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The Grand Helps Poughkeepsie Spread Holiday Cheer


The Grand Rehabilitation, and the Poughkeepsie Fire and Police Departments wanted to make sure everyone had a Merry Christmas.

The groups teamed up last weekend to distribute food and gifts to families in need throughout the city.

The Grand at River Valley served as a drop-off site with many items donated by visitors and family members of residents at the facility. Additionally, staff purchased more than $400 worth of toys from Mart to add to the boxes.

Volunteers also delivered flowers and turkeys provided by participating local businesses.

Source: http://southwestdutchess.dailyvoice.com/lifestyle/the-grand-helps-poughkeepsie-spread-holiday-cheer/729825/

Jim Teske at The Grand in Chittenango for Operation Good Things


A friendly visitor


The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Barnwell in Valatie had a visit from Albert EinSwine, a new pet therapy pig, on Dec. 20. Albert is four months old, weighs 14 pounds, and it is said that he loves people just as much as his well-known half-brother Bacon Bits. Here, he visits with one of the residents.

Source: http://m.timesunion.com/local/article/Your-Best-Shot-12456313.php

Local Santa Claus honored at Heritage Health Care Center


Guilderland Food Pantry gathers food, gifts for family displaced by fire


More than 90 families are getting fresh holiday meals from the Guilderland Food Pantry this year. But one family is getting a little more.

The Bailey family has had to start from scratch since a fire destroyed their house on Saratoga Street in Cohoes back in March. Now Sarah Bailey and her family have found a new home in Guilderland, and are about a week away from their first Christmas since that fire.

"She admitted to me that she had nothing for Christmas she didn't have a tree she didn't have anything for the kids," says Susan Hennessy, Director of the Guilderland Food Pantry.

Several local businesses have helped gather food and gifts for the family of eight, to take their minds off losing the home where they started their family holiday traditions.

"When you have a fire it's just not that day that if affects you. it affects you in the long term, the children," Bailey said.

But for the time being, they can focus on something else, a full Christmas tree and a hot meal.

"Their faces are going to light up this Christmas morning, just to see how blessed we are."

Source: http://cbs6albany.com/news/local/guilderland-food-pantry-gathers-food-gifts-for-family-displaced-by-fire

Community helps Cohoes family recover after fire


It's shaping up to be a happier holiday for a family of eight.

The Bailey family, a family of eight – including six kids -- lost everything to a house fire back in March on Saratoga Street in Cohoes. Now, they're getting back on their feet with a new home across the county and help from the Guilderland Food Pantry, which helps dozens of families each year.

A van from Grand Nursing and Rehabilitation in Guilderland helped deliver clothes, food, goods and Christmas presents.

"All they needed was size 6 diapers," recalled Sue Hennessy, with the Guilderland Food Pantry. "We can do more. So when I found out they didn't even have a Christmas tree and they needed just about everything, I contacted some local businesses and they came through."

"It's part of our core values in our company, which is really to take care of our clients in the community and to give back. So we're involved in multiple organizations and plan on coming back next year," noted Shelley Topino with Techworks Consulting.

"We put out an angel tree for donations in our lobby and we've talked to the community members and they've also come in and donated so much and we just really want to give back to the families," echoed Josh Held with Grand Rehabilitation.

"When you think about a community, you think of just a small community, but it's actually the whole 518 that's really been helping," pointed out Albree Bailey, a fire victim.

"We're just so blown away," echoed Sarah Bailey, another fire victim. "God is good."

A lot of other Guilderland businesses stepped up not just for this family, but for the food pantry itself. They offered gifts, decorations, food from Hannaford and Crossgates Mall gift cards.

Source: http://wnyt.com/news/helping-bailey-family-recover-after-fire-guilderland-food-pantry-cohoes-albany-county/4715381/?cat=10114

New owner plans upgrades for Barnwell


The Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 3230 Church Street, the largest skilled nursing facility in Columbia County, has been sold to The Grand Healthcare System, a company based in Queens.

The Grand Healthcare closed on the purchase from Cassena Care, headquartered in Woodbury, December 7 and paid about $30 million for the six-story, 111,000 square-foot facility, The Grand Healthcare System’s Regional Vice President Bruce Gendron told The Columbia Paper this week.

Barnwell is now one of nine healthcare facilities owned and operated by The Grand across the state.

