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Grace Manor reaches 3-year pact

Kaleida Health and Grace Manor Health Care Facility announced Monday that the nursing home has reached a new three-year agreement with more than 200 workers represented by Local 1199, Service Employees International Union.

The previous contract had expired in the spring.

In addition, Grace Manor reported that it recently received recertification from the state Health Department following a survey that showed improvements in the facility's care.

In April, after years of financial struggles, Grace Manor voluntarily went into receivership in a bid to remain alive. The nursing home at 10 Symphony Circle opened in 1998, fulfilling a long-held goal in Buffalo for a minority-owned and -operated facility.

Kaleida Health was named receiver in an arrangement put together by the state Health Department to keep the 167-bed nursing home open without interruption. Based on the agreement, Kaleida Health may act as the caretaker for as long as 18 months.

Officials have said they will study potential relationships with Kaleida Health that could include Grace Manor as part of Kaleida, although Grace Manor's debt and need for renovations are problems to be solved.

The hospital network already is a key provider of long-term care in the city, with the Deaconess Center on Humboldt Parkway, Waterfront Health Care Center on the Lower West Side and a skilled facility in Millard Fillmore Hospital.

"For the past six months, Kaleida Health has been developing a strategy that aligns Grace Manor with long-term care services in Buffalo," James R. Kaskie, chief executive of Kaleida Health, said in a statement. "We remain committed to finding a solution, so the facility can continue to serve its critical role for the urban population."

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