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Rockville Centre rehab center celebrates 60 coronavirus patient recoveries

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The Grand Pavilion for Rehabilitation and Nursing at Rockville Centre celebrated its 60th Covid-19 patient recovery last week with a socially distanced car parade. The skilled nursing and rehabilitation center has served as a special recovery center for Covid-19 patients discharged from local hospitals across Long Island since the beginning of the pandemic.

“When the first Covid-19 case was reported in the United States, our team here at the Grand Pavilion proactively expanded upon our infection control protocol to ensure that we were more than prepared and could serve as a resource for the community,” said David Roll, administrator of The Grand Pavilion.

The Grand Pavilion, like other skilled nursing homes across New York State, accepted Covid-19 patients from area hospitals in compliance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s former executive order.

The Grand Pavilion welcomed families, friends, patrons-in-care and the Rockville Centre team of first responders to join them in celebrating this milestone through a socially distant car parade on June 24, with applause for Kevin McCay, the 60th patient from The Grand Pavilion to recover from Covid-19 at the facility.

“I was a nurse myself for 36 years,” McCay said.

McCay was told he was the 60th patient to recover and was offered the opportunity to headline the parade as a former nurse, family man, and “beacon of hope” for others who have been affected by Covid-19.

“I received great care from my nurses and nurse aides,” McCay said. “This gave me time to reflect. I would give everyone who works here a ‘triple A rating.’ They went out of their way to make sure they popped in to see me, and that meant a lot. I see the professionalism in everyone who works here; they made sure I felt welcomed.”

The Grand Pavilion joined its sister facilities in the CareRite Centers Network by restricting all non-essential visitation on March 11. “The facility also enacted comprehensive screening protocols for all employees prior to each and every shift, as well as during their shifts, in a proactive measure to ensure the highest standards of health and safety,” Roll said.

McCay joined his caregivers at The Grand Pavilion as members of the Rockville Centre community applauded him and the staff at the facility for their dedication throughout the pandemic.

“Kevin received excellent care at The Grand Pavilion,” said Rosemary McCay, Kevin’s wife. “The communication was excellent between the staff and my family. I was able to communicate with him as well as the staff, who were always upbeat and positive. We are so grateful.”

Submitted by CareRite Centers Network; compiled by

Jill Nossa