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2019-02-06 / News

Delhi Rehabilitation Center Celebrates One Year Of Operation

By Rosie Cunningham


From left: Kurt Apthorpe, Lynn Farino and Alex Barth pose by the Volkswagen at the Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Students at SUNY Delhi rehabilitated the car for physical therapy purposes of residents at the facility. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter From left: Kurt Apthorpe, Lynn Farino and Alex Barth pose by the Volkswagen at the Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Students at SUNY Delhi rehabilitated the car for physical therapy purposes of residents at the facility. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter DELHI - Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (DRNC) celebrated the facility’s one year anniversary Friday.

There was a deejay, delectable food and tours of the 127,000 nursing home. Earlier in the day DRNC gifted the Delhi Ambulance Squad with a $500 check representing money collected for the department from fundraising events at the facility.

It’s been a building year for DRNC, which started from the ground up after the original location was closed by the state in 2012. Last year, on Jan. 10, the first official resident was welcomed.

The 1962 portion of the original building at 41861 State Route 10 was renovated, and the 1975 portion was demolished and replaced with a two-story building. Sixty percent of the rooms are private, and there is an additional suite for visiting families who need a place to stay.


A one-year celebration cake and other food was provided for guests at the Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter A one-year celebration cake and other food was provided for guests at the Delhi Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Rosie Cunningham/The Reporter The building has a 176-bed capacity, but Brown said residents are being moved in phases as staff are hired.

Building owners Ephraim Zagelbaum, Alex Barth and Jay Walden initiated the project which took four years to come to fruition and even after that, there has been a lot of work to do this past year.

According to administrator Kurt Apthorpe, the year has been a success, in his opinion. However, he admitted there have been moments of trial and error.

“We have been busy, but it’s been exciting,” said Apthorpe of the past year. “It has been a slow and steady process but I feel we have a good system in place.”

The facility has 123 employees currently and there are 79 residents.

“Hopefully 80 by the end of next week,” said Regional Director of Admissions and Business Development Lynn Farino.

“We would like to establish specialty wings, a rehab wing, a memory care unit and an oxygen dependent unit,” added Apthorpe.

Farino said the food and beverage available to guests was made in-house by staff.

Apthorpe said the goal is to become more involved in the Delhi community and beyond in the coming year.

“We would like to become more involved in churches and build more community relations,” he said. “We want to build good employer relationships with Delhi and departments within the community.”

There is a rehabilitation center at DRNC and Apthorpe said he would like to see that portion of the facility grow.

According to owner Alex Barth, DRNC is looking to work with area BOCES programs, SUNY Delhi and with nursing programs as well.

Barth said the facility acquired a Volkswagen Convertible Beatle and the SUNY Delhi automotive program worked on the car for DRNC.

“We have patients get in and out of the car as part of therapy,” he said. “It is very helpful when patients are discharged.”

Barth said he is happy with the results of DRNC after year one.

“We are looking to be a large part of healthcare in Delaware County and we would like to be a one-stop-shop,” he said.

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