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Update on Hurricane Sandy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, CenterLight Health System remains committed to serving our patients in all our programs and locations across the New York metropolitan area, Westchester and Suffolk counties. Healthcare professionals in our Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and our other managed long term care programs, Adult Day Health Care centers and nursing homes as well as our home health care and licensed home care agency staff are all working tirelessly to ensure the health and safety of our patients at this difficult time.

 

For members and patients and their families, for providers in our network, for vendors and all other partners, we have listed below numbers and e-mail addresses where you can reach us with any questions or concerns, to which we will respond promptly.

CenterLight Healthcare Members

1-877-226-8500
TTY 711
MemberServices@centerlight.org

CenterLight Healthcare Providers

1-800-761-5602
ProviderRelations@CenterLight.org

All other programs and inquiries

1-888-238-4223
info@centerlight.org



CenterLight Health System is a beneficiary of UJA-Federation's Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. To make a donation to the Fund, go to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund website.

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"When I start to sing...there's nothing I can't do."

Trevor Gibbons was a carpenter, installing windows on the fourth floor of a new building when he had his first stroke. The confusion and dizziness caused him to lose his balance and fall, resulting in an additional spinal cord injury. A year later, after suffering another stroke and undergoing cervical spine surgery, he came to Beth Abraham Health Services for sub acute rehabilitation. Harnessed in an immobilizing body brace, Trevor had difficulty talking. His vocal chords had been damaged and he was dealing with tremendous physical and emotional pain. He was unable to express himself verbally but he found another outlet through the simple melodies of gospel songs.

Encouraged by his music therapist, Trevor began singing and writing his own music. During one improvisation, he was “sitting at the window watching all the cars go by, wondering why [he felt] so empty inside,” which became the first words of his very first song. While a patient at Beth Abraham Health Services, Trevor composed and produced several albums containing original music.

About Trevor's Music...

"Music is my inspiration, my escape from sadness and loneliness and pain. When I start to sing, it opens up my mind and I think 'there's nothing I can't do.'"

Trevor’s song, The Song of the Birds was inspired by the birds that would sing every morning outside Trevor's window. He would wake up unmotivated and tired, but the birds outside brought him the hope and inspiration to get up, get out of bed, and do his best to make it through his recovery. He felt like the birds were singing a positive song, and was thankful to have made it through another night. This specific song demonstrates Trevor’s way of keeping a positive insight despite his circumstances, by letting something as simple as birds chirping serve as an inspiration.

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Meet the PEP Staff

Program Director

Nicole Tambini, MSW

ntambini@centerlight.org

My work with senior citizens has been diverse and interesting. Over the years, I’ve gained experience in various settings, including a nursing home, assisted living facility, and a senior center. I’ve always enjoyed working in field of aging. Here at PEP, I work with the Advisory committee, partners, staff, and seniors to create positive relationships between PEP and other organizations, businesses, the community, and our local government representatives. I’m also responsible for program planning and developing our monthly PEP Talks newsletter. My door is always open, and I am always available for discussions.

Social Workers

Charlene Humber, MSW

chumber@centerlight.org

It is with respect and homage that I am able to serve the older adults living in the Parkchester community. My upbringing included the daily guidance of my grandparents, which modeled the person that I am today. I have received formal education from (HBCU) Tuskegee University where I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology. I later pursued my graduate studies at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work acquiring my Masters degree. I also hold certification in Evidence Based Practice from The New York State Office of Mental Health Education Consortium. I am passionate about being a part of the solution and an advocate for wellness self management. At PEP, I serve you as a direct-service Social Worker and offer a continued quality of care and assistance, which you also receive from my esteemed PEP colleagues.

Gordon Solovey, LMSW

gsolovey@centerlight.org

Through my work at PEP, I have spent several years advising seniors about the various resources available to them so that they can continue to live at home. I also provide and explain information to them about government benefits and entitlements. Born and raised in New York, I received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University in Miami, Florida. My professional experiences have included working in many different settings- a nursing home, hospice, and substance abuse clinic, as well as working with developmentally disabled people and foster families. At PEP, I am dedicated to assisting Parkchester seniors in many different capacities. There are no requests that I won't take. Working at PEP has given me the opportunity to earn a living while enhancing the lives of others. This has been my professional mission since I entered the field of social work.

Community Nurse Educator

Andrea Bentley, RN

abentley@centerlight.org

As a little girl, I had to wait in the nurse’s lounge at the hospital where my oldest sister worked until my mom took me home. My sister was a matron at that hospital where I was born and she cared for those in need. I watched the doctors and nurses as they labored energetically to save and sustain life. My observations prompted me to care for those in need and to make a difference. I went on to pursue nursing as a profession. I started my career in 1993 and I’ve worked in acute, sub-acute, long-term care, assisted living and other skilled health care facilities. I also have a wealth of experience in community health nursing and as a community nursing educator. As the community nurse educator here at PEP, my goal is to promote wellness and prevent illness through education. I find it very rewarding working here at PEP for Seniors and caring for the community.

