Russell J. Salvatore has donated for the fourth time to the mission-based Brothers of Mercy in Clarence, NY. His latest gift: a 2020 Chevrolet Express wheelchair van which will transport residents and patients of region’s largest 5-star senior care campus.
The van, purchased from Joe Basil Chevrolet, will be utilized by all four of Brothers of Mercy’s senior communities. These include two types of Independent Living facilities, the new Assisted Living & Memory Care facility and the Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. The van is specially-equipped with backup cameras and alarms, as well as a wheelchair lift and step up running boards to enhance accessibility. It can accommodate up to twelve passengers and two wheelchairs, or accommodate five wheelchairs plus two passengers, depending on the need.
States Mr. Salvatore: “Brothers has been a fine organization for over 100 years and I hope they will enjoy this van that I’ve donated. My sister and uncle have been served by Brothers, and they are the finest people to work with.”
This donation was the latest in a long line of philanthropic gestures from Mr. Salvatore to the Brothers of Mercy Wellness Campus over the past few years. Mr. Salvatore’s first gift outfitted the Brothers of Mercy Nursing & Rehabilitation Center with televisions. His second major gift assisted with the building of the Russell J. Salvatore Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic at Brothers of Mercy. The clinic, which has been operating since 2018, serves the entire WNY community with physical, occupational and speech therapy services. Mr. Salvatore’s third donation funded the Memory Care wing of Brothers of Mercy’s newly opened Enhanced Assisted Living & Memory Care community, which will meet a major need for specialized care services within the WNY community.
States BOM Foundation Executive Director Nancy Gugino, “We are incredibly grateful to Mr. Salvatore for once again supporting a major need within our care community. Our campus has experienced such rapid growth over the past few years, and with that has come the increased need for this type of transportation. We are thrilled that Russell’s generosity has enabled our mission of care to serve even more people.”
The Brothers of Mercy serves upwards of one thousand rehab patients and five hundred residents annually. This new van will provide daily service for these patients and residents, as well as assist with the transport of hospital patients in need of rehabilitation at Brothers of Mercy.
About The Brothers of Mercy Wellness Campus
The Brothers of Mercy is a locally owned, not-for-profit, Catholic organization offering WNY seniors a continuum of lifestyle and care options on a 126-acre, 5-star Wellness Campus in Clarence, NY. For over 95 years, Brothers has been a cornerstone of WNY’s care community; their mission-based ministry of services have grown to include Skilled Nursing, Inpatient & Outpatient rehabilitation, Assisted Living, Enhanced Care, Memory Care, Independent Living, Spiritual Care, Respite, Hospice & visiting companion care. For more information, call 716-759-6985 or visit www.brothersofmercy.org
Mr. Salvatore poses inside of the new Brothers of Mercy van
Mr. Salvatore & BOM Foundation Director Nancy Gugino pose in the new BOM Memory Care wing