April 05, 2017

Focus is bringing Centers Health Care to Central New York

BRONX, NY- April 5, 2017— The Focus Family of Companies today announced it has entered into a consulting agreement with Centers Health Care that will bring the operational and management expertise of the Centers organization to Focus’ skilled nursing facilities in Cooperstown and Utica. Centers Health Care is the largest and most complete post-acute health care continuum in the Northeast, with 33 skilled nursing and rehab facilities spanning NY, NJ and RI, two Assisted Living programs, seven Adult Day Health Care facilities, several home care companies, and Centers Plan for Healthy Living, a Managed Long Term Care company.


“Our consulting agreement begins immediately” said Centers CEO Kenny Rozenberg. “We expect to receive Department of Health approval in the near future, which will lead to a full transition of ownership and these two facilities can then become full members of the Centers Health Care family. Until then, we’ll do our best as consultants to guide the current ownership and their management team as they strive to implement our brand of industry-leading best practices in care, service and customer commitment”.


“It has become increasingly difficult for operators of just one or two nursing facilities to compete economically in the current health care environment,” said Focus CEO Joseph Zupnik. “In Centers Health Care, we have found a solution with the resources and expertise to help us more effectively guide these two great properties and eventually take them to next level. But most important for us in making this decision is that the Centers team shares our main concern – that our residents will come first.” Both Centers Health Care and Focus have assured residents and staff that all employees at the two sites will remain in place, while Centers staff members will continue to work on-site as consultants to management in all areas of the operation.


With Centers’ assistance and guidance, Focus will be able to implement new methods to improve care, building on the industry’s best practices. But in order to fully implement their recommendations, it will be necessary for Focus to complete a sale of the facilities to Centers.


“We’re looking forward to working closely with Focus to position these two facilities to deliver better care than ever”, said Rozenberg. “As we eagerly await a positive decision by the Department of Health, we’ll begin recommending even more significant changes that will put these facilities on the same path to improvement that so many of our facilities are already on” he added.


“Having Centers consult with us, and eventually purchase these facilities, is in the very best interest of our residents and staff,” Zupnik said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed operating these sites, and I approach this pending sale with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that we are placing our residents and our staff in the best possible hands. I consider the residents and staff as an extension of my own family and I look forward to continuing to work with them during this transition period in providing the kind of personal care and attention that they deserve. I have seen how Centers operates and I know that with them our residents will be in good hands and I am very excited about that. With their expertise and resources, Centers will make these facilities among the best in the region and the state.”


About Centers Health Care


Centers Health Care is one of the largest and most complete post-acute health care continuums in the northeast. The Centers Health Care family includes more than 33 skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities in New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, four home care companies, seven adult day health care facilities, two assisted living communities, and CPHL, the third largest MLTC in New York State, along with their own walk-in urgent care and durable medical equipment providers. More than 12,000 dedicated staffers care for the needs of over 5,500 long- and short-term residents throughout the Centers Health Care family.

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