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Emergency Information for Employees

In case of serious weather conditions or any other kind of emergency, this page will be updated to give CenterLight Health System employees the information they need to stay safe and report to work as needed.

 

Emergency Information Resources

In the event of an emergency, all employees are instructed to call the CenterLight telephone hotline, 718-519-4124, check CenterLight’s website and/or consult the company Intranet for information on how to proceed with their work day.

Staff Emergency Reporting Guidelines

Staff should note that as long as public transportation is operating, they are expected to come in for their regular shifts. Should conditions worsen, please check this website and/or the Intranet, call our hotline or contact your manager if you anticipate a problem reporting into work as scheduled.

Those not scheduled to work, but who are in positions that could be called upon in an emergency, should also check in periodically for updates. New information will be posted if public transportation is shut down and if relevant areas are affected by power outages, etc.

Review of Response Plans

All staff should review their Emergency Response Plans to ensure they have current contact information for staff and outside resources.

Additional News and Information

For weather information and transportation updates, please listen to 1010 WINS and/or NY 1.

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Meet the PEP Staff

Program Director

Nicole Tambini, MSW

ntambini@centerlight.org

My work with senior citizens has been diverse and interesting. Over the years, I’ve gained experience in various settings, including a nursing home, assisted living facility, and a senior center. I’ve always enjoyed working in field of aging. Here at PEP, I work with the Advisory committee, partners, staff, and seniors to create positive relationships between PEP and other organizations, businesses, the community, and our local government representatives. I’m also responsible for program planning and developing our monthly PEP Talks newsletter. My door is always open, and I am always available for discussions.

Social Workers

Daniel Basso, MSW

dbasso@centerlight.org

As a social worker at PEP for Seniors, I counsel the elderly on government benefits and entitlements, do home assessments, and help seniors obtain the resources they need to allow them to remain in their homes independently and safely. I’ve been working with seniors all of my life. I began by doing errands for Seniors in Harlem, NY, organizing Senior’s Advocacy rallies in the Bronx. I then attended the New York University Silver School of Social Work, focusing on Aging Populations. During this time, I also worked for the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged (JASA) Caregivers/Respite Program and JASA Bronx Adult Protective Services. My goal is to provide high quality service and support to members of the Parkchester community.

Gordon Solovey, LMSW

gsolovey@centerlight.org

Through my work at PEP, I have spent several years advising seniors about the various resources available to them so that they can continue to live at home. I also provide and explain information to them about government benefits and entitlements. Born and raised in New York, I received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Barry University in Miami, Florida. My professional experiences have included working in many different settings- a nursing home, hospice, and substance abuse clinic, as well as working with developmentally disabled people and foster families. At PEP, I am dedicated to assisting Parkchester seniors in many different capacities. There are no requests that I won't take. Working at PEP has given me the opportunity to earn a living while enhancing the lives of others. This has been my professional mission since I entered the field of social work.

Community Nurse Educator

Andrea Bentley, RN

abentley@centerlight.org

As a little girl, I had to wait in the nurse’s lounge at the hospital where my oldest sister worked until my mom took me home. My sister was a matron at that hospital where I was born and she cared for those in need. I watched the doctors and nurses as they labored energetically to save and sustain life. My observations prompted me to care for those in need and to make a difference. I went on to pursue nursing as a profession. I started my career in 1993 and I’ve worked in acute, sub-acute, long-term care, assisted living and other skilled health care facilities. I also have a wealth of experience in community health nursing and as a community nursing educator. As the community nurse educator here at PEP, my goal is to promote wellness and prevent illness through education. I find it very rewarding working here at PEP for Seniors and caring for the community.

Secretary

Neida Cruz

ncruz@centerlight.org

I am the first person you will see when you walk into our office and the go-to person for information on our upcoming activities and events. The seniors here inspire me to keep moving forward and believe it or not they keep me youthful and motivated! They have even influenced me to continue with my studies. I am currently in the process of completing an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. I am grateful to the seniors of Parkchester who have encouraged me along the way.

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What Makes PEP Special?

