The project is a collaborative effort with Community General Hospital, Crouse Hospital, and St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center, which, along with Loretto, own Rosewood Heights Health Center, a 242-bed skilled nursing facility, and is endorsed by University Hospital. Rosewood and Loretto Oswego, a 120 bed skilled nursing facility, will end their operations when the project is fully implemented in two years. Because Rosewood Heights is such a valuable community resource in responding to the needs of individuals being discharged from local hospitals with especially complex conditions, renovations will occur at Loretto's Cunningham Skilled Nursing Facility to expand its capacity to serve that population.

With a total projected budget of $40 million, the "Green Community" project will construct 13 "Green Houses(r)", small homes each housing 12 elders, as well as create 100 new Assisted Living Program (ALP) slots, providing a residential alternative to nursing home care. This project will ultimately eliminate the need for a total of 176 skilled nursing beds in our region, responding to demographic data and NYS Department of Health calculations that Central New York has an excess of skilled nursing beds.

The need for fewer nursing home and more Assisted Living beds is generated largely by the post World War II Baby Boom generation. The aging of this group will stimulate need for lower intensity long term care services, but not require additional nursing home capacity for approximately ten years.

"Green Community" Project Summary




Loretto Health & Rehabilitation Center (LHRC) has been awarded $12 million in NYS HEAL funds to support a comprehensive, $40 million, multi-provider project that will downsize regional nursing home capacity, expand accessibility to Assisted Living Programs (ALP), and create "Green House(r)" residences, a nationally recognized care model, for the elderly of Central New York. This project is designed to respond to consumer interest in non-institutional skilled nursing level of care, introduce a new eldercare model to Central New York, and to rightsize the region's long term care services to respond to financial and demographic realities. The region's skilled nursing home beds will be reduced by 176.

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