New York State Association of Healthcare Facilities Statement on National Skilled Nursing Week

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Mon May 9, 2022 4:50 PM

Stephen Hanse, President and CEO of the New York State Health Facilities Association and the New York State Center for Assisted Living (NYSHFA/NYSCAL) – a statewide association representing nearly 450 health care facilities Long Term – issued the following statement in recognition of National Skilled Nursing Week.

“Skilled nursing centers and their staff are strongly committed to providing high standards of care to their residents. This has never been more evident than in the past two years during the pandemic. In addition to protecting and caring for their residents around the clock during a period of limited visitation and social distancing, staff stepped in and served as family and friends to ensure residents had the essential social connections they needed.

“That’s why NYSHFA | NYSCAL is thrilled to celebrate our heroic staff and the residents they care for this National Skilled Nursing Week, May 8-14, with the theme ‘Making and Sustaining Connections.’

“We can’t think of a better time than National Skilled Nursing Week to express just how important NYSHFA | NYSCAL must play a part in an industry that has some of the hardest working, dedicated and caring people across the country.

“What comes to mind are some of the touching stories we’ve heard and images we’ve seen of where New York State facilities and staff have gone above and beyond during these difficult times and difficult to ensure the safety and well-being of their residents. ”

“This year, the facilities and their staff have strived for excellence and persevered even in the most difficult times. We at NYSFHA | NYSCAL would like to thank skilled nursing facilities and their staff for the dedication, hard work, and care they provide every day to keep New York State’s frail, aging population healthy and happy. They are real heroes.

Established by the American Health Care Association (AHCA) in 1967, National Skilled Nursing Care Week (NSNCW) recognizes the essential role of skilled nursing centers in caring for the frail, elderly, and disabled in the United States. The week begins every year on Mother’s Day and is celebrated until the following Saturday.

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