The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens’ Residents Raise Over $1,000 for American Cancer Society

Residents and staff of The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens donated funds to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research at a recent check presentation ceremony held at The Grand’s Queens location in Whitestone, NY. During the month of October, which is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, residents raised a total of $1,092 by selling ribbons, key chains, T-shirts, hats and caps with the identifiable pink ribbon – which is the symbol for breast cancer awareness. Monetary donations were also accepted.

“The American Cancer Society’s mission is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. About one in eight U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime,” said Canosa Chan, Senior Market Manager Community Engagement, American Cancer Society. “We thank the residents, including team leader Madeline Castora for helping to raise funds that will aid in breast cancer research and make a significant impact in the health of women going forward.”

“Not one person within our building has not had their life touched by a cancer diagnosis, whether it is themselves, someone in their family or a close friend,” said Peretz Stein, Administrator, The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens. “Our staff is comprised of caring proactive individuals who share the same commitment as the American Cancer Society of finding a cure for cancer in our lifetime. Our residents took ownership of this program and it has built momentum for future fundraising initiatives.”

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The Grand Healthcare System offers a full continuum of premium healthcare and specialty care services throughout its state-of-the-art, all-inclusive health facilities in Queens, Pawling, Poughkeepsie, Guilderland Center, Chittenango and Rome, NY. Nursing and rehabilitation services and programs include stroke rehabilitation at The Walter Strauss Stroke Center, amputee therapy and training program, bariatric rehabilitation, cardiac therapy, complex medical care program, hip repair and joint replacement recovery program, IV antibiotic therapy, medical nutrition therapy, medical shuttle service and transportation vans. For more information about The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Queens call (718) 746-0400 or visit, or The Grand Healthcare System’s website:

Photo Caption (L to R): Peretz Stein, Administrator at The Grand at Queens, Canosa Chan, Senior Market Manager Community Engagement, American Cancer Society, Madeline Castora, The Grand at Queens Resident, Joseph Preger, Assistant Administrator, and Chloe Hodgson, Director of Recreation at The Grand at Queens.

The Grand Healthcare System Completes Acquisition of River Valley Care Center

The Grand Healthcare System (Queens, NY), one of the New York region’s leading healthcare providers, announced the complete acquisition of River Valley Care Center (140 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY), with full rights of ownership and operations being transferred. The nursing and rehabilitation center is now officially named The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley.

“This is an important milestone for The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley and our entire organization,” commented Jeremy B. Strauss, CEO of The Grand Healthcare System. “We have been managing this facility since 2014 and during this time we have made major capital investments while focusing on the transition of the facility and staff into The Grand’s family of nursing and rehabilitation centers.”

Mr. Israel Wulliger is the new administrator of the facility. He brings years of experience and industry knowledge to the team at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at River Valley.

The Grand Healthcare System invested close to $1.6M in capital improvements, renovations and equipment over the past year. Upgrades to the facility include: Renovations throughout the common rooms, family rooms, lobby; a therapy room with new and updated equipment; advanced technology featuring iPad concierge service for guests; new uniforms for staff; and rolling out The Grand’s hospitality brand style and customer service philosophy.

This expertise and the industry-specific knowledge provided by The Grand Healthcare System’s leadership team will help drive expansion, increase patient satisfaction and enhance quality. “These improvements are having a significant and positive impact on our staff and guests,” Strauss said. “We are committed to elevating quality as well as access to care for residents of Poughkeepsie and Dutchess County.”

Central Queens Y Donates 500 Bags to Needy

The Central Queens Y in Forest Hills is giving back to the community by providing food and personal items to families in need.

Items were collected by local high schools and the Central Queens Y and the Samuel Field Y during a two-month drive.

On Monday, volunteers in Forest Hills packed up 500 personalized tote bags filled with items that were delivered to SCO Family Services sites in Jamaica and Rockaway Park.

“We reached out to six locations who deal with youth and the homeless, and based on their needs, we’ve provided them with items,” said Lisa Elhyani, director of adult and senior programming at Central Queens Y. “This is our major project on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and it’s the first time we’ve done something like this. I hope we do it next year too.”

The personalized tote bags include food products such as canned vegetables, or personal hygiene products that cannot be purchased with food stamps.

Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing of Queens, a partner of the Central Queens Y, also donated 100 canned food items and provided transportation for many of the boxes.

“Being in this community, this is something we wanted to do in order to help out,” said Heather Leizerson, hospital liaison for the organization. “When we spoke with Lisa, she mentioned that they might not have transportation for the items, and we were definitely happy to donate the van so the items can get to where they needed to be.”

Most of the 150 volunteers were local community members, from young children to senior citizens. Some people, like those at a local law firm, had the day off and wanted to use the time to give back.

While they are no longer accepting donations for this particular initiative, donations are always being accepted for the Central Queens Y’s food pantry.