Eight is great for the Haym Salomon Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation.
The facility celebrated the expansion of its new state-of-the-art eighth floor on the evening of Tuesday, September 8 with a ribbon cutting ceremony for its GrandView Pavilion Rehabilitation Center. The large space offers scenic views of the borough, including the Verrazano Bridge.
During the event, food, drinks, live music and other entertainment were provided for attendees, who included employees, local dignitaries and center residents.
R.J. Ellis, who portrayed Haym Solomon in pre-Revolutionary War era attire as part of the evening’s festivities, was enthusiastic about the space. “This is a whole new wing that is going to be open to serve the residents,” Ellis said. “So it’s about serving the people so we can now help the elderly in rehabilitation and that is what is exciting. There is a lot of excitement about the new facility amongst the therapists and wonderful staff. It just means we can offer more to the community.”
Facility Co-Owner Olga Lipschitz was honored during the ceremony and expressed both her excitement and attitude towards the event. “People have dreams. I had many dreams that one day I would do something extraordinary for the people that need care,” she said. “Here we are.This is extraordinary and this is something that will give all the residents and their families a tremendous boost. It’s a large part of rehab where you look out and see the beautiful surroundings. As you see, my dream came true.”
Assemblymember Bill Colton was in attendance and after a quick tour, was impressed by the facility. “So many people pass through this facility because they have great need, disability problems, yet they receive the care that allows them to get their lives back. The view here is truly inspirational and it’s meant to improve people’s quality-of-life and help them restore to good health. It’s so important to the community and I’m proud and honored to have Haym Solomon in my Assembly district.”
President of the Bensonhurst West End Community Council, Carmine Santa Maria agreed. “It’s very uplifting because nursing homes can usually be sad,” he said. “This is a nursing home, but it’s like a luxury hotel.”
Jeanette Givant, who works for the state legislature and is currently receiving therapy at the facility, was in awe when she first saw it. “It’s magnificent,” she noted. “I saw it before anyone else it. When I first saw it, it was magical.”
The GrandView Pavilion is slated to open officially next month and there is more to come. “This is just the beginning,” said Lipschitz. “There will be other improvements coming soon. We will see a place filled with happy patients.”