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Delmar Nursing Home Averts Crisis

WAMC photo by Dave Lucas
Employees of Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Kenwood Manor gathered in October on Rockefeller Road in Delmar.

Employees at a nursing home in Albany County are getting a reprieve after having been notified their health care benefits would be terminated.

In early October, according to 1199SEIU, Lutheran Care Network, which operates Good Samaritan Nursing Home and Kenwood Manor on Rockefeller Road in Delmar, stopped paying into the employees’ contractually required Health Benefit Fund.

Fears of benefit loss and eventual job loss rippled through the facilities. 1199's executive vice president Greg Speller said:

"Lutheran, which we anticipated finally did file for bankruptcy at the end of last week, there is one purchaser in the mix and that's the Centers For Care, run by Kenny Rozenberg out of the Bronx and it's a for-profit network throughout the state of New York."

Speller expects reorganization and new contracts will be finalized by the end of January.


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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