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Sitrin Health Care Center

New Hartford, NY

Sitrin's new $38 million Expansion Project will bring regional residential care services to a whole new level. This project introduces the community to innovative resources not previously available within the local area. Currently under construction, the new Sitrin Expansion Project is comprised of three core components:

Component 1 – Residential-Style Homes


This innovative project represents the leading edge in long term care services. Sitrin's new residential-style homes will offer skilled nursing care in a remarkably home-like environment. Constructed as a neighborhood of individual residences, each of these facilities will be home to a small number of individuals, with comforts, features, and a level of privacy that promote personal dignity and excellent quality of life.

This unique care community will feature:


  • Nine homes (eight will accommodate 12 people, one will accommodate 14)
  • Each home includes dining area, living room, and fully equipped kitchen
  • Private bedroom and bathroom for each resident
  • Gardens and beautifully landscaped yards
  • Community center for activities and gatherings


Sitrin is the first health care provider to receive approval from the New York State Department of Health to build residential houses for long-term care. In addition to being a unique resource for area families, this care community will also be a model for skilled nursing care throughout New York State.

Component 2 – Cedarbrook Apartments


Built in a beautiful, park-like setting, Cedarbrook will offer one- and two-bedroom apartments for enhanced assisted living, with a range of services, activities, and resources that provide for an exceptional residential experience.

Cedarbrook will offer:

  • 44 one- and two-bedroom apartments for enhanced assisted living
  • Multi-purpose activity rooms
  • Sun room
  • Exercise area
  • Library / Parlor (may be reserved for parties and entertaining)
  • Guest rooms (may be reserved for visiting family members)
  • Restaurant-style dining
  • Balcony and outdoor terrace
  • Component 3 – Nursing Home Renovation


The third component of Sitrin's Expansion Project is a major renovation of two existing nursing home wings. This will encompass a variety of physical enhancements, including a conversion from semi-private to private rooms. The resulting facility will be designed to provide care services for 46 post-acute rehabilitation and clinically complex patients, as well as individuals with significant impairments, such as ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), Parkinson's disease, or similar neuromuscular conditions. Additional private rooms will be available for patients with health problems due to obesity.


The newly-renovated wings will feature:


  • Larger private rooms for each patient
  • Private bathrooms
  • Post acute rehabilitative care, including:
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Audiology
  • Care for medically complex patients


For its Pebble Project, Sitrin is measuring satisfaction data on facility design, food/meals, nursing care, physician care, and staff care.




  • Thistleton, W., Warmuth, J., & Joseph, J. M. (2012). The Sitrin Model: Creating a healing environment in long-term care. Healthcare Design, 12(4), 24–28.  “The Sitrin Health Care Center in Central New York recently implemented an innovative cottage-oriented design, inspired by the culture change movement in long-term care…. The Cottage Model at Sitrin attempts to reinvent the way residents experience healthcare and community.”
  • Warmuth, J. D., Thistleton, W., & Bonacci, R. (2009). The Sitrin Model: Changing the culture of long-term care delivery. Healthcare Design, 9(9), 14–19. “Sitrin's homelike design with private resident rooms and bathrooms support the demands of today's consumer and respond to the Commission's vision for quality services. “