The anniversary celebrations last Wednesday were particularly cheerful, as the center welcomed back more than 200 residents who had been displaced and sent to various nursing homes throughout New York City and Long Island after the storm.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony with over 150 guests commemorated the occasion, followed by a tour of the new facility.
Now the facility features over 300 beds, a newly designed rehabilitation area, an updated lobby and kitchen and a 30,000-square-foot outdoor patio space. The outdoor space looks out over the beach at Coney Island.
In addition to remodeling the physical aspects of the health care center, Sea Crest also added program services that cater to the Russian community in the surrounding area. The facility now has Russian, staff, meals and services.
All of the renovations were completed ahead of schedule, according to Michael Schrieber, vice president of strategic planning for Cassena Care, which manages Sea Crest.
“We opened our doors and brought our residents back to Sea Crest before we ideally wanted to,” he said. “Now that building is completely up and running, it’s great to see most of our residents return to the place that they call home.
“We are very thankful for all the help that was given in order to have the facility fully functional,” he added.
The night was celebrated with live music and a dance performance by Kiki Nyemchek and Magda Fialek, who have performed worldwide and were featured on Dancing with the Stars.
Politicians were represented at the opening, including Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblyman Alec Brook Krasny, State Senator Diane Savino, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.