BronxCare Health System

BronxCare Special Care Center

Pandemic Plan

Visitor Information for BronxCare Special Care Center

Effective September 2, 2020, BronxCare Special Care Center will be Re-Opening Visitation to the Families and Guests of our Residents. Visitations will be permitted at special tents located in our Courtyard area. In accordance with New York State Department of Health Requirements and Recommendations, Visitors and Guests must wear face masks, have their temperatures checked, respond to a questionnaire, and maintain a six-foot distance between them and Special Care Center Residents. Alcohol-based hand rub must also be utilized before and after the visit.

All Visitations need to be prescheduled in order to arrange for Special Care Center Residents to be transported to the Courtyard Tent Area. Please contact Jennifer Cross, Director of Activities, at 718-579-7054 (email JCross@bronxcare.org). Note that, at the present time, visitation will be limited to 30 minutes in duration, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The Special Care Center looks forward to reuniting our residents with their loved ones. For further information, contact the COVID-19 phone line at 718-579-7001.

Providing Exceptional Care

The 240-bed BronxCare Special Care Center is an important part of the BronxCare Health System. It has continued to receive commendations from patients (residents) and their families for the exceptional, compassionate, and attentive care it provides. Additionally, it is the recipient of the American Health Care Association’s Commitment to Quality Award, a further confirmation of the Special Care Center’s success in improving the lives of residents through quality care.

At the Special Care Center, a full range of long-term care services are provided to geriatric, HIV/AIDS, and disabled residents. Services include medical, nursing, social services, therapeutic activities, pharmacy, and chemical dependency as well as rehabilitation (occupational, physical, and speech therapies), dental, and radiology.

Octavio Marin, Vice President, Long Term Care/Ambulatory Care Services, reviewing schedule with Michelle Aguirre-Calderon, Executive Secretary.
Octavio Marin, Vice President, Long Term Care/Ambulatory Care Services, reviewing schedule with Michelle Aguirre-Calderon, Executive Secretary.

The success of the Special Care Center can be attributed to its staff. “We make every possible effort to cater to the needs of our residents and their families,” stated Octavio Marin, Vice President, Long Term Care/Ambulatory Care Services. “Our residents consider us as a home away from home, and that is most important to the staff,” stated Darrell Sokol, Executive Director, Special Care Center. As part of the caregiving process, each resident is assigned their own physician. “This approach provides an in-depth understanding of the resident’s medical history which is essential in their treatment going forward,” stated Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director, Special Care Center. Essential care is provided by registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, patient care technicians, and certified nursing assistants, under the direction of Olive Williams-Brown, DNP, PhD, Chief Nursing Officer, Long Term Care, Special Care Center.

Special Care Center residents also have access to the full range of inpatient, outpatient, and specialty services of the BronxCare Health System, an important benefit in terms of high quality, accessible, and comprehensive care.

"Our overall mission of providing the best quality care by a dedicated staff in a special and caring environment is consistently being fulfilled."

—Barbara Lowe, RN, MPH, Chairman, BronxCare Board Trustees, Special Care Center

Daisy Lopez-Morlese, Administrative Coordinator, Special Care Center.
Daisy Lopez-Morlese, Administrative Coordinator, Special Care Center.
Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director, Special Care Center, attending to resident.
Dr. Sumir Sahgal, Medical Director, Special Care Center, attending to resident.