Nazareth Nursing Home to Close in Buffalo as Part of Berger Commission Implementation

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 11, 2007) – Nazareth Nursing Home in Buffalo has set December 31 as its targeted closing date, in accordance with a mandate from the Commission on Health Care Facilities in the 21st Century, also known as the Berger Commission. The nursing home's closure plan has been approved by the state Health Department. The nursing home has pledged to remain operational until all residents have been safely transitioned to alternate settings

Nazareth Nursing Home is part of the Catholic Health System of Western New York, and has 125 beds. The home had stopped accepting new admissions on October 10. The Catholic Health System is notifying the nursing home residents, their families and the employees of the pending closure, and will execute the transition plan.

Nazareth Nursing Home will survey the area's nursing homes to determine vacant bed count, and will make every effort to place residents in an appropriate facility and level of care as close to Nazareth Home as possible. Catholic Health System's Care Connection will work with residents, family members or legal representatives to place residents in their facility of choice.

State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., thanked the Nazareth Home and Catholic Health System for their cooperation. "We appreciate the Nazareth Home's commitment to ensure the health and safety of its residents throughout the transition," he said. "As Health Commissioner, I also thank the employees who have cared for Nazareth Nursing Home residents over the years."