saw a man named Zachary Green on his street "waving a gun around," he said.

Auclaire recognized Green as an "ex-girlfriend's ex-boyfriend" and confronted him. Green shot him twice in the abdomen.

A helicopter flew Auclaire to Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach where he went through eight hours of surgery, spent 12 days in a coma and remained in the intensive care unit for an additional 20 days.

An MRI scan showed that scar tissue had pinched a spinal nerve. Initially, even the basics were out of reach for him.

"When I started this, I weighed about 100 pounds," Auclaire said. "I was nothing but bones."

Before he could even consider walking, Auclaire needed to work on his balance and core strength, Lopez said.

"We needed to guide his knees so he would be able to stand straight," Lopez said. "Otherwise there's a chance his legs would just buckle."

It was a slow but steady process. Auclaire recalled days early in the process where he was in too much pain to even move.

From simply being able to get up, to taking a few steps with the help of railings, to taking short walks on the sidewalk outside The Grand, Auclaire relied on small milestones.

Auclaire isn't back to where he was before the shooting. While he can move more comfortably, he still relies on a wheelchair as his primary mode of transportation. Uphill slopes still provide a challenge.

But, Michael Hurtes, assistant administrator at The Grand, said, "Ask anyone about Auclaire and they will tell you he is determined."

Geoffrey Wilson: gwilson@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4882, Twitter: Geoff_LW

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

Former Paraplegic Walks Out of Rehabilitation Center in Poughkeepsie


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Stanley Auclaire was shot in July of last year. One of the bullets fractured his spine, and he was paralyzed from the waist down.

"I got shot twice in my stomach, and then I was 12 days in a coma and 43 days in ICU," said former paraplegic Stanley Auclaire.

Doctors told him he would never walk again. But on Wednesday, Auclaire, 32, was discharged from the Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at River Valley in Poughkeepsie.

"Been down here working with the therapy crew getting me to walk, taking my first steps and everything and pushing forward, and not giving up," Auclaire said.

"He showed tremendous determination, work ethic and working hand-in-hand with our outstanding team at the grand," said Dan Muskin, the regional vice president of Grand Healthcare System. "Walking out of here is a true miracle."

When he got to the rehab center, Auclaire immediately started working on regaining mobility in both his legs.

"I'm already past my goals. I was just hoping maybe I could be able to walk around in my house and then be in a wheelchair outside, but I can walk a lot more than that now," Auclaire said.

Rehabilitation therapists said Auclaire has been working tirelessly over the past six months to get back on his feet.

"Stanley was very determined when he first got in here. He was going to walk again and he was going to leave here that way," said Director of Rehabilitation Valerie Tucci.

"At first, it was just starting out stretching my legs and then trying to stand up, and get my balance on the balance bars, and then eventually, it turned into taking a couple of steps at a time," Auclaire said.

Auclaire was fitted for custom leg braces, which provide the additional support he needs to walk.

"I can actually stand by myself for a little while and keep my balance and walk further," Auclaire said.

Specialists said Auclaire is a big motivator for other patients.

"He comes down every day with a smile on his face. Even with he's done with therapy, he will still come down and work out more," Tucci said.

Auclaire said this is just the first step on his road to recovery.

"I'm gonna keep pushing, walking even if I got to walk outside and I fall, and get back up. Just keep going," Auclaire said.

Auclaire said he will return to South Carolina in the coming weeks to be reunited with his family.

Heritage Health Care Center Plans $2 Million Renovation Project, Plans to Hire Additional Staff


Owners/Operators of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome Helping to Chart New Course for Utica Nursing Facility.

Heritage Health Care Center, a 220-bed skilled nursing facility with a 150-year history of providing quality health care to Central New York families, plans to spend more than $2 million on comprehensive renovations, as well as upgrade its staff training and education as part of the new board of directors’ sweeping vision to reinvigorate the facility.

In the coming months, the non-profit facility, which is located at 1657 Sunset Ave., will begin remodeling all resident guest rooms throughout the building, as well as the facility’s patient care area. Work will also begin shortly on constructing a new state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym to provide the highest level of physical and occupational therapy to its residents. The facility has already begun hiring more staff to provide the highest level of clinical care to the residents of Utica and beyond.

“We are extremely excited about our new board of directors,” said Board President Harvey Liebman. “They have brought an enhanced level of energy to the facility and are committed to helping us stay true to our mission, which is to provide our guests with quality professional and restorative services that will improve their independence, dignity and self-esteem.”

In an effort to streamline its operations and become more competitive in the Central New York marketplace, Heritage Health Care Center has initiated a consulting arrangement with The Grand Healthcare System, one of New York’s leading healthcare companies. The Grand Healthcare System, which regionally owns and operates The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome and The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Chittenango, has a long track record of improving underperforming nursing homes across the state through strong leadership, training and capital improvements, renovations and equipment upgrades.

In addition to its Rome and Chittenango properties, the Queens-based company operates all-inclusive healthcare facilities in Guilderland, Pawling, Poughkeepsie and Queens. These nursing homes offer a full continuum of premium healthcare and specialty care services, including amputee therapy, bariatric rehabilitation, cardiac therapy, complex medical care programs, hip repair and joint replacement recovery programs, IV antibiotic therapy, medical nutrition therapy, and stroke rehabilitation.

“The board’s goal is to give Heritage Health Care Center the brightest possible future,” said Bruce Gendron, regional administrator for The Grand Healthcare System. “To do this we need to create more comfortable living and work-friendly spaces and provide new services for better quality of care. By addressing these changes to the physical plant and making strategic staffing upgrades, we will create an environment where exceptional clinical care is coupled with a luxury experience for guests and their loved ones.”

