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A History of Caring

Named for the Talmudic scholar Rabbi Abraham Alperstein, Beth Abraham ("The House of Abraham"), now CenterLight Health System, was founded in 1920 by his socially conscious wife Bertha Alperstein. Her vision inspired the construction of a simple wood-frame house that was erected as a safe haven for impoverished Jews once confined to New York City’s hospital on Blackwell Island (now Roosevelt Island). With the help of a handful of determined women, she created a refuge for the frail, poor and elderly Jewish community of the Bronx, offering nutritious food, quality recreation and the best nursing care available.

From this beginning, CenterLight Health System's commitment has evolved into an organization that is sensitive to the cultural needs of the diverse populations in the communities we serve. Today, with over 4,500 employees serving more than 10,000 individuals each day in over 40 locations, CenterLight Health System is a multi-ethnic organization whose patients and staff reflect New York’s ever-changing diversity.

“Almost a century later, CenterLight Health System is a national leader in providing and coordinating home and community-based long term care …”

Our Timeline

1920 Beth Abraham opens 60 beds for the chronically disabled

1925 Farkas Pavilion dedicated to serve 250 residents

1958 Zahn Pavilion dedicated to serve 210 residents

1969 Beth Abraham receives approval from Food and Drug Administration to use drug L-Dopa to treat post-encephalitic patients

1970 Baum-Rothschild Pavilion dedicated, bringing total beds to 520

1974 Full service laboratory opens

1983 Scheuer Gardens, the first of Beth Abraham Health Services' housing facilities, opens 115 apartments for the elderly and disabled of all ages

          Beth Abraham Health Services Adult Day Health Care Program opens

1985 Comprehensive Care Management (CCM), New York State's long-term managed care program, begins to provide case management and comprehensive services

1989 Scheuer Plaza opens with 100 apartments

1992 CCM programs receive funding from Medicare/Medicaid

1993 Completion of third Beth Abraham housing building, Weinberg Apartments with 95 apartments

1995 Institute for Music and Neurologic Function is established

1996 Westchester Adult Day Health Care Program opens

         Beth Abraham assumes operation and direct management of Schnurmacher Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing as a joint venture with Beth Israel Medical Center with 245 beds

1998 Weinberg Gardens opens with 66 apartments

         Dementia program established in Beth Abraham Health Services using controlled multi-sensory stimulation equipment manufactured by Snoezelen

1999 CNR initiates the “Neighborhood Approach,” which empowers residents, with the help of staff and family, to create a lifestyle that works best for them.

2002 Beth Abraham Family of Health Services forms corporate affiliate merger with CNR Health Care Network in Brooklyn

2005 Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center joins Beth Abraham Family of Health Services to provide comprehensive community health services in Queens

2008 CNR first facility in New York City to implement virtual rehabilitation

2009 CCM opens a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Center inside the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Dominic convent in Amityville, along with 4 other sites, bringing the total to 17

2010 Beth Abraham celebrates 90 years of service to the community

2012 Beth Abraham Family of Health Services becomes CenterLight Health System

          CCM becomes CenterLight Healthcare

Testimonial Concetta

I have all the freedom I want at Beth Abraham Health Services to fulfill my dreams, but there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Concetta, Beth Abraham Health Services Resident