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The Willensky Residence


A Montefiore’ Memory Care Assisted Living Community

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The Willensky Residence, a Montefiore Memory Care Assisted Living Community

As a leader in senior healthcare since 1882, Montefiore, in Beachwood, Ohio offers a memory care for individuals with early- to-mid-stage dementia who need assisted living and dementia care support.

By caring for those with dementia in an assisted living setting, this soothing yet stimulating community will keep individuals active and engaged in a compassionate, supportive and safe environment. A separate and secure entrance with ample parking for visitors to provide direct access to the pavilion.

An open and safe kitchen with a comfortable dining room and counter area allows residents, their loved ones and staff help prepare breakfast and bake together with a focus on independence. Lunch and dinner is provided from Montefiore’s central kitchen.Cozy spaces allow for visiting, activities and interactive programming. Each resident will have the freedom to choose the degree of socialization, as well as his or her daily schedule.

Resident living spaces includes 18 studio rooms and seven suites. Each studio room has its own private bathroom with shower while each suite has a living room, bedroom and private bathroom with shower  All 25 rooms/suites have built-in closets, a bathroom with shower, along with safety features to enhance the overall warmth and intimate feeling of each resident room.

The 1000-square-foot exterior expansion, adjacent to the kitchen and activity/dining room, includes a living room and multi-faceted library with computer stations and a multi-sensory environment (MSE) room, which offers stimulation of senses – touch, sound, smell, taste and sight – proven to help those with dementia reconnect with their environment. This type of room is based on the success of a Snoezelen® Sensory Room, an alternative treatment approach where individuals with memory impairment and other types of dementia are offered opportunities to become more aware of their surroundings and encourages better interaction with their environment and those around them.

This relaxing and comfortable MSE room offers soothing background music and peaceful sounds (e.g., birds singing, wind blowing, ocean waves, etc.), aroma therapy, visual displays including colorful and tactile artwork – to reduce agitation, anxiety and apathy and increase mobility and communication.

Safe, secure and accessible walking paths, outdoor gardens and courtyards.

Montefiore is working in partnership with Dr. Lori-Stevic-Rust, PH.D., ABPP, clinical health psychologist and dementia expert, as its program advisor for this new assisted living memory care program and pavilion. Dr. Stevic-Rust holds a doctoral degree in psychology, a master’s degree in community counseling and has been awarded a Diplomate from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Board Certified Clinical Health Psychology. She is a contributing writer for Cleveland Business Connects magazine and is a regular contributor to Fox 8 News and WKYC channel 3.  Dr. Stevic-Rust is a national speaker on health-related topics with specialty areas in geriatrics and stress disorders.


For more information, please contact Kristen Morelli, director, memory care  and resident life, at 216.910.2323 or kmorelli@montefiorecare.org.

Montefiore Spring 2017 Family Newsletter

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Montefiore Spring 2017 Family Newsletter




It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly three years since I began my term as Montefiore Board Chair. The time has quickly gone by and we have accomplished so much by working together with staff, management,
families, residents, volunteers and board members. Since this will be my last column, I thought I would spend the time reflecting on my term.

I had the good fortune of working with two outstanding CEOs – Lauren Rock and Seth Vilensky. We learned together and they.… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)



“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

A storm is currently raging over the issue of immigration. And while, of course, we want our homeland to be safe, it is worth remembering that immigration is the cornerstone of America’s creativity and strength… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)


There are many ways to get the word out about the wonderful work of Montefiore and The Weils. We are always looking for creative ways to engage our community in volunteer work, advocacy, fundraising and the like. With the help of a committee of  lay leaders, we have com up with something that does it all – we have created a new event that will debut October 2017 called Shining Star CLE.
Imagine a sold-out audience coming to see Cleveland-area high school students sing on the stage of the prestigious Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square om competition for a $10,000… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…) 


If you love to sing or rap … if you want to showcase your talent … if you can imagine yourself performing on stage under Playhouse Square lights … you’ll want to participate in the first-ever Shining Star CLE!