There are so many things that make PEP for Seniors so special. Our caring staff of trained professionals work together as a team to provide exceptional service to each and every senior in our program. Plus, in addition to the many other services and programs that we offer, PEP provides:

  • Volunteer Opportunities. Please contact PEP if you are interested in learning more.
  • Partner to Partner Friendly Visiting Program. We pair trained seniors with homebound clients for friendly visits.
  • Intergenerational Programming. Provides an opportunity for PEP seniors to participate in a variety of activities with children and young adults in the Parkchester community.
  • Chore Service. PEP partners with a local agency to provide limited assistance with light housekeeping and laundry at a discounted rate for seniors in Parkchester.
  • Errand Service. YAI/National Institute for People with Disabilities provides shopping service for a number of our homebound seniors.

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PEP for Seniors Services

The Parkchester Enhancement Program (PEP) for Seniors strives to enhance the health, quality of life, well-being and independence of individuals, age 60 and older, living in the Parkchester area of the Bronx, NY.

Social Services

PEP social workers are there when you need them to provide:

  • Case Management and Case Assistance - Individual assessments are conducted, including psychosocial, financial, and home safety evaluations.
  • Advocacy - Helping seniors access services and benefits
  • Information & Referrals – Help people connect with appropriate community service providers (including homecare referrals)
  • In-Home Assessments and Home Visits – Provide individual assessments and continuing support
  • Benefit & Entitlement Counseling - Assist with filling out application forms for government benefits or entitlement programs on behalf of individual clients

Health Related Services

PEP’s Community Health Nurse provides:

  • Health Screenings – Including blood pressure and nutrition assessments and monitoring
  • Education – Ongoing education for both individuals and groups about a variety of health issues
  • Wellness Programs – Such as health promotion activities and coordination of community resources
  • Coordination of Client Care - Collaborate with other health care providers (including hospital discharge planners)
  • In-Home Assessments and Home Visits
  • Medication Management – Assist with daily medications and monitoring. Provides counseling and medication review.
  • Weight Loss Support Group – Offers nutrition and health information along with exercise plan.

Educational/Recreational Activities

PEP provides ongoing group education on a variety of important topics concerning older adults such as:

  • Changes in government benefits and entitlements
  • Economic issues
  • Elder abuse awareness
  • Elder law
  • Medicare changes

Our recreational activities are as varied and diverse as the people who participate in them and include:

  • Art Classes
  • Salsa Lessons
  • Belly Dancing
  • Creative Writing
  • Book Club
  • Women’s Circle
  • Knitting Circle
  • Group Trips
  • Chess Lessons
  • Computer Instruction
  • Movies
  • Community Gardening

For more information on PEP's programs and services, please call 718-409 -1619.

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CenterLight Healthcare’s Doctor Cares for Patients – With a Smile

When Annie Jimenez started coming to CenterLight Healthcare PACE’s day center in the Bronx for her diabetes and high blood pressure in 2005, she didn’t know anyone at the center.

“But everyone smiles and makes you feel welcome,” says Annie. “I fit in immediately and made some wonderful friends.”

Annie was also really impressed by the thoroughness and warmth of the doctor.

“The CenterLight Healthcare PACE doctor explains things to me in a way that no other outside doctor had before. She also takes her time telling me why certain medicines work better for me than others, when to take them and the importance of not skipping doses. And she does it with a smile.”

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Member Gets New Lease on Life at CenterLight Healthcare

When Laura Mendez first started attending CenterLight Healthcare’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), she was depressed, had very bad lower back pain and could hardly walk. But after going to CenterLight Healthcare PACE for a few years, she can’t say enough wonderful things about the program and staff.

“At CenterLight Healthcare PACE’s day center, I am able to learn how to do so many new things like latch hook work and painting. And I can join in on the great trips to restaurants, parks and shopping.”

Her improvements were a result of weekly physical therapy sessions, acupuncture treatments and participation in exercise classes. Now, she doesn’t feel depressed, can walk better and feels like a new person.

“I’m so happy here because it’s like being with a loving family. And as a bonus we get great healthcare and the staff helps me manage my life.”

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Room in Bloom: Resident’s Green Thumb Brings New Life to Margaret Tietz

Juana Martinez recalls the flowers and soil of the gardens she lovingly tended in her native Dominican Republic, and it inspires her. In her bright and sunny room at Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, she is surrounded by plants of every description.

“I grow them all from cuttings. And when they’re ready for planting, I put my hands in a big bowl of moist earth, without gloves of course, because I love the feel.”

Juana originally came to Margaret Tietz for short-term rehab, but after it was completed she decided she did not want to move back to her own apartment.

“I told my son that I preferred to stay here…I have a beautiful private room with a large window.

Her pleasure and fulfillment at bringing new life to bloom in her very own room is heightened by the response she gets from others at Margaret Tietz.

“As the plants begin to grow and flower, many of the staff stop by to visit, smile at me, and then point to one of my plants and say, ‘can you grow one for me?’"

