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Congress Building Corp. named Construction Manager for $39 million White Plains Institute for Rehabilitation & Healthcare
PEABODY, MA – White Plains Healthcare Properties I, LLC and EPIC Healthcare have selected Congress Building Corp. as the Construction Manager and Developer for its 110,000 s/f, 160-bed Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility. The $39 million dollar facility consists of 160 beds of Skilled Nursing, including 76 specialized rehabilitation beds, 42 Alzheimer’s secure beds, and 42 long-term care beds, each on specially designed nursing units. The project includes structured parking for 52 cars.
Both Congress and TAT have strong track records in Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing, Long-Term Care, Elderly, and Health Care projects, having previously collaborated successfully on more than twenty such projects. The Operator, EPIC Healthcare, has demonstrated a capacity to provide quality health care in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley region for more than twenty years.
Congress has completed over 8,000 beds and over 4.5 million square feet of Health Care and Long-Term Care construction throughout the eastern United States over the past 45 years. Congress’ recent successfully completed Senior Living and Health Care projects include a 74-unit, 86,000 s/f Assisted Living facility in Easton, MA; a 36-bed Assisted Living and Memory Care addition and renovation of an existing Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing facility in Windsor, VT; a 43-bed addition and renovation to an occupied 135-bed Assisted Living facility in Hopkinton, MA; a 180-bed, 105,000 s/f HUD Sub Rehab of an existing Skilled Nursing facility in Milwaukee, WI; a 74-bed, 64,000 s/f Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in Avon, CT; an 80-bed, 68,000 s/f Assisted Living and Memory Care facility in South Windsor, CT; and an 83-bed, 76,000 s/f Assisted Living facility in Ipswich, MA, all for valued repeat clients of Congress.
William Nicholson, CEO of Congress, said, “We are excited and proud to have been selected for this one-of-a-kind project. We recently published a white paper speaking to the SNF of the future. This is the SNF of the future. We are honored and grateful to work with EPIC Healthcare, one of the most progressive providers of rehabilitative services and Skilled Nursing care in the northeast. Lizer Jozefovic, EPIC’s CEO, is a unique visionary. Lizer and his team epitomize the future of Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing. His quest for quality care and his tireless efforts, attention to every detail, working with our construction and design team toward planning a proactive and vital rehabilitation environment, are among the driving forces behind this project. Our relationship with TAT has been ongoing and successful for over thirty years, and we are delighted to continue that collaboration on this project.”
Congress will continue to work with TAT and EPIC in a project team approach which will bring the project though the preconstruction and construction phases. Congress will provide transparent preconstruction and construction phase scheduling, line item budgeting, value engineering, cost estimating, and life cycle evaluations of alternative building system options.
Congress will also lead and coordinate the subcontractor and supplier pricing and procurement process with the team. During the construction phase, which is scheduled to begin in early summer 2016, Congress will manage the construction activities, cost control, quality control, and safety programs and procedures for the project.
In addition, Congress will provide its unique design and construction delivery method, including delivery to the Operator of full construction, design, interiors, furnishings, and development services, a complete turnkey delivery for the health care operator.
Headquartered in Peabody, MA, and with offices in Lake Success, NY, The Congress Companies serves clients in New England, New York, New Jersey, and beyond. With sixty plus years of building experience and expertise, Congress offers a full continuum of Preconstruction Strategy, Construction Management, Design/Build, and Development Services, and specializes in the Senior Living, Health Care, and Multi-Family Residential market sectors. To learn more about The Congress Companies and to sign up to receive the latest company news, visit: www.congresscompanies.com.
Middletown Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center Receives 2014 Commitment to Quality Award
Middletown Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center has been recognized as a 2014 recipient of the Bronze — Commitment to Quality Award, for its dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care.
The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the National Quality Award program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living . The program honors centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.
Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, which assists providers of long-term and post-acute care services in achieving performance excellence goals.
The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Centers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system.
As a recipient of the Bronze Award, Middletown Park Rehabilitation and Health Care Center may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver — Achievement in Quality Award.
Middletown Park Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center representatives have been invited to Washington DC to receive this distinguished Award and to be honored at an Award Ceremony on October 7th, 2014.
Prestigious Starfish Award Presented to Lizer Jozefovic and Sandy Mozdierz
In recognition of the amazing support system that they provide to Pets Alive, the prestigious Starfish Award was bestowed upon Lizer Jozefovic and Sandy Mozdierz at the 2011 Fur Ball fundraiser. They have facilitated community involvement via EPIC’s network of facilities – coordinating fundraisers and donations for Pets Alive, enabling the organization to save and help even more animals.
The Starfish Award was created from the story of a man that is walking along the beach. He sees another man also walking along the beach but this man is stopping every few feet to toss stranded starfish back into the sea. The first man says “Tell me why you bother? Why you waste your time this way? There’s a million stranded starfish. What does it matter, anyway?” And the second man softly replies: “Well, I think it matters to this one.”
2011 Pets Alive Fur Ball
Epic Healthcare Management is proud to have been the Cocktail Sponsor for the 2011 Pets Alive Fur Ball! Pets Alive brings so much love to the animals and the community – doing their utmost to help our companion animals, our youth, and people in need. Residents at EPIC facilities gain tremendous satisfaction and joy when this special organization pays a visit with their animals. You should see their faces light up as they interact with the engaging pets.
June 2010 Featured Facilities: Managing Health Today
The June 2010 edition of Managing Health Today featured Skyview, Waterview Hills, Water’s Edge and Salem Hills Rehabilitation & Healthcare. These facilities are owned and operated by Lizer Jozefovic and his brother-in-law, Mark Neuman. The article describes how Lizer Josefovic revolutionized healthcare by providing aggressive therapy in a luxurious and hotel-like environment.
“If you had a grandmother, or perhaps a great aunt or uncle that your parents took you to visit in a nursing home back in the 1970s or 1980s, then perhaps your memory, like mine, is of an institutionalized setting with linoleum floors and cinder block walls. Or perhaps you have visited a nursing home within the past ten years and think of striped wallpaper and newer linoleum floors. If that has been your experience, then you’d be surprised by the welcoming décor and staff that you’d find when you walk into one of the facilities owned and operated by Lizer Jozefovic and his brother-in-law, Mark Neuman.
As the economy was taking a downward plunge in the mid 1980s, Lizer Jozefovic had a clothing business and was providing his demanding clientele with custom-made suits and exceptional customer service. By 1987, the slowdown made the business impractical and he knew it was time to look for a new career. In 1992, while working with seniors as a social worker’s assistant, he had what he calls “an epiphany.” In those days, once a person was admitted to a nursing home, the prevailing feeling was that it was the last stop before death. There was no going home. Jozefovic was working with a distinguished gentleman who turned to him and pleaded “I just want to go home.” Although Jozefovic tried to comfort and encourage his elderly patient, he knew that the gentleman would never go home again. He wished that he could do something to help him. That moment would have a big impact on the goals he set for his organizations once he became an administrator, and later the owner/operator of several facilities.
A year later, Jozefovic was able to combine his business acumen and experience working in nursing homes to acquire his first job as an Administrator, and in 1999, he and Neuman bought their first facility – Water’s Edge in Trenton, New Jersey. Since then, their portfolio has grown to include Skyview in Croton-on-Hudson, Middletown Park Manor in Orange County and Waterview Hills and Salem Hills in Purdys in Northern Westchester County. Today, the name of each facility is followed by “Rehabilitation & Healthcare,” because Lizer Jozefovic’s hope is that patients can be rehabilitated and that his facilities are a stop on their way back home.”