Isabella, a non-profit, non-sectarian, organization, has pioneered in the care of the elderly since 1875. Since its inspired beginning, Isabella has grown from a traditional nursing home to a leading healthcare organization providing a continuum of services on its own campus and in the community at large.

When Anna and Oswald Ottendorfer opened the first home in 1875, they named it in honor of their daughter, Isabella Uhl, whose early death at the age of 27 cut short her remarkable career in caring for the poor. Initially located in Astoria, Queens, Isabella was dedicated to the care of indigent elderly women. Isabella moved to its present location in 1889 and simultaneously expanded its mission to care for both women and men- without regard to race, creed or nationality.

Today, Isabella is a large complex offering a diversity of services on four well-landscaped acres.


In addition to a 705-bed nursing home, Isabella offers moderately priced senior housing, adult day health care, home care, short and long-term rehabilitation and a variety of community programs designed to help older adults remain healthy while living at home.

At Isabella we seek to support our community through high quality care at every level - from health education and preventive services to long-term health care options; from the family requiring childcare to those seeking support for an aging loved one – Whatever your needs may be, you’ll find the very best at Isabella.

Isabella has a deep and long-standing commitment to serving our community – both on and off our campus. As we move forward in the 21st century, we will strive to be in the forefront of adopting the latest innovations in good care and will continue to work closely with our equally dedicated community partners so that we can deliver the best care possible to those we serve.

For a list of our Board of Directors and senior management, click here.

Isabella Board of Directors

Hila Richardson, Dr. P.H., R.N., FAANChairman
John Green1st Vice President
Caroline M. JacobsSecretary
Ann WyattChair, Program Committee
Tara A. Cortes, PhD, R.N. FAANMember
Richard. B. Harding, Jr.Member
Rafael Lantigua, M.D.Member
Mark Lipton, PhD.Member
Steven Newman, MBA, M. EngMember
Tia Powell, M.D.Member
Jay TalbotMember
Most Reverend Gerald T. WalshMember
Ellen Harnett Interim CEO
Rocco Meliambro Interim CEO

Isabella Senior Management

Eileen CaseyVice President, Human Resources
David Emanuel, M.D.Vice President, Medical Services
Ellen HarnettVice President, Quality and Compliance
Rocco MeliambroVice President, Finance
Mariam PaulDirector of Nursing

To view Isabella's current Annual Report, click here.

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Above: Isabella Uhl. Below: An earlier Nursing Home building. It was replaced by more modern buildings in the 1970's.