Founded in 1867 as a shelter for homeless women, Heritage Health Care Center offers an array of short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization to improve independence, dignity, and self-esteem. These services include inpatient medical rehabilitation, skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s care, wellness programs, outpatient physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and aqua therapy.

For more information call (315) 797-7392, or visit hhcc.net

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens’ Residents Raise Over $1,000 for American Cancer Society


Residents and staff of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens donated funds to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research at a recent check presentation ceremony held at The Grand’s Queens location in Whitestone, NY. During the month of October, which is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, residents raised a total of $1,092 by selling ribbons, key chains, T-shirts, hats and caps with the identifiable pink ribbon – which is the symbol for breast cancer awareness. Monetary donations were also accepted.

“The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,” said Canosa Chan, Senior Market Manager Community Engagement, American Cancer Society. “We thank the residents, including team leader Madeline Castora for helping to raise funds that will aid in breast cancer research and make a significant impact in the health of women going forward.”

“Not one person within our building has not had their life touched by a cancer diagnosis, whether it is themselves, someone in their family or a close friend,” said Peretz Stein, Administrator, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens. “Our staff is comprised of caring proactive individuals who share the same commitment as the American Cancer Society of finding a cure for cancer in our lifetime. Our residents took ownership of this program and it has built momentum for future fundraising initiatives.”

For more information about The Grand Healthcare System, visit www.thegrandhealthcare.com

The Grand Healthcare System offers a full continuum of premium healthcare and specialty care services throughout its state-of-the-art, all-inclusive health facilities in Queens, Pawling, Poughkeepsie, Guilderland Center, Chittenango and Rome, NY. Nursing and rehabilitation services and programs include stroke rehabilitation at The Walter Strauss Stroke Center, amputee therapy and training program, bariatric rehabilitation, cardiac therapy, complex medical care program, hip repair and joint replacement recovery program, IV antibiotic therapy, medical nutrition therapy, medical shuttle service and transportation vans. For more information about The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens call (718) 746-0400 or visit www.thegrandhealthcare.com/queens, or The Grand Healthcare System’s website: www.thegrandhealthcare.com.

Photo Caption (L to R): Peretz Stein, Administrator at The Grand at Queens, Canosa Chan, Senior Market Manager Community Engagement, American Cancer Society, Madeline Castora, The Grand at Queens Resident, Joseph Preger, Assistant Administrator, and Chloe Hodgson, Director of Recreation at The Grand at Queens.

The Grand Healthcare System Completes Acquisition of River Valley Care Center


The Grand Healthcare System (Queens, NY), one of the New York region’s leading healthcare providers, announced the complete acquisition of River Valley Care Center (140 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY), with full rights of ownership and operations being transferred. The nursing and rehabilitation center is now officially named The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley.

“This is an important milestone for The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley and our entire organization,” commented Jeremy B. Strauss, CEO of The Grand Healthcare System. “We have been managing this facility since 2014 and during this time we have made major capital investments while focusing on the transition of the facility and staff into The Grand’s family of nursing and rehabilitation centers.”

Mr. Israel Wulliger is the new administrator of the facility. He brings years of experience and industry knowledge to the team at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley.

The Grand Healthcare System invested close to $1.6M in capital improvements, renovations and equipment over the past year. Upgrades to the facility include: Renovations throughout the common rooms, family rooms, lobby; a therapy room with new and updated equipment; advanced technology featuring iPad concierge service for guests; new uniforms for staff; and rolling out The Grand’s hospitality brand style and customer service philosophy.

This expertise and the industry-specific knowledge provided by The Grand Healthcare System’s leadership team will help drive expansion, increase patient satisfaction and enhance quality. “These improvements are having a significant and positive impact on our staff and guests,” Strauss said. “We are committed to elevating quality as well as access to care for residents of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County.”

Central Queens Y Donates 500 Bags to Needy


The Central Queens Y in Forest Hills is giving back to the community by providing food and personal items to families in need.

Items were collected by local high schools and the Central Queens Y and the Samuel Field Y during a two-month drive.

On Monday, volunteers in Forest Hills packed up 500 personalized tote bags filled with items that were delivered to SCO Family Services sites in Jamaica and Rockaway Park.

“We reached out to six locations who deal with youth and the homeless, and based on their needs, we’ve provided them with items,” said Lisa Elhyani, director of adult and senior programming at Central Queens Y. “This is our major project on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and it’s the first time we’ve done something like this. I hope we do it next year too.”

The personalized tote bags include food products such as canned vegetables, or personal hygiene products that cannot be purchased with food stamps.

Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing of Queens, a partner of the Central Queens Y, also donated 100 canned food items and provided transportation for many of the boxes.

“Being in this community, this is something we wanted to do in order to help out,” said Heather Leizerson, hospital liaison for the organization. “When we spoke with Lisa, she mentioned that they might not have transportation for the items, and we were definitely happy to donate the van so the items can get to where they needed to be.”

Most of the 150 volunteers were local community members, from young children to senior citizens. Some people, like those at a local law firm, had the day off and wanted to use the time to give back.

While they are no longer accepting donations for this particular initiative, donations are always being accepted for the Central Queens Y’s food pantry.

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley Transformed Into Santa’s Workshop to Support John Flowers’ Elves


Carrying on in the tradition of holiday giving, the John Flowers’ Elves Christmas program was in full swing this season with The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley playing host as the gift-wrapping center for the program. In honor and support of the event named after the late John Flowers, a local civic and community leader who passed away in 2015, hundreds of volunteers donated presents and gifts, which were beautifully wrapped at River Valley and then distributed to children in local hospitals during the week of Christmas.