The 236-bed skilled-nursing facility, which provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization, has been renamed The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell.

“We are delighted to add Barnwell to our stable of properties. The skilled nursing facility is the largest of its kind in Columbia County and has a long and proud history,” The Grand Healthcare System CEO Jeremy B. Strauss said in a press release.

The Valatie facility had its “grand launch” Monday, December 11, said Mr. Gendron. New signage was brought in, lunch and new uniforms with The Grand’s branding were provided to employees and gift toiletries were given to the residents “to introduce ourselves and tell them about our mission and vision,” he said.

The Grand has hired Kinderhook resident Gary March as the facility’s administrator.

With facilities in Chittenango, Guilderland, Rome, Queens, Pawling, Whitestone, Poughkeepsie, and Utica, Mr. Gendron said, The Grand has “a very strong regional team which will be there and available to support” the Valatie facility.

He also said The Grand has “a very good track record of acquiring distressed organizations and turning them around.”

According to a December 11 story by Claire Hughes in the Times Union, “the purchase continues The Grand’s practice of acquiring poorly performing nursing homes. The federal Medicare program gives the 236-bed Valatie nursing home a rating of one out of five stars, indicating that it is much below average on health, safety, and quality inspections. The nursing home had an occupancy rate of 97% earlier this year, with the need for more nursing home beds in the county, according to state Health Department documents.”

To find out about how Barnwell and other nursing homes/rehabilitation centers compare to each other visit the State Department of Health site: https://profiles.health.ny.gov/nursing_home/

The Grand plans renovations and physical improvements to residential and common areas at Barnwell, such as care, activity and dining rooms.

“We are committed to elevating quality and access to care for local residents and plan to invest in significant upgrades to the facility’s resident living areas, common areas and rehabilitation rooms. Our aim is to create a facility where exceptional clinical care is coupled with a luxury experience for guests and their loved ones,” Mr. Gendron said in a press release.

Key to improving the facility’s performance, he said by phone, is providing staff education and the distribution of 1,000 new uniforms, to improve morale and help staff feel educated and look professional.

He said color-coded uniforms are not just about aesthetics but also assist residents and visitors to determine who is who should they need help.

The facility currently employs 400 people full- and part-time and will add additional staff members in the coming months, including dietary aides, certified nursing assistants, licensed nurses, registered nurses, and registered practical nurses.

Mr. Gendron said The Grand has invested in a full-time recruiter at the Valatie facility to focus efforts on the “challenge” of adding and retaining staff.

Valatie Mayor Diane Argyle said by phone this week that Barnwell is the biggest consumer of water and sewer services in the village. She said she was aware of the sale because the new owners had made inquiries about installing new signs and the new head of facility maintenance there had introduced himself to the Department of Public Works.

Kinderhook Town Supervisor Pat Grattan said that Gladys Steuerwald originally started Barnwell, so it’s considered “a hometown business.” The Steuerwalds were “great people and active in the community.” The supervisor said he hopes the new owner will continue in their footsteps.

The Steuerwalds founded Barnwell in 1940. They later leased and then sold the facility to Cassena Care about 10 years ago.

The Church Street facility provides comprehensive sub-acute, and long-term rehabilitation and nursing services. Barnwell also operates a 44-person adult daycare center that provides health and related services, as well as care and supervision for adults who require physical rehabilitation, dementia management or other condition-specific forms of assistance.

“We are happy to be in the Valatie community,” said Mr. Gendron, noting that Barnwell has “nice potential.

“Barnwell has been there for decades providing important health care services and we are proud and pleased to continue that tradition.”

Source: https://www.columbiapaper.com/2017/12/new-owner-plans-upgrades-barnwell/

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One Last Christmas Visit for 'Santa Sandy'


 If you tried entering Sandy Smith’s house through the front door, your way would be blocked by a sea of Christmas presents crowding her living room.

None belong to her. Rather, the West Winfield resident only owned some of the wrapping paper and the months spent bringing them all together.

Smith has spent nearly two decades of Decembers running an annual gift drive for the residents at the Heritage Health Care Center in Utica.

In recent years, Smith has coordinated roughly 90 volunteers to fulfill some of the Christmas wishes at the Utica nursing home, including those of 173 residents this year. The 66-year-old started the program in 2001 after the death of her mother, who once stayed at the Heritage.

