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Jewish Home in the News

May 12, 2020

From our efforts to keep our residents engaged during mandated isolation, to how we're handling the personal protective equipment shortage, the Los Angeles Jewish Home has been featured in both national and local media stories. These stories help to emphasize the leadership role the Jewish Home is taking during the COVID 19 pandemic.

Some recent examples include:

  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti conducted his daily COVID-19 media briefing for the community at the Los Angeles Jewish Home's Grancell Village campus on May 19. In his briefing, held on the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Courtyard he invited the Home's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Noah Marco to share the podium to emphasize the importance of testing.
  • In Capital & Main, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Noah Marco and Eisenberg Village Medical Director Dr. Michael Wasserman discuss the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s preparation for an uptick of COVID-19 cases. They also note the ongoing concern of COVID-19 testing deficiencies in nursing homes.
  • The Jewish Home's CEO-President Molly Forrest was quoted in Forbes about the innovative solutions Los Angeles Jewish Health staff have developed to combat the rampant price gouging and scarcity of personal protective equipment (PPE). She highlighted how Kathleen Glass, executive director of Eisenberg Village, came up with a pragmatic plan to attach longer sleeves to reusable patient gowns.

Forrest also appeared twice on the "Up to the Minute News Podcast - COVID-19" with Ken Jeffries. She discussed ways members of the community can improve the daily lives of our Home's residents by donating supplies and funds. Listen here and here.

  • KFI AM 640 featured how Jewish Home residents at Eisenberg Village are treated to weekly internationally themed treats and activities. "Since they can't get out of their units, we bring it to them—to exchange a little bit of joy," said Larissa Stepanians, the Jewish Home's chief operating officer.

Stepanians said. "Everyone's spirits are so high. We're finding joy in the tough times."

During last week's Italian Day event, the activities team played Three Tenors sang Puccini in the background and three types of bruschetta were offered. A day celebrating England featured homemade scones with butter and jam.

  • Eisenberg Village Medical Director Dr. Michael Wasserman has appeared twice on "The Rachel Maddow Show." On April 24, he discussed with Maddow how—for the overall health of the nation—senior facilities should have access to COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment. In an appearance on May 11, Wasserman discussed the importance of testing nursing home staff and residents for COVID-19.
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