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley (140 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY) welcomed volunteer gift wrappers all month long until a few days before Christmas. John Flowers’ Elves then distributed over 1,000 presents to Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Mid Hudson Regional Hospital, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie and many more facilities throughout Dutchess County, touching many lives and bringing holiday cheer.

“This is such an amazing program, and we were honored to host the gift wrapping during December in support of John Flowers’ Elves,” commented Jeremy B. Strauss, CEO of The Grand Healthcare System, owners and operators of River Valley. “Our staff wanted to get involved and to bring some holiday joy to children who are facing adversity. What better way than to open our doors and to work with our local community on such a giving and voluntary effort.”

John Flowers was inspired to begin the program more than 20 years ago while visiting his sister in the hospital just before Christmas. Today, his family continues the tradition in his name, and his legacy lives on as the program is supported by hundreds of volunteers each December.

Israel Wulliger, Administrator of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley and New York State Senator Sue Serino (41st Senate District) wrapped gifts together at River Valley in support of John Flowers’ Elves.

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The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Names Two Hospital Liaisons


The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, a 127-bed nursing facility that provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization, has named Erica Rogan and Jessica Barbuti hospital liaisons.

Rogan Barbuti
In their new roles, Rogan and Barbuti will market the facility, screen patients for admission, and establish working relationships with area hospitals.

Rogan comes to the position from Brookdale Senior Living in Niskayuna, where she spent the past two years serving as sales and marketing manager. Prior to that, the Niskayuna resident served nine years as a benefits consultant at WellCare Health Plans. She is a graduate of SUNY Cobleskill.

Barbuti, who holds an undergraduate degree in public health from SUNY Albany, previously worked as fitness testing coordinator at the Rudy A. Ciccotti Family Recreation Center, where she led the team through the medical fitness association process and assisted in making the center the first accredited medical fitness center in New York state. She is a resident of Albany.

For more information, call (518) 861-5141.

Source: http://capitalregionchamber.com/news/grand-rehabilitation-nursing-names-two-hospital-liaisons/

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland Slates 12/17 Breakfast with Santa


On Saturday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon, Santa and Mrs. Claus will take a short break from their flurry of final Christmas preparations to attend a “Breakfast with Santa” event hosted by The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland located at 428 Route 146, Altamont.

After a breakfast of muffins, donuts, coffee and juice, kids will have an opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa and decorate a beautiful Christmas ornament. Mrs. Claus will then read one of her favorite Christmas stories as attendees sip hot cocoa and munch on holiday cookies. All children will receive a goodie bag.

“The holiday season can be a very trying time of year for some,” said The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland Admissions Coordinator Wendy Decker. “What better way to put a smile on your face and relieve some holiday stress than by sharing a quick meal and taking a selfie with the big guy himself.”

For more information on the free community event, call The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland at (518) 861-5141, or visit http://www.thegrandhealthcare.com/guilderland.

Pawling kicks off Decemberfest with tree lighting event


Decemberfest was recently celebrated with bright lights, hot soup and warm hats and gloves in Pawling.

Staff from The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling Rehabilitation and Nursing served more than 450 bowls of hot chicken noodle soup and bacon cheeseburger soup while donating winter hats and gloves to all attendees Dec. 2 during Pawling Chamber of Commerce’s annual December tree-lighting festivities, according to a written release.

The full day and evening of activities for local residents culminated in the arrival of Santa Claus and a ceremony for the illumination of the tree was held at the apron of the Pawling Chamber of Commerce Building and Welcome Center. The tree-lighting is one of the highlights of the Pawling Chamber’s calendar year and kicks off the month-long celebration known as Decemberfest, according to the release.

“As the weather gets a bit colder, we want to ensure that all Pawling residents feel a bit warmer – both inside and out – especially as they patiently wait with joyful expectations for the lighting of the Pawling tree and the arrival of Santa Claus,” Dan Muskin, regional administrator of The Grand Healthcare System, operators of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling Rehabilitation and Nursing, said in the release. “Decemberfest is a time when all of Pawling comes together to celebrate the holidays and the community as a whole.”

Santa Claus distributed gifts to children, and Chamber members donated and served cookies, hot dogs and hot chocolate. Approximately 50 students from Trinity Pawling School’s Trinitones and Pawling Central School also serenaded guests with a medley of carols before the tree lighting ceremony.

“Pawling’s Decemberfest and Tree Lighting event brings families and friends together to kick off the holiday season," Peter Cris, president of the Pawling Chamber of Commerce, said in the release. "The warmth and friendliness of this special community are on full display at the tree lighting. We invite everyone to shop local during this holiday season and throughout the year, and we’re very thankful of our merchants’ support.”

The tree lighting event is made possible with the help of volunteers from the December Tree Lighting Committee, Pawling schools and local businesses. Throughout the month, businesses hold sales, offer special events and demonstrations within the village. The Tree Lighting ceremony, which began 20 years ago, is supported by the Chamber and individual donations from the community.

Also in attendance at the tree lighting were numerous local officials including: Pawling Mayor Robert Liffland, Pawling Town Supervisor David P. Kelly, state Sen. Terrence Murphy, Dutchess County Legislator John Thomes, Duchess County Clerk Bradford Kendall and Dutchess County Sheriff Butch Anderson.

Source: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/2016/12/07/pawling-decemberfest-tree-lighting-chamber-commerce-grand/95099548/

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling Donates Hats, Gloves & Soups at Pawling Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting Celebration


In celebration of the holiday spirit, staff from The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursingat Pawling Rehabilitation & Nursing served over 450 piping hot bowls of classic chicken noodle soup and bacon cheeseburger soup while donating winter hats and gloves to all attendees during Pawling Chamber of Commerce’s Annual December Tree Lighting festivities held on Friday, December 2, 2016.