“And of course, I do.”

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With a Song in Her Heart Resident Remains Active

Wanda Johnson is a force of nature. Not bashful about her age, she will happily advise people that she is “94 years young,” and despite the hip replacement surgery that brought her to Schnurmacher, Wanda has something to sing about.

“After working at MGM Records, an insurance company and in New York’s garment industry, I’m sure not ready to sit back and watch the world go by,” she states plainly, adding for emphasis, "Not me.”

At Schnurmacher, Wanda finds it easy to indulge her avowed passion for music.

“I love to sing, and there’s a program or entertainment every day that gives me that opportunity. I also love sitting around the piano and singing with others, as one of the staff plays…"

At other times Wanda’s vocals are accompanied by one or another Schnurmacher staffer strumming a guitar.

“One of my favorite songs is Autumn Leaves,” says Wanda. “Most people around here know that.”

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Home Care Patient Benefits from Telehealth Program

John Bettencourt used to sell trucks for a living in Brooklyn. Sidelined and hospitalized by a combination of ailments from diabetes and hypertension to congestive heart failure, John was finally able to return to his home in Brooklyn.

Coming home with him was a new life routine and a new bit of Telehealth technology that John affectionately dubbed “Big Brother.” Far from the intrusive connotation usually associated with the term, this big brother monitors his condition on a daily basis and communicates it to his professional healthcare providers.

“After I was discharged from the hospital, CNR suggested I use Telehealth equipment from my home each day to make sure my blood pressure, blood sugar and weight are where they should be,” explains Bettencourt.

“So, after my morning alarm goes off, I check in with Big Brother so that the CNR technician can let my nurse know if anything is out of synch. I answer about a dozen questions; get on a digital scale that is hooked to a monitor; do a finger stick to check my blood sugar level, and slip on the blood pressure cuff. Then all the information is transmitted over the phone lines automatically."

For John, the connection to CNR and its Long-Term Home Healthcare program is far more than electronic.

“I feel very well cared for. I’m being checked every day, and if there’s a problem, my nurse calls immediately and then shows up at my apartment.”

“Still,” says John, “You gotta love the electronics.”

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Creative, Entertaining Virtual Rehab Motivates Patients to Work Harder and Improve Quicker

Four days after undergoing right knee replacement, Leonidas Conde arrived at CNR’s rehab center.

“When I arrived here, the pain was terrible,” he recalls.

“Still, I was put to work immediately with creative and entertaining virtual rehab sessions. Today, 10 days later, I’m so encouraged by my progress. I barely have any pain at all, and can easily walk all around the first floor of the nursing home with my therapist right behind me."

“Now I want to be able to leave rehab with just the aid of a walker, and have the confidence and strength to climb the five steps to get into my home."

Leonidas learned about CNR’s rehab center from a friend who also had knee surgery. "Now I’d recommend CNR to anybody, too.”

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Rehab Patient’s Goal: “I Want to Get My Old Life Back”

Three years ago, Icylyn Spencer had her knee replaced. As miraculous as the procedure seems, it is necessarily followed by weeks of rehabilitation and physical therapy. Icylyn checked into a rehab facility and recalls, “I didn’t feel safe or well taken care of.”

Her dissatisfaction with her own rehab experience became even more apparent when Icylyn visited a friend also recovering from knee replacement surgery.

The friend was rehabbing at CNR.

“I saw firsthand what warm and professional care she was getting. Her progress and her results were amazing.”

Afterwards, when Icylyn had to have her other knee replaced, she knew where to go for her rehab. “There was no question and no guesswork. This time, I checked in to CNR.”

“My goal is to get my old life back and go home as soon as I’m confident that I can walk up the 15 stairs to get to the front door at my house."

“At the rate that I’m going, it won’t be long.”

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Patient Attributes Enormous Progress to Inspiring and Supportive Rehab Center Staff

Paul Barnett is only 54 years old. After a fall in his home left him completely paralyzed, he spent months in the hospital, followed by an acute rehab center.

“My son researched sub-acute rehab centers that specialize in traumatic brain injuries, and we decided on CenterLight Health System's Rehabilitation Center."

“During my first session, I walked 40 feet. The second session, I made it 80 feet.” The achievements and the improvement continue, thanks to Paul’s dogged determination and a supportive rehab staff.

“All the therapists in the rehab center have taken an interest in me, and always cheer me on. I still have a way to go, but I know I’ll get there. And when I do, I want to volunteer at a rehab center so I can give back by motivating others to keep plugging away.”

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Home Aide Motivates Patient to Stay Active

Though Alfred Fung tends to forget things these days, his home healthcare aide of five years continues to keep him sharp and active, while providing the necessary reminders to keep him safe and healthy. "Even when my home health aide Kim is not on duty, she calls to remind me to take my medicine.”

