Tuckahoe Retirement Community to Administer First COVID-19 Vaccines to 72 Residents and 50 Associates Monday

(Tuckahoe, NY )  – More than 120 residents and staff members of The Fountains at RiverVue, a Watermark Retirement Community in TuckahoeN.Y., will receive the first of a two-dose vaccine against COVID-19 Monday. The onsite clinic by Omnicare/CVS is scheduled for a 10 a.m. launch on Monday, Jan. 25 with 72 residents and 50 associates being vaccinated throughout the day until 4 p.m. 

Among the residents is World War II veteran, Frank Caruso, and his wife of 75 years, Anne. Caruso safely celebrated his 100th birthday in 2020, and he is eager to receive the first vaccine alongside his wife and friends in the community. The couple looks forward to resuming much of what they’ve enjoyed at The Fountains at RiverVue, especially the musical events.

 

Fountains at RiverVue Executive Director Monica Lafferty says excitement is high among residents as the vaccine clinic begins – a sign that the community will soon regain much of its vibrancy.  

“Our residents have shown admirable resiliency as they have taken significant precautions to keep themselves and one another safe against the virus. They deserve this gift of the vaccine so that they can have more freedom to reconnect with their neighbors and safely return to the activities that once filled their calendars.

 

For resident Barbara Vahue, that favorite activity is the community’s trivia contests, and for resident Robert Ptofsky, it’s the monthly political roundtables. Both Vahue and Ptofsky are also scheduled to receive the COVID-19 vaccine Monday.

 

At the clinic, a registered nurse will be on hand to monitor residents for reactions to the vaccine. Under Watermark’s Stay Safe. Be Well. program, staff has been trained to constantly watch residents for symptoms of the disease and will continue to do so regarding response to the vaccine. 

Meadow Park, Catonsville, MD

Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Launches Cardio Pulmonary Care Program

CATONSVILLE, Md.,  Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center has launched a Cardio Pulmonary Care Program designed to meet the healthcare needs of area residents. Pulmonologist Dr. Mark Gosnell and cardiologist Dr. Ashok Chopra are overseeing the initiative at the 120-bed skilled nursing facility in Catonsville.

Meadow Park’s comprehensive Cardio Pulmonary Care Program aims to promote independence and quality of life through reducing symptoms and decreasing disability in heart and lung patients, while increasing their participation in physical and social activities. Services are tailored for individuals with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, post heart and lung transplants, emphysema, acute myocardial infarctions and acute respiratory failure, among other diagnoses.

In addition to consults with Dr. Chopra, Dr. Gosnell and other board-certified specialists, Meadow Park heart and lung patients benefit from certified nurses on staff, seven days per week therapy services as prescribed, 24/7 access to lab and radiology services, and a range of additional services and therapies. Those include tracheostomy care and management, a wide range of oxygen therapies and nebulizer therapies, as well as IV Lasix and Intotrope Infusions.

“Post-hospital rehab programs are proven to reduce the chance of hospital re-admission and significantly improve health and quality of life – and prolong life spans – for patients who have suffered a cardiac or pulmonary health event,” said Nikki Gachot, regional director of business development at Marquis Health Consulting Services, which supports Meadow Park and helped the facility develop the new offering. “Meadow Park’s cardio pulmonary rehab services ease patients’ transition home and also focus on creating long-term lifestyle changes, including an improved exercise and nutrition plan, and stress reduction.”

Dr. Gosnell is board certified in critical care and pulmonary medicine, and is the director of intensive care and chief of pulmonary at MedStar Harbor Hospital, regularly teaching respiratory physiology to residents. He maintains a practice in Glen Burnie, Md., and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.

Board certified in internal medicine and cardiology, Dr. Chopra is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology. He has been in private practice for 36 years and attending to patients at Grace Medical Center, formerly Bon Secours Hospital, where he served as the director of the ICU for more than 10 years. Dr. Chopra is also affiliated with St. Agnes Hospital, where he completed his medical residency and Cardiology Fellowship.

“Meadow Park is fortunate to have Dr. Chopra and Dr. Gosnell lead the Cardio Pulmonary Care Program,” noted Gachot. “They will work together with Meadow Park’s dedicated clinical team to provide for the best possible outcomes for heart and lung patients.”

Located at 1525 N Rolling Road, Meadow Park Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care.  As part of its programming, Meadow Park offers education and training for patients and family members, and coordination of home care services. The facility also offers 24/7 admissions direct from the emergency room.
Together with Marquis, Meadow Park has established a resource library of physician-curated content, addressing many topics – including cardiac rehab – of interest for families of patients and the larger community. The library and more information on Meadow Park can be found on the facility’s website, https://meadowparkrehabhc.com.

