BronxCare Health System

BronxCare Special Care Center

Visitor Information for BronxCare Special Care Center

At the BronxCare Special Care Center, we continue to be extra vigilant as the situation involving the Coronavirus pandemic evolves. Visitation to our facility is restricted/closed in accordance with government and public health guidelines, with the exception of residents/patients on hospice care. As a result, we are making available iPads to residents between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily. This will provide them with the opportunity to better connect with their family and friends.

Family members interested in scheduling a time to Skype or FaceTime with their loved ones should contact Jennifer Cross, Director of Activities, at jcross@bronxcare.org.

Our BronxCare Special Care Center family thanks you for your cooperation and understanding during this difficult time. We can also assure you that the health and safety of our residents, their families, and the community, as well as employees, is always the top priority.

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.