The full day and evening of activities for local residents culminating in the arrival of Santa Claus and a ceremony for the illumination of the tree was held at the apron of the Pawling Chamber of Commerce Building and Welcome Center. The tree lighting is one of the highlights of the Pawling Chamber’s calendar year and kicks off the month-long celebration known as Decemberfest.

“As the weather gets a bit colder, we want to ensure that all Pawling residents feel a bit warmer – both inside and out – especially as they patiently wait with joyful expectations for the lighting of the Pawling Tree and the arrival of Santa Claus,” remarked Dan Muskin, Regional Administrator of The Grand Healthcare System, operators of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling Rehabilitation & Nursing. “Decemberfest is a time when all of Pawling comes together to celebrate the holidays and the community as a whole. It’s the same community philosophy that we employ on a daily basis at our facilities and it creates an environment that is beyond that of a traditional nursing home and rehabilitation center.”

Many other activities took place throughout the day and early evening. Santa Claus distributed gifts to children, and Chamber Members donated and served cookies, hot dogs and hot chocolate. Approximately 50 students from Trinity Pawling School’s Trinitones and Pawling Central School also serenaded guests with a medley of carols before the tree lighting ceremony.

“Pawling’s Decemberfest and Tree Lighting event brings families and friends together to kick-off the holiday season. The warmth and friendliness of this special community are on full display at the Tree Lighting. We invite everyone to shop local during this holiday season and throughout the year, and we’re very thankful of our merchants’ support,” said Peter Cris, President of the Pawling Chamber of Commerce.

The Tree Lighting event is made possible with the help of volunteers from the December Tree Lighting Committee, Pawling schools and local businesses. Throughout the month, businesses hold sales, offer special events and unique demonstrations within the Village. The Tree Lighting ceremony, which began 20 years ago, is supported by the Chamber and individual donations from the community.

Also in attendance at the tree lighting were numerous local officials including: Pawling Mayor Robert Liffland, Pawling Town Supervisor David P. Kelly, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy, Dutchess County Legislator John Thomes, Duchess County Clerk Bradford Kendall and Dutchess County Sheriff Adrian “Butch” Anderson.

The Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing at Pawling is a 122-bed rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility located in Pawling, New York.The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing brings the warmth and comforts of home to our fully-appointed facility for all our short and long term guests. Backed by Five-Star Quality Rating through Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services,The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling is recognized as a preferred destination within the region for high quality healthcare and advanced clinical care. Among the additional services and programs provided are: Amputee therapy and training program, bariatric rehabilitation, cardiac therapy, complex medical care program, hip repair and joint replacement recovery program, IV antibiotic therapy, medical nutrition therapy, medical shuttle service and transportation vans. For more information call: (845) 855-5700 or visit www.TheGrandHealthcare.com/Pawling ; for more information about The Grand Healthcare System, visit www.TheGrandHealthcare.com

The Pawling Chamber of Commerce was first organized nearly 90 years ago. Today, the Chamber stands strong and its success stems from its active membership of over 165 merchants and organizations, and through the help and dedication of countless volunteers. Its goal is to support local businesses and promoting the local Pawling community. The Chamber also enjoys strong partnerships with the Town and Village of Pawling. If you are interested in joining or volunteering at the Chamber of Commerce, please call (845) 855-0500. For more information, visit wwww.pawlingchamber.org

The Grand Healthcare System Acquires Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility


Leading Regional Healthcare Provider Assumes Full Ownership and Renames the Facility The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland; Rebranding Underway
 
Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility, a 127-bed nursing facility that provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization, will soon have a new name and brand.
 
The Grand Healthcare System (Queens, N.Y.), one of New York’s leading healthcare companies, today announced the facility will be renamed to The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland and will become one of six facilities across the state to be affiliated with The Grand Healthcare System. Other sites include: The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Chittenango, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Pawling, The The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley, and The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome.
 
“This is an important day for Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility and our organization,” said Jeremy B. Strauss, CEO of The Grand Healthcare System. “Since taking over the reins of this facility in 2014 we have sought to increase levels of care and patient satisfaction and remove the facility from New York’s special focus list. These objectives have been met by making comprehensive staffing upgrades and by investing more than $1 million in renovations to the building’s lobby, common areas, dining room, recreation area, as well as constructing a 2,000-square-foot rehabilitation room with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.”
 
“Today’s transition to The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland represents an exciting new chapter in our history,” said The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland Administrator Josh Gurock, noting that he and his staff are committed to elevating quality and access to care for Capital Region residents. “Under The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing's leadership we now have a bright future — one where exceptional clinical care is coupled with a luxury experience for guests and their loved ones.”
 
The rebranding of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland will begin with new interior and exterior signage and new uniforms for staff. Guests will also have access to hospitality features offered at other Grand-affiliated properties such as a personalized menu, concierge service, courtesy shuttle service and iPad program to communicate with family and loved ones any time of day or night.
 
For more information about The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, please call (518) 861-5141 or visit TheGrandHealthcare.com.

Guilderland Families in Need Get Thanksgiving Dinner Thanks to Town Food Pantry


Families in Guilderland are getting a Thanksgiving dinner this year thanks to a town food pantry.

The Guilderland Food Pantry packed up and distributed meals for more than 70 families Tuesday morning. That includes a turkey with all of the fixings as well as stuffing, mashed potatoes and a pie.

The event was also possible thanks to the Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility, who says it knows it is not easy for everyone to give.

"We understand this time of year is difficult for people, trying to pinch pennies and put a nice meal on the table for families," said Gary March of the Guilderland Center. "So any way we can contribute, we understand what impact that will have to the communities in the greater Guilderland area."

The Guilderland Food Pantry serves around 120 families year-round, including more than 100 children. It's been in service since 1979.

