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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