Schervier Nursing Care Center Proudly Participates in LeadingAge New York’s Annual Advocacy Day - Serving as a Voice for the State’s Elderly, Disabled Population

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Bon Secours New York Health System, Schervier Nursing Care Center, located in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, proudly participated in LeadingAge New York’s annual Advocacy Day in Albany, N.Y., on February 5, 2013.

A group of Schervier employees participated in Advocacy Day in Albany, NY, and met with the state’s leadership on February 5, 2013, including New York Assemblyman Jeffery Dinowtiz. Pictured in the pho

Schervier is dedicated to supporting our seniors, and we plan to continue advocating for the people who need it most, by serving as their voice and ensuring that they receive the care and respect that they righteously deserve. — Stephen Kazanjian

Bon Secours New York Health System, Schervier Nursing Care Center, located in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, proudly participated in LeadingAge New York’s annual Advocacy Day in Albany, N.Y., on February 5, 2013. As a member of LeadingAge New York, several of Schervier’s employees met with state lawmakers and leaders in an effort to educate them on the needs and best interest of New York’s elderly, disabled populations and their caregivers as well, and to encourage them to be vigilant of how government can play a role in caring for New York’s most vulnerable populations.

As a Catholic health system, Schervier is committed to helping those who are poor, sick, and / or elderly. Staff members who participated in this important day include Dr. Joseph Scarpa, Medical Director; Stephen Kazanjian, Director of Mission; Angela Macchio, Executive Director of Home Care; Diane Cohen, Health Information Management Coordinator; and Hector Pou, Social Work Supervisor. These dedicated staff members advocated on the future potential changes and budget cuts that could negatively impact short-term rehabilitation and long-term care residents, if implemented.

“It is our duty and part of our mission to be the voice of those who have little or no voice in our community, and to advocate with other aging services and health care providers, to ensure that the government doesn’t make decisions that negatively affect the elder community that we proudly serve,” said Kazanjian. “With the recent release of the Governor’s executive budget, and several proposed changes, we knew it was necessary to be proactive and discuss specific issues to ensure that vulnerable members of our community are protected.”

LeadingAge New York’s Advocacy Day is held annually following the release of executive budget proposals. With the budget slated to be finalize on March 21, 2013, LeadingAge New York’s members will continue advocating for the protection of fellow care providers and seniors from additional budget cuts to the services that they rely on and need.

“Schervier is dedicated to supporting our seniors, and we plan to continue advocating for the people who need it most, by serving as their voice and ensuring that they receive the care and respect that they righteously deserve,” added Kazanjian.

To learn more about the advocacy efforts of LeadingAge New York, which Schervier Nursing Care Center proudly participates in, visit http://www.leadingageny.org/home/index.cfm/advocacy. For more information on Schervier and the services it provides, visit http://www.scherviercares.org, or its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SchervierNursingCareCenter.

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 718-548-1700, and at http://www.scherviercares.org.

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