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Dementia: Seeing it Through the Eyes of the Person w/ Dr. Lori Stevic-Rust

Free and Open to the Community!

Join us for our community-wide event 

“Dementia: Seeing it Through the Eyes of the Person”


      Presented by Dementia Expert
Dr. Lori Stevic-Rust
Monday, April 27, 2015
6:30 pm
Montefiore’s Maltz Auditorium

         Dr. Lori Stevic-Rust is Montefiore’s dementia program advisor and is a contributing writer for Cleveland Business Connects magazine and is National Director, Artower Advisory Services, LLC.

Presentation highlights:

  • What does a diagnosis of dementia really mean to you and your family?
  • How dementia affects not only the memory, but mood, behavior and personality.
  • What different types of behaviors mean and how to best manage them.
  • Decision-making – When is it no longer safe to be at home alone, to drive or manage finances?
  • What to do when a loved one says, “I’m fine” and refuses help.
Reserve your spot today!
For more information, contact Kristen Morelli, Montefiore memory care program manager, at 216.910.2323 or kmorelli@montefiorecare.org
One David N. Myers Parkway
Beachwood, Ohio 44122 ● 216.360.9080

Make a Difference at Montefiore! Volunteer Open House- Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 3:30 pm in Maltz C Auditorium

Open House Flyer 4.12.15


Learn how you can get involved and make a difference at Montefiore! Come to the Montefiore Volunteer Open House! We match volunteer opportunities to your skills, interests and schedule!

For more information, please call Marissa Gelender, volunteer coordinator, at 216.910.2566.

Current Volunteer Opportunities Include:

  • Wheelchair Transport
  • Office Work
  • Posh Nosh Cafe Cashiers
  • Friendly Visitors
  • MoMart Gift Shop Sales Help

Montefiore Announces New President and CEO

Seth Villensky

(Beachwood, Ohio) Montefiore, a premier healthcare organization caring for Cleveland’s aging community, announced today that Seth Vilensky has been appointed as its new President and CEO. Vilensky will assume the position on Monday, April 13, 2015 when Lauren Rock, president and CEO, will step down. Mr. Vilensky is currently the Administrative Director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Connected Care. With the help of both Vilensky and Rock, Montefiore’s Board of Directors expects a seamless and coordinated leadership transition.


“Seth is the ideal candidate to take the helm of Montefiore,” said Lawrence Mack,
Chair of the Montefiore Board of Directors. “He has a wealth of experience in the healthcare field, specifically in senior care, which makes him uniquely qualified to lead the Montefiore team through a diverse and aggressive business model and will enable us to continue to navigate a rapidly changing and complex healthcare environment.”


At Cleveland Clinic, Vilensky was responsible for post-acute care operations including homecare, hospice, skilled nursing and inpatient rehabilitation business units. He also successfully launched new programs and models for post-acute care delivery in response to healthcare reform and value-based healthcare strategy. Mr. Vilensky brings with him extensive experience in healthcare management consulting in both Chicago and London. He is also recognized for numerous publication articles and presentations including, most recently, a presentation to White House Staff on “Innovative Care and Service Models” at an  Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS) forum in Washington DC in June 2014.


“I am honored to serve this amazing organization and excited about the opportunities that this leadership position brings,” said Vilensky. “I plan to leverage my relationships and experience in developing partnerships throughout the industry, as well as my passion for caring for older adults in the community and to keep Montefiore at the forefront in delivering quality, world-class care for our patients, residents and families.”


Lauren Rock will be stepping down from Montefiore after eight years as President and CEO. During her tenure, she helped transform Montefiore into the top-quality organization it is today. Under her leadership, Montefiore invested over $15 million to significantly expand its rehab services and become a leading provider of dementia care in Northeast Ohio. She was instrumental in helping to elevate the quality of care at both of its campuses — Montefiore in Beachwood and The Weils in Chagrin Falls, both of which have received perfect quality surveys and have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for Best Nursing Homes in their ranking of the top facilities in the country.


“Montefiore’s Board of Directors, our residents and their families, and the entire Jewish and general community have benefited from Lauren’s visionary leadership, and with Seth as the new president and CEO, we will continue to distinguish Montefiore as the premier healthcare organization providing a comprehensive system of support services related to healthcare needs throughout the aging process,” said Mack.


Vilensky holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He and his wife Emily live in Solon, OH with their two children, Ariel and Eli and are members of Solon Chabad.


Montefiore was founded in 1882 and boasts a 133-year legacy of personalized care that includes promoting wellness, treating illness and maintaining the highest possible quality of life for Greater Cleveland’s aging Jewish and general community. A nonprofit organization, Montefiore provides healthcare services at its Beachwood facility and provides home care and hospice services throughout the community. Additionally, The Weils, its senior living campus in Chagrin Falls, provides assisted living services, rehab therapy and skilled nursing services for post-hospital care and is opening a new memory care pavilion in June 2015.

