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Montefiore Fall 2017 Newsletter

 

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Fall 2017 Family Newsletter

 

NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS

MESSAGE FROM IRA S. GOFFMAN, CHAIR, MONTEFIORE BOARD OF DIRECTORS: STORMS AHEAD BUT CLEARING TO FOLLOW

I look out of my office window and see dark rain clouds rolling in from the west. It looks ominous. I wait a few hours and the rain stops and I see the blue sky clearing ahead. As the new Chair of the Montefiore board of Directors, that is what I see for Montefiore’s future.

I see healthcare access and funding being debated at federal and state levels. Medicaid currently only pays for about two-thirds of the cost of caring for our residents. Government proposals for future reimbursements… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)

 

RABBI’S MESSAGE: A TOWER OF EMPATHY

Abraham Lincoln was not only one of our greatest presidents, possible the greatest, but also was an exceptional writer and English stylist. Many of his speeches and writings remain indelible lessons for all of us.

But most essentially, he was an individual of extraordinary patience and forgiveness, who, as only one of many… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)

 

MESSAGE FROM DEBBIE ROTHSCHILD, DIRECTOR, THE MONTEFIORE FOUNDATION: IT’S SHOWTIME!

By now each of you should have received your invitation to our inaugural year of Shining Star CLE. We are looking forward to an amazing evening of entertainment. we received auditions from students across a five-county area, representing more than 70 different high schools. From those original auditions… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…) 

SHINING STAR CLE 2017 – A NORTHEAST OHIO SOLO-SINGING COMPETITION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

SAVE THE DATE! FINALS COMPETITION

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 – 7 PM – OHIO THEATRE

Join us at the Shining Star CLE Finals Competition as we celebrate the outstanding vocal talents of high school students from Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Medina and Summit counties. Together, we will choose
the winners of more than $20,000 in college scholarships while raising necessary funds to keep our memory care programs and services at Montefiore, The Weils and in the community operating at their best!
Sponsorship and playbill advertising opportunities are available.

Visit shiningstarcle.org. For more information or to join our esteemed host committee, contact Debbie Rothschild, director of The Montefiore Foundation, at 216.910.2633 or drothschild@montefiorecare.org.

Attention high school students – online video auditions are open through July 1, 2017! Go to shiningstarcle.org and submit today!

Montefiore Residents Turns 106 – Happy Birthday Harriet!

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                                                   July 19, 2017

 

 


Montefiore Resident Celebrates Her 106th Birthday – Happy Birthday Harriet!

(Beachwood, Ohio) Montefiore is wishing a very happy birthday to resident Harriet Prochaska, who is celebrating her 106th birthday today – Wednesday, July 19. Harriet is celebrating her milestone birthday this evening at her favorite restaurant, Denny’s, with her six children. But, the festivities don’t stop there! She will continue with a big, family dinner on Sunday, where she will enjoy time with her 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, as well as her favorite cocktail – a vodka and ginger ale!

Harriet has always had a big family. Born in 1911 in Cleveland, Ohio, Harriet had 11 brothers and sisters. A skilled poker player, Harriet grew up playing the game with her family every Thursday night, and continues to do so every month with her kids, friends and even her 104-year-old sister! Harriet has always enjoyed holiday celebrations and parties, even being dubbed the “Valentine Fairy”, sending more than 200 valentines to family and friends each year with $1 inside to buy a winning lottery ticket. She also loves bingo, golf and playing Solitaire everyday on her computer.

She was married to her husband, the late Dr. Charles J. Prochaska, for 64 years and was a secretary for a dentist office while he attended medical school. During World War Two, Charles joined the air force as a flight surgeon, causing the couple to move to Mississippi, Indiana and then Florida. However, the Prochaska’s returned back to Cleveland after the war to continue to raise their six children; Carole, Louise, Charles Jr., Georgia, Joanne and Mary Beth.

Harriet says she owes her long life to her husband Charles, who took such great care of her while they were together.

Her advice for young people today? Harriet says, “Always go to church and be good to your parents!”

