special highlights

Leon Von Holden Memorial Health Care Expo

Saturday, June 8, 2019 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Corona Health Center ... more

2018 Community Gift Giving Project

The Holiday Season is fast approaching. This is an opportunity for us to give to others in the Community. ... more

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

Regal Heights residents were treated to a special show of the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company. ... more

Community Health Fair - June 2018

Regal Heights was one of the proud participants of NYC Queens Community Board 3’s annual Leon Von Holden Health Fair. ... more

Community Events

Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center was a proud co-sponsor of The NYC Queens Community Board #3’s Leon Von Holden Health Care Expo 2017 on June 10, 2017. ... more

Open House - June 28

Wednesday, June 28th from 10am to 1pm ... more

2016 Community Gift Giving Project

Regal Heights participated in NYC Queens Community Board 3’s Community Gift Giving Project. ... more

It’s the Holiday Season at Regal Heights

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Regal Heights 2015 Summer of Community Health Fairs

Regal Heights had a busy summer participating in NYC Queens Community Board 3's annual Leon Von Holden Health Expo and hosting its own community health fair. ... more

Health Fair June 28th, 2015

Upcoming Health Fair ... more

Big Apple Health Care Culinary Challenge

The culinary team at Regal Heights on March 13, 2014. ... more

Salute to Senior Service Volunteers

On April 30, 2014, Regal Heights volunteer, James Rescigna, was among volunteers honored at Queens Interagency Council on Aging’s program "Salute to Senior Service Volunteers." ... more

Regal Heights Celebrates Resident’s 100th Birthday

Mr. Raymond Hoeppner turns 100 on April 15. ... more

Bible Study Group Receives Volunteer of the Year Award

Bible Study Group has received the 2014 District Volunteer of the Year Award in the Spiritual Guidance category. ... more

Leon Von Holden Memorial Health Care Expo 2013

On June 8, 2013, Regal Heights participated in NYC Queens Community Board #3’s Leon Von Holden Memorial Health Care Expo 2013. ... more

Regal Heights in the Queens Courier

View our excerpts from the Queens Courier and El Correo. ... more

Senior Leadership Award

Estela Divino is one of the honorees of the 2012 Rose Kryzak Senior Leadership Awards. ... more

North Shore-LIJ, Regal Heights Are Clinical Affiliates

North Shore-LIJ Health System announced the signing of a clinical affiliation agreement with Regal Heights Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. ... more

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about regal heights


Caring Attention delivered with Respect and Excellence: This has been our mission since we opened our doors in 2000, and we proudly carry it out every day. Regal Heights is a multi-faceted health care center that includes inpatient long-term care as well as short-term physical rehabilitation. The center also boasts a medical model adult day care program for seniors in the community needing medical care in an outpatient setting.

The Regal Team

Our interdisciplinary team consists of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, rehabilitation therapists, licensed social workers, registered dietitians, therapeutic recreation leaders, psychologists and various health care specialists.

Leadership and Programs

We have developed innovative and creative approaches to address specific health challenges, making Regal Heights a leader in long-term care. These programs include:

  • The Perfect Joint Program
  • Breath For Life
  • Wound Care
  • Pain Management
  • Bariatric Care
  • Hospice
  • Specialized Dementia


Events and activities at Regal Heights reflect our community partnership. From our intergenerational programs with local schools, to our blood drives and community health fairs, we remain dedicated to the population we so proudly serve.

Through our role as a teaching facility, and with our affiliations and partnership with a variety of health providers, we continue to invest in the future of health care.

Our Staff

Our staff reflects the diversity that is New York City. We speak multiple languages, and special attention is paid to maintaining and enhancing our residents’ culture-specific needs. We tailor specific plans of care that consider food preferences and social needs.

Kevin Place, CPA, MHA, LNHA, Chief Operating Officer, holds a Master’s degree in Health Care Administration, is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Place served as the facility’s Chief Finance Officer for ten years. With over 20 years experience in the field of health care, Mr. Place provides valuable leadership in guiding the facility through the challenges facing health care providers today.

