February 1, 2021
As you may be aware, the NYS Attorney General’s Office released a report last Friday following an investigation of nursing home response to the coronavirus pandemic.
After thoughtful consideration, and in reply to the report from New York State Health Commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, we would like to assure our members of The GreenFields family that our campus has been, and remains, in full compliance with the directives of the NYS Department of Health, executive orders from the Governor, and recent recommendations made by the Attorney General’s Office.
At the onset of the pandemic, we took swift and decisive action to keep our residents and employees safe. We established a Covid-19 taskforce and developed a coronavirus response plan well before directives were dispatched from the NYS DOH, including the early use of personal protective equipment, cessation of visitation, and implementation of routine screening and testing. We reduced our capacity, isolated patients in private accommodations, and discontinued admissions, further prioritizing our patients and residents over profits.
We strongly feel that these pre-emptive measures were a primary reason that our campus was able to stave off the virus for nearly eight months while many other facilities experienced community spread.
Our efforts to keep our community healthy and safe continue, and we are pleased to report that two doses of the Pfizer vaccine have already been administered to staff and residents of GHRC. Last Friday, first doses were also administered at GreenField Court assisted living apartments and GreenField Terrace memory care and enhanced assisting living residences.
If you have any questions or concerns re: the report from the Attorney General’s Office, please do not hesitate to contact me, or a facility administrator. We remain very grateful for your support and faith in our mission of caring in our community.
President and CEO, Niagara Lutheran Health System