Buffalo Nursing Home Enters into Receivership

Ensures that Grace Manor Health Care Facility will remain open

BUFFALO, N.Y. (March 31, 2008) – State Health Commissioner Richard F. Daines, M.D., today praised the leadership of Grace Manor Health Care Facility for agreeing to place the nursing home into receivership. Kaleida Health will serve as the receiver. Grace Manor, a 167-bed facility, has had ongoing operational and financial difficulties.

"By this action, the Grace Manor board of directors has ensured that patients will be cared for appropriately and in stable surroundings," Commissioner Daines said. "I am pleased that the management of Grace Manor and Kaleida Health has worked cooperatively to allow for a seamless transition of services for the residents of Grace Manor nursing home. My congratulations as well to James R. Kaskie, the President and CEO of Kaleida, for taking the lead here and putting the patients first. He has put the interests of the community ahead of his own, and as Health Commissioner, I thank him."

In response to the board's action, the state Department of Health asked Kaleida Health to assume the role of receiver and to work to address the long-term operational problems at Grace Manor. DOH will help Kaleida develop a course of action that will maintain the high-quality rehabilitation and long-term care services offered at Grace Manor.

Based on the agreement, Kaleida Health may act as the caretaker for as long as 18 months. The receivership will also make certain that there will be no service interruptions at the facility.

The late Rev. Houston Williams, pastor of Grace Tabernacle Church, founded Grace Manor nursing home in 1979. Pastor Williams built Grace Manor on the notion of the need for cultural diversity as well as the physical and spiritual needs of individuals.

Kaleida Health is the largest health care provider in Western New York, serving the area's eight counties with state-of-the-art technology and comprehensive health care services.