“We’re always on the go…walking to the supermarket or pharmacy, taking the subway to Chinatown or riding the bus to the Social Security office. And when we’re at my apartment, we sometimes cook together.”

While they may not be ready for the Food Network, Mr. Fung happily reveals, “I taught her how to make the best wontons with ground turkey, and she taught me how to make excellent scrambled eggs.”

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Home Aide Motivates Patient to Stay Active

Though Alfred Fung tends to forget things these days, his home healthcare aide of five years continues to keep him sharp and active, while providing the necessary reminders to keep him safe and healthy. "Even when my home health aide Kim is not on duty, she calls to remind me to take my medicine.”

“We’re always on the go…walking to the supermarket or pharmacy, taking the subway to Chinatown or riding the bus to the Social Security office. And when we’re at my apartment, we sometimes cook together.”

While they may not be ready for the Food Network, Mr. Fung happily reveals, “I taught her how to make the best wontons with ground turkey, and she taught me how to make excellent scrambled eggs.”

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Varied Recreational Programs Spark Creative Passions

Concetta Previte came to CenterLight Health System for rehabilitation following a serious illness and surgery. Because she was unable to use her left arm, the staff encouraged her to participate in recreational activities, both to reanimate her arm and to keep her spirits up. Their persistence and Concetta’s determination paid off, and she got the use of her left arm back. But that was not quite the end of the story…

When the initial rehab was over, Concetta elected to stay on as a resident.

“I have all the freedom I want at CenterLight Health System to fulfill my dreams, but there aren’t enough hours in the day to do all that I want to do.”

Concetta’s passions include writing music and lyrics, recording onto her own CD in the CenterLight Health System recording studio, painting with acrylics and exhibiting her work at CenterLight Health System art shows.

“But,” she confides, “my real vice and passion is the computer. I spend hours every day in our Internet Café, either emailing friends or learning how and why things work. I can’t seem to get enough.”

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Family and Friends Brighten Resident's Day

When Violet Hayles was 88 years old, the daughter with whom she was living tragically passed away. In need of constant care, Violet moved to Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, where her daughter Jennifer works as a CNA. “I’m so fortunate that my daughter, Jennifer, can have lunch with me each day. And when the weather is warm, we sit outside on the terrace near the beautiful water fountain and admire the flowers. How special that is.”

By mid-afternoon, Violet is graced with a visit from Pamela, the youngest of her nine children. “She always makes me laugh,” confides Violet.

In between visits from her girls, Violet enjoys a number of the scheduled activities Margaret Tietz offers. “The exercise and musical programs, and, of course, the religious programs, are my favorites,” says Violet.

“At this stage in my life, I smile because I have family and friends that I spend time with every day.”

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96-Year-Old Blind Rehab Patient Attributes His Steps to Excellent Staff

For Sam Lieberman, the proof of the rehab is in the results.

“When I came to rehab a few weeks ago, I couldn’t walk,” he says matter-of-factly. “Now I can.”

Recovering from a fall, Sam embraced the physical therapy sessions in earnest and, though blind, is now able to walk with a walker.

While the staff is supportive of his improvements (“They root me on and truly share in my daily accomplishments”), Sam also gives credit where it is due.

“It’s all because the staff here is really superb. Every one of the therapists knows exactly what to do. “

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Newly Discovered Passion Paints a Picture of Accomplishment for Resident

When Rose Stevenson became a resident at Margaret Tietz, she began forming close friendships with other residents.

“There’s a very warm environment here,” Rose explains simply.

And plenty to do.

Indeed, her untapped passion for painting was revealed when she began sampling the variety of recreational options offered by Margaret Tietz.

“There were so many of the activities on the weekly schedule. I tried dominoes and yoga, and music and movement, and all types of arts and crafts...but it was painting that gave me a new hobby and a sense of accomplishment."

Before she became a resident at Margaret Tietz, Rose had never painted. “Now,” says Rose, “When I go outside on the terrace, I notice the trees in a different way than I had before. I think about what I saw and paint what I feel.”

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Nursing Care Brings Peace of Mind

“It’s almost funny, but whenever my nurse Brenda calls me, she can hear in my voice if I’m in pain and the next thing I know, she’s on her way over to see me.” So says Phyllis Roberts, whose medical chart reflects a myriad of ailments from diabetes and hypertension to osteoporosis, peripheral vascular disease and osteoarthritis.

“After reviewing my medications, checking my blood sugar and pressure, and asking me about my diet and whether I’ve been walking, she’s able to figure out how to reduce or eliminate the pain. She is like a doctor to me, and I always feel well taken care of.”

