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Our Seniors Beat the Heat in Our 2nd Annual Senior Olympics


Seniors set to showcase athletic skills at 2nd annual Senior olympics


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60+ Mobile, Wheelchair-Bound Residents from The Grand Healthcare System Facilities Will
Compete in Events at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland
Designed to Promote Socialization, Physical and Mental Activity

GUILDERLAND CENTER, N.Y. (Sept. 20, 2017) — More than 60 seniors from several New York state nursing facilities operated by The Grand Healthcare System will gather at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Guilderland (428 NYS 146, Altamont) Wednesday, Sept. 27 to take part in the 2nd annual Senior Olympics.

The inspirational sporting event, which will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will include competition in a multitude of sports and games, including basketball, table bowling, horseshoes, frisbee toss, cornhole and golf putting on the facility’s recently installed three-hole therapeutic putting green.

“The purpose of the Senior Olympics is to create one large event that brings all of our residents together from each of our New York facilities,” said Jeremy B. Strauss, CEO of the Queens-based The Grand Healthcare System. “Research shows that social support plays a key role in overall health as people age. By bringing everyone together, we are not only providing our seniors with the chance to interact with one another, but also enjoy stimulating fun physical and mental activities.”

The day will get underway with local veterans raising the stars and stripes and singing the national anthem. Following the day’s competition, which is designed to accommodate residents who are mobile, as well as those in wheelchairs, a medal ceremony will be held honoring the participants. Trophies will be awarded to the winner of each game, as well as the Senior Olympics’ overall winner.

“Residents have been training hard over the past month for this event,” said Jim Connolly, administrator, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing in Guilderland. “Each facility has held special training days where residents have had the chance to hone their skills and practice the sports in which they will be competing.”

“The winter and summer Olympics are much more than quadrennial competitions. They are events where athletes come together to celebrate life and the human spirit,” added Strauss. “It is our goal to replicate that special experience for our residents.”

The Grand Healthcare System is one of New York’s leading healthcare companies. The company, which provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization, operates facilities in Queens, Pawling, Poughkeepsie, Guilderland, Chittenango, Utica and Rome, N.Y.

For more information about The Grand at Guilderland, please call (518) 861-5141 or visit TheGrandHealthcare.com.

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About The Grand Healthcare System

The Grand Healthcare System offers a full continuum of premium healthcare services across its state-of-the-art health facilities, regardless of whether an individual is there for an extended stay or for one of its premium specialty care services. Unique all-inclusive health facilities in Queens, Pawling, Poughkeepsie, Guilderland, Chittenango and Rome, NY make it a preferred destination for individuals seeking high quality healthcare with modern and convenient amenities. Among the services and programs provided are: stroke rehabilitation at The Walter Strauss Stroke Center (The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens), 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 Healthcare System, please call (718) 215-6000 or visit www.thegrandhealthcare.com.

Connolly named administrator at The Grand


The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland has appointed James Connolly as administrator.

The 127-bed nursing facility provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization. The Grand also operates facilities in Queens, Pawling, Poughkeepsie, Chittenango, and Rome.

Connolly, a licensed nursing-home administrator from Saratoga Springs, 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.

Connolly has more than 35 years of experience in the health-care field and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He holds an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and master’s degrees in both business administration and public health from Columbia University.

Source: https://altamontenterprise.com/09212017/connolly-named-administrator-grand

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland Names Connolly Administrator


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 appointed James Connolly of Saratoga Springs administrator.

In his new position, Connolly, a licensed nursing home administrator, 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 Jim to our team,” said The Grand Healthcare CEO Jeremy Strauss, whose company also operates facilities in Queens, Pawling, Poughkeepsie, Chittenango and Rome. “He has a passion for excellence and we look forward to him helping us further improve the facility’s quality of care and service for each of our valued guests.”

Connolly, who has more than 35 years of experience in the healthcare field and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, has been honored on numerous occasions for his contributions to healthcare and community service in the Capital Region.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and master’s degrees in both business administration and public health from Columbia University.

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

Former Ellis CEO takes reins at nursing home


Former Ellis Medicine CEO Jim Connolly is back in a direct patient care setting, serving as administrator of a Guilderland nursing home after a stint in state government.

“What is really nice for me personally is it’s a smaller scale than I’ve been involved with in the past,” he said of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland, a 127-bed facility in Guilderland Center. Connolly feels more connected to staff and particularly patients in this new role, because unlike hospitals, where he has spent most of his career, nursing residences are not just places to receive medical care, they are home.

There’s a satisfaction in making it the best home it can be, Connolly said.

The Long Island native and Saratoga Springs resident worked in hospitals for more than 40 years, building to leadership positions at hospitals in Buffalo and Glens Falls before taking over as president and CEO of what was then Ellis Hospital in 2007.

Connolly presided over massive changes during his tenure there, as Ellis, St. Clare’s and Bellevue hospitals were ordered by the state to merge into what is now Ellis Medicine.

He retired from Ellis in early 2015 and went to work for the state Department of Health’s Office of Health Insurance Programs, working to help implement the state’s new Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment program. It was his first job out of a health care setting, but the goal of DSRIP -- helping build a healthier population -- was not unfamiliar.

Work Ellis had done with under-served portions of the population in Schenectady County was very similar, Connolly said. “I could talk to people trying to launch community initiatives,” he said.

At the end of July, he moved back to a patient-care facility: The Guilderland nursing home. He said he worked in similar settings early in his career but never was an administrator.

Connolly joined the facility in an era of change.

The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland is the former Guilderland Center Nursing Home, which had a history of labor strife and poor ratings from state and federal regulators. It landed on the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Special Focus Facility list, a nationwide “worst-of” roster of nursing homes with a record of serious quality problems.

The Grand Healthcare System began operating it in 2014, then acquired it in late 2016 and embarked on a rebranding campaign and renaming the facility.

The Queens-based system operates five other nursing facilities in the state that are rated from two to five stars on the five-star scale maintained by Medicare.

The Guilderland facility is off the Special Focus list now, but it still has only a 1-star Medicare rating.

The more than $1 million worth of physical upgrades that have been made are much easier to complete than the turnaround in culture that needs to happen, Connolly said, but he found that turnaround well underway when he made his first visit there.

“It was very obvious when I went to interview,” he said.

He also heard positive assessments from a lot of knowledgeable people he knew from other stages of his career.

Daily patient census is running around 123 to 125, nearly full capacity, Connolly said. Some are short-term inpatients undergoing physical therapy and rehab before going home, others are long-term residents who are no longer able to live independently.

Looking forward, Connolly said, the staff will be the biggest asset and biggest challenge as The Grand Healthcare System continues the turnaround.

“The staff is very committed to care,” he said, adding that on a daily basis he sees the love that they show the residents.

The hard part comes when an employee leaves for another job.

“The world of health care has tremendous challenges when it comes to recruiting people,” Connolly said. “I think you have to take a long-term look at recruiting.” This includes efforts to train, lead, mentor and retain employees once they are recruited.

Connolly said he wants to be part of the turnaround, and it won’t be the first rebuilding project he faced.

Ellis Medicine, he said, was essentially created from scratch by merging three organizations with three different cultures.

Solving problems is an inescapable part of modern health administration, Connolly said.

“I think probably everybody who’s in health care is engaged in that now.”

Source: https://dailygazette.com/article/2017/09/15/former-ellis-ceo-takes-reins-at-nursing-home