Greetings from New CEO-President Dale Surowitz
I am both extremely excited and honored to join the Los Angeles Jewish Home as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. While I am just starting in this position, I am not new to the tremendous work of the Jewish Home caring for seniors and their families. My association with the Jewish Home began when I was a child and had relatives who were residents of the Jewish Home back when the campus was centered in Boyle Heights. I have also participated in various activities and events with the support groups of the Jewish Home for decades and have served on some of the Jewish Home's boards for the past 8 years.
I have also been involved with the Jewish Home professionally as well. I have been the CEO for acute care hospitals in the San Fernando Valley for the past 30 years and have witnessed first-hand the outstanding quality of care provided to all who come in contact with the Los Angeles Jewish Home. Many years ago, I had the good fortune to meet and work with Molly Forrest, who has led the Jewish Home tremendously for the past 24 years and I am pleased to call her my friend. Under Molly's outstanding leadership, the Jewish Home has created innovative programs and services which have led to substantial growth and expansion, while still maintaining the core of what makes the Home so exceptional.
I have been asked why I am coming to the Los Angeles Jewish Home at the current time. I had been the CEO of successful hospitals for nearly 30 years and could have remained at Providence Cedars Sinai Medical Center as the CEO and would have been extremely happy and content. However, like many of you, we did not become engaged or involved in the Jewish Home to be satisfied; we have a burning desire to make a difference in the lives of seniors and their families who need our help. There is a significant unmet need in the provision and coordination of care and services to seniors throughout the Los Angeles area. As we will see the number of seniors continue to grow to unparalleled levels, and as their need for more home based and outpatient services increase, we will need to expand our menu and diversity of programs and services to meet this challenge. What will not change is what sets the Jewish Home apart; our excellence, compassion and quality of care we provide to all those we touch. We are blessed to have outstanding staff, whose kindness and concern they bring to each person, every day is unrivaled. It has been our hallmark for 108 years, and is what truly makes the Jewish Home a unique and special place.
I am thrilled to be part of the Jewish Home family and I look forward to a great year ahead. I wish you and your loved ones a very happy, healthy and sweet New Year.