Based in Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Consulting Services is a highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company currently supporting Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds.

Jeffersons Ferry broke ground on a 89M expansion renovation project

$89M Expansion Begins at Jefferson’s Ferry

South Setauket, NY – ​Life plan community Jefferson’s Ferry secured tax-exempt bonds from the Town of Brookhaven Local Development Corporation and on Dec. 10 broke ground on an $89M expansion and renovation project during a private, socially distanced groundbreaking ceremony at One Jefferson Ferry Drive, South Setauket. Once completed, the 165,000 square-foot project will “enhance the lifestyle and experience for current residents and appeal to the desires and needs of a whole new generation of Long Islanders planning for retirement,” according to Jefferson’s Ferry CEO Bob Caulfield.

The expansion will add 60 new independent living one- and two-bedroom, plus den apartment homes with open floor plans to ​Jefferson’s Ferry’s existing 220 apartments and 28 cottages​. A new marketplace café, bistro-bar, destination dining room with alternating types of cuisines, and other enhanced services and amenities will cater to both current and future residents.

The new Healthy Living Center will incorporate a modern and fully-equipped gym and fitness room with access to professional trainers, plus a state of the art wellness & rehabilitation center. Residents can continue to access preventive care from a team of wellness experts in audiology, internal medicine, cardiology, dentistry, podiatry, psychiatry and ear, nose and throat specialists. Lab services and assistance with making medical appointments and filling prescriptions are also available.

“Our community is designed for aging better for longer, whether you live in independent living, assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing,” explained Caulfield.

The construction project includes an addition to the existing Vincent Bove Health Center, including a new state of the art Assisted Living building specifically designed for residents living with Alzheimer’s dementia and other memory impairing diseases. Existing dining, activities and community spaces in the assisted living and the skilled nursing center will be renovated to allow for more space and create a fresh, open-air feel.

Called “The Journey Toward Renewal,” the project is part of the award-winning community’s larger strategic initiative launched in 2018. “We’re building on a promise made by our founders in 2001,” said Caulfield. “We were the first to offer Long Islanders the all-inclusive services of a life plan community — also called a continuing care retirement community — and we’ve been delivering on our promise to help seniors thrive and age successfully ever since.”

Jefferson’s Ferry is a​n active lifestyle community that promotes dignity, privacy, individuality and independence. The physical design of Jefferson’s Ferry and the diverse programming and luxury amenities make staying active easy for residents as they age. The onsite care continuum offers security and peace of mind.

Supporting Long Island’s Economy
In August 2020, Jefferson’s Ferry was awarded low-cost energy by the ReCharge NY energy program to support a multi-million dollar expansion and renovation project. The state-run program supports businesses and nonprofits that commit to add jobs, expand operations, or otherwise invest in their local communities.

Jefferson’s Ferry currently employs 350 people and is expected to add 41 jobs in exchange for 435 kilowatts of power for a seven-year period. “The cost savings are significant to Jefferson’s Ferry, and, in turn, to residents living on fixed incomes,” said Caulfield. “Reducing our energy costs through this program goes a long way in helping us control the amount of fees we charge our members, giving them peace of mind about their future.”

Interest in Jefferson’s Ferry’s new apartments is high. Caulfield said total reservation deposits from prospective residents required by the New York State Department of Health to obtain approval to start construction exceed requirements prior to securing tax-exempt bonds issued through the Town of Brookhaven Local Development Corporation (LDC).

“The Brookhaven ​Local Development Corporation is pleased to play a small part in the expansion of this outstanding residence and health care facility,” said ​Frederick C. Braun III, chairman of the Brookhaven LDC.

Elissa Gargone, vice president of sales and marketing at Jefferson’s Ferry, said the benefits of living in a life plan community became more obvious during the pandemic, especially to Long Islanders and out-of-state seniors who are used to traveling and living active, social lives.

“Our depositors miss their pre-pandemic social life,” said Gargone. “They miss their friends and they miss having access to activities and routines that give them purpose and joy. Jefferson’s Ferry provides safe access to the active lifestyle they’re accustomed to living.”

