Heritage Health Care Center Kicks Off Multimillion- Dollar Renovation Project: 28 Guest Rooms Added Through the Remodel of Facility’s Seventh Floor Tower Wing; Rest of the Facility

Heritage Health Care Center, a 220-bed skilled nursing facility located at 1657 Sunset Ave. in Utica, has kicked off its multimillion-dollar renovation project.

Officials from The Grand Healthcare System, the Queens-based company currently managing the 150-year-old non-profit facility, announced that the building’s seventh floor tower wing has been remodeled, resulting in the creation of 25 additional private guest rooms and three double rooms with picturesque views of the city.

“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way the renovations are progressing,” said Charlie Lewis, administrator, Heritage Health Care Center, noting that his staff is “buzzing” about the upgrades. “We’re taking a tired old building last decorated in the 1970s and making it contemporary.  Work crews have installed new offset lighting, walls, flooring, call bells, television sets and a wide-open nurses’ station. They have also upgraded our video security system at the front door to ensure the safety of loved ones.

“Forty years ago Heritage Health Care Center was the benchmark for nursing care in the Mohawk Valley,” Lewis continued. “Fast forward 40 years and Heritage is on its way back!”

“We manage nursing homes across New York and this facility is certainly in need of much attention and investment,” added Bruce Gendron, regional vice president, The Grand Healthcare System, which also regionally owns and operates The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rome and The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Chittenango. “We are committed to devoting the financial and human resources necessary to restore this once grand facility to its former glory. Doing so will give the staff the tools they need to succeed.”

“Heritage Health Care Center was founded to meet the needs of this community,” said Lewis. “Through our association with The Grand Healthcare System we are beginning the process of returning the facility to the Utica community — giving them back a place where they can come and heal.”

Founded in 1867 as a shelter for homeless women, Heritage Health Care Center offers an array of short- or long-term nursing care following hospitalization to improve independence, dignity, and self-esteem. These services include inpatient medical rehabilitation, skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s care, wellness programs, outpatient physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology and aqua therapy.

Times Union's Your Best Shot: National Night Out

Guilderland Police Chief Carol J. Lawlor accepts a $1,000 check from officials at The Grand Rehabilitation and Nursing at Guilderland for the department's annual National Night Out event, which will be 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Tawasentha Park. The police department plans to use the money to help pay for the evening's musical entertainment, The Refrigerators. The event will include displays by emergency medical service agencies, local fire departments and neighboring police agencies. Community groups, children's activities, and music and vendors will also be on hand. Also shown here are Bruce Gendron, Gary March and Joe Yurowitz of Grand Healthcare System.