This unique vocal competition gives high school students from Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Medina and Summit counties (including home-schooled high school students) the chance to compete for college scholarships and perform at the renown Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square! All participants must have a 2018-2021 high school graduation date.
Submit your video auditions to shiningstarcle.org between April 1-July, 2017.
For more information, visit shiningstarcle.org or contact Debbie Rothschild, foundation director, at 216.910.2633 or drothschild@montefiorecare.org.
Proceeds will benefit Montefiore’s memory care programs and services.

Montefiore Winter 2016-2017 Family Newsletter

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Montefiore Winter 2016 Family Newsletter




With the 2016 election behind us, many people have asked, ‘what does this mean for Montefiore’? This is an excellent questions, given that the cast majority of our revenue comes from government sources and healthcare policy and regulation dictates much of our operations. At this point, I can honestly say that it is too early to prognosticate on specific policy implications. We just don’t know exactly how the new administration will act on issues important to eldercare.

While we can’t make specific predictions, I’d rather focus on some lessons we can take from this election process.… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)


A section of the Talmud has a short but enduring sentence: Podeh Nefesh Achat, Podeh Olam Moley – If you save a single life, you save an entire world.

Many of us have hear this, but not many so many n ow of the story of US Airways Flight 1549, flying out of LaGuardia Airfield to Charlotte on a cold winter day on January 15, 2009. Incredibly, shortly after takeoff, the plane actually hit an entire… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)

There are many ways to get the word out about the wonderful work of Montefiore and The Weils. We are always looking for creative ways to engage our community in volunteer work, advocacy, fundraising and the like. With the help of a committee of  lay leaders, we have com up with something that does it all – we have created a new event that will debut October 2017 called Shining Star CLE.
Imagine a sold-out audience coming to see Cleveland-area high school students sing on the stage of the prestigious Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square om competition for a $10,000… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)  


Tucked away in the lobby of Montefiore is the Posh Nosh Cafe – a little retreat where residents can have a “nosh” while visiting with family and guests or where staff can take a break from their busy workday. Delicious, freshly-prepared taco salads, barbecue chicken quesadillas or soft-serve ice cream sundaes (dispensed from our new soft-serve machine thanks to donors Lynn and David Heiman) are just a few of the many offerings you can choose from on the menu.
Under the direction of Posh Nosh Supervisor Tracey Minnillo, our dedicated volunteers… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)  

Fall Harvest Family Festival – A Celebration of Montefiore’s 25th Anniversary in Beachwood – Sunday, October 30, 2016


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Welcome Dr. Meredith Driscol – Montefiore’s NEW Hospice Medical Director!


October 6, 2016

 Montefiore announces new Medical Director of Vinney Hospice and Palliative Care and Maltz Hospice House

meredith-driscol-october-2016(Beachwood, Ohio) Montefiore, a premier healthcare organization caring for Cleveland’s aging community, is pleased to welcome Dr. Meredith Driscol as the dedicated full-time Medical Director of Vinney Hospice and Palliative Care and the Maltz Hospice House.


Dr. Driscol trained at Indiana University School of Medicine and completed fellowships in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Pain and Symptom Management at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Oncology and Hematology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. She practiced for UH Ireland Cancer Center and has held positions in hospice and palliative care with several community agencies. Most recently Dr. Driscol served as Medical Director of Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Louis B. Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cleveland.


Dr. Driscol has received numerous academic honors and has published and presented on a variety of clinical topics including hospice and palliative care, pain and symptom management and end-of-life care. She is a board certified Hospice Medical Director (HMDC) and has board certifications in Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.


“We are thrilled that Dr. Driscol is leading our compassionate and knowledgeable hospice and palliative care team on our campus in Beachwood and at The Weils in Chagrin Falls and throughout the community through our hospice at home program. Her breadth of hospice experience and keen insight into working with physicians, patients and families sets our hospice program above others,” said Seth Vilensky, Montefiore president and CEO.


Montefiore, a nonprofit organization and leader in senior healthcare provides a full spectrum of health and wellness services at its Beachwood campus and provides home healthcare and hospice services in the community. Additionally, The Weils, its senior living campus in Chagrin Falls, provides assisted living services, rehabilitation therapy and skilled nursing services and a new assisted living memory care pavilion.


