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by HOLLY N., LIPKA Reporter When people ask 104-year-old Edward “Ed” Nartowicz what he owes his longevity to, he always says his secret is to “keep breathing.” The nice and witty centenarian celebrated his 104th birthday with friends and family on Monday at Elderwood at Williamsville, where he has resided since December. Nartowicz was born on March 25, 1914, in Buffalo. He joined the Air Force in 1941 and was still in training at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois when Japanese planes attacked the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. “We were watching a movie when an officer jumped on the stations and said, ‘Fellas, we’re at war with Japan.’ Someone asked why, and the officer said, ‘Because they bombed Pearl Harbor.’ Then a sergeant jumped up and asked, ‘Where’s Pearl Harbor?’” Nartowicz said. “We didn’t know it was Hawaii.” Nartowicz almost completed his training to become a pilot but did not pass his last physical fitness test. Instead, he became a member of the Special Operations Weather Team. He provided intelligence about weather patterns to help the troops plan and prepare for attacks during WWII. “Now he couldn’t tell you if it’s going to snow tonight,” added Charlie Zeis, Nartowicz’s stepson. “He’s right,” Nartowicz affirmed. Nartowicz...

BUFFALO, NY - Richard Cleland has been named Regional Director of Operations for Elderwood. In his new role, Mr. Cleland will provide direction and oversight to the leadership of the Central New York region including Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport, Elderwood at Hornell, Elderwood at Liverpool, and Elderwood at Waverly. For two years, Mr. Cleland held the role of chief executive officer at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, NY. He most recently served as president of Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital in Elmira, NY. "We are thrilled to have Richard Cleland join our team," said Elderwood's Chief Operations Officer Phil Quillard. "I know his extensive background will provide tremendous value to our company as we continue to grow our footprint and reputation as quality health care provides Central New York." A licensed nursing home administrator, Mr. Cleland has extensive experience in program development, process improvement and performance management. He has provided operation workforce engagement, business growth and regulatory compliance initiatives. Mr. Cleland received his Master of Public Administration/Health Care Management from Canisius College in Buffalo. He currently lives in Clarence, NY with his family. Elderwood provides skilled nursing care, specialized subacute and rehabilitation care, cardiac care, cardiac telemetry services, assisted living, independent living and memory...

By Tracey Drury  – Reporter, Buffalo Business First The owners of three area skilled nursing and assisted living facilities are working to add home-care services. The establishment committee of the state Public Health and Health Planning Council voted Thursday to move all three licensed home-care services agency (LHCSA) applications forward to the full council, which will make its decision on April 12. Two of the applications came from companies affiliated with Elderwood: 2600 Niagara Falls Boulevard AL Operating Company LLC, doing business as Elderwood Home Care at Wheatfield, with the agency associated with the assisted living program at Elderwood Assisted Living at Wheatfield; and 5271 Main Street Operating Company LLC, doing business as Elderwood Home Care at Williamsville and affiliated with an assisted living program at the same address. The companies will provide nursing home health aides, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology. Both are owned by Dr. Jeffrey Rubin and Warren Cole, co-CEOs of Acute Care Partners, which owns the Elderwood network of skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. The third application came from Israel Sherman, the owner of Absolut Care Homes. According to documents filed with the state, Western NY Care Services LLC, doing business as Western NY Care Services Orchard Park, will...

Lisa Lundy has been appointed community relations coordinator for Elderwood at Lockport. In her new post, she will oversee marketing operations at the healthcare facility on Old Niagara Road and work to develop and strengthen relationships within the community and with area physicians and health care services. Lundy, a Lockport resident, has worked at the facility for over 19 years. She had been Odd Fellow and Rebekah Rehabilitation & Health Care Center's director of admissions and marketing since 1999. Lundy got her start in the field at Hamlin Terrace Health Care Center and worked at Canterbury Woods for two years. Lundy received her associate’s degree in dietetic technology in food service administration / nutritional care from Erie County Community College. See Full Article...

By Tracey Drury – Reporter, Buffalo Business First A Western New York health care professional is putting a decade of experience to work in hopes of helping both businesses and retirees find better, safer living options. In 2016, Alicia Laible-Kenyon was appointed by the state Senate to serve on the statewide Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC) Council and now serves as chair of the new regulatory and framework improvement subcommittee. Professionally, she serves as executive director of Elderwood Health Plan, a managed long-term care program. Though Elderwood offers all levels of senior care, its holdings do not include a state-designated continuing care retirement community. So why join the council? Laible-Kenyon, a former social worker, said she felt a sense of duty. “The governor was attempting to find representatives from across the state who had a background in health care,” she said. “There can only be one representative from a CCRC, but everyone on it has some industry knowledge.” Though many retirement communities offer a varied continuum of care from independent living to assisted living and skilled nursing, the CCRC model operates more like an insurance product, guaranteeing resident members will receive all the care they need without having to leave the campus. It also costs more,...