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May 2

Andrew Berman Celebrated at Los Angeles Jewish Health Circle of Life Gala

Proceeds from Event Expected to Raise $325,000 LOS ANGELES, CA – May 1, 2023) Andrew Berman, Chair of the Board for Los Angeles Jewish Health (LAJH), formerly Los Angeles Jewish Home, was honored recently by The Executives, a Support Group of Los Angeles Jewish Health at their Circle of Life Gala. The evening event held at the Stephen Wise Temple, April 30, included a crowd of community and religious leaders, his loving family and LAJH residents and staff. The tribute celebrated Berman's active participation and numerous contributions to Los Angeles Jewish Health over the years and highlighted his two terms as Chair of the leading non-profit organization where 4,000 seniors are cared for each year. Berman, an entertainment executive, is credited with working to ensure the growth and sustainability of LAJH at a time when many senior care facilities across the country were forced to go out of business over recent years. He was instrumental in helping to ensure LAJH remained on the forefront of excellent care throughout the COVID pandemic taking all measures to keep residents and participants healthy. His efforts helped to quickly start to rebuild the numbers of those served by LAJH as soon as admissions were able to reopen. To ensure the future growth and sustainability of the organization, Berman led the charge for the century old organization to enhance their marketing efforts. This included taking the bold step to update the name from Los Angeles Jewish Home to Los Angeles Jewish Health, a name that better reflects the vast selection of programs, services, and living options offered to older adults from throughout the community. In commenting on Berman's special recognition Dale Surowitz, Chief Executive Officer and President of Los Angeles Jewish Health shared, "I have had the pleasure of working with many volunteer leaders over the years. Andy sets the bar for all who take on the role of Chair for any non-profit organization. He is hands on and his energy and commitment bring out the best in all of us. I consider him a great leader, partner and friend." Andrew Berman with Danny Rosett and Ira Halpern, Gala Co-Chairs. The special evening premiered a new LAJH video showcasing all of the many living options, services and programs available. Then, the highlight of the evening was a tribute video about Berman where staff, volunteer leadership, family members and Rabbi David Woznica of Stephen Wise Temple spoke of the extraordinary contributions of time and talent Berman has made, not only at Los Angele Jewish Health, but throughout the Los Angeles Community throughout his life. Proceeds from the evening are expected to reach $325,000.
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Apr 30