For more information, please contact Susan Lieberman, director of marketing and public relations, at 216.910.2647 (direct) or 216.470.1014 (cell) or slieberman@montefiorecare.org.


Montefiore Fall 2016 Family Newsletter


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Meet Our Newest Board Members!
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Montefiore’s move to Beachwood from Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights, in 1991, was only the beginning. As the changing needs of the community  emerge, we continually seek ways to enhance our programs and services to meet the needs of our aging Jewish and general community.

Over the years, we have significantly grown our memory care services by adding two outstanding memory care assisted living residences – the Willensky Residence on our Beachwood campus and The Davis and Freda Robinson Residence on The Weils campus in Chagrin Falls. Additionally, we launched our new.… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)


In the midst of a contentious world, fraught with anguish, a glimmer of light has appeared in Israel. An outstanding neuroscientist, Professor Dimitrios Karussis, a former Greek national, not Jewish, who fell in love with Israel, is conducting research at the famous Hadassah Hospital with stem cells and making remarkable progress there with diseases formerly thought incurable, such as Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS),  Multiple Sclerosis and others.

The secret is to use stem cells from the patient’s own body, cultivate them in the laboratory, reproduce them in the tens of millions and then reinject them into the patient’s own body, with notable and identifiable results. This research is being replicated in major medical centers around the world, including our own Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

One Israeli, a former marathon runner, suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, now seriously disabled… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)

The planning for Montefiore’s second annual Home Run 5K run/walk & 1 mile walk is well on its way! Last year, the event brought together more than 360 people and more than 20 different sponsors raising $55,000 to support our residents, patients and their families. We anticipate this year being even stronger.
In addition to the beautiful sponsorship support, we expect many participants to log on, register for the race and create their own digital… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)  


As we celebrate Montefiore’s 25th anniversary at its current location, we would also like to reach out and recognize all those who have been a consistent donor each year since the opening of our Beachwood campus. Please send the name(s) you donated under, address(es) and phone number(s) to Denise Pease, foundation assistant, at dpease@montefiorecare.org. Call 216.910.2350 for questions or more information.

Home Run 2016 Race Results

Thank you to all who participated in the
2nd Annual Montefiore Foundation Home Run
on Sunday, August 28, 2016!

Please review results from the race day below.
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5K Run/Walk Race Results