But after a few thousand presents, “Santa Sandy” plans for this year’s delivery to be her last.

The O-D sat down with Smith for an interview:

How did it start?

In 2001, that was the year I worked at the (former) Savings Bank of Utica at the time. We had an employees’ club and I was the president of the employees club. We had money we needed to spend, so we adopted 10 residents that year and bought gifts for them.

Sandy Smith

• Age: 66

• Resides: West Winfield

• Experience: Works in quality control appraisal review for banks; president of the West Winfield Rotary Club; financial secretary for Federated Church of West Winfield; former member of the Winfield Town Board.

• For information about Smith’s annual gift program or if you’re interested in taking the reins, call 315-822-6418.

The following year, our club was disbanded ... but one of my co-workers came to me and said, “Why don’t you call (Heritage) ... and we’ll do it ourselves?”

Why are you stepping down?

I hate to give it up. It’s just gotten to the point where probably from the first week of October when I get my list to (this week) when I deliver, my time isn’t my own anymore.

What’s it like being known as Santa Sandy?

I laugh at it. I was tagged that by my (former church) minister. I don’t do this for publicity. I just do it because when my mom was in the nursing home and when you go to the home visiting people, you recognize so many don’t have anyone that comes to see them often. They don’t really celebrate happiness anymore because they’re kind of off in this place. Not that (the staff) doesn’t take good care of them. They do, but they’re limited. They have limited funds.

What can you say about your volunteers?

The amazing thing about the people doing this is the generosity. They will get (the residents) everything.

Where do you hope it goes from here?

If a club takes on the project, they could do it a lot easier than just me and all the people I have to coordinate with. I would be more than glad to share how I do this.

Source: http://www.uticaod.com/news/20171218/one-last-christmas-visit-for-santa-sandy

Holiday spirit comes to life at community-wide tree lighting at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome


It was a joyous start to the yuletide season Friday, Dec. 1, with community and family members joining guests at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome for a gala tree lighting that was open to the public.

Excitement was in the air as the Grand’s most senior resident, 98-year-old Marie Shillace, flipped the switch that brought the colorfully decorated holiday tree to life.

Everyone enjoyed the brilliant outdoor display through the large dining room windows, taking in the sight of the tree, the twinkling overhead lights, the festive wreath and an illuminated sleigh with reindeer, filling the room with that indescribable holiday magic.

Indoors, everything was aglow as well, as guests enjoyed a cheerful visit from Miss Central New York’s Outstanding Teen and Princess, Arlena Occhipinti and Hannah Kusmierczak, who distributed holiday cards to everyone and spent time interacting with Grand guests. Adding to the festivities were beautifully sung holiday carols performed by the Rome Free Academy’s extremely talented Fermata Nowhere a cappella choir.

And because the joy of giving is even greater than the joy of receiving, the Grand’s very own Miss Grand, Nancy Fuller, gave holiday cards to all of our visitors, thanking them for joining in the special holiday party.

Everyone enjoyed the event, taking the time to savor both the Christmas spirit and the tantalizing refreshments while chatting with friends old and new.

“What better way could there be to celebrate the holiday season than by opening up our doors and inviting everyone to join us for a tree lighting?” said Kristen Spohr-Fulmer, administrator The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome. “Christmas is that special holiday that touches the heart of everyone, young and old, and here at The Grand, we love being able to share the holiday spirit in a big way.”

Source: http://madisoncountycourier.com/?p=87195

Barnwell Nursing Home in Valatie bought by The Grand Healthcare System


The Grand Healthcare System, a company that runs several nursing home and rehabilitation facilities throughout the Hudson Valley, has purchased the Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Church Street.

The center will undergo renovations and rebranding.

Queens-based Grand Healthcare bought the 236-bed nursing home at 3230 Church St., which provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization, from Cassena Care, headquartered in Woodbury.

The purchase price has not been disclosed.

The property where the facility is located is owned by Valatie Acquisition II LLC., in Woodbury, which filed a new deed document with the Columbia County Clerk’s Office in March, that still lists Valatie Acquisition as the continued owner of the property.

