By: Arthur Popowitz
The chief executive officer of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale nursing home is responding to allegations from staff members published in the New York Post that claimed officials were somehow covering up resident deaths from the coronavirus.
According to the Post’s article, as many as 119 people died at the facility during the months of March and April.
The Hebrew Home at Riverdale CEO Daniel Reingold said during an interview with News 12 that from March 1 and May 9 there were 119 deaths, but that just 31 of them were either suspected or confirmed to have involved the coronavirus.
“Reingold says the suggestion that these deaths were all COVID-19 is baseless speculation and that the Hebrew Home has been fully transparent in its reporting to every government agency,” noted bronx.news12.com. “He says a possible reason for the spike could’ve been linked to a rough flu season and extensive norovirus earlier this year.”
Reingold said in the interview, “Our suspicion is that there were a number of people that as we came into the coronavirus era, so to speak, that a lot of people had come in were very weak to begin with, and so we did lose a number of people sadly in February and March and even into early April.”
“Reingold adds those causes of death at the Hebrew Home are typical of its elderly and infirm population, which include respiratory failure and cardiac arrest,” News 12 added. “He also says the Hebrew Home is also the first nursing home in the country to designate a full COVID-19 recovery unit. The report in the Post also alleged that there were so many deaths, an insider said an empty building on campus was turned into a temporary morgue.”
RiverSpring Health, which operates the Hebrew Home, has long enjoyed a fine reputation. As it points out on its web site, the institution “is dedicated to helping older adults live full lives. For 100 years, we have been committed to healthy aging and the highest quality of life through innovative programs and services designed to meet the evolving needs of older adults. With a full range of care solutions, including the nationally recognized Hebrew Home at Riverdale, managed long-term care, assisted living programs, senior housing, and specialized services such as elder abuse prevention, and memory care. We empower over 13,000 patients, residents, and members to live forward every day.”
Indeed, the company has gone out of its way to thank its staff members, noting: “Yesterday’s Super Man is today’s healthcare worker, and the villain we fight is no longer an evil alien from another planet but a faceless virus. These are unprecedented times. The women and men on the front lines are today’s super heroes. Capes have been replaced with masks, gloves and gowns, and their super powers are love, compassion and commitment.”