The Board of Directors of Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center has announced the appointment of Stuart B. Almer of Plainview to the role of president and chief executive officer for Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Gurwin Jewish — Fay J. Lindner Residences, Gurwin Home Care Agency, and Gurwin Jewish Healthcare Foundation, effective January 1. He currently serves as Gurwin’s administrator and chief operating officer and will succeed Herbert H. Friedman, current and founding executive vice president and CEO.
Friedman was instrumental in creating the Gurwin brand, which includes a full continuum of senior care services that started with a community nursing home in 1988 and has grown to encompass all levels of care, from a proposed independent living community to complex skilled care, all on the Gurwin campus in Commack. He will remain with Gurwin as president and CEO of the newly-established Gurwin parent corporation, Gurwin Healthcare System, and of Fountaingate Gardens, Gurwin’s proposed independent housing community. Additionally, he will have input on strategic planning through 2018.
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Almer has garnered substantial administrative and management experience in both the acute care and long-term care settings. Since joining the Gurwin team in 2015 from Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, Almer has been responsible for the day-to-day operations of Gurwin’s 460-bed nursing and rehabilitation center. In that time, he spearheaded the creation of a 60-bed memory care unit, expanded the adult day care program to include a social program for those with mild to moderate dementia, and has influenced change in the facility’s CMS rating to five stars, among other highlights.
“Stu is a proven leader, with a comprehensive understanding of our rapidly-changing healthcare environment, a strength in strategic planning and an appreciation for our Gurwin mission,” said Bert E. Brodsky, chairman of the board of gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. “Gurwin has come far in the 29 years since its founding to serve the Long Island community. With much still to accomplish, we are certain that Stu is the perfect choice to position Gurwin for long-term growth and success.”
“I am honored to be able to step into this leadership position at this important juncture in the history of Gurwin Jewish,” said Almer. “As we continue to adapt to a rapidly changing and challenging healthcare environment, I look forward to guiding change and spearheading innovation to ensure long-term growth for the Gurwin Family of Healthcare Services.”