According to Gargone, Jefferson’s Ferry wastes no time making depositors feel at home. There are virtual wine pairing events, Zoom get-togethers to meet current residents, and webinars to help them prepare for the move. During the lockdown, Gargone and the marketing team packed and delivered bags of food and essential supplies to their doorsteps. “Depositors may not live in our community yet, but they’re part of the Jefferson’s Ferry family,” she said.
Attending the groundbreaking ceremony were Jefferson’s Ferry’s CEO Bob Caulfield, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Elissa Gargone and Project Manager Matthew Moroney; Jefferson’s Ferry Board Chair Vivian Viloria-Fisher and board member and Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Valerie Cartright; Director of Economic Development and CEO Brookhaven Industrial Development Agency (IDA) and CEO Brookhaven Local Development Corporation (LDC) Town of Brookhaven Lisa M.G. Mulligan; and KBE Building Corp. Project Manager James Glaser. Additional Jefferson’s Ferry project partners include ​KDA Architects​, ​Tritec Building Company​, ​HJ Sims​ ​and ​Merlino Design​.

About Jefferson’s Ferry​ ​- Located along Long Island’s north shore at One Jefferson Ferry Drive, South Setauket, New York, Jefferson’s Ferry is a nonprofit life plan community for active adults ages 62 and above. The community offers independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services on-site, along with programs, services, and amenities designed to enhance resident life through health/wellness activities, lifelong learning, the arts and music, spiritual development and social opportunities. Jefferson’s Ferry has been consistently named “Best Retirement Community” and “Best Assisted Living” on Long Island by the “Bethpage Best of Long Island. For more information, visit ​https://www.jeffersonsferry.org​ or call ​(631) 650-2600.

Spring Grove Rehabilitation Healthcare Center

Spring Grove Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Named Among “Best Nursing Homes” for Second Consecutive Year

NEW PROVIDENCE, N.J.,– A $4 million renovation in the works at Spring Grove Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center and recognition as a “Best Nursing Home 2020-’21” by U.S. News & World Report reflect the quality services and patient care at the 106-bed skilled nursing facility in New Providence. In addition to its second consecutive honor in the short-stay rehab category, Spring Grove also earned “Best Nursing Home” status in Long-term Care by achieving the highest possible rating.

Located at 144 Gales Drive, Spring Grove provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. Marquis Consulting Services provides nursing home consulting for the facility and is spearheading its multi-million-dollar renovation.

“Being recognized for both short- and long-term care, particularly during a pandemic, is a testament to the entire team’s dedication to providing patients with the highest level of service,” said Marquis’ Ugochi Opara, regional director of market development. “The extensive renovation at the facility is focused on supporting those efforts toward ensuring quality outcomes for each patient and creating a modern, home-like environment for patients and care team members alike.”

Physical improvements involved in the renovation include a full-scale retrofit of the dedicated subacute unit, expansion of a state-of-the-art rehab therapy gym and upgrades throughout the long-term care unit. Spring Grove also has incorporated Marquis’ hospitality-focused Guest Services program, offering concierge-style support and personal services. Together, Spring Grove and Marquis are developing new specialized programming in partnership with the region’s leading healthcare providers. Programs include chronic kidney disease management and physiatry-driven rehabilitation services.  

Now in its 11th year, the U.S. News “Best Nursing Homes” ratings and profiles offer comprehensive information about care, safety, health inspections, staffing and more for nearly all of the nation’s 15,000-plus nursing homes. Only 21% of U.S. skilled nursing facilities were recognized for 2020-’21.

A highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company, Marquis currently supports Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living be

Waldron Staff By New Sign

Aperion Care Waldron Welcomes New Ownership; Renamed Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center

WALDRON, IND. – Aperion Care Waldron announces it has changed ownership. Renamed Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, the 79-bed subacute and skilled nursing facility provides a broad spectrum of care, including long- and short-term care and rehabilitation, in an intimate and compassionate environment.Waldron Staff By New Sign-Cropped.jpeg

The new ownership team is a group of skilled nursing facility managers and operators based in Indiana and the Midwest. The ownership change was effective November 1, 2020.

“In these challenging times, it is very reassuring that our new ownership team has years of know-how, shared values and a great group of experienced experts – based right here in the Midwest – to support our care team,” said Manoj Berry, the center’s Administrator.

Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center will benefit from the hands-on attention that comes from a smaller, but very skilled “non-corporate” ownership and management team. The team has overseen operations at similar-sized care centers, in rural and suburban communities around the Midwest, and brings many new ideas that have been very successful at other facilities.

Implementing “Genuine Hometown Care”

“Our new owners view Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center as a world of family and friends,” said Berry. “They share core principles and standards that reflect the people and beliefs of our region: Genuine Hometown Care, Community Integration, and Employees are Family.”

Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is known for its focus on providing hometown care with a commitment to fully integrating with the healthcare needs of the Waldron, Ind., community. As it continues to grow, the center will benefit from working with a skilled, hands-on regional ownership team.

“The ownership group has significant experience in overseeing operations at similar-sized care centers in rural and suburban communities around the Midwest,” Berry noted. “We anticipate incorporating new ideas that have been successful at their other facilities as we work to advance our mission of excellence in care.”

About Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center

Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is a 79-bed subacute and skilled nursing facility in Waldron, Ind., providing long-term care, short-term care, rehabilitation, occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehab-to-home, speech therapy, hospice care, and respite care. The center is currently accepting new admissions for short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. For further information, please contact Sarah Jones at (317) 512-7341 or visit the Waldron Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center website at www.waldronhc.com.

JEA Senior Living Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout for all Residents and Team Members

VANCOUVER, Wash.,JEA Senior Living (JEA), a leading senior care provider, announced today that it will be making the COVID-19 vaccination available for all residents and team members as the vaccine is made available by federal, state, and local health authorities. For new residents who move into a JEA Senior Living community before December 31, 2020, the COVID-19 vaccine will be provided to them free-of-charge.

Chris Belford, CEO, JEA Senior Living shared, “In order to provide the very best care for all of our residents, their families, and our team members, the leadership team at JEA Senior Living continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 updates from the CDC and WHO. This includes staying apprised of the latest developments surrounding preventative measures, recommended symptom management, and the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.”

Belford continued, “We are encouraging all of our residents and team members to receive the vaccine to protect not only themselves but their families as well. We believe that in order to eradicate COVID-19, it is our civic duty to receive the vaccine.”

Vaccine clinics are being coordinated with JEA’s Pharmacy partners and on-site clinics will be provided in 3 visits over the course of 2 months. Both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines include a series of 2 vaccinations. The initial vaccination provides about 55% of coverage, and the booster shot – which follows 21-28 days later – boosts immunity to 94-95%.

The Pfizer Vaccine has received the Emergency Use Authorization, with other vaccines to follow. For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: https://www.cdc.gov/

Team Members at JEA Senior Living communities will still be following social distancing and PPE protocols, even after receiving the vaccinations. This is in order to reduce exposure and the risk of transmission of COVID-19.

About JEA Senior Living

JEA is a family of companies that focuses on the development and management of senior living communities, concentrating on memory care facilities. The company and its founders date back to the early 1970s and have overseen the development and operation of independent living communities, assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities, and Alzheimer’s special care centers. JEA’s current portfolio includes more than 57 communities led by an experienced management team with experts in care, nursing, development, finance, construction, marketing, and comprehensive management.

Dr. Albanese

Crest Pointe Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Launches Chronic Kidney Disease Management Program Top Area Nephrologist Overseeing Program at Skilled Nursing Facility in Point Pleasant, N.J.

POINT PLEASANT, N.J. – Crest Pointe Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center in Point Pleasant has launched a chronic kidney disease (CKD) management program, naming board-certified nephrologist Dr. Joseph Albanese, D.O., as its director. The 118-bed skilled nursing facility in Point Pleasant is undergoing a multi-million-dollar upgrade, with physical improvements and programming enhancements including the CKD initiative.

Dr. Albanese is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology, and specializes in clinical hypertension. He serves as the dialysis medical director of the Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and also maintains a private practice in Ocean County.

Crest Pointe’s new CKD management program provides specialized care and services to patients with CKD and related diagnoses. The program aims to preserve kidney function and prevent further decline through a balance of treatment and education. This includes protocols to reduce symptoms, decrease disability, increase quality of life and promote independence.

In addition to consults with Dr. Albanese and other board-certified specialists, program features include diabetic management, health coaching and dietary education, and routine medical management of associated co-morbidities, among other services and therapies. Patients undergoing any form of dialysis treatment will have their treatment carefully coordinated with the dialysis unit to assure continuity and overall quality of specialized service.

Crest Pointe developed its CKD management program with Marquis Health Services, which provides nursing home consulting for the facility. “Dr. Albanese is highly respected for his expertise and leadership in the field of nephrology, and Crest Pointe is pleased to partner with him on its new CKD management program,” said Pam Montemurno, regional director of marketing development at Marquis.

Dr. Albanese earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa; he completed his nephrology fellowship and his internal medicine residency at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. His professional affiliations include the American Society of Hypertension, American Society of Nephrology, American Medical Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine, among others.

