RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY & OPEN HOUSE TO MARK THE OPENING OF NEW VILLAGECARE REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER

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RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY & OPEN HOUSE TO MARK THE OPENING OF NEW VILLAGECARE REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER

 

The First Newly Built Nursing Center for Manhattan Seniors in Half a Century

 
WHAT:             VillageCare, a community-based, not-for-profit service organization dedicated to serving the elderly, persons living with HIV and AIDS, and individuals in need of medical and rehabilitation services, will unveil the all-new, 105-bed, state-of-the-art Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at 214 W Houston Street on Thursday, October 21. This unique residential care center redefines the traditional role of a nursing home to reflect today’s demands to care for residents with higher clinical needs, but requiring shorter stays. As the first newly built nursing facility for seniors in Manhattan in more than half a century, the Center will offer modern rehabilitation and recovery care to patients with the goal of preparing them for a return home to their families and communities. Please see below for additional information about the Center.
 
WHO:               Emma DeVito, President & CEO of VillageCare will be available for interviews
 
WHEN:             10 a.m. Thursday, October 21, 2010
 
WHERE:           214 W Houston Street
(between Varick Street & Sixth Avenue) New York, NY 10014
 
Additional Information about VillageCare Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
The new Center caps off a long-term care service reconfiguration by VillageCare that has created a variety of community-based care options, such as a Medicaid Assisted Living Program. The new Center is about half the capacity of the old Village Nursing Home, which it replaces, completing VillageCare’s commitment to “rightsize” its institutional capacity as part of a state long-term care reform demonstration project. The overall design concept of the Center promotes healing and well being, facilitates a natural flow of patients and staff and allows for efficient and effective delivery of rehabilitation services, while respecting the privacy and dignity of patients. Each residential floor will feature common areas where family and friends can visit with their loved ones in addition to dining areas where self-serve hospitality food bars and full-service pantries will be available. A healing bamboo garden, integrated into the entire facility footprint so that it can be seen from all levels, will offer a place for quiet social interaction and contemplation. Designed and constructed using “green” strategies that improve energy savings, water efficiency and indoor environmental quality, the Center is LEED certified.
 

Initiatives to enhance the ability of staff members to interact with patients and to work in non-traditional ways with those in their care and with their families have been adopted to create a patient-centered care program, with the specially trained staff, at the new Center. Operational advancements such as wireless electronic medical records, wireless staff communications and electronic dietary, patient monitoring and workflow systems will support better staff functioning and patient care.