“We are delighted to add Barnwell to our stable of properties,” said Jeremy Strauss, CEO of The Grand Healthcare System. “The skilled nursing facility is the largest of its kind in Columbia County and has a long and proud history.”

Founded in 1940, the Valatie facility provides comprehensive sub-acute, and long-term rehabilitation and nursing services.

Barnwell also operates a 44-person adult day care center that provides health and related services, as well as care and supervision for adults who require physical rehabilitation, dementia management or other condition-specific forms of assistance.

Barnwell employs 400 workers and will add additional staff in the coming months, including dietary aides, certified nursing assistants, licensed nurses, registered nurses and registered practical nurses.

The rebranding of the Barnwell facility 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 properties such as a personalized menu, concierge service, courtesy shuttle service and iPad program to communicate with family and loved ones any time of the day or night.

“This transition to The Grand represents an exciting new chapter in Barnwell’s history,” said The Grand Healthcare System Regional Vice President Bruce Gendron. “We are committed to elevating quality and access to care for local residents and plan to invest in significant upgrades to the facility’s resident living areas, common areas and rehabilitation rooms. Our aim is to create a facility where exceptional clinical care is coupled with a luxury experience for guests and their loved ones.”

Source: https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/barnwell-nursing-home-valatie-bought-grand-healthcare-system

The Grand Healthcare System Acquires Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center


Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 236-bed skilled nursing facility in Valatie, N.Y. that provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization, has a new name and brand.

The Grand Healthcare System, one of New York’s leading healthcare companies, announced that it has purchased the facility from Cassena Care, headquartered in Woodbury, N.Y., for an undisclosed amount. The facility will be renamed The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell and will become one of seven facilities across the state to be affiliated with Queens, N.Y.-based company. Other sites include: The Grand at Queens, The Grand at Pawling, The Grand at River Valley, The Grand at Chittenango and The Grand at Rome.

“We are delighted to add Barnwell to our stable of properties,” said Jeremy B. Strauss, CEO of The Grand Healthcare System. “The skilled nursing facility is the largest of its kind in Columbia County and has a long and proud history.”

Founded in 1940, the Church Street facility provides comprehensive sub-acute, and long-term rehabilitation and nursing services. Barnwell also operates a 44-person adult daycare center that provides health and related services, as well as care and supervision for adults who require physical rehabilitation, dementia management or other condition-specific forms of assistance.

“Today’s transition to The Grand represents an exciting new chapter in Barnwell’s history,” said The Grand Healthcare System’s Regional Vice President Bruce Gendron. “We are committed to elevating quality and access to care for local residents and plan to invest in significant upgrades to the facility’s resident living areas, common areas and rehabilitation rooms. Our aim is to create a facility 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 Barnwell 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 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.

The facility currently employs 400 and will add additional members of staff in the coming months, including dietary aides, certified nursing assistants, licensed nurses, registered nurses, and registered practical nurses.

For more information about The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell, please call (518) 758-6222 or visit TheGrandHealthcare.com.

Barnwell Nursing home sold, Will have a new name soon


Barnwell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 236-bed skilled nursing facility in Valatie, N.Y. that provides rehabilitation and nursing services to patients who require either short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization, has a new name and brand.

The Grand Healthcare System, one of New York’s leading healthcare companies, announced that it has purchased the facility from Cassena Care, headquartered in Woodbury, N.Y., for an undisclosed amount. The facility will be renamed The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell and will become one of many facilities across the state to be affiliated with Queens, N.Y.-based company. Other sites include: The Grand at Queens, The Grand at Pawling, The Grand at River Valley, The Grand at Chittenango and The Grand at Rome.

Founded in 1940, the Church Street facility provides comprehensive sub-acute, and long-term rehabilitation and nursing services. Barnwell also operates a 44-person adult daycare center that provides health and related services, as well as care and supervision for adults who require physical rehabilitation, dementia management or other condition-specific forms of assistance.

The rebranding of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell 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 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.

The facility currently employs 400 and will add additional members of staff in the coming months, including dietary aides, certified nursing assistants, licensed nurses, registered nurses, and registered practical nurses.

For more information about The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Barnwell, please call (518) 758-6222 or visit TheGrandHealthcare.com.

Source: https://985thecat.iheart.com/featured/bill-williams/content/2017-12-11-barnwell-nursing-home-sold-will-have-a-new-name-soon/