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Dr. Stephanie DeJesus, MD, Internal Medicine, Medical Director, was educated at Brown University and earned her MD at New Jersey Medical School. Dr. DeJesus specializes in Wound Care and has developed protocols that address and promote wound-healing. With over 15 years experience as a Medical Director, she has brought innovative and inter-disciplinary approaches to caring for the diverse population of residents at Regal Heights. Dr.DeJesus is a member of the American Medical Directors Association.

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Norrele Silvero, BSN, BA, RN, Director of Nursing Services, is a graduate of Saint Vincent’s College of Nursing, and has 20 years experience in health care. Ms. Silvero is a member of the National Association of Directors of Nursing. She is IV-certified and BCLS/AED certified. Her areas of expertise include Quality Care, Continuing Education, Infection Control, and Risk Management.  

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Rowena Gaspar, BSN, RN, Assistant Director of Nursing, has worked in the long-term care setting for over 15 years. Ms. Gaspar’s experience includes positions as a Rehabilitation Coordinator and Corporate Wound Care and Infection Control Nurse. She is IV-certified, and BCLS/ AED certified. Her areas of expertise are Infection Control and Wound Care.

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Estela Divino, LCSW, Director of Social Services, holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years experience in long-term care. Ms. Divino has been a featured speaker at conferences pertaining to geriatrics, and the special needs of residents in a nursing home/rehabilitation setting. She is a certified field instructor and is the Field Education Coordinator for graduate-level social work interns. She is the recipient of The Rose Kryzak Senior Leadership Award from United Adult Ministries for outstanding leadership, commitment and advocacy for the senior population, and the Field Educator of the Year award from Adelphi University for excellence and outstanding contribution to Field Education. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Guinea Bissau/Cape Verde) and is active on the Health and Social Services and Youth Service Planning Committees of the NYC Queens Community Board 3.

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Dr. Ahmed Abdelhakim, PT, DPT, CEEAA, CDP, CADDCT, Director of Rehabilitation Services, holds a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy and has over 20 years experience in geriatrics and long-term care. He is a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adult, by American Physical Therapy Association, Geriatric Academy. He is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner and Certified Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Trainer, by National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. Other areas of specialization include Sabbahi’s techniques for evaluation and treatment of back pain, and physical therapy interventions for lumbar spine disorders. Dr. Abdelhakim has been the Vice President of the U.S. Egyptian Physical Therapy Association since 2010, and has given additional training to physical therapists. 

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Rivky Forkosh, MHA, Director of Admissions and Community Outreach, has over 20 years experience in skilled nursing and sub-acute care settings. She holds a Master’s degree in Health Administration, with concentration in the field of Gerontology, and has extensive knowledge of state and federal regulations regarding admissions, Medicare and Medicaid.

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Betsy Lazarus, LCAT, Director of Therapeutic Recreation, holds a Master’s degree in Art Therapy and is an art therapist with 20 years experience working in health care. Her research and artwork have been published by the American Art Therapy Association. She has served as Secretary and President of the New York Art Therapy Association.

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Dr. Katherine Antzoulatos-Mouzakitis, DPM, RD, Chief Clinical Dietitian, has over 20 years experience in health care. Dr. Antzoulatos-Mouzakitis has a strong medical background as a doctor of podiatric medicine and surgery, as well as being a registered dietitian with a specialty in clinical nutrition. She is personally involved in Menu Planning, Patient Education and Counseling, and the development of therapeutic diets, including those that address the needs of dialysis and bariatric patients.

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Eileen Castelli, Director of Environmental Services, has 20 years experience in the long-term care setting. Her areas of expertise include all aspects of Environmental Services, Purchasing/Central Supply, Security, and Maintenance.

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Paul Edwards Jr., Director of Culinary Services, has over 20 years experience in healthcare and food service management. His career has encompassed progressive areas of responsibility, providing him with knowledge and experience in various facets of culinary services. Mr. Edwards holds a Certificate in Food Service Management from Adelphi University, a Certificate in Food Protection from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and is ServSafe certified.

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