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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.