Renovated Clinic Offers Comfort and Community
The Jewish Home's Levy-Kime Geriatric Community Clinic recently received a makeover, including upgraded equipment and amenities.
Located on the Eisenberg Village campus, the clinic provides residents with primary and specialty medical care.
"The medical care we provide is convenient, easily accessible and essential to the well-being of our residents," says Stephen Martinez, Ph.D., executive director of the Levy-Kime Geriatric Community Clinic and the Los Angeles Jewish Home's Independent Practice Association (IPA).
Martinez oversaw the renovation of the clinic, which is open weekdays.
"These renovations are the result of our striving for the highest level of wellness for our residents," he says. "We upgraded to maximize our space and modernized the look of the entire clinic. We went through each room and identified what was needed, whether it was new equipment, lighting or a coat of paint."
In addition, new works of art now adorn the walls of the Clinic, thanks to the efforts of Nancy Katz and Nancy Meshulam, co-chairs of the Jewish Home's Art Committee.
For Dr. Noah Marco, the Home's chief medical officer, the upgrades are a source of pride. "I am so honored to join my clinician colleagues to work in such a healing environment," he says.
Dr. Marco notes that he is particularly proud of the new space for counseling and psychotherapy. Formerly a doctor's office, the room, he says "feels like a living room. It is a relaxing and healing space and has a different feel than most outpatient clinics."
Martinez adds that he's witnessed how the aesthetic improvements have had a psycho-social benefit for the residents.
"Just improving the appearance of the clinic improves the overall satisfaction of our residents and increases their feelings of comfort and community," Martinez says.
Resident Leslie Scales, who recently visited the clinic for a podiatrist appointment, definitely approves of the clinic's refreshed look. "It's lovely," she says. "I especially love the new artwork!"
Above all, however, Scales praises the care she receives at the clinic. "The nurses couldn't be any better. They are so accommodating," she says. "I'm pleased with all of my doctors here and with the care I get."
And that's the payoff Martinez seeks. "It's so satisfying to see the residents go into the clinic and emerge feeling grateful," he says.