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Delhi Nursing Center Ready for Business

By Rosie Cunningham


The Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has both double and single rooms for residents. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter The Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center has both double and single rooms for residents. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - The Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (DRNC) is ready and waiting for residents.

An opening day is not yet set, according to the facility administrator Kurt Apthorpe, who led numerous groups on tours of the center Wednesday during an open house which was held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The open house showcased the brand new, state-of-the-art skilled nursing and rehabilitation center and swarms of individuals turned out for the occasion.

“It’s very exciting at many levels,” said Paula Brown, director of community relations at DRNC. “We want people to see the modern center, while at the same time, we know this center is filling a void.”

The nearly 127,000-squarefoot facility replaces Countryside Care Center, which was closed by the state Department of Health in 2012.


The dining area at the new Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter The dining area at the new Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter After finding a buyer, Personal Healthcare, and two years of construction, the center is getting set to open, once it receives DOH approval. Personal Healthcare is owned by Ephraim Zagelbaum, Jay Walden and Alex Barth.

“As soon as the department of health approves the center to open, one wing will be opened to accept about 15 residents,” Apthorpe said. “We want to start small and ease into it - we want to do this right.”

The New York State Department of Health (DOH) is scheduled to do a final inspection early next week, continued Apthorpe.

“We are ready,” added Brown. “This is so exciting - this moment is what we’ve been waiting for more than a year.”

Director of Rehab Theresa Sullivan-Steitz and Director of Activities Carlene Bracci are both therapists, ready to assist residents.


Paula Brown, director of community relations at the Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and receptionist Ashley Cortese, were on hand during the first open house Wednesday. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Paula Brown, director of community relations at the Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, and receptionist Ashley Cortese, were on hand during the first open house Wednesday. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Community members who have interest in employment, potential residents and loved ones, as well as community members who are simply curious about the facility, seemed impressed with the DRNC.

“We are looking to employ 175 to 200 individuals and house 176 residents,” said Apthorpe.

“The administrator said when designing the building, the theme was to highlight earth tones and the wings are named after various trees and the materials are in large part, wood and stone. The rooms were designed to provide more space and comfort for potential residents as well.

“This area of the building (Fir) previously was built for 99 residents and we will have 56 here with the idea to provide more space and room,” said Apthorpe, who added that there are at least 65 potential residents who have inquired about finding a “home” at DRNC.


Kurt Apthorpe, the Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center administrator, conducted tours on Wednesday at the open house. 
Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter Kurt Apthorpe, the Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center administrator, conducted tours on Wednesday at the open house. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter “There are larger rooms for family gatherings and public meetings,” Brown said. “We also hope to bring local school activities here.”

There is a rehab room, complete with everyday living settings, where residents can practice navigating a kitchen, bathroom and steps.

Public and private therapy rooms are available. DRNC boasts a ballroom, main kitchen, a dining center, walk-in bathing area, a beauty parlor and sitting rooms. Each room will have a flat screen television and a personal thermostat that each resident can adjust according to their comfort. One of the six wings in the center is a suite designed specifically for families who need to spend the night. A nurse’s station exists on each of the wings.

“Sixty percent of the rooms are private,” Brown said.

Brown said the first official resident, Cathleen Holmes of Margaretville, is a fitting choice. She was employed at the facility location for 40 years.

“The center is moving forward at a strategic pace. As the number of residents increase, the number of employees will increase,” Brown said.

“We have approximately 15 new employees and they will take part in orientation this week,” said Brown. “The guidelines established follow Personal Healthcare LLC.”

“There is a dire need for this facility and skilled nursing,” said Brown. “Not only does Delaware County have a large aging population, but when Countryside closed, there was a vacuum. Some of the residents had to find locations far away and many of those inquiring are residents that just want to come home to the area.”

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