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LORETTO AWARDED $12 MILLION HEAL NY GRANT

PHASE 12 GRANT is TO DOWNSIZE NURSING HOMES, EXPAND ACCESSIBILITY TO ASSISTED LIVING PROGRAMS, CREATE "GREEN HOUSE(r)" RESIDENCES FOR CENTRAL NEW YORK ELDERS, AND ENSURE NURSING HOME BED AVAILABILITY FOR DIFFICULT TO PLACE HOSPITAL PATIENTS:

Michael J. Sullivan, Loretto president and chief executive officer, today announced that the Loretto Health and Rehabilitation Center was officially awarded a $12 million grant from HEAL NY Phase 12 funding for its "Green Community" project, which supports high-quality, community-based services for older adults.

Earlier this year NY governor David A. Paterson announced the availability of $175 million in HEAL NY Phase 12 funding to support projects that provide an appropriate level of long term care services in settings that are viable alternatives to nursing homes, such as assisted living programs and residences.

Loretto Health and Rehabilitation Center will utilize the funds to support a two-year, comprehensive, multi-provider project that will downsize regional nursing home capacity and expand accessibility to Assisted Living Programs. The project will also create "Green House(r)" residences, a nationally recognized care model for the elderly of Central New York.

The project will also ensure the availability of nursing home beds for hospital patients who have difficulty obtaining access to nursing home beds because of advanced illnesses and other conditions. Without this accessibility, these patients effectively reduce access to care in hospital emergency departments and acute care beds. Historically, Loretto and Rosewood Heights Health Center have been major sources of care for this group.

Sullivan states, "We are thrilled about this announcement and the opportunity it provides us to collaborate with the local hospitals to begin reshaping the way eldercare is provided in Central New York. We believe our "Green Community" project will be a monumental step in the transformation of care from an institutionally based model to one that delivers person-centered care in intimate home-like environments."

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