“Chronic kidney disease is prevalent among seniors and often associated with co-morbidities,” said Dr. Albanese. “Crest Pointe’s comprehensive program is much needed and aims to meet the complex healthcare needs of those living with CKD in Point Pleasant and the surrounding community.”

Located at 1515 Hulse Road, Crest Pointe Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care. The facility offers patients a scenic place to rehab and recover, as many patient rooms boast views of the Point Pleasant Canal.

A highly skilled and vision-driven nursing home consulting company based in nearby Brick, N.J., Marquis Health Services currently supports Mid-Atlantic and New England facilities totaling nearly 4,500 skilled nursing and assisted living beds

Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center Introduces Physiatry Services

RICHMOND, Va.,- Building on its vision for development of the area’s leading subacute rehabilitation services, Canterbury Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center has enhanced its specialized rehabilitation focus with the introduction of Physiatry programming and in-center consultative support under the direction of Dr. Daniel Perri. The 190-bed Henrico County skilled nursing facility, located at 1776 Cambridge Drive, provides post-hospital care, short-term rehab and long-term residential care.

Physiatry services – also known as physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) services – blend pain treatments and physical therapy with the goal to help patients avoid surgery. This physician-led, “whole body” approach at Canterbury centers on designing, coordinating and overseeing customized rehabilitation therapies for patients while managing their medical conditions, including co-morbidities. The program is tailored for individuals with a range of diagnoses and rehab needs.

Dr. Perri specializes in rehab care and the treatment of pain. He is board certified in PM&R, as well as pain medicine. “Physiatry services are quite new to Virginia and underscore Canterbury’s transformative care model,” said Dr. Perri. “I am pleased to join the dedicated team at Canterbury and provide cutting-edge services to meet the healthcare needs of the Henrico community.”

“Canterbury is thrilled to welcome Dr. Perri to lead our Physiatry programming, which maximizes rehab services and helps in ensuring the very best outcome for each patient,” said Jeremiah Davis, Canterbury’s administrator. “Dr. Perri is well respected for his expertise in physiatry and in the customization of optimal treatment plans for rehab patients. He will work seamlessly with Canterbury’s physical therapy specialists and care team.”

Dr. Perri serves as an expert consultant with the New York State Department of Health and is an adjunct clinical assistant professor, PM&R, with the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. Prior to joining Canterbury, he was the managing partner of Advantage Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the department chairman, PM&R, of Orange Regional Medical Center, both in Middletown, N.Y. Previous academic appointments include serving as the clinical instructor for the department of PM&R at UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.

New Post-Acute Rehabilitation Resort Under Construction in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK–Diakonos Group, LLC, in conjunction with Pi Architects, SCI Construction, LTD, and SMC Consulting Engineers, P.C., have begun construction on Parc Place Medical Resort, a post-acute rehabilitation facility in Oklahoma City.

Located on an 8.3-acre, 349,892 square-foot site offering 75 private rooms, this facility is designed to create a short-stay rehab setting where patients will receive modern rehabilitation services within a spa-like setting. Patient’s experiences will include a café and hotel-like lobby greeting them as they first enter the building to create a sense of welcome hospitality and social healing.

The building’s shape is designed to maximize the reach of natural light warming each of the conversation and activity spaces. Other atypical design features include multiple dining venues that spill out into each of the garden courts, providing guests with a variety of seating options for meals throughout the day. Therapy spaces energize guests to stay active with thoughtful ceiling and window designs that draw the eye from the moment they enter with color and height inviting them out to the connected private therapy courtyard.Located on an 8.3-acre, 349,892 square-foot site offering 75 private rooms, this facility is designed to create a short-stay rehab setting where patients will receive modern rehabilitation services within a spa-like setting. Patient’s experiences will include a café and hotel-like lobby greeting them as they first enter the building to create a sense of welcome hospitality and social healing.

The building is divided into three houses, each with its own themed dining rooms, outdoor cafés, and shaded garden courts. Additionally, guests can be treated to a modern salon experience, join one of the activity programs, or just relax at any of the cozy lounges provided throughout the building.

“We want to create an environment where people see others getting better and are inspired to pursue their therapy goals,” said Scott Pilgrim, Owner and CEO of the Diakonos Group. “They are here to get better and go home. But while they’re here, we want them to experience a resort-like environment where they feel pampered and engaged.”

“There are very few programs like this is in the Oklahoma City area. We look forward to bringing the medical resort idea to this community,” Pilgrim said. Parc Place Medical Resort is expected to open February 2021.