From Generation to Generation at Los Angeles Jewish Health

As a leading national expert in the provision of senior care, Los Angeles Jewish Health has found a secret to graceful aging: youth. Through an expanded focus on intergenerational programming, the organization is bringing diverse groups of young people to its San Fernando Valley campuses to lift seniors' spirits and allow them to see the world through new eyes again. It's all part of an ongoing focus at Los Angeles Jewish Health to identify innovative ways to enhance residents' lives. Commenting on the successful program, Chief Executive Officer and President Dale Surowitz says that "The goal is to inspire our seniors and to give them a reason to get excited about each day. I've seen first-hand how interactions with young people can light up our residents and fill them with enthusiasm. It is truly a wonderful thing to behold." The benefit, Dale notes, is mutual. "Our residents get so much from being with younger folks—and the younger folks are also enriched in so many ways," he says. "Hearing about seniors' experiences, and sharing in their wisdom, adds meaning to their lives, as well." Now that many of the pandemic health regulations have lifted, intergenerational in-person events are coming back to Los Angeles Jewish Health in a big way. "We're scheduling visits from youth groups, preschoolers, synagogues, primary schools, and more," says Stacy Orbach, the organization's director of volunteer services. "There's so much going on here; we've never had so many wonderful programs happening on both campuses at once!" Examples of these intergenerational programs abound: In February, to celebrate Sweetheart's Day (Los Angeles Jewish Health's version of Valentine's Day), fifth graders and parents from Brentwood School stopped by to sing to residents and join them in arts and crafts projects. At Purim, preschoolers from a nearby Israeli gan (daycare) came to celebrate, arriving in costume and dancing for residents. Over Passover, a seventh-grade class from Temple Judea visited, chatting with residents and engaging them in activities. That same class returned a few weeks later, for Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day), playing Israeli bingo with residents and continuing conversations they started during their first visit. "I saw one of the residents hugging a boy from Temple Judea. When I asked her about it later, she said, ‘He remembered me from last time! It made me feel so good, I had to give him a hug.' Those are the moments we're trying to create, helping spark joy for our seniors that brightens up their days," says Julie Lockman-Gold, special programs coordinator. Those moments are also powerful for visiting students. "We had an elementary school class come from Heschel Day School. As the students were leaving, one of them said to me, ‘Don't be surprised when you see me here volunteering when I'm older, because I loved this!'" Stacy says. Members of a music club from Taft High School recently stopped by to perform swing and jazz numbers for the residents. "One of our seniors was just dancing in her chair like crazy," Julie recalls. "She came up to the students afterward and told them, ‘I'm 98, and I'm blind, but I can hear. Many years ago, I was a singer. Your songs are bringing me back, and this is such a treat.' It was incredibly moving." Not all visitors to Los Angeles Jewish Health are part of the under-18 set. The organization's own board chair, Andrew Berman, has launched a weekly program called the Men's Club—a discussion group that enables him to spend time with, and get to know, residents of the skilled nursing facility on Los Angeles Jewish Health's Grancell Village campus. "We talk about a range of subjects, from food to politics to cars. Everyone gets to share their different perspectives, which is so healthy and energizing and therapeutic," Andy says. "It's also really gratifying for me because I learn so much from these guys. I'm just thrilled to be able to do it." Building on our vision of enriching our residents each day, the staff at Los Angeles Jewish Health is committed to ramping up intergenerational programming even more in the near future. "We're doing everything we can to bring enrichment to the lives of our residents," Stacy says. "This is one of the things that differentiates us from every other facility in Los Angeles—we've taken it to a higher level." Reaching that "higher level" has been made possible through gifts from donors and foundations such as the Steven Ohren Foundation, which helps fund the music therapy program and certified therapy dog program at Los Angeles Jewish Health. "People in our community recognize the importance of intergenerational programming and want to contribute to it," says Corey Slavin, senior vice president of the Los Angeles Jewish Health Foundation. "We are grateful for our donors' partnership—and, of course, additional support is always welcome."
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Apr 30

A Prescription for Senior Health

On the national landscape of senior care facilities, Los Angeles Jewish Health stands apart. It distinguishes itself on multiple levels: through the quality of its care, the breadth and depth of its expertise, and the warmth and compassion of its dedicated staff. There is also another key differentiator: Unlike most of its peer institutions, Los Angeles Jewish Health has a full-service, on-site pharmacy, raising the bar on excellence in senior health across our community. Located in the Joyce Eisenberg Keefer (JEK) Medical Center on Los Angeles Jewish Health's Grancell Village campus, the pharmacy was licensed in 2007 and can dispense medication to residents in JEK's skilled nursing facility, as well as to individuals in the Auerbach Geriatric Psychiatry Unit (AGPU). Pharmacy director Aida Oganesyan oversees one other pharmacist and four pharmacy technicians, as well as a pharmacy resident in conjunction with Western University of Health Sciences College of Pharmacy (WesternU). "We're a devoted team, and we take pride in our commitment to going above and beyond to meet a broad range of residents' needs," Aida says. "We make it our goal to get to know our patients so we can be active partners in their care." Value of care is a major priority for Aida and her colleagues. "It's something we really emphasize: developing good relationships with providers (whether they're primary care, nurse practitioners, or nurses) and learning the backgrounds of our patients to ensure we're providing the same quality of care we would give our own loved ones," she says. As part of their effort to understand Los Angeles Jewish Health residents' needs, the pharmacy team often interacts with patients and their families. "We do comprehensive medication reviews with residents; we talk to family members if they have questions about residents' medications; and we interact with seniors in the AGPU," Aida says. "We all work collaboratively to advance Los Angeles Jewish Health's signature focus on patient-centered care." This high level of personal attention is a key point of distinction between Los Angeles Jewish Health and other senior care organizations. "Most skilled nursing facilities solely rely on a contracted pharmacist who reviews the residents' medications monthly. At Los Angeles Jewish Health, our pharmacists and pharmacy technicians monitor our residents' medications daily," says Chief Medical Officer Noah Marco, MD. "Aida and her team help our physicians prescribe the right medication, at the right dose, at the right time—all the time." The AHSP-accredited pharmacy residency program is another unique feature of Los Angeles Jewish Health's pharmacy services. "Each year, we precept a yearlong pharmacy resident through our collaboration with WesternU for a year of hands-on learning and mentoring, and they get licensed during their time with us," Aida says. "We're proud to help nurture the next generation of pharmacists." Aida, who became the interim director of pharmacy in 2020 and then took the position permanently in 2021, served as Los Angeles Jewish Health's first pharmacy resident in 2013. "Los Angeles Jewish Health has been my home since the very beginning of my career, and I can say with absolute certainty that this place is truly exceptional," she says. In addition to its role as a training ground for young pharmacy talent, Los Angeles Jewish Health is also a launching pad for innovative initiatives that are advancing the field of pharmacy writ large. "We've developed an antibiotic stewardship program with our providers, and we have a pharmacist-led hypertension management program," Aida says. "Now, we're developing a transitions of care program with the Taper building, where we review medications for short-term rehab patients." These innovations, in conjunction with published research conducted by Los Angeles Jewish Health pharmacists, are expanding the tools pharmacists can use to increase the health and wellness of seniors both locally and nationwide. The bottom line, according to Dr. Marco? "Our pharmacists are making the lives of our residents better and improving outcomes for countless older adults around the country," he says.
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Mar 31