Rank Name Sex Age Time
1 Curt Bachus M 50-59 18.51
2 Adam Zelwin M 30-39 19.43
3 Dustin Wolf M 20-29 20.07
4 Brett Mirman M 30-39 20.10
5 Isiah Hill M 30-39 21.34
6 Brandon Wolf M 20-29 21.37
7 Bruce Sherman M 60-69 21.49
8 Nate Dotsun M 40 21.56
9 Yechezkel Cweiber M 20-29 22.14
10 Grant Fisher M 10 22.37
11 Mikhail Alterman M 40-49 22.43
12 James Wallack M 40-49 23.04
13 Clare Wellott F 20-29 23.07
14 Jared Rubin M 30-39 23.13
15 Jake Finkenthal M 20-29 23.34
16 Patricia Tomasello F 50-59 23.39
17 Laura Sheridan F 50-59 23.45
18 Mark Wofler M 40-49 23.47
19 Terri Speck F 40-49 24.27
20 Aimee Gilman F 50-59 24.42
21 Robert Zelwin M 60-69 24.52
22 Bradley Rothschild M 12 & Under 24.53
23 Daniel Simon M 50-59 25.27
24 Kathryn Schuessler F 30-39 25.34
25 Rick Clymer M 30-39 25.35
26 Joey Pavlik M 12 25.49
27 Barry Rothschild M 50-59 25.56
28 Reed Abrams M 13-19 26.05
29 GregAbrams M 40-49 26.11
30 Kurt Wetzel M 20-29 26.26
31 Lawrence Hatch M 50-59 26.33
32 Art Harris M 50-59 26.38
33 LaneSchlessel M 50-59 26.43
34 Amy Small F 50-59 26.54
35 Michael Wieder M 70+ 26.58
36 Ira Goffman M 50-59 27.06
37 Lorri Slesh F 40-49 27.10
38 Ryan Judy M 20-29 27.11
39 Joshua King M 30-39 27.15
40 Haley Fisher F 45 27.42
41 Eddy Kraus M 25 27.44
42 James LaPorte M 60-69 27.52
43 Gaylee Cweiber F 50-59 28.07
44 Hannah Johnson F 20-29 28.15
45 Joey Abrams M 13-19 28.54
46 Lori Fickinger F 40-49 28.56
47 Erin Schwantz F 13-19 29.03
48 Lilly Rothschild F 13-19 29.04
49 Lori Krebs F 50-59 29.05
50 Debbie Rothschild F 50-59 29.36
51 Zev Gold M 12 & Under 29.37
52 Tim Boyle M 40-49 29.39
53 Rene Barrat Gordon F 60-69 29.43
54 Amanda Lathia F 30-39 29.44
55 Steve Small M 50-59 30.00
56 Dan Goldberg M 50-59 30.18
57 Patrick Smith M 30-39 30.26
58 David Speck M 50-59 30.37
59 Sara November F 30-39 30.41
60 Ben Sherman M 50-59 30.54
61 Alex Giterman M 20-29 30.55
62 Heidi Jones F 50-59 30.57
63 Charles Royer M 50-59 31.07
64 Rodney Dawson M 40-49 31.22
65 Chris Goggins M 30-39 31.25
66 Dan Cusick M 30-39 31.36
67 Cody Aiflen M 20-29 31.58
68 Larry Mack M 60-69 32.01
69 Fank Jancer M 60-69 32.12
70 Erica Starrfield F 30-39 32.21
71 Jasmine Riddle F 13-18 32.32
72 Mary Bilky F 60-69 32.33
73 Maria Schlessel F 50-59 32.37
74 Amanda Pukys F 30-39 32.46
75 Peter Moore M 60-69 34.01
76 Joe Bina M 40-49 34.37
77 Aharon Feinstein M 12 & Under 34.40
78 Ronald Orr M 50-59 35.23
79 Dorothy Asheron F 60-69 35.25
80 Doug Blecher M 30-39 35.41
81 Josh Orr M 20-29 35.42
82 Jeffrey Chaitoff M 60-69 36.54
83 Rachel Berkowitz F 50-59 37.07
84 Eliezer Feinstein M 12 & Under 37.19
85 Jordan Trostler M 12 & Under 37.22
86 Melissa Rothschild F 12 & Under 37.23
87 Maggie Eckertson F 20-29 38.54
88 Hallie Lieberman F 13-19 38.58
89 Nick Caley M 20-29 39.30
90 Alison Orlando F 20-29 39.34
91 Katy Dawson F 30-39 39.56
92 Eitan Greenberg M 12 & Under 40.13
93 Ari Zelwin M 12 & Under 40.14
94 Ariel Vilensky F 12 & Under 40.30
95 Seth Vilensky M 30-39 40.31
96 Evan Weisman M 12 & Under 40.32
97 Debbie Weisman F 40-49 40.34
98 Talia Millet F 12 & Under 40.35
99 David Millet M 40-49 40.36
100 Linda Schoenberg F 70 + 40.47
101 Eli Vilensky M 12 & Under 40.50
102 Emily Vilensky F 30-39 40.55
103 Brandon Riddle M 13-19 40.56
104 Audra Porter F 50 41.24