For more information, please contact Susan Lieberman, director of marketing and public relations, at 216.910.2647 or slieberman@montefiorecare.org. Montefiore is located at
One David N. Myers Parkway, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. www.montefiorecare.org.

Montefiore Spring 2015 Family Newsletter


Montefiore Spring Newsletter 2015





It’s hard to believe that I have been chair of the Montefiore Board of Directors since July 2014. I am thrilled to share with you some of the highlights since taking office- so much has happened that I hope it all fits in this message. First, I think it’s important for you to know that in addition to being board chair, I, too, am a family member– my mom, Rita Mack, has lived at Montefiore for the past four years. So when I write these messages, it truly comes from wearing two different hats and speaks from the heart.

As I write this message, the finishing touches are being completed on The Willensky Residence expansion– our memory care community right off the lobby– offering exceptional care in a safe, welcoming and intimate setting. With this expansion, we will now have 25 much-needed studios/suites for individuals with dementia. The new wing includes…(Click on the newsletter link above for more… )



Winter’s cold– ice steels us and makes us long for the welcomed warmth of spring and summer. What is important is the very will to live, to endure– to reach a milder, and hopefully, a brighter sun and circumstance.The will to live is crucial. It represents our desperate desire to never give up; to live for one more day; to experience the joys of our grandchildren, our spouses; the pleasure of seeing another dawn and another sunset; looking forward to a vacation or special holiday.

Our spring season is rich with holidays that represent the will of the Jewish people to endure, leaving a…(Click on the newsletter link above for more… )



The Montefiore Foundation is hosting Montefiore, Memories and Mimosas on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at Executive Caterers at Landerhaven to support our in-home memory care services and recognize the outstanding leadership of President & CEO Lauren B. Rock.

This benefit brunch celebrates Lauren for her visionary leadership as she steps down after eight years at Montefiore and more than 30 years in the health care industry. Lauren has always had a strong commitment to enhancing services …(Click on the newsletter link above for more… )



Please join us in welcoming Michael Felver, M.D. as Montefiore’s new Medical Director.  Dr. Felver is also Medical Director for the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Connected Care.  He has served in multiple capacities at the Cleveland Clinic including Medical Director for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurological Institute; Staff, Department of General Internal Medicine; Joint Appointment, Division of Post-Acute Medicine; Geriatrics Teaching Attending for Medical Residents and for the Aging Adult Curriculum and a Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine Clinical Mentor.

Dr. Felver has published a number of articles on topics such as alcoholism, urinary tract infections and thrombolysis.  His specialty interest is infectious disease.

Ticket Information/ Make a Gift

Ticket Information

Patron tickets – $250

  • Includes tribute book listing
  • $175 tax deductible

Individual tickets – $75

Please make your reservations for this tribute brunch below:

All proceeds from the event and tribute book will go toward Montefiore’s new in-home memory care program to assist individuals and families in navigating available services and providing social work and nursing support.

The Remembering Project Video and Discussion Guide

The Remembering Project web (top)

Click to view the full version of The Remembering Project video, then afterward, follow the discussion guide participate in this ongoing conversation.

The Remembering Project documentary was produced by Natalie Bauman, CEO and Founder of The Digital Mosaic, with assistance from Jordan Chessin (The Ohio State University), Abby Kagan (Shaker Heights High School), Guenevere Logan (Orange High School) and Sam Royer (St. Ignatius High School ).

This project was generously supported by the 2014 Saltzman Youth Panel of The Jewish Federation of Cleveland.



Montefiore’s Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Monday, January 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm – Free and Open to the Community!

Monday, January 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm 

Keynote address by Alex Johnson speaking on
“”The Impact of Martin Luther King’s Legacy on Self Fulfillment 

Dr. Alex Johnson will deliver the keynote address entitled,  “The Impact of Martin Luther King’s Legacy on Self Fulfillment as part of Montefiore’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm in Montefiore’s Maltz Auditorium (One David N. Myers Parkway, Beachwood, OH).

As president of Cuyahoga Community College, Dr. Alex Johnson focuses on strengthening the college’s 50-year mission of providing high-quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunities and services. Since becoming president in July 2013, he has promoted access, equity, success and completion for the nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students who attend Tri-C’s four campuses and other locations throughout Cleveland suburbs.

Dr. Johnson currently serves locally on the boards of the United Way of Greater Cleveland, Hospice of the Western Reserve, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCHE), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, IdeaStream, Playhouse Square, MAGNET, and the Greater Cleveland Partnership.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including The Frank G. Jackson Visionary Award, Pittsburgh Business Times CEO of the Year, and the Simon Green Atkins Distinguished Alumnus Award from Winston-Salem State University.

In addition to Dr. Johnson’s presentation, there will be special musical performances by members of Bedford High School’s Madrigal Singers under the direction of Gary Kaplan and by Montefiore’s Keynote Staff Choir.

Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Rabbi Joel Chazin at 216. 910-2522.

This event is made possible by the generous support of
The Malcolm and Helene Zucker Endowment Fund of The Montefiore Foundation.