Source: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2016/11/22/guilderland-families-in-need-thanksgiving-dinner-food-pantry.html

Rehab and care facility to donate turkeys to food pantry


GUILDERLAND — The Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility will supply the Guilderland Food Pantry with turkeys for Thanksgiving on Tuesday, Nov. 22.  Staff from the facility will also fan out across the region that morning to deliver complete Thanksgiving meals to disadvantaged local families.

“Many people think that Guilderland is an affluent suburb, but New York State Education Department statistics reveal that a growing number of students in our school district come from economically disadvantaged homes,” said admissions coordinator Wendy Decker in a release from the facility. “With the holidays being such a stressful time of year, our hope is to take some of that burden off the plates of their families.”

Founded in 1972 and located in the basement of the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church at 2291 Western Ave., the Guilderland Food Pantry presently serves around 120 families, including approximately 100 children.

“Families or individuals can use this food pantry if they reside in Guilderland and receive food stamps and at least one other government program,” said Food Bank Director Sue Hennessey in the release. “This includes unemployment; Social Security; Women, Infants, and Children; public housing; Medicaid; or Home Energy Assistance Program. They are also eligible if they are a victim of a disaster or fire, are out of work, or have an annual income that falls below the federal government’s poverty level.”

Hennessey noted that protein-based food items are always in demand at this time of year. This includes canned meat and fish, as well as prepared meals like beef stew and chili. “We also have a great need for non-food items such as paper goods and personal hygiene products,” she said.

For more information or to make a donation, call the Guilderland Food Pantry at (518) 930-1001, or visit GuilderlandFoodPantry.com.

Source: https://altamontenterprise.com/11152016/rehab-and-care-facility-donate-turkeys-food-pantry

Guilderland food pantry feeds needy at Thanksgiving, beyond


I was astonished, and then embarrassed, to find I only needed to drive 4.1 miles from my house to learn about the depth of poverty and need that exists in my town.

It's easy to look past the have-nots in an affluent suburb of 35,000 people where the median household income is $77,581, about $20,000 higher than the state average, and nearly 40 percent of families have incomes above $100,000.

Susan Hennessy, 61, a retired Schalmont elementary schoolteacher, also experienced a revelation about the town where she's lived for many years.

"I didn't even know there was a food pantry in town," said Hennessy, who for the past three years has run the Guilderland Food Pantry.

Beyond the high-end custom homes, luxury automobiles and expensive restaurants, poverty is not hard to find. Hennessy discovered that one in four school kids in Altamont qualify for a free lunch, a key indicator of poverty.

"I was shocked by the level of poverty we have here," she said. She is assisted by her husband, Mark Hopper, and 15 core volunteers. They gather donations, stock pantry shelves and make deliveries to shut-ins or people who don't own a car. The pantry serves more than 240 people. They give out food five mornings and one evening each week. They use donated space in the basement of Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church on Western Avenue, which they've outgrown. Their budget is about $15,000 annually, all from small donations.

I've driven by that church countless times and never knew it housed a food pantry, or that the pantry's been there since 1979.

Hunger and poverty tend to be pushed into the shadows by shame and stigma. Most of the people I approached as they stood in a long line to receive a free Thanksgiving meal on Tuesday did not want to talk to me.

"We try get to know the people to de-stigmatize it," Hennessy said. "People go hungry in town because they do not ask for food."

Hennessy and her husband are members of Christ's Church Guilderland. Several members of the a nondenominational congregation volunteer at the food pantry. They're assisted in food donation campaigns and in other ways by seven other churches in town, including Catholic, Episcopal, United Methodist, Lutheran and Reformed congregations.

"What I've learned is that Guilderland has a great sense of community," said Hopper, 62, a retired American history teacher at Shenendehowa High School. "Any time the pantry runs low, we put out the call and people respond."

Beth Swanson, of North Greenbush, who attends Christ's Church, came with daughters Ava, 10, who is homeschooled, and Genevieve and her friend Juliana Paddock, both 10th-graders at Loudonville Christian School. They were on holiday break.

"This is an eye-opener for the girls. It shows that poverty is not just a faraway problem, but a next-door problem," said Swanson, who took her daughters on a church mission trip to assist indigenous Maya people in Guatemala. "This is a reminder that we don't need to go to Guatemala to see poverty."

"This makes me want to do more to help people in need," said Genevieve Swanson, who delivered meals last year and enjoyed chatting with and praying with some of the recipients.

"The holidays are a really hard time for some people. It's nice to be able to help out people in our backyard," Juliana Paddock said.

"This is a way to give back to the community and to say thank you for all the support they've given us," said Wendy Decker, admissions coordinator of the Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility, which has 127 beds. Decker was joined by four staffers. They donated 16 turkeys and delivered meals to four families with canned corn, beans and yams, fresh fruit, stuffing, butter, rolls, Jell-O and a half-gallon of milk. Families had a choice of turkey, ham, chicken or a $20 Stewart's gift card.

The largest donation this year came from the Boy Scouts of Troop 83 of Guilderland, who gathered 1,500 pounds of food by a door-to-door campaign. Last year, the students of Guilderland Elementary School collected 1,500 pounds of food for Christmas.

"It's a nice feeling to show up with a bag of food and get a big smile," said Jason Rogers, a real estate agent from Voorheesville and member of Christ's Church. He was joined by his mother, Rose Anne Rogers, of Altamont.

"I'm happy to help out people who don't have as much as we do," his mother said. "This is the Lord's work."

Vicky Guitar drove her mother, Glenna Stygles, who is 74 and blind, to pick up a Thanksgiving meal. "They give an awesome amount of food," Stygles said.

"I appreciate the help she gets," her daughter said. "She's on a fixed income and it relieves a lot of pressure."

