Tuesday, June 28, 2022

(Courtesy of Daughters of Miriam) After 100 years of serving the Northern New Jersey community, Daughters of Miriam Center/The Gallen Institute for Subacute Care will transfer ownership of the nursing home, sub-acute and supportive services after receiving approval from the Board of Health and the New Jersey State Attorney General to Atlas Healthcare and Phil Bak, chief executive officer, effective June 1.

Atlas Healthcare is a patient-centered organization who shares in our mission to provide a continuum of health services in a safe and welcoming environment that respects Jewish values, traditions and lifestyles and that emphasizes quality of life and human dignity. The facility will remain kosher with an on-site synagogue with no interruption in the delivery of nursing and supportive services.

“As the owner/operator of Atlas Healthcare, we are committed to providing the same high quality of care for which Daughters of Miriam Center has been known all these years,” stated Bak. He added, “We intend on making this transition as seamless as possible for the nursing home residents, subacute patients, families and staff.”

The new owners have years of experience in the long-term care industry as they are the licensed New Jersey operators at Cedar Grove Respiratory and Nursing Center in Williamstown, Atlas Rehabilitation and Healthcare at Maywood, Wynwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Cinnaminson, and Riverfront Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Pennsauken.

Founded in 1921, Daughters of Miriam Center’s mission and values were designed to meet the community’s needs, and they have been revised throughout the decades to adapt to the changing healthcare landscape. However, due to changes in the economic climate, the financial challenges have become too great to effectively compete in the long-term-care industry as an independent facility. Daughters of Miriam Center CEO Frank DaSilva stated, “After many difficult years of attempting to remain financially viable, along with two years dealing with COVID-19 challenges, our Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to exit the long-term care industry.”

Daughters of Miriam will continue to serve the elderly through the Daughters of Miriam Foundation as we will still maintain ownership and operations of the Miriam Apartments, also known as The Esther and Sam Schwartz Building, located at 135 Hazel St. in Clifton. The 150-unit independent-living apartment building will continue to maintain its not-for-profit status as a 501(c)(3) under the aegis of Daughters of Miriam Center.

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