Heritage Health Care Center Plans $2 Million Renovation Project, Hire Additional Staff

UTICA, N.Y. (February 1, 2017) -- Heritage Health Care Center, a 220-bed skilled nursing facility with a 150-year history of providing quality health care to Central New York families, plans to spend more than $2 million on comprehensive renovations, as well as upgrade its staff training and education as part of the new board of directors’ sweeping vision to reinvigorate the facility.

In the coming months, the non-profit facility, which is located at 1657 Sunset Ave., will begin remodeling all resident guest rooms throughout the building, as well as the facility’s patient care area. Work will also begin shortly on constructing a new state-of-the-art rehabilitation gym to provide the highest level of physical and occupational therapy to its residents. The facility has already begun hiring more staff to provide the highest level of clinical care to the residents of Utica and beyond.

“We are extremely excited about our new board of directors,” said Board President Harvey Liebman. “They have brought an enhanced level of energy to the facility and are committed to helping us stay true to our mission, which is to provide our guests with quality professional and restorative services that will improve their independence, dignity and self-esteem.”

In an effort to streamline its operations and become more competitive in the Central New York marketplace,
Heritage Health Care Center has initiated a consulting arrangement with The Grand Healthcare System, one of New York’s leading healthcare companies. The Grand Healthcare System, which regionally owns and operates The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome and The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Chittenango, has a long track record of improving underperforming nursing homes across the state through strong leadership, training and capital improvements, renovations and equipment upgrades.

In addition to its Rome and Chittenango properties, the Queens-based company operates all-inclusive healthcare facilities in Guilderland, Pawling, Poughkeepsie and Queens. These nursing homes offer a full continuum of premium healthcare and specialty care services, including amputee therapy, bariatric rehabilitation, cardiac therapy, complex medical care programs, hip repair and joint replacement recovery programs, IV antibiotic therapy, medical nutrition therapy, and stroke rehabilitation.

“The board’s goal is to give Heritage Health Care Center the brightest possible future,” said Bruce Gendron, regional administrator for The Grand Healthcare System. “To do this we need to create more comfortable living and work-friendly spaces and provide new services for better quality of care. By addressing these changes to the physical plant and making strategic staffing upgrades, we will create an environment where exceptional clinical care is coupled with a luxury experience for guests and their loved ones.”

Founded in 1867 as a shelter for homeless women, Heritage Health Care Center offers an array of short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization to improve independence, dignity, and self-esteem. These services include inpatient medical rehabilitation, skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s care, wellness programs, outpatient physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and aqua therapy.

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