To our families, loved ones, and friends,
We are reaching out to share an update on nursing home visitation as announced by the Office of the Governor and the New York State Department of Health.
All visitors will now be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result (rapid or PCR test) within 24 hours of their scheduled visit.
Each visit will require a negative test within 24 hours of the scheduled visit. Visitors are also required to wear a disposable surgical mask throughout their entire visit.
We recommend obtaining a negative COVID-19 result prior to arriving at our community to expedite the check-in process. All visitors will continue to be pre-screened through temperature checks and a dedicated COVID-19 questionnaire.
Additional COVID-19 tests will be made available for visitors who are unable to access a test prior to their visit.
Also, please be reminded to call the BronxCare Special Care Center COVID-19 Hotline at 718-579-7001 for all Updates regarding an outbreak or positivity rate within the facility.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to take every precaution to ensure the safety and wellness of our community at-large.
Darrell A. Sokol, MPA, LNHA, RT
Executive Director of the BronxCare Special Care Center
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.
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 Yvonne Wedderburn, MSN, RN, 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."