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Sunderland nursing home changes hands

Recorder/Paul Franz
TheCozy Corner Nursingnad Rehabilitation Center in Sunderland has been sold.

Recorder/Paul Franz TheCozy Corner Nursingnad Rehabilitation Center in Sunderland has been sold.

SUNDERLAND — The Cozy Corner Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has a new name and owners, after the family of the nursing home’s founders sold it to two men for $1 million on Dec. 1.

The newly named New England Health Center has retained all current staff, according to new owners Zisha Lipschutz, 29, from New York, and Dov Newmark, 32, from New Jersey.

“We plan to continue to give good care,” said Lipschutz. “I think they’ve done a very nice job of that until now, and we plan to ... look for areas to continue to improve.”

While the 61-year-old center will continue to provide long-term care, the new owners plan to build up its short-term care service as well.

One of the first projects will be construction of a subacute unit, said Newmark. It will host 18 beds for people who need short-term rehabilitation and therapy.

Some aesthetic changes will also be made to the facility, said Lipschutz.

The pair has collaborated in the past and have each worked in the industry for the past decade, they said.

New England Health Center has 56 licensed beds and 34 current residents, said Mike Stroetzel, the center’s administrator. There are about 35 nurses and 20 other employees, he said.

It was founded as a nursing home in 1951, when Christine Bednarski and I. James Bednarski, Jr. were seeking to start a business after the war, said their son Bruce Bednarski.

The Bednarskis converted a Sunderland house into the nursing home. Christine, a registered nurse in the Army, directed Cozy Corner’s nursing staff. James, with a business background, served as the center’s license administrator.

Bruce Bednarski, owner of JC’s Market in Greenfield, had overseen the Sunderland property since 2005. His mother died in 2011, having spent the last few years of her life as one of the nursing home’s residents.

“The whole industry is in a period of change. You don’t find many small nursing homes still in existence,” he said. “The strong and large survive, and the small fall by the wayside. ... That was one of our concerns.”

“It was my mom and dad’s dream, it wasn’t ours,” he added. “It’s an old building that needs ... new excitement.”

You can reach Chris Shores at:
cshores@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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