The Hebrew Hospital Home Continuum of Care has been dedicated to community service since its founding in 1928, as a 50-Bed, Non-Profit Nursing Home. Located on Clay Avenue at 175 Street, five blocks east of the Grand Concourse in the Tremont section of the Bronx, it grew to 196 beds. After 48 years on Clay Avenue, it was decided to move to larger quarters. A site was available; the just completed 480-bed CO-OP Care Center in Co-op City. These days we read of many cases of non-profit health care facilities being purchased by profit making ventures. Our experience in 1976 was just the opposite. Hebrew Hospital Home, voluntary, non-profit purchased the Co-op Care Center, a profit making organization.
Over subsequent years, The Hebrew Hospital Home has become one of the New York Metropolitan area’s leading elder care centers and has continually renewed and expanded its commitment to provide the best possible care and the highest quality of life for older people.
Today, the Home, located on 60-acres in beautiful Valhalla, NY serves more than 2,000 people in the Bronx, Queens and Westchester County.
The Hebrew Hospital Home now includes residential healthcare, rehabilitation and palliative care facilities, a senior housing community, The Arnold and Arlene Goldstein Pavilion, and SeniorServe(R), our signature community services division which offers a full spectrum of healthcare and supportive services to help maintain the independence of older persons who choose to remain in their own homes. This includes long term home health care, in-home personal care, medical model adult day health programs as well as Choices Health Plan, a Managed Long Term Care Plan.
Hebrew Hospital Home, which has undergone several name changes over the years, was founded in 1928 as a 50-Bed, Non-Profit Nursing Home. Located on Clay Avenue at 175 Street, five blocks east of the Grand Concourse in the Tremont section of the Bronx, it grew to 196 beds. After 48 years on Clay Avenue, it was decided to move to larger quarters. A site was available; the just completed 480-bed CO-OP Care Center in Co-op City. These days we read of many cases of non-profit health care facilities being purchased by profit making ventures. Our experience in 1976 was just the opposite. Hebrew Hospital Home, voluntary, non-profit purchased the Co-op Care Center, a profit making organization.
On Sunday, November 22, 1976, we transported all of our residents (180) by ambulance and ambulette to the new building. At that time the census of the Co-op Care Center was 260. Overnight the census became 440 – over 90 percent of capacity.
Over the next 20 years, the following programmatic changes were made:
1981 – Construction of the X-Ray department. The building of the Audiology testing room followed this.
1984 – The Long-Term Home Health Care program was started in which we provide Health Care services to persons in their own homes and apartments. Initially the program capacity was 50 people, but that has grown over 500 percent and now exceeds 400 people.
1989 – The inauguration of the Morris E. Spector Adult Day Health Care Program which features Health Care services, recreational programs, transportation and a meal to those living at home – and who come to our facility for the foregoing mentioned services. Recently, the sundown program was added as part of services offered. This is for Alzheimer’s patients.
1992 – Hebrew Hospital Home adds the SPRING program (Special People Receiving Individual Nurturing and Guidance) on the fourth floor of the Long Term Care facility for regressed patients.
1996 – Hebrew Hospital Home opened the Licensed Home Care Services agency.
1998 – Hebrew Hospital Home Continuum of Care opened a Long-Term Managed Health Care Program called Co-op Care.
1998 – Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester opened a 160 bed Long Term Care Facility offering many services including Short Term Care and the first complete Creative Arts Therapy department, offering all four therapies; dance, drama, music, and art.
1998 – Hebrew Hospital Home adds 2 Respite Care beds to the facility, providing yet another component of care to the community.
1998 – HHH Home Care opened a Westchester satellite office in White Plains.
2002 – Hebrew Hospital Home (Bronx) opened a 4 bed Hospice In-Patient Unit in conjunction with Hospice of New York (HONY).
2002 – Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester opened a satellite Adult Day Health Care program on the Westchester campus. This Adult Day Health Care program is unique based on a medical and social model of care, specializing in Mental Health care.
2004 – Hebrew Hospital Home of Westchester and Hospice and Palliative Care of Westchester join to create the first In-Patient Hospice Unit in Westchester
Structural Changes over the past 20 years include:
1980 – – Full-service kitchen constructed in the basement. Before that, a vendor cooked the meals off site and delivered them daily.
1986 – A 78-space parking lot was added on part of two acres of land bought from the City of New York
1986-1988 – New construction and renovation on the first and second floors creating the solarium, auditorium, new activities room, the social work services suite, other offices and a remodeled dining room, pharmacy and therapy units.
1989-1990 – A refurbishing program of all 12 patient floor including new flooring, wall covering, plumbing and electrical work, new nursing stations and all new furniture.
Over the past 75 years, we have interacted with our neighbors in many different ways. Not only have we always served the health care needs of our community, but also we have worked with the community to support the people and programs that are part of our home. Some examples include working with the City Volunteers Corps, the Summer Youth Program; AA and Alanon, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as various community, Health Care and fraternal organizations.
For over 80 years our credo has been to provide competent and compassionate long-term health care. It has been and will always be an honor to serve those in need of our services – the sick, the disabled, and the frail elderly.