Decades-Long Resident and Volunteer Dorothy Scott: In Memoriam

There is something special about each and every resident of Los Angeles Jewish Health, and Dorothy Scott was no exception. Her daughter, Mary Jane Dante, attributes Dorothy's impact (at Los Angeles Jewish Health and in the wider world) to natural charisma. "My mom was gifted," she says. "She could walk into a room, learn people's names, and retain the information; by the time she would leave, she would have developed a rapport with everybody there. She was truly the 'hostess with the mostest'—congenial, funny and absolutely lovely in every way." Dorothy, incredibly, lived at Los Angeles Jewish Health for nearly three decades before her recent passing this March at 100 years old. She left an amazing impression wherever she went. As a young woman, she parlayed her natural beauty into a modeling career. She loved to sing, dance, and entertain and would perform for the United Service Organizations (USO), often opening for Frank Sinatra. In Los Angeles, Ol' Blue Eyes was a regular part of Dorothy's social circle: She and her beloved husband, Mark—a sportscaster for the PCL Hollywood Stars baseball team and one of the originators and host of TV's "Homerun Derby" – regularly spent time with the Sinatras, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and other members of the Rat Pack. "My parents made an incredibly dashing, handsome couple, and they fit right in with Hollywood's in-crowd," Mary Jane says. Mark died in 1960 at the age of 45, leaving Dorothy to raise their two young children on her own. Hollywood glamour receded into the distance as she went back to work full-time, earning a living with fashion-related jobs in retail. "Mom never returned to acting or dancing after Dad was gone; she felt she had to be serious and support us kids. She was so dedicated to us—she wanted us to be of good character and to be happy and successful, and she did everything she could to make that happen," Mary Jane says. Dorothy never remarried, and following the Northridge earthquake in 1994—after 34 years of "flying solo"— she was tired of living on her own. "Mom was only 72, and she was incredibly healthy, but she wanted to be part of a community, and she chose Los Angeles Jewish Health," Mary Jane says. "My Aunt Estelle was living there, and Mom went to visit all the time, so she already felt comfortable and knew it was the right place for her." Once she moved in, she never looked back. "Mom made a life at Los Angeles Jewish Health—she didn't expect to be waited on," Mary Jane says. "She immediately started volunteering in Arts & Crafts; she delivered the mail; she would take prospective families on tours of Eisenberg Village, where she initially lived." She also completed coursework to become a para-chaplain, helping to meet the spiritual needs of her fellow residents and patients at Encino Hospital. Working in the synagogue at Los Angeles Jewish Health was very important to her, as well. "Dorothy was integral to our religious life here," says Rabbi Ron Goldberg, rabbi of Los Angeles Jewish Health's Eisenberg Village campus. "Her work was valued and appreciated, and her fellow residents adored her. She was very much a presence at Los Angeles Jewish Health." In recognition of her many contributions to community, Dorothy was honored in 2006 by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office with its LA Pearls Senior Citizens of the Year Award. She also received many awards such as a certificate of appreciation from UCLA School of Medicine for her participation in their Multicampus Program for Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, and recognition for completing the training program for Los Angeles Jewish Health Hospice Services. At Los Angeles Jewish Health, Dorothy was honored as "Resident of the Year," and she earned accolades for her musical achievement. In addition, she received a special certificate thanking her for "the time, effort, and love" she brought to every endeavor. "Mom channeled her passion into service, and she gave of herself for 20 years, until it was time to have some of that love returned," Mary Jane says. During her mid 90s, Dorothy's mind remained sharp, but her body began to slow—and as she accessed more of Los Angeles Jewish Health's services, the staff treated her like royalty. "They took care of her like she was the queen of England," Mary Jane says. "She wouldn't have lived till 100 if she hadn't had the love and support of the staff, the nurses, and all the other people at Los Angeles Jewish Health. There simply is no better care." After a century of living, Dorothy was ready to rest. "Her faculties were still amazing for that age, and she didn't suffer, which makes me eternally grateful," Mary Jane says. "As hard as it is not to have her here anymore, she had a very full life, and I'm thankful to Los Angeles Jewish Health for enabling her to make the most of every day."
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Mar 31