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Housing

CenterLight Health System's Beth Abraham Health Services owns and operates affordable and safe residential apartment buildings. Our studios, one and two bedroom apartments are designed for seniors and those with special needs. Our residential buildings have live-in superintendents, 24-hour security, and a maintenance staff who know their tenants by name. Buildings have fully-equipped laundry rooms, attractive community rooms, brightly-decorated lounges and well-stocked libraries. 

Tenants have access to a skilled social worker assistant who helps them with information about benefits and entitlements, and when necessary, refers them to appropriate programs and services.

Tenants receive a number of services, such as blood pressure and vision monitoring, as well as diabetes screenings, at no cost by the skilled nursing staff at Beth Abraham Health Services. They can also take part in group activities like cooking classes, educational lectures and trips to places such as movie theaters, Broadway plays and Atlantic City.

As a tenant in our apartments, you are part of a caring and supportive family that has been serving seniors for over 90 years. When you need help with household repairs, healthcare monitoring or rehabilitation, CenterLight Health System offers a variety of programs and services to meet your needs. In addition to affordable senior housing, our offerings include Skilled Nursing, Adult Day Health Care, CenterLight Healthcare, Long Term Home Health Care, Best Choice Home Health Care, and music therapy services through the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, please call 718-519-0152.

*The apartment buildings are sponsored by Beth Abraham Health Services. Their construction was financed through the generous support of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the S.H. and Helen R. Scheuer Family Foundation and the Weinberg Foundation.

Where We Offer Housing

We offer eligible seniors affordable housing options in the Bronx.

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Diversity and Language

For more than 90 years, the leadership and employees at CenterLight Health System have embraced diversity-- one of our core values that has been woven into every aspect of our healthcare organization.

In fact, we celebrate the differences found in the population we care for by providing them with services, programs and even the different cuisines that represent their cultural backgrounds. And to build on that, we continue to hire staff that currently speaks more than 75 languages and dialects to ensure that we are communicating clearly and fully with the ethnically diverse population we serve.

The CenterLight Health System family is committed to providing compassionate, high quality and person-directed care, and to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.

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Rehab patient benefits from Center's caring efforts

Harriet Bluming first came to Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in 2008 to recover from a fractured ankle. Now, at “90 years plus,” Harriet is back to rehab her injured hip.

” I came back this time because the therapists were so caring and encouraging last time,” explains Harriet. “I was so surprised, they all remembered me.”

While the warm welcome she received contributed to her positive outlook (a distinct advantage when undergoing rehab), Harriet marvels at the staff’s dedication and sensitivity.

“I don’t know how the therapists, nurses and CNAs do it day after day. They are so devoted to their patients. They laugh and cry with me and in such a gentle and supportive way.”

For Harriet, the good news is that her rehab is progressing quite well, and she plans to return to her home in a matter of weeks.

“But,” she smiles reassuredly, “ Before I do, the therapists and I want to make sure that I’ll be able to resume my old lifestyle safely.”

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Stroke Patient Resumes Independent Lifestyle One Step at a Time

Six years ago a stroke left Ahsure Montague paralyzed on his right side. Beyond the profound physical effects of the stroke, Ahsure understandably fell into what he calls a “depressive funk.”

“It was the rehab staff and the CNAs who pushed me and helped me get my life back,” he recalls. “When the staff shows me photos from six years ago, I can’t believe I’m looking at myself.”

Today Ahsure walks with only the assistance of a cane. A long-term resident of CNR, he has a private room, participates in all kinds of recreational activities, exercises daily and continues to root on his favorite New York sports teams.

He’s also a past president of CNR’s resident council.

“Who would have believed that I could walk around the neighborhood? Six years ago, I couldn’t even get out of bed.

“Boy, have I come a long way.”

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Physical Therapist Reduces Pain, Improves Mobility

For Hsun Juo Chiu, the chronic neck and back pain can be profound. Wheelchair bound, he nonetheless is able to remain in his own home with the help of a home care aide, a physical therapist and a social worker provided by CNR’s Long Term Home Health Care.

Explains Chiu: “After my therapist works with me in my home, I’m able to turn my neck and exercise my legs and arms with less pain. He is also very clear in letting me know what exercises he expects me to do before our next physical therapy session.”

Not one to give all the credit away, Chiu adds, “I think he’d agree that I’m a pretty good patient because I follow all his written instructions and he can see the progress I’m making."

“I’m in less pain and look forward to going outdoors to be with people.”

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Encouragement Motivates Amputee to Walk Again

Thomas Edwards’s right leg had to be amputated due to complications from diabetes. “After that,” the 79-year-old recalls, “I thought my life was over.”

