Riverdale, NY (PRWEB) December 03, 2012
Bon Secours New York Health System, Schervier Nursing Care Center, in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, welcomed 17 residents from nursing homes in Queens and Brooklyn who were displaced due to evacuation orders as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Despite the harsh weather conditions and vast power outages, Schervier remained fully operational through the use of generators and its dedicated staff.
“Despite the extreme devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to the Tri-State area, we continued to ensure that our patients and residents were receiving the proper care and attention needed throughout the entirety of the superstorm,” said Eileen Malo, CEO of Bon Secours New York Health System. “As part of our long-standing commitment to provide ‘good help to those in need,’ we prepared for the admission of evacuated residents from local nursing homes, and were equipped to operate at full capacity. We have been fortunate to be able to provide resources and assistance to our community in this time of need, thanks to our staff that has been working tirelessly to make sure both our existing and newest residents are comfortable are having their health care needs met.”
Schervier called an adverse weather emergency at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012, more than 24 hours before Hurricane Sandy was projected to strike. Plans were implemented to transport employees to the facility, due to the shutdown of the transit system, and to house and feed staff for three days. While the facility lost electricity at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 29, 2012, its generator supplied power to most of the building throughout the next seven days, minimizing the impact on resident life. Schervier continued its constant communication with the New York State Department of Health, offering open beds in the facility to evacuees and those in need.
Schervier’s pre-storm preparation allowed the admission of nine residents from Resort Nursing Home in Far Rockaway, Queens, N.Y., on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, and eight residents from Sea Crest Nursing Home in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Saturday, November 10, 2012. Both facilities suffered severe damage and flooding, as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Many of the residents welcomed into Schervier’s facility speak minimal English and suffer from dementia, and their families were unaware where they were sent, due to the urgency of the evacuation. “The entire team did an outstanding job in ascertaining their health care needs, providing them with emotional support during this stressful transition, and in contacting their family members to let them know that they were safe and sound,” said Greg Poole-Dayan, Associate Administrator for Clinical Services. “All of the new residents have made successful adjustments to their new surroundings, thanks to the huge outpouring of support and welcome from the staff, and also fellow residents.”
For updates on Schervier Nursing Care Center’s initiatives to combat the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and its other community initiatives, visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SchervierNursingCareCenter. For more information on Schervier Nursing Care Center and the services it provides, visit http://www.scherviercares.org/.
About Bon Secours New York Health System
Bon Secours New York Health System is part of Bon Secours Health System Inc., a not-for-profit Catholic health system headquartered in Marriottsville, Md.
Schervier Nursing Care Center is located in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, and is part of Bon Secours New York Health System, whose mission is to bring compassion to health care and to be “good help to those in need.” Bon Secours New York’s mission is carried out through the services and programs of Schervier Nursing Care Center, Schervier Short-Term Rehabilitation in Riverdale, Schervier Respite Care, Schervier Center for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Schervier Home Care, Schervier Cardio/Pulmonary Sub-Acute Care, the Bon Secours Center for Research in Geriatric Care and the Schervier Apartments. Information about Schervier and Bon Secours New York may be obtained from the Admissions Office at 2975 Independence Avenue in Riverdale, by calling (718) 884-5100, and at http://www.scherviercares.org.
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