Purim Brings Joy to Los Angeles Jewish Health

Around the world, Purim is a joyous holiday that marks the survival of ancient Persia's Jewish community against long odds. At Los Angeles Jewish Health, the celebration is especially festive—with staff and volunteers working hard to make it special for all residents. On Purim, Jews read from the megillah to retell the story of Esther, the biblical heroine who risks her life to save the Jewish people from annihilation. Her husband, King Ahasuerus, is served by a scheming vizier named Haman who, fueled by a personal vendetta, hatches a plot to kill all of the kingdom's Jews. When Esther reveals herself as a Jew to the king, he upends Haman's plan and instead has Haman hanged on the very gallows the evil advisor had built for the Jews. Across Los Angeles Jewish Health campuses, residents and staff came together for a glorious day of exuberant celebration. At Grancell Village, an Orthodox rabbi dressed as a cowboy read the megillah while residents used graggers (noisemakers) and booed every time Haman's name appeared in the narrative. As part of the celebration, Los Angeles Jewish Health staff dressed in costume and performed a Purim spiel, or skit, as residents watched on with delight. "What's so wonderful about Purim at Los Angeles Jewish Health is that all of our staff, across diverse departments, participate to bring joy to our residents," says Chief Mission Officer Rabbi Karen Bender, who dressed as Haman for the spiel. "Our tradition says that, when we enter the month of Adar on the Jewish calendar [the month during which Purim falls every year], we need to spread as much joy as possible for the entire month. So, leading up to the holiday, I came to campus dressed as a penguin, a banana, and a hamantaschen [a triangular holiday cookie in the shape of Haman's hat]. One day, I wore a blue top hat and bow tie to bring levity so residents would feel the joy of this time of year." Corey Slavin, senior vice president of the Los Angeles Jewish Health Foundation, dressed up as Mordechai (Esther's uncle) in the spiel. For her, participating in the Purim festivities is particularly meaningful. "To play a role in celebrating a Jewish holiday that is focused on bringing fun and merriment to residents is amazing because I get to be part of the very community I'm raising money to help,"she says. "Our seniors, with their wisdom and insight, give us so much; I'm thrilled to give back to them. It's exactly why I come to work every day." In the afternoon, a nursery school class came to campus; dressed in costume, the children put on a dance and then handed residents masks they could wear themselves. "The kids brought a whole other kind of incredible energy,"Rabbi Bender says. "After they gave out the masks, I distributed mustaches to any residents who wanted to stick them on!" Staff in costume also paraded across Grancell Village to make sure they brought the celebration to every corner of campus. "It was terrific because, if you couldn't come to Purim—if you were in rehab, for example, or just got out of a procedure—we brought Purim to you. And the staff had a blast,"Rabbi Bender says. At Eisenberg Village, Rabbi Ron Goldberg recruited residents to read the Purim tale to the larger community. "We read it mostly in English on our campus, which gave our residents a chance to understand the story. In addition, we had popular musician Cindy Paley lead us in song, which added a lot to the joyful experience,"Rabbi Ron says. "After so many years of COVID, people were really excited to be part of it all." Amidst the festivities, Rabbi Ron also led residents in an eternal Purim debate. "We had heated discussions about the best flavor of hamantaschen,"he laughs. "My two favorites are cherry and poppyseed, but I think the best flavor is whichever one you happen to have in your hand."
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Mar 1

