Centerlight Health System's Randolf Palmaira Earns National Recognition for Outstanding Nursing Home Leadership

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Randolf Palmaira, Executive Director and Administrator of the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, won a facility leadership award by the American College of Health Care Administrators, a national professional association for long-term-care facility administrators.

Randolf Palmaira, Executive Director and Administrator, Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a member of CenterLight Health System, has been honored with the 2014 Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award by the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA).

Presented at the ACHCA’s 48th Annual Convocation and Exposition on April 6 in Las Vegas, the award recognizes that “facility excellence is a reflection of leadership excellence” and acknowledges the administrator of record who provided that leadership throughout the award year.

“This award acknowledges the talents and hard work of all of CNR’s staff and I am pleased to share this with them,” said Palmaira. “Each day, we work together to carry out our mission of providing the highest quality care to our patients.”

Palmaira and his teams have been recognized with numerous professional awards and accolades. These include: The 2011 Best Long Term Care team featured in Long Term Care Management Magazine; Winner - the 2012 AMDA Quality Improvement and Health Outcomes Awards on Resident Safety; Winner - 2013 Leading Age Innovation Award; Winner - the 2014 AMDA Quality Improvement and Health Outcomes Awards – Reduction in Hospital Re-admission.

A pioneer in Virtual Rehabilitation (Interactive Rehabilitation Exercise System), Palmaira spearheaded the first such program in New York City. It was featured on the national syndicated show The Doctors and ABC news Channel 7, Univision Channel 41 and Channel News 12 for its innovative treatment approach for neurologic and orthopedic rehabilitation. A sought-after industry speaker, he has been published in Orthopedics Today, My Care Givers magazine and Physical Therapy News Line.

Eligibility for the Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award is based on three years of skilled nursing facility (SNF) survey data, including the Health, Fire (Life Safety), Complaint Surveys, as well as top quartile performance on designated Quality Measures. The criteria also included an 80% or greater facility occupancy and a three year avoidance of a Special Focus Facility status. The award was created in memory of Eli Pick who was a consummate member of ACHCA, dedicated to advancing professionalism and leadership in long term care.

Founded in 1962, the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) is the only professional association devoted solely to meeting the professional needs of today’s long term care administrators and executives. Focusing on advancing leadership experience, ACHCA provides professional education and certification to administrators from across the spectrum of long term care. For more information about ACHCA, contact the national office at (202) 536-5120 or visit

About Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a member of the CenterLight Health System, is a multi-faceted, 320-bed skilled nursing facility. CNR’s residential unit uses a “neighborhood concept,” setting new standards for person-directed care and giving residents greater independence in matters of daily living. CNR’s state-of-the-art rehabilitation center offers physical, occupational, speech and virtual rehabilitation to people of all ages recovering from physical or cognitive disabilities.

About CenterLight Health System
CenterLight Health System is a leading non-profit provider of rehabilitation and long-term healthcare services. The broad scope of comprehensive programs is as diverse as the communities it serves. With deep roots in New York neighborhoods for more than 90 years, CenterLight currently cares for more than 15,000 individuals daily. Programs include: managed long term care, short-term rehabilitation, residential nursing homes, music therapy, home care and adult day care. Learn more at

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