I made two deliveries. One went to Deborah Laffin, 59, who has lived for four years in a one-bedroom motel room along Western Avenue after relocating from Albany. She worked as an aide for developmentally disabled adults but became disabled herself due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. She breathes with the aid of bottled oxygen.

"This place is what I could afford after I got sick and couldn't work anymore," she said. "They're really nice people at the food pantry. It comes in handy when I run out of food stamps. It's nice to know they're there."

At a senior apartment, I met Joan, 62, a retired state worker from Albany who asked that her last name not be used. She fell recently and fractured some ribs. She apologized for being in pajamas at noontime. The shades were drawn and her tidy apartment was dark. Her husband, Anthony, died a year ago from cancer and her relatives live in Florida.

It will be a quiet Thanksgiving this week, but she was thankful for the food delivery. She planned to bake pumpkin and apple pies. Her friend, Denise, will come to her room for supper.

Homemade pies make life a little sweeter, she said, and so does her good friend.

Source: http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-local/article/Guilderland-food-pantry-feeds-needy-at-10631853.php 

Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility Donates Turkeys to Local Food Pantry


ALTAMONT, N.Y. — In the spirit of giving and helping out the less fortunate, Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility will supply the Guilderland Food Pantry with all of its turkey needs for Thanksgiving on Tuesday, Nov. 22.  Staff from the facility will also fan out across the region that morning to deliver complete Thanksgiving meals to disadvantaged local families.

“November is a month to give thanks,” said Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility Admissions Coordinator Wendy Decker. “We are thankful for this community and want to show our gratitude by giving back to those a who are less fortunate.

“Many people think that Guilderland is an affluent suburb, but New York State Education Department statistics reveal that a growing number of students in our school district come from economically disadvantaged homes,” she added. “With the holidays being such a stressful time of year, our hope is to take some of that burden off the plates of their families.”

Founded in 1972 and located in the basement of the Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church (2291 Western Ave.), the Guilderland Food Pantry presently serves around 120 families, including approximately 100 children.

“Families or individuals can use this food pantry if they reside in Guilderland and receive food stamps and at least one other government program,” said Food Bank Director Sue Hennessey. “This includes unemployment; social security; Women, Infants, and Children; public housing; Medicaid; or Home Energy Assistance Program. They are also eligible if they are a victim of a disaster or fire, are out of work, or have an annual income that falls below the federal government’s poverty level.”

Hennessey noted that protein-based food items are always in demand at this time of year. This includes canned meat and fish, as well as prepared meals like beef stew and chili. “We also have a great need for non-food items such as paper goods and personal hygiene products,” she said.

For more information or to make a donation, call the Guilderland Food Pantry at 518-930-1001, or visit GuilderlandFoodPantry.com.

 

Altamont Nursing Home Hosts Food Allergy Friendly Halloween Event


GUILDERLAND, N.Y. -- Halloween can be a tricky time for kids with food allergies.

One in 13 children has an allergy to nuts, soy, gluten or wheat.

That’s why a nursing home in Altamont opened their doors for a fun, inclusive event Saturday.

Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility hosted a trick or treat “spooktacular” featuring non-food treats such as yo-yo’s and Frisbees.

Residents also handed out candy to kids.

The event was in partnership with the Teal Pumpkin Project, a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all.

"We can all remember being a kid and growing up and getting into your costume and going door to door, kids who have a food allergy may not be able to experience that excitement because of the limitations they may have due to what they can consume and can't consume,” said Gary March, Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility assistant administrator.

The rehab also held a costume contest with prizes for visiting trick or treaters.

Source: http://www.twcnews.com/nys/capital-region/news/2016/10/29/altamont-nursing-home-hosts-food-allergy-friendly-halloween-event-.html

Bayside has a new playground thanks to local volunteers and community organizations


By Suzanne Monteverdi

Children in Bayside have a new playground to enjoy thanks to a huge team of local volunteers and sponsors.

Volunteers from Samuel Field Y and Disney Citizenship joined organizers from KaBOOM! — a national nonprofit dedicated to providing children with safe spaces to play — to construct a brand-new playground at the Bay Terrace Samuel Field Y on Friday, Sept. 23.

“It’s really been a collaborative effort,” said Michelle Ragoo, volunteer at the build and after-school program director at P.S. 115. “Everyone decided to work collaboratively and work on a different area in different shifts to make this happen.”

Ragoo has been a part of the Samuel Field Y for 10 years, starting as a volunteer at the age of 16. Her job at the playground construction site was building and putting up panels to serve as the playground’s walls.

“[The playground] is gonna bring a lot of joy for many, many years to come” she continued. “It’s definitely a milestone for everyone here in the Bay Terrace community,especially all of the children that are a part of the preschool here.”

Melissa Algranati, volunteer and seasonal employee at the Y, echoed Ragoo’s sentiments. She pointed out that local children were kept in mind every step of the way, even when coming up with playground schematics. KaBOOM! used local children’s drawings from a special Design Day in July as inspiration for the build.

“They dreamed it last summer and now they can come and see it,” Algranati said. “A week from now the kids will be playing in it and saying, ‘Wow, the adults really put their money where their mouth is.’”

The playground is constructed for children aged 2 to 12 and is inclusive of children from all walks of life.

At lunch hour, volunteers from The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens were on hand to donate food to hundreds of hungry playground builders.

“We love to give back to the community,” said Jake Walden, vice president of business development at The Grand Healthcare System. “[The Samuel Field Y] was looking for sponsors for lunch and we took the opportunity to bring pizza and make a huge barbecue.”

The Samuel Field Y of Bay Terrace is located at 212-00 23rd Ave.

