GENESEO, N.Y., June 21, 2023 – After facing significant challenges stemming from the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has turned a corner as its innovative strategies and forward-thinking approach have positioned it to continue providing Livingston County residents with the highest level of care and service.
Over the last three years, the CNR has faced numerous obstacles stemming from staffing shortages, which have, in turn, had a negative impact on occupancy rates and operations for nursing and rehabilitation centers throughout New York State and beyond. As a result, leadership at the CNR has developed several creative and innovative approaches to increasing internal staff and has prioritized seeking out and securing grant funding – all of which is helping to spearhead the facility’s transition from the pandemic into a new era of excellence.
A major catalyst in the CNR’s ability to evolve has been its shift from an agency-focused staffing model to one where the facility can recruit, hire and train its own internal workforce, which has contributed to higher retention rates. Late last year, the CNR received approval from the New York State Department of Health to establish a Certified Nurse Training program, which to date has produced 26 graduates and 19 full-time positions within its own ranks.
“With the entire country facing a significant shortage of nursing professionals and the gap expected to continue growing, we saw an opportunity to not only bolster our own staffing and capabilities, but to make a positive impact on the industry overall,” add Shari Hutchison, Director of Long-Term Care at the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. “I want to thank the Livingston County Board of Supervisors for believing in our mission and helping us to pilot numerous programs that are going to shape the way we provide care and services to residents for years to come.”
As a result of positive gains made in staffing, the CNR has expanded its capacity and occupancy rates are approaching pre-pandemic levels.
Additionally, the CNR has established a plan to modernize much of its internal technology, which was bolstered after being awarded over $653,000 in grant funding for improvements to its overall infrastructure including its nurse call system, which is a vital communication tool located throughout the facility and regularly used by both residents and staff.
In addition to modernizing its nurse call station, the CNR plans to use funding to improve wireless technology throughout the facility and to upgrade its firewall security system. In doing so, the CNR will improve its operating efficiencies, increase communication opportunities between residents and staff and improve upon resident safety and experience.
Furthermore, the facility is targeting funding sources that will help in its mission to establish a licensed practical nurse training program and to create in-house professional development and training resources that can provide staff with state-of-the-art tools and knowledge to better prepare for future needs.
A short drive from Rochester and situated atop a picturesque hill in a park-like setting in Mount Morris, the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation offers 24-hour skilled nursing services ranging from short-term, post-acute rehabilitative care to traditional long-term care. Residents receive care in a manner that addresses the needs of the individual. Recognizing the potential in every individual, the Center focuses on turning potential into ability, discomfort into comfort. It strives to promote an atmosphere with activities that involve friends, family, volunteers and pets to create a home-like environment for residents.
One of the most comprehensive facilities in the area, the Center offers various treatment methods and state-of-the-art healthcare options ranging from on-site dialysis, audiology, consulting podiatry, dentistry, speech therapy, ophthalmology, bariatric care, occupational therapy, pharmacological services, hair care and more.
Learn more about various programs, outpatient services, career and volunteer opportunities, support services and more by visiting the Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation’s website. To speak to someone about admission, please call (585) 243-7200.
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About Livingston County:
Founded in 1821, Livingston County, N.Y., is comprised of more than 61,000 residents in 17 towns located across 631 square miles of the Finger Lakes region.