At Los Angeles Jewish Health, Short-Term Rehab Delivers Long-Term Results

In the world of short-term rehabilitation for seniors, not all programs or facilities are created equal. Given its breadth of services, depth of experience, and track record of results, Los Angeles Jewish Health's high-impact short-term rehab is in a class by itself. Under the supervision of Director of Rehabilitation Services Daniel Persichetti, the offerings are robust. "We have seven distinct short-term rehab operations at Los Angeles Jewish Health, each one geared to meet diverse seniors' needs," he says. "It's terrific because it means we're able to help with a wide range of challenges, getting people back on their feet and ready to reclaim mobility and function that may have been compromised due to a recent hospital stay or illness." The programs include short-term, skilled nursing facility-based rehab at Los Angeles Jewish Health's Grancell Village campus; a PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) clinic at the Brandman Centers for Senior Care, also located in Grancell Village; and outpatient services on the Eisenberg Village campus and at Fountainview at Gonda Westside, in Playa Vista. "When older adults are released from the hospital, they may not be quite ready to return home, so they come stay with us for a bit, instead," Daniel says. "Maybe they can't walk very far or have difficulty climbing out of bed. Perhaps they've just had a hip or knee replacement, or they've suffered a stroke. We equip them with the right tools to build up their strength and recover their independence." The outpatient clinic at Eisenberg Village is also open to members of the general public, who can come to campus to leverage Los Angeles Jewish Health's renowned expertise in senior care. "Our speech therapists and physical therapists are available for things like memory and cognition training, improving balance and gait, and refining overall strength and function," Daniel says. "As those in need of these services discover just how good our care is, more and more people from the greater community are relying on us every day." In addition to having access to an outpatient clinic, seniors participating in PACE at the Brandman Centers may benefit from home visits, as well. "Sometimes, our therapy staff will go to a participant's home to make sure they have the tools they need to help in their recovery. For instance, they may evaluate if a grab bar is in the right spot for the shower, or ensure the person has the appropriate ramp to make their house accessible—essentially, making equipment recommendations to help seniors live in their homes for a longer period of time," Daniel says. He and his team of about 30 full-time therapists (plus 20 or so per diem staff) also treat longer-term Los Angeles Jewish Health residents. "Sometimes, folks in assisted living may experience a decline—say after a fall. Our caring team provides them with therapy two or three days a week to help them improve," he says. "One of the things that makes our therapy so successful is that, because it's in-house, we develop good collaborative relationships with nurses and other Los Angeles Jewish Health staff, so we can work together as a team to get residents better in a timely manner." As Daniel sees it, these partnerships are a key distinguishing feature of rehab services at Los Angeles Jewish Health. "I've worked for many companies over the past 17 years, starting out in acute care and then moving on to aquatic therapy, outpatient care, and acute rehab. But working for Los Angeles Jewish Health is like night and day. Not only is there a real family atmosphere here, but also, the primary focus is different: It is about serving people and the community, rather than solely on generating financial gain." For Daniel, one of the most gratifying parts of the job is watching people start to feel empowered when they realize they can do things on their own. "We see so many success stories," he says, "and I'm proud of the gains our seniors make with our support." Among Los Angeles Jewish Health's satisfied short-term rehab customers is David Goldstein, who sought intensive physical therapy after fracturing his humerus (upper arm bone). "Los Angeles Jewish Health staff are responsive, they know what they're doing, and they make you feel like you're in your own home," he says. "Although being here is only temporary, they've done everything possible to make me comfortable and happy. I chose the right place, and I would highly recommend it."
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