Care and Caring Since 1988
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. Because of their dedication and commitment, this dream soon became a reality.
As we look back over the past three 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 and respiratory care 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 201-apartment complex for the well elderly. In 2006, Gurwin was named by Working Mother Magazine as a “Best Place to Work for Working Mothers” 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 living community, which will be located on our Gurwin campus. In 2015, we began marketing this community, to be known as Fountaingate Gardens. In 2016 we dedicated 60 beds to a new Memory Care unit in our 5-star skilled nursing facility. In 2017 we added a social model Adult Day care program. In 2017 Gurwin received approval to begin accepting 10 percent deposits from future Fountaingate Garden residents to reserve a specific residence and lock-in the entrance fee. Gurwin entered into a clinical partnership in 2017 with Stony Brook University Hospital Hospitalists Program to provide daily medical regular coverage for the short-term rehabilitation unit. In 2018, Gurwin was named the “#1 Best Place to Work in Aging Services” by Fortune Magazine, and was also named “Best Place to Work” among small and medium-sized businesses in New York. In 2018, Gurwin achieved Preferred Provider status with Hospital for Special Surgeries, Stony Brook Hospital, Northwell Health Huntington Hospital and Catholic Health Services. In 2019, Gurwin was named by Long Island Business News as “Best on Long Island” in Rehabilitation, Assisted Living, Adult Day Health Programs and Health Aides. Gurwin’s 12-bed Advanced Care Unit opened in spring of 2019, offering a higher level of care for fragile, clinically complex patients, which at one time was available exclusively in the hospital setting. In fall of 2019, Gurwin rolled out state-of-the-art VOCSN ventilator technology, becoming the only long-term care facility for adults in the tri-state area to offer the sophisticated 5-in-1 mobile ventilators for residents on the facility’s ventilator and respiratory care unit. Newsweek named Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on it’s inaugural “Best Nursing Homes of 2020” national listing. In fall of 2020, Gurwin Healthcare System acquired 120-bed skilled nursing and rehabilitation center Island Nursing and Rehab Center in Holtsville, NY, helping to preserve the organization’s non-profit status, and improve operations and census. Also in fall of 2020, Gurwin commenced site clearing work for construction of its Fountaingate Gardens Independent Living Life Plan Community on the Gurwin campus.
Our Gurwin continuum of healthcare has helped thousands of individuals in need of all levels of care for more than three decades. We look forward to the future, where your support will enable us to be there for generations to come.
Gurwin Healthcare System, Inc., through its subsidiary entities – Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner Residences, Inc., Gurwin Home Care Agency Inc. and Island Nursing and Rehab Center (collectively, the “System”) is committed to excellence and to the provision of the highest standards of quality health care to achieve its purpose of serving the community.
The System’s continuum of care shall include long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and sub-acute care, respiratory and ventilator care, palliative and hospice care, memory and other specialty care, medical and social adult day care programs, home care services, on-site dialysis and infusion therapy, assisted living and independent senior housing. It shall assess services and evolve to meet changing community needs. While embracing all, the System shall build upon a foundation of Jewish ethics, tradition and lifestyle.
The System shall provide leadership in senior care and chronic care management, health education, research, and public policy development. It shall serve as a teaching resource for the education of healthcare professionals, enabling them to attain the highest standards of competence and compassion. It will strive to educate and sensitize staff, volunteers, residents and their families on issues pertaining to aging, rehabilitation, chronic and long-term care.
The System shall act as an industry leader in the development and adaptation of models of care and outreach programs. In all endeavors, the System shall seek to serve as a role model for other healthcare providers.
The staff could not have been more helpful
“Words cannot express the deep gratitude for Gurwin’s vision of “the gold standard” of care for the elderly. The staff was patient and understanding with my mother, listening to how she felt and making her feel that she could be independent, could be challenged intellectually and that she could enjoy her life. As a family, the staff could not have been more helpful to us as we were going through a hard time accepting my mother’s illness.”