Still, rigorous physical therapy sessions followed as Thomas learned to walk with a walker, take steps and negotiate the parallel bars.

“With the daily encouragement of ‘Mr. D.’ (Thomas’s physical therapist Diogenes Lagos), the amputee support group, yoga sessions and music therapy, I started to feel better and realized that my life was not over."

Today, the rehabilitation continues as Thomas Edwards learns to use his new prosthetic leg.

“Now, I have a long-term goal: to be independent once again…and that means being able to walk.”

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Upbeat Home Aide's Attitude is Contagious

Faima Kivovich is paralyzed. She is completely dependent on her home health care aide Hanna and a Hoyer lift that can move her from bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to dining chair or to mobile scooter, and of course assists with her bathroom and dressing routine. Though her husband David looks after her in the late afternoon and evening after Hanna goes home, it is Hanna who provides the dominant share of Faima’s care.

“Each morning, I’m so lucky to be greeted by my aide with a big, warm smile. It just makes me want to smile back at her and let her know how special she is,” says Faima.

“Hanna also spoils me with wonderful home cooked meals. Then, once we’re done with eating, bathing and dressing, and when the weather cooperates, we go outside to visit with neighbors or for a roll along the boardwalk. No matter what, Hanna always maintains her pleasant attitude. I’m so lucky to have her in my life.”

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Support Groups

Are you or someone you care about struggling with a chronic illness? Are you dealing with the loss of a loved one? Sometimes, you need to lean on others for strength. CenterLight Health System offers different support groups designed to educate individuals about a particular illness or condition and provide a connection with others going through the same situations.

Support groups allow people to share information and openly discuss the issues they are facing with those who understand what they are going through. This helps individuals process their feelings and deal with problems more effectively. Above all, support groups help by letting you know you are not alone.

Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation (CNR)

  • Support Group for Caregivers of Residents with Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Support Group for Stroke Residents and their Caregivers
  • Support Group for Amputee Residents and Community Members

For further information on these support groups, please call 718-636-1000.

Beth Abraham Health Services Adult Day Health Care Program (Allerton Avenue, Bronx)

  • Support Group for Participants with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

For further information on this support group, please call: 718-519-4000

Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Adult Day Health Care Program (Prospect Place, Brooklyn)

  • Support Group for Caregivers of Individuals with Alzheimer’s

For further information on the support group, please call: 718-362-1444

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Board of Directors

The CenterLight Health System board of directors comprises executive professionals who are committed to ensuring that CenterLight Health System is able to provide the highest quality of healthcare to the diverse populations in the communities we serve.

 

Chairman: Michael R. Potack
Vice-Chair: Jarlath Johnston
Secretary: Edwin H. Stern, III
Treasurer: Myron Schlanger
President: Michael S. Fassler

Board Members:

Rick T. Babich
Thomas R. Berkel
Henry S. Conston, Esq.
Dolores Fernandez, Ph.D.
Justin E. Ginsberg
Neil Heyman
Harvey J. Ishofsky
Jarlath Johnston
Steven Kantor, DDS
William Liss-Levinson, Ph.D.
Rosemarie A. Loffredo
Michael R. Potack
Steven D. Prager
Edwin H. Stern, III
Myron Schlanger
Mark Weinstein
Kenneth R. Weisshaar

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PEP for Seniors

The Parkchester Enhancement Program (PEP) for Seniors is designed to assist individuals, age 60 and older, who live in the Parkchester area of the Bronx, NY, and to enhance their health, quality of life, well-being and independence. A wide variety of activities and services, such as health-related, educational, recreational and social work, are offered to the community, with something for everyone. Newly retired residents may look to PEP for recreational or volunteer opportunities, while frail homebound older adults might utilize PEP for in-home services.

 

The goal of PEP for Seniors is to:

  • Enhance the quality of life and independence of our diverse community of residents
  • Enhance, extend and coordinate services available to seniors living in Parkchester so that they can successfully age in place
  • Empower seniors to develop and implement programs that will benefit them
  • Work collaboratively with the Parkchester community, Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) partners and funding agencies to coordinate quality programs and services.

PEP is a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) that allows Parkchester seniors to remain living in the community by providing the services they need to remain independent such as:

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PEP for Seniors
1525 Unionport Road Apt. #ME
Bronx, NY 10462
Phone: 718-409-1619
Fax: 718-409-1038
Email: pepinfo@centerlight.org

The Parkchester Enhancement Program (PEP) for Seniors is a cooperative effort led by Beth Abraham Health Services along with the Parkchester Preservation Company, Parkchester Preservation Management, Bronx Jewish Community Council and the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged. Funding is provided by the New York City Department for the Aging.