 

 

Montefiore Summer 2017 Family Newsletter

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Summer 2017 Family Newsletter

 

NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS

MESSAGE FROM JEFFREY S. DAVIS, CHAIR, THE MONTEFIORE FOUNDATION: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OUR RESIDENTS

Many years ago, Elaine Rocker, of blessed memory, and past chair of The Montefiore Foundation, asked me to serve as The Montefiore Foundation board chair and I told her I had too many business commitments. Three years ago, I agreed to serve as board chair after being assured it would entail only four meetings a year, even though it’s more like four meetings a month! All kidding aside, I have enjoyed my tenure as chair as well as the many years I have spent on the Foundation Board, which I will be leaving to serve on the Montefiore Board of Directors.

The past three years have been rewarding as I look back on our many accomplishments including building The David and Freda Robinson Residence… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)

 

RABBI’S MESSAGE: A HERO AMONG US

In New York City, a homeless man fell from a subway station platform. Though some stood by in horror, helplessly afraid to do no more than call the police, a brave, young man jumped onto the tracks to the rescue. Within moments, he lifted the fallen man to safety and became a hero.

The rescuer, whose name was not revealed, showed true courage in the face of danger… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…)

 

MESSAGE FROM DEBBIE ROTHSCHILD, DIRECTOR, THE MONTEFIORE FOUNDATION: THE TEAM BEHIND THE FUNDRAISING

I have the good fortune to work every day knowing what I accomplish makes a difference to the patients, residents and families at Montefiore, The Weils and those in the community. With each and every initiative, we move closer to having the resources to provide the best in quality care. We all know the healthcare landscape is uncertain. We also know that it takes financial resources to do what we do – addressing our residents’ needs. You, as a community, understand these needs and continually respond accordingly.
Over the past few years we have made great strides in our fundraising efforts. We have increased our annual campaign support… (Click on the newsletter link above for more…) 

SHINING STAR CLE 2017 – A NORTHEAST OHIO SOLO-SINGING COMPETITION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

SAVE THE DATE! FINALS COMPETITION

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2017 – 7 PM – OHIO THEATRE

Join us at the Shining Star CLE Finals Competition as we celebrate the outstanding vocal talents of high school students from Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Medina and Summit counties. Together, we will choose
the winners of more than $20,000 in college scholarships while raising necessary funds to keep our memory care programs and services at Montefiore, The Weils and in the community operating at their best!
Sponsorship and playbill advertising opportunities are available.

Visit shiningstarcle.org. For more information or to join our esteemed host committee, contact Debbie Rothschild, director of The Montefiore Foundation, at 216.910.2633 or drothschild@montefiorecare.org.

Attention high school students – online video auditions are open through July 1, 2017! Go to shiningstarcle.org and submit today!

Shining Through The Years – Montefiore’s 135th Annual Meeting

Montefiore celebrated its 135th annual meeting on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 on its Beachwood campus in the Maltz Auditorium. More than 200 guests were in attendance including board members, volunteers, staff, residents and community members. The evening was held with much celebration as President & CEO Seth Vilensky spoke on “Creating a Bright Future.” Outgoing Board Chair Larry Mack gave remarks on “Looking Back & Moving Forward.” Senior Rabbi Richard A. Block, of The Temple – Tifereth Israel, and The Montefiore Foundation Director Debbie Rothschild presented Tamar and Milton Maltz with the Harley I. Gross Presidential Award. Margo Vinney was honored as a Life Director and the 2017 Above and Beyond Employee Excellence Award recipients were recognized.

 

 

 

Volunteer Recognition Dinner – Volunteers: Our Recipe For Success Thursday, May 11, 2017

 

Creating successful results in cooking requires the right ingredients. You add a tablespoon of this, a cup of that, sprinkled with seasonings – all to make the perfect dish.

Our volunteer services program is similar. Our volunteers add their own ingredients of kindness, compassion, creativity and love to the work that they do each and every day.

 

In addition, each of our volunteers at Montefiore and The Weils, are different and special but together, create something that everyone enjoys. Volunteers are a key ingredient resulting in  our recipe of success.

Third Annual Montefiore Foundation Home Run

Thank you to all who participated in the
3rd Annual Montefiore Foundation Home Run
on Sunday, May 7, 2017!

To view the results from the race day, click here.

The Willensky