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Paule Alexander, UAM leader, dies

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Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2014 10:30 am

Paule (Pauline) Rivoire Oakes Alexander, 99 of Bayside, a member of the United Adult Ministries Board of Directors from 1974 to 2010, died on March 28.

Alexander was named director emeritus of the board “in recognition of her strong leadership, commitment and dedication, in delivering outstanding care and services to older adults,” said the Rev. Douglas Kurtz, president of United Adult Ministries.

UAM is the parent of Flushing House, the nonprofit independent living retirement facility at 38-20 Bowne St. Alexander joined the board prior to the opening of Flushing House and retired as the first vice president.

Throughout her career, Alexander served on the boards of other senior housing communities, such as Alberta Alston House and Fort Schuyler House. She was an elder of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and a long-time member of the Presbytery of New York City, where she served as moderator in 1983.

She was on the boards of other faith-based groups, including the Council of Churches of the City of New York, the Queens Federation of Churches and the Whitestone Counseling Center.

Alexander was active with the Queens Oratorio Society for 30 years, and also served as a reader for Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic in Manhattan for 40 years.

Alexander was predeceased by her husband, Jack Alexander. She is survived by her brother David Rivoire, and by her children, Phyllis Oakes, Jonathan Alexander, Terry Alexander, Lyn Meza, Ross Alexander; grandchildren Suzanne Grady and Dawn Lewis; and great-grandson, Mikey Lewis.

Those wishing to donate may contribute to The George Nussbaum Fund, in honor of Paule Alexander. The fund was set up to assist residents who have fallen on hard financial times. Donations are tax-deductible.

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1 comment:

  • Grieving and grieved posted at 6:32 pm on Sat, May 10, 2014.

    Grieving and grieved Posts: 1

    On March 7, 2014, we gave Dr. William O. Benenson Nursing Pavilion $24,490 in order to get them to admit my mother-in-law, Paule Alexander, as a self-pay patient. They charge $395 per day, and the payment was for one month (31 days) in advance and one month's security. Paule died on March 28, 2014, 22 days after admission. On April 1, 2014, I requested a refund of the balance we paid, $15,800.

    6 weeks later, and despite multiple requests for payment, we have not received a refund. Comptroller Lou Rosenthal promised me on May 5 for an immediate refund, but now he refuses to answer my calls to explain why we have not received a check. His excuse was that they are short staffed in their administration offices. Frankly, it is ridiculous that the comptroller can't get a check written and signed.

    Benenson's actions are in violation of the NYS Department of Health's Patient's Rights, that requires prompt refund of monies owed. According to "Your Rights as a Nursing Home Resident in New York State and Nursing Home Responsibilities - June 2010" at http://www.health.ny.gov/facilities/nursing/rights/finances.htm, that says nursing homes must:
    "refund promptly any amount or proportion of repayment in excess of the amount used for services in the event you leave the facility prior to the end of the prepayment period for reasons beyond your control"

    I don't think the fact that my mother-in-law died at their facility on March 28th releases them from the obligation to refund the money to her children. I don't think "prompt" can be defined as 6 weeks. If anyone knows anyone that can help us, please contact me. If you are considering placing a loved one at this facility, you may want to consider these facts.[sad]