Source: http://qns.com/story/2016/09/26/bayside-new-playground-thanks-local-volunteers-community-organizations/

Event to Feature Non-food Treats for Kids with Food Allergies, Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treating


GUILDERLAND CENTER REHABILIATION AND EXTENDED CARE FACILITY PARTNERS WITH TEAL PUMPKIN PROJECT TO HOST TRICK-OR-TREAT SPOOKTACULAR SATURDAY, OCT. 29:

ALTAMONT, N.Y. (Oct. 11, 2016) — It’s October. And that means that Halloween is right around the corner. For many Capital Region families, Halloween can be tricky because many traditional Halloween treats aren’t safe for children with life-threatening food allergies.

In an effort to promote safety, inclusion and respect of individuals managing food allergies, Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility (428 Route 146, Altamont) will host its first annual Guilderland Center Trick-or-Treat Spooktacular in partnership with the Teal Pumpkin Project, a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids. The event is set for Saturday, Oct. 29 from 1-3 p.m. at 428 Route 146, Altamont.

“Food allergies are a life-altering and potentially life-threatening disease, and a growing public health issue,” said Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility Admissions Coordinator Wendy Decker, noting that one in 13 children has an allergy to peanuts, nuts, and soy, or has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease and need to stay away from gluten and wheat. “For these children, even a tiny amount of their allergen has the potential to cause a severe reaction.

“By placing a teal pumpkin in front of our facility and offering non-food treats such as yo-yo’s, teal-colored frisbees and other toys as an alternative to candy, we can show children with severe allergies that Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility is a safe place to trick-or-treat without the dangers,” she added.

The haunted afternoon will feature a costume contest with prizes by age group. Youngsters can also trick or treat throughout the facility collecting devilish delights along the way. Halloween bags will be provided for children to collect their treats while supplies last. 

“For the residents of nursing facilities, children are always a welcome addition to the day,” said Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility Administrator Josh Gurock. “Halloween provides an opportunity for them to interact with young children and bring back memories of their childhood. It also takes them back to the days when their own children were the kids dressing up.” 

For more information, please call (518) 861-5141, or visit guilderlandnh.com.

ABOUT THE GRAND HEALTHCARE SYSTEM

Based in Whitestone, N.Y., The Grand Healthcare System offers customized rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term care. Its state-of-the-art facilities, which are located at five sites across New York, feature certified instructors who provide exceptional clinical care to help residents achieve their wellness goals. All sites offer carefully curated entertaining and dining options, and tranquil grounds for optimal recuperation. For more information, visit thegrandhealthcare.com.

Event Brings Out Nursing Home Residents' Competitive Side


Local couple celebrates 75 years of marriage


When they eloped 75 years ago, Karl and Elizabeth Gfatter were told they'd never make it.

Their parents told them they were too young for marriage. Karl Gfatter's father bet him $1,000 — in 1941 — that the couple wouldn't last a year.

He paid up, Karl Gfatter said...

Couple Married For 75 Years Renews Vows At New York Nursing Home.


POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Coming down the aisle, Elizabeth Gfatter could not help but shed a tear in this moment for her husband, Karl, the man she has loved over 75 years.

Renewing their wedding vows, Karl and Elizabeth show just how strong their love has been and will be.

"Love and honesty...and be good to each other," says Elizabeth.

The Gfatters, who just moved into the River Valley Care Center in Poughkeepsie, have been overwhelmed that staff and administrators wanted to celebrate this special occasion.

"Staff and residents alike. Everyone is so excited to celebrate - a beautiful celebration in general," says Regional Administrator Dan Muskin.

Karl and Elizabeth met as children, later dated in high school, and after that, Karl proposed.

"We eloped because they didn't want us to get married yet - they said we were too young," adds Elizabeth.

After a church wedding, Karl's father bet him the marriage would not last.

"He said, 'I'll tell you what, if it lasts more than a year I'll give you 100 bucks,'" says Karl.

He paid in cash, and their love flourished. Karl went off to war, and later they had a daughter, who passed away in 2015. However, one thing was constant.

"He just said he loved me, and that's all that mattered," Elizabeth says.

Karl and Elizabeth kissed each other...their love stronger than ever after 75 wonderful years.

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Walter Strauss Stroke Center Featured on NY1


The hard work done at Walter Strauss Stroke Center is featured in an NY1 news story, looking at our trend-setting approach to stroke rehabilitation and complete recovery.

Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility Welcomes Gurock as Administrator


The Grand Healthcare System, which provides management and administrative services for the Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility located at 428 Route 146, today announced that Joshua Gurock has been appointed administrator.

In his new position, Gurock will be responsible for the direction, supervision, compliance and maintenance of the facility’s day-to-day operations, as well as its adherence to federal, state and local laws and regulations.  He will also ensure that the highest level of quality care is being provided for residents in need of either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization.

“We are delighted to welcome Josh to our team,” said The Grand Healthcare CEO Jeremy Strauss, whose company operates five other New York-based facilities in Queens, Pawling, Chittenango and Rome. “He is a diplomatic and motivational leader who brings a tremendous amount of senior living experience to this important position.”

Prior to joining The Grand Healthcare System, Gurock worked as chief operating officer of Omaha, Neb.-based Reliable Rock Counseling & Consulting, P.C., a mental health agency he formed in January 2013.

Before that, he spent eight years as director of operations for Omaha’s Jewish Social Services and its agencies. While serving in that role, he oversaw the dietary, activities, volunteer, transportation, environmental services, information technology, and maintenance departments for the Rose Blumkin Jewish Home, a skilled nursing facility with an annual budget in excess of $10 million. 

Gurock is both a licensed nursing home administrator and licensed assisted-living facility administrator. He holds an undergraduate degree in English literature from Yeshiva University and master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. 

