Rome Health 5-Star Nursing Home Appoints New Administrator

Charles Lewis Has joined Rome health as the new manager of the hospital’s 5-star nursing home on the third floor. The 80-bed Residential Health Care Facility (RHCF) provides short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, and respite care.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected to join the Rome Health team,” Lewis said. “I am ready to continue the journey that has resulted in this facility being the only 5 star facility in our area year after year. Tony Joseph and his team have proven that they are the standard by which others measure themselves. That is my intention to support and help the residents and our colleagues every day.”

Lewis has been a licensed nursing home administrator for almost 20 years, most recently as administrator of Sunset Nursing Home in Boonville. He previously owned and operated the Lewis House in Westmoreland for over 20 years. He holds a master’s degree in health services administration.

“We are confident that our new administrator will build on our tradition of excellence in providing the best care out here,” said President/Chief Executive Officer Dr. Anne-Marie W. Czyz. “Colleagues from RHCF were part of the selection committee and appreciated Charlie’s resident-centric approach to enabling our residents to live their best life while in our care.”

For more information about the Residential Health Care Facility, call 315-338-7305.

More – Last week’s business news

In other business news:

NBT Bank has announced promotions and expanded responsibilities for members of its Mohawk Valley leadership team, including Tricia Bushee, Alicia Brockway, Karen Williams and Mary Ann Hallak-Serwatka.

Tricia Bushee

Bushee is promoted to Senior Regional Territory Manager. Since joining the bank in 2017, she has played an increasing role in leading NBT’s retail banking business in the Mohawk Valley. In 2019 she was promoted to the role of Territorial Manager. She oversees all of NBT Bank’s branch offices throughout the Mohawk Valley. Bushee lives in New Hartford, earned a business degree from Morrisville State College and is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Mohawk Valley. Bushee is active in the community and serves as President of the Maria A Russo Neighborhood Center Institute Board.

Alicia Brockway

Brockway is promoted to Business Banking Regional Manager. In this role she is responsible for the management of the local business banking team including mentoring, coaching and strategic insights to support growth. Brockway joined NBT in 2018 and has nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including senior positions in commercial and commercial banking. Brockway received her bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Keuka College. She currently serves on the Board and Board of Directors of The Herkimer College Foundation, Board Member, Treasurer and Board Member of Arc Herkimer, and Board Member, Board Member and Board Member of Cedar Lake Golf Club.

Additionally, Karen Williams, Senior Commercial Banking Relationship Manager, and Mary Ann Hallak-Serwatka, Senior Commercial Portfolio Manager, assumed enhanced commercial banking management roles in late 2021.

Karen Williams

Williams is now tasked with leading the business development activities of NBT’s commercial banking team in the Mohawk Valley. She has over 35 years of banking experience in the Mohawk Valley. A graduate of Syracuse University, Karen is based in Rome and throughout her banking career has remained active in the communities she serves.

Mary Ann Hallak-Serwatka

Hallak-Serwatka has been with NBT Bank for 17 years and is now responsible for managing NBT’s Mohawk Valley commercial loan portfolio, including coordinating all related administrative activities and special projects. She lives in Utica and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Le Moyne College and an MBA in finance and accounting from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was named 2016 Lender of the Year by Pursuit, formerly New York Business Development Corporation.

Collins Aerospace is hosting a careers fair on Wednesday, March 23, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Griffis Institute, 592 Hangar Road, Rome. They’re hiring a range of hourly and salary positions at their Rome facility, including operator positions starting at $23 an hour. The company is a leading supplier of power transmission systems for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft and manufactures these systems at its Griffiss Business & Technology Park facility. For more information on the vacancies, go to and search for the Rome location.

Hospice & Palliative Care houses their Hanging basket “Blossoms of Hope” Flower sale. Vouchers are available to redeem for 10″ and 12″ hanging baskets River Road Farm and Greenhouses at Marcy in May. There will be a variety of hanging baskets with different flowers; 10″ baskets are $22.50 and 12″ baskets are $31.50. To order, visit under the Events tab or print out an order form to mail in. Order by April 15th to receive your vouchers by Mother’s Day. After April 15, vouchers will be sent upon receipt of orders. For more information, contact Laurie Barr at 315-735-6487 ext. 1004 or [email protected]

Water Safari Resort in Old Forge has added eight new cabanas for the 2022 summer season. All cabana rentals include up to eight guests excluding 2 years and under and up to two more guests can be added with a maximum of 10 guests aged 3 years and older. There are two among the newest rides Serengeti Stampede, Mamba Strike and Killermanjaro’s Revenge; two between the Wave Pool and the Amazon; two en route from Wave Pool to the Adirondack Expedition; and two on Cabana Island in the Adirondack Expedition next to the Lumber Mill. For more information, call 315-369-6145 or visit

spectrum announced that it has doubled Spectrum Internet’s launch download speed from 100 to 200 Mbps in Utica, part of the company’s commitment to offer 200 Mbps launch speeds in 2022 in all markets in its 41-state service area and to complement its Spectrum Internet Gig and Spectrum Internet Ultra plans, which are available virtually enterprise-wide. The faster speeds of 200Mbps are available now to new Spectrum internet customers in Utica and the company will automatically increase speeds for existing residential customers with Spectrum internet packages in the coming weeks. Nearly 95% of the company’s 41-state coverage area now has 200 Mbps initial Spectrum Internet speeds.

The home ownership center (HOC) has three Down payment and rehabilitation assistance programs available to first time home buyers in the city of Utica, Oneida County and Madison County. The City of Utica’s Down Payment Assistance Program is designed for first-time home buyers looking to buy within the Utica city limits. This forgivable grant of up to $7,200 provides down payment assistance only. The total grant amount is determined by the household income level, which must be at or below 80% of the area’s HUD median income (AMI). The down payment and rehabilitation assistance programs are for first-time homebuyers in Oneida or Madison County. To qualify for the Oneida County program, the purchaser’s gross income must be at or below 112% AMI. To qualify for the Madison County program, the purchaser’s gross income must be at or below 137% AMI. Both grants offer up to $31,500 for down payments and home renovations. Applications will only be made to those who have completed homebuyer training and financial coaching. Register by visiting and clicking the Compass banner at the top of the page. Grants may be combined with the Homebuyer Dream Program and other assistance programs. For more information, call 315-724-4197 or email [email protected]

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