105 Lisa Colovan F 52 41.35
106 Ron Golovan M 52 41.36
107 Ilene Fuerst-Kinsley F 50-59 42.00
108 Pat Wilson-Orr F 50-59 42.02
109 Amy Pisman F 50-59 42.04
110 Michele Greene F 50-59 42.09
111 Michele Rothstein F 40-49 43.09
112 Jackie Rothstein F 60-69 43.10
113 Lynn Millet F 70+ 43.29
114 Sandy Lieberman F 60-69 44.04
115 Alan Vilensky M 60-69 44.05
116 Matt Greenberg M 30-39 44.13
117 Eli Mirman M 12 & Under 44.14
118 Akilah Porter F 20-29 44.20
119 Bob Finkenthal M 50-59 44.37
120 Gail Arnoff F 70+ 44.50
121 Shoshana Greenberg F 40-49 45.44
122 Eliana Greenberg F 45.5 45.50
123 Glenn Schafer M 50-59 45.54
124 Jennifer Northup F 40-49 47.37
125 Sheila Samuels Royer F 50-59 47.47
126 Cameron Hurwitz M 11 48.04
127 Maggie Abrams F 12 & Under 48.28
128 Arnie Cohn M 70+ 49.26
129 Denise Pease F 40-49 52.18
130 Judy Willensky F 60-69 52.19
131 Scott Polster M 60-69 52.20
132 Cindy Polster F 50-59 52.21
133 Susan Rapkin F 50-59 52.22
134 Suellen Kadis F 60-69 52.57
135 Marti Davis F 50-59 52.58
136 Sharon Lebovitz F 50-59 52.59
137 Penny Greenberger F 60-69 53.00
138 Adina Hoffer F 12 & Under 53.21
139 Barry Hoffer M 70+ 54.17
140 Carol Weiss F 60-69 54.23
141 Lauren Sonkin F 50-59 54.24
142 Jeff Davis M 60-69 55.16
143 Richard Arnstine M 60-69 55.18
144 Debra Light F 50-59 55.19
145 Stuart Gilbert M 50-59 55.20
146 Marcy Schwartz F 50-59 55.21
147 Shelley Marces F 50-59 55.41
148 Sandi Riga F 70+ 55.42
149 Rob Valore M 50-59 56.00
150 Tammy Pakiz F 50-59 56.22
151 Angela Hale F 50-59 56.24
152 Ronna Zelwin F 60-69 56.25
153 Joanne Noonan F 60-69 56.27
154 Robin LaPorte F 60-69 56.28
155 Lana Weber F 40-49 56.29
156 Susanne Noble F 50-59 56.53
157 Kevin Noonan M 60-69 56.56
158 Steven Willensky M 60-69 56.57
159 Stan Davis M 60-69 56.59
160 Jeff Young M 60-69 57.31
161 Terry Young F 60-69 57.32
162 Akova Feinstein M 40-49 57.33
163 Temima Feinstein F 12 & Under 57.43
164 Janice Adell F 50-59 57.44
165 Mitchell Adell M 50-59 57.45
166 Sam Woodard M 30-39 57.46
167 Rita Frankel F 70+ 57.51
168 Nadelane Joseph F 60-69 57.52
169 Mary Jane Klarich F 60-69 57.56
170 Lila Hoffer-Bensimhon F 12 & Under 58.31
171 Alan Hoffer M 40-49 58.32
172 Sandy Weiner F 50-59 58.35
173 Maxine Thomas F 50-59 58.39
174 Jo Randlett F 50-59 58.40
175 Barbara Janovitz F 50-59 58.43
176 Melissa Davis F 60-69 58.44
177 Lee Janovitz M 50-59 1.01.16
178 Liza Joseph F 30-39 1.01.17
179 Jeremy Joseph M 30-39 1.01.18
180 Adam Joseph M 20-29 1.05.29
181 Jared Schnall M 50-59 1.05.30
182 Dennis Lieberman M 60-69 1.05.32


The Montefiore Foundation’s Second Annual Home Run – 5K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Walk – Sunday, August 28, 2016


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Close to 400 friends of The Montefiore Foundation joined together for our second annual Home Run held at the Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst campus. This event raised $70,000 to support Montefiore’s Annual Sustaining Campaign.  Many thanks to the 47 event sponsors … Continue reading

Years of Service Awards Ceremony – Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – Montefiore Auditorium

Please join us in wishing a special congratulations to all of the 2016 Years of Service Employees at Montefiore!