For more information, please call (518) 861-5141, or visit guilderlandnh.com.

Choosing A Nursing Home


Choosing a nursing home for a loved one is always tough. There are several options in the capital region. Andrew Weissman from Guilderland Center rehabilitation and extended care stopped by NewsChannel 13 with some tips.

Operation Good Things:The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing


News channel 9 weatherman Dave Longley paid a visit to The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Chittenango on December 16th, bringing with him armloads of holiday cheer and gifts for our residents, donated by good hearted News Channel 9 viewers as part of Operation Good Things.  The annual campaign encourages area residents to donate blankets, toys, stationery items, toiletries, hats, gloves and small activities for distribution to adults and children who are spending the holiday season in nursing homes and hospitals. The smiles on the faces of our guests were priceless and they enjoyed meeting the popular local weatherman and delighted in their special holiday gifts.  

National Magazine Casts Spotlight on The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing


Our innovative approach to health care continues to win us accolades, this time as U.S. News and World Report's Money Section takes on the subject of improving care at nursing homes nationwide. The article featured on October 2nd, 2015, casts the spotlight on The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing and includes interviews with both our regional Administrator Dan Muskin as well as Dr. Elias Bonaros Jr., whose father arrived at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens after a month long hospital stay. Bonaros, a cardiologist, was well acquainted with the challenges his father faced and admitted that he was doubtful that his father would ever recuperate, but the superior care he received at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing brought on a recovery that Bonaros termed "nothing short of spectacular".

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The Grand Healthcare System – The Complete, Modern Care We All Deserve


Our focus on hotel style customer service, high quality health care and superior cuisine continues to earn us kudos throughout the healthcare industry and beyond, with our latest mention coming on KillerStartups.com.  A glowing review written by Roger Hollings describes The Grand Healthcare System as the best of the best, offering high praise for our facilities, the medical care offered and our high tech amenities, praising The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing for "putting both the medicine and the humanity back into rehabilitation and nursing."

Lillian Savery ready to celebrate 100th birthday


On Thursday, September 3rd, it was all about resident Lillian Savery at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome. The belle of the ball, the woman of the hour and the star of the show, Lillian was the center of attention and rightfully so. After all, it’s not every day that you turn 100! The mother of two and grandmother and great-grandmother of seven, Lillian is well known at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing as an energetic participant in numerous activities. Happy birthday, Lillian and wishing you many, many more!

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Maspeth woman celebrates over a century of life on 102nd birthday


Birthday girl Florence Galas was the star of the show, both at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing and in The Queens Courier, as she celebrated her 102nd birthday this past June. Family and friends gathered at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing to celebrate the centenarian who enjoyed a birthday cake, flowers and warm birthday wishes on this very momentous occasion.

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One of Hudson Valley's Oldest Residents Celebrates Milestone Birthday


It was a one of a kind birthday celebration for one of Hudson Valley’s oldest residents at The River Valley Care Center in Poughkeepsie which threw a big bash for Florence Stone in honor of her 103rd birthday on July 13th. Florence, a country music lover who gave up driving just three years ago, was clearly touched by the festivities, which included balloons, flowers, decorations and her all time favorite, strawberry shortcake.

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Grand unveils renovations, app for residents


The grand re-opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome takes center stage in a Rome Sentinel article, which highlights both the extensive renovations to our Rome facility as well as our revolutionary iPad app, giving guests instant access to multiple services, activities, transportation and more as part of our complimentary iPad program.

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The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Rome plans tech upgrades to help residents


The Grand’s iPad app is featured  prominently in a WKTV news story exploring the topic of using technology to provide improved healthcare services, with both staff and guests at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing describing the many ways our iPad program, and our newly launched iPad app, make any stay at our facility truly “Grand.”

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The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens featured in the Queens Courier


Our Grand Sparty made waves with local social workers, hospital representatives and the Queens Courier, which featured a picture from the gala event, as well as information about our one of a kind concierge service available through our exclusive iPad app, in its June 25th edition.   

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Rome Nursing Home Develops App for Residents


Connectivity is the key, according to a Time Warner Cable NY1 article showcasing our iPad program at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens.  In addition to stressing the importance of giving guests the ability to stay in touch with family and friends and take advantage of the internet, NY1 emphasizes the benefits of our state of the art iPad app, whose many features empower guests during their stay at The Grand.

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Rehabilitation Centers Give Patients iPads to Keep Them Connected


Connectivity is the key, according to a Time Warner Cable NY1 article showcasing our iPad program at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens.  In addition to stressing the importance of giving guests the ability to stay in touch with family and friends and take advantage of the internet, NY1 emphasizes the benefits of our state of the art iPad app, whose many features empower guests during their stay at The Grand.

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Welcome to The Grand Healthcare System!


Combining beautiful residences with modern amenities, The Grand Healthcare System is a new way to receive premium services in a range of accommodations that go above and beyond your expectations. With the warmth and comforts of home, it’s no wonder that our four new and all-inclusive health facilities are already a preferred destination for high quality healthcare across New York.

Both short and long term guests will notice our innovative approach to providing quality healthcare, including our acclaimed guest services program. Why not take a moment to find out how our chefs create unique dining experiences, or how our 24-hour Concierge service adds that personal touch?

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing boasts the most advanced and world class clinical care anywhere, offering holistic care that goes beyond just treating symptoms. Whether you are looking for an extended stay or short term rehabilitation, our friendly staff and calming surroundings will help turn your stay into an experience that is truly Grand. Read a few of the testimonials that we have already received since opening!

Thank you for visiting our brand new site. Call us now to discuss your customized residency at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing and get the exceptional care you deserve in our beautiful surroundings.