By Rochelle Miller

Nestled in the heart of Woodmere like a precious gem, the Five Towns Premier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center resembles more an upscale five-star hotel than a rehabilitation facility. Exquisitely landscaped grounds afford visitors a fragrant and lovely welcome, bidding them to enter the elegant environs. Inviting and intriguing, the Premier features a custom curated color palette that matches the gorgeous design for a brand identity that is truly unique among nursing homes.

Stately and sophisticated, The Premier is a veritable aesthetic delight that is enhancing the landscape of our community by offering residents quality, individualized, and specialized services and programs in long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and sub-acute care.

At The Premier, residents receive a custom recovery plan based on the initial evaluation through final discharge, designed to regain their independence when engaging in daily living activities. Offering physical, occupational, and speech therapy on a daily basis, seven days a week, The Premier’s dedicated team works in tandem to ensure that every resident can achieve his respective with alacrity and facile.

Lauded for their person-centric approach to care, the Premier Care team applies progressive therapy approaches in their signature warm and nurturing manner.

“My responsibility for every patient who arrives at The Premier is not only to ensure the finest in patient care, but also to provide the best possible patient experience in rehab,” says Elie Pollack, administrator of The Premier.

Cognizant that the environment is as key to the patient’s recovery as the rehabilitation itself, the facility boasts a 4,800-square foot health-club style rehab gym, equipped with cutting-edge technology and equipment to service a wide range of patient needs. Comprised of physical, occupational, and speech therapists, the interdisciplinary team works together to create a program customized to each resident’s needs with the goal of returning home as soon as possible.

“The most fulfilling part of my job is watching a patient who was admitted in a wheelchair WALK out the front door to go home,” says Sharon Zisholtz, director of rehab.

Although Care, Comfort, and Community is the hallmark of this exemplary facility, Compassion is an integral aspect of their philosophy. Few life-altering decisions are as heartbreaking as the realization that a loved one can no longer be cared for properly at home. Should that be the case, The Premier provides an incredibly warm and nurturing environment, within which to live a full life, and accorded respect and kindness. Peerless in their dedication, the nursing staff cares for each resident with “The Premier Touch,” imbuing them with dignity of the spirit and a sense of self-worth. Among the services available to long-term residents are 24-Hour Nursing Care, Palliative Care, Respite Care, OT, PT and Speech Therapies, as well as Pain Management.

The Premier provides a full spectrum of specialized medical services, including a ventilator unit, in-house dialysis, dementia, and wound care. Their on-site dialysis center offers the latest in hemodialysis technology in a beautiful, immaculate state-of-the-art facility. Staffed by board-certified nephrologists and caring nursing personnel, the 14-chair dialysis center at the Premier is open five shifts per day, six days a week. They are one of a select few facilities in New York offering dialysis for ventilator-dependent residents.

For residents with respiratory or pulmonary challenges, The Premier’s world-class ventilator unit is equipped with piped-in oxygen, with round-the-clock care provided by their highly trained interdisciplinary respiratory team.

Featuring the plethora of palate pleasing healthy menu options, dining at The Premier is an experience to which the community is cordially invited to savor. Masterfully prepared to accommodate a wide range of tastes and dietary restrictions, meals are planned and served under the direction of a registered dietitian and served in their restaurant-style dining areas. All meals are cooked exclusively in the facility’s kosher kitchen, under the strict supervision of the Vaad of the Five Towns.

“Every detail of The Premier was planned, designed, and constructed to be open to the Five Towns community, explained Daniel Schaffer, executive director of The Premier. “As the only Rehab and Nursing Facility in the Five Towns, and the only facility under the Five Towns Vaad, we are committed to integrating and serving the neighborhood. Our community room is open for events. Our beautiful in-house shul is open for davening. We are privileged to have Rabbi Heshy Blumstein as our rav. Soon, our gourmet lobby coffee shop will welcome patrons as well. We are also planning to present lectures to the public. In October, The Premier’s owners will dedicate a sefer Torah at a Gala Chanukas HaBayis, to which the community is cordially invited.”

“Our goal is for The Premier to be integrated into the community with programming and involvement from local schools, shuls, and organizations,” says Riki Gewirtz, patient representative and community liaison “Every resident is cared for and knows that someone cares. This past Shabbos afternoon, we started a Shabbos party at 3 o’clock for the community. Many children, accompanied by their parents, came for snack and conversation with the residents. The children and residents loved it! We will be doing it every week!”

The Premier welcomes all inquiries and are available from 9–5, Monday through Friday. Please feel free to reach out to their admissions staff during office hours to schedule a consultation or a personal tour of their beautiful facility. Please call 516-588-3200, ext. 1041 for scheduling or additional information about The Premier.

Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. She is a journalist, creative media consultant, lecturer, and educator, and writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at Read more of Rochelle Miller’s articles at


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