In Memoriam – Dr. Esther Benenson, Longtime Friend & Member of NYSHFA

Esq. Stephen B. Hanse

It is with sincere regret that I inform you of the passing of Dr. Esther Benenson, a longtime friend and member of the New York State Health Facilities Association. Dr. Benenson, RN, PhD, was born in Israel, the daughter of Rabbi Siev. Her beginnings in healthcare came from those roots as Rabbi Siev and his wife cared for the frail and elderly in need before the nursing home industry was a business.

Dr. Benenson was married to Dr. William O. Benenson, a prominent medical doctor with a practice in Queens, New York. Dr. Benenson was the first licensed administrator in the State of New York Lic#0001 and sat on the first Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators.

Dr. Benenson was the owner of Flushing Manor Nursing Home, Flushing Manor Care Center, The William O. Benenson Institute as well as several other facilities. As the Executive Director of Flushing Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation, Dr. Benenson was well known for her compassion and understanding. Dr. Benson “preached high quality care and never settled for less.”  Her legacy will not be forgotten. Dr. Benenson hand-picked her staff, once saying, “You can teach them other things, but you can’t teach them care and compassion.”

Dr. Benenson was a prominent member of the New York State Health Facilities Association being one of the Association’s earliest members. 

Dr. Benenson is survived by her son Michael Benenson, a former President of the NY Chapter of the American College of Health Care Administrators and NYSHFA/NYSCAL member, three daughters, Sharon, Amy and Bunny, as well as grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Westchester Jewish Center in Mamaroneck, New York.

Shiva will be observed at the home of Esther Benenson
166-25 Powells Cove Blvd. Apt.14B, Whitestone, Queens, NY 11357
Saturday, February 16 from 7-9pm
and Sunday, February 17 from 1-6pm

Shiva continues at the home of Bunny Benenson & Andrew Roth
4 Hilltop Road in Larchmont, NY 10538
Monday, February 18 from 2-5pm and 7-9pm
with a minyan at 7:45pm

The family completes Shiva Tuesday & Wednesday
February 19 & 20 from 3-6:30pm both days
102 Ladder Hill Road North, Weston, CT 



Stephen B. Hanse, Esq.
President & CEO
518-462-4800 x11