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Troubled Syracuse nursing home sold to new owner; will drop James Square name

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The James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre has been sold to a new owner, the New York State Department of Health confirmed Wednesday.

“The Certificate of Need application to establish Clinton Square Operations, LLC as the new operator of James Square Nursing and Rehabilitation has been approved by the Public Health and Health Planning Council,” the Department of Health confirmed in a statement. Online records show the approval was given on December 11.

Clinton Square Operations, LLC bought the 440-bed facility from River Meadows, LLC for $45 million according to public health records. Ed Farbenblum is listed as the majority owner. He also currently operates nursing homes in Kingston, Dunkirk, and Johnson City, N.Y.

The name of the facility will change, according to an employee in the administrator's office. After more than 40 years of existence as James Square Health and Rehabilitation Centre, the facility will become Bishop Rehab and Nursing.

The sale also means another change of leadership. Stan Wojciechowski, who took over as administrator of the facility in early 2017, is no longer with the Centre; Margaret Mary Wagner has been named the new administrator.

“We are just starting to reshape our image and have more up to date wages, recruiting more staff,” Wagner said. “It’s the beginning of a new direction. It won’t happen overnight, but good things are coming.”

James Square has been the subject of intense scrutiny as of late. The state Attorney General's office raided the facility in June 2017 to obtain records related to patient care.

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