Our History

In the early 1980s, a group of community leaders, many of whom would eventually form our Founding Board of Directors, gathered together to share a vision. They wanted to build a nursing home that would provide the finest quality of care and caring for the frail Jewish elderly living on Long island. This dream soon became a reality because of their dedication and commitment.

As we look back over the past two decades, we can be very proud of our many accomplishments:

  • In October 1988, our 300-bed Gurwin Jewish Geriatric Center opened our “home and our hearts” to our first residents. This would be the first nursing home with a Jewish ambiance in Suffolk County.
  • In 1989, our out-patient Adult Day Health Program opened offering rehabilitation and invaluable socialization to members of the community. This program has expanded three times and today we serve more than 140 individuals, six days a week.
  • We instituted our Home Care Program in 1997, bringing Gurwin’s excellence into the homes of hundreds of Long islanders each year.
  • In 1999, we opened our Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Pavilion, adding 160 beds including a 28-bed ventilator dependent unit.
  • The full continuum of care was expanded in 2001, when we opened our 160-apartment Fay J. Lindner residences assisted living community. In 2006, we added 40 additional units, making it a 200-apartment complex for the well elderly.
  • In November 2006, we launched an electronic medical record program to computerize care documentation for residents within the Center.
  • In October 2007, our name and look changed, with a renaming of the Center to the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. This name change reflects our commitment to providing the highest quality care to our long-term residents, as well as our increased focus on short-term rehabilitation.
  • In 2008, our Foundation name became the Gurwin Jewish Healthcare Foundation, to more accurately reflect our support of vital initiatives benefiting all Gurwin entities.
  • In December 2008, our on-site Dialysis Center opened, serving not only our long- and short-term rehabilitation residents, but also those we serve in our assisted living community and adult day health program. The state-of-the-art facility is also open to residents of the community.
  • In 2009, we expanded our short-term rehabilitation program to include 80 beds and a newly renovated and enhanced rehabilitation suite, enabling us to better care for those in need of short-term rehabilitation as well as long-term care.
  • In 2011, we formed our Board of Directors for our independent Housing Community, which will be located on our Gurwin campus.

Our Gurwin continuum of care has helped thousands of individuals in need of all levels of care throughout the past two decades. We look forward to the future, where your support will enable us to be there for generations to come.

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