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Edward P. Grano Named Corporate Director of Rehabilitation at Bethel Homes & Services

January 29, 2019

Bethel Homes and Services has announced that Mr. Edward P. Grano, PT, has been named the organization’s Corporate Director of Rehabilitation to oversee resident therapy on its Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining and Valhalla campuses.

Says Ms. Goldstein, Bethel’s CEO, “We are pleased to have Mr. Grano join our team and bring his level of expertise to the Bethel community. His hands-on practical application of therapeutic skills, innovative program development and successful administrative oversight in a number of healthcare settings will most certainly benefit our rehabilitation department and strengthen our continuum as a whole.”

Mr. Grano has held leadership positions in both acute rehabilitation and skilled nursing care facilities, as well as having had oversight of orthopedic specialty group and sports medicine therapy programs. “I’m looking forward to bringing my experience to Bethel and sharing it with the residents and staff on each of the campuses,” says Mr. Grano.

Having begun his career at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains as a physical therapist before becoming Director of Rehabilitation Services at one of Burke’s affiliated skilled nursing facilities, Mr. Grano’s most recent position was at Field Home in Yorktown where he served as Director of Rehabilitation for 10 years.

His approach as Director of Rehabilitation is always patient-centered and he guides his staff to follow the same model to ensure each resident’s individual needs are understood and factored into every moment of treatment. “If a staff member is finding challenges with a resident, we first work to learn what barriers exist that may not be outwardly apparent. These could be physical, of course, but often there is a psycho-emotional component that can never be underestimated. Listening, tactful conversation and positive, per-sonal energy can be powerful problem-solving skills to help residents navigate those obstacles that create fear, doubt and even the loss of hope that may be experienced when needing rehabilitation,” says Mr. Grano.
He continues, “My focus on hiring and developing clinicians with these abilities are what make this program truly unique. It only takes a few moments in one of our clinics to feel and understand this intangible feature of our programs.”

In addition to his onsite clinical responsibilities, Mr. Grano will undertake community outreach as well. “I plan on helping to further brand Bethel Homes as a quality rehabilitation center and increase our service area by networking with area phy-sicians, professional referral sources and healthcare providers,” he says.

Says Ms. Goldstein, “We look forward to the community partnerships and awareness which his efforts will provide and especially pleased that our residents will be the ultimate beneficiaries of Mr. Grano’s addition to the Bethel community.”

Josephine DeSilva, Former Baker at Reader's Digest, Celebrates 104th Birthday at Bethel Nursing Home

January 28, 2019

Ms. Josephine DeSilva recently celebrated her 104th birthday at Bethel Nursing Home in Ossining where she has resided since 2016. The oldest of 12 children, Ms. DeSilva worked as a baker for Reader’s Digest. She and her husband, Manuel (deceased), raised their family in Pleasantville and are the parents of daughter, Josephine, of Briarcliff Manor, and son, Manuel, of New Hampshire (deceased).

Her advice for a long life is to, “Be kind to everyone, dance even if you’re in a chair and once in a while, it’s okay to take a nap!”

Ms. DeSilva still dances, sings and bakes and enjoys being with the friends she has made at Bethel Nursing Home. Ms. DeSilva has seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.


Santa Delights at Bethel’s 19th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting!

December 10, 2018

As always, Santa was the center of attention at Bethel’s 19th Annual Tree Lighting at The Pines in Ossining! Whether they were wide-eyed, talkative or not too sure about the man with the booming voice and red suit, each child was mesmerized and smiling as Santa greeted them with a hearty Ho! Ho! Ho! He made his way through the crowd, handing out candy canes to all the children while carols were being sung by those assembled around the tree.

The evening kicked off with Bethel’s CEO, Ms. Beth Goldstein welcoming everyone to the tree lighting and then introducing Mr. Robert Elliott, Chairman of Bethel’s Board of Directors, who also thanked people for attending and highlighted Bethel’s role in the community where it has been providing services for over 100 years.  Rev. Kevan Hitch, also a member of Bethel’s Board of Directors, and pastor of the Valhalla United Methodist Church, offered a reflective narrative and convocation before Mr. Elliott lit the tree, an honored bestowed upon him having being elected Chairman of the Board, earlier this year.

Everyone was then invited inside for delicious hors d’oeuvres and drinks where they also had an opportunity to meet new people and spend time with friends.


Marina Charles is Named Employee of the Month At Bethel Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

December 6, 2018

Marina Charles has been named Employee of the Month at Bethel’s 200-bed Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  As a staff member for almost 20 years, Marina  has spent the last 11 years as a CNA on the memory-impaired, Van Gogh unit.  Prior to that, she  had been assigned to both the Monet and Degas units, having begun her career at Bethel as a floater.

She said she was shocked to hear her name called as the Employee of the Month during the Staff Meeting. “I was crossing my fingers for a co-worker who I thought was going to be chosen. It was a very humbling moment for me,” says Marina.

“I love my job,” she continued, “because I love people. It is very fulfilling to me to know that I can help people who cannot help themselves. It can be challenging at times, but when I leave here at the end of the day I have a clear conscience, and heart, knowing that I helped someone.”

 Says BNRC Administrator, Jill Smoller, “Anyone who meets Marina is immediately taken with her warmth and kindness. She is hard-working, compassionate and beyond dedicated!”

 Jill continued, “Marina is always ready to help anyone who needs it and she does it all with a smile and genuine empathy. She is a real treasure.”

 “I try to encourage people to be leaders, not followers, and to do the right thing,” says Marina.

 In her spare time, she enjoys reading her Bible and singing in her church’s choir. A member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Wappingers Falls, where she is a Head Usher, Marina says, “I love my church! It is an important part of my life.”

 A resident of Beacon, Marina is originally from St. Lucia and is part of a large family. Although her parents still reside there, she has three sisters, a brother, nieces and nephews living here in the U.S. with whom she spends time.