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Community Organizations We Support

As part of our commitment to community service and outreach, CenterLight Health System is proud to support the following organizations:

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Our Affiliations

CenterLight Health System is proud to be affiliated with the following organizations:

Continuing Care Leadership Coalition

Greater New York Hospital Association

Home Care Association of New York State

Leading Age (formerly American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging)

LeadingAge New York (formerly New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging)

Southern New York Association

UJA-Federation of New York

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Social Worker Teaches Stress-Reducing Techniques

Faima’s husband and part time caregiver, David Kivovich also has assistance provided by CNR Long Term Home Health Care. Unlike his wife, who is physically dependent on an aide due to her paralysis, David’s aide Esfira is a social worker, who helps him deal with the stress and anxiety that commonly afflicts familial caregivers.

“It’s also so easy to talk to her because she speaks Russian, which is my native language,” says David.

“Even before I tell her what’s been on my mind, we practice deep breathing exercises to relax me. She’s also taught me other techniques to reduce my stress, such as meditation and imaging, where I imagine I’m in a quiet and comfortable place."

"It helps, because I can use these techniques to help me reduce my stress even when Esfira is not around."

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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

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Executive Team

CenterLight Health System is guided by a strong executive management team in its mission to provide high quality long-and short-term healthcare for the residents of Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island, as well as Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester counties. 

 

 

Our executive management team includes:

Michael Fassler

President and Chief Executive Officer
CenterLight Health System, Bronx, NY

Paul Rosenfeld

Executive Vice President, Long-Term Care
CenterLight Health System, Bronx, NY

Joseph M. Healy, Jr.

Executive Vice President, Managed Care
CenterLight Healthcare, Bronx, NY

Stephen Mann

Senior Vice President, Finance Administration
CenterLight Health System, Bronx, NY

Christie O’Toole

Chief Administrative Officer
CenterLight Health System, Bronx, NY

Peter Fragale

Senior Vice President/Chief Human Resources Officer
CenterLight Health System, Bronx, NY

Ira Green

Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer
CenterLight Health System, Bronx, NY

Karen Eastmond

Chief Compliance Officer
CenterLight Health System, Bronx, NY

Neil Gluckin

Chief Marketing Officer
CenterLight Health System, Bronx, NY

Connie Tejeda

Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs
CenterLight Health System, Bronx, NY
Email: ctejeda@centerlight.org

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Who We Are

For more than 90 years, CenterLight Health System, formerly Beth Abraham Family of Health Services, has been caring for New Yorkers in need from all backgrounds and walks of life. As one of the largest comprehensive, not-for-profit healthcare organizations in the country, we care for more than 14,000 people each day in the New York metropolitan area.

 

Our care goes much further than simply addressing a person's medical condition. We believe in taking a holistic approach by focusing on an individuals' emotional, social, psychological and spiritual needs.

Everything we do is focused on one goal --improving our patients' quality of life.

 

What We Offer

With more than 40 CenterLight facilities and a diverse workforce of more than 4,000 strong, we are deeply embedded in the communities where our patients live. We offer a wide range of programs and services, including skilled nursing, rehabilitation, medical services, adult day health care, home health care, housing and music therapy.

For more information, contact us at 1-888-238-4223 or email info@centerlight.org.

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Serving our Community

From the beginning, CenterLight Health System has been devoted to serving our community. Service to the community has been ingrained in our culture and our professionals for over 90 years. 

Our health and wellness fairs, diabetes management seminars and resident art shows, which are free and open to the public, are just some of the many ways CenterLight Health System provides valuable services to the community. 

In addition, we conduct a series of free health lectures throughout the year and distribute informative brochures on health topics such as stroke, hypertension, diabetes and many others. If you would like to obtain any of these educational brochures, please go to our health information section.

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"Now that You're Standing...I Want You to Sing!"

Following complications from gastric bypass surgery, Denise Seda was left with organ failure, breathing problems and dehydration. After recovery, she was unable to walk, so she came to Beth Abraham Health Services for rehabilitation.

Denise was depressed and she felt that her throat was damaged, leaving her unable to sing and unwilling to speak. She would barely move when she began music therapy.

Denise had been a singer before her surgery, and her music therapist encouraged her to sing again. Her progress was measured musically, by how her vocal range increased and physiologically, and how healthy she felt from day to day.

Eventually, Denise was able to pull herself up to stand for the first time. Immediately she phoned her music therapist and asked her to come and see her. The music therapist, with tears in her eyes, said, “Now that you’re standing, I want you to sing.”

Denise is now living back home and employed, working with deaf people. She also sings at weddings and Sweet Sixteen parties. She has sung at New York Knicks Games and at the United Nations. Her dream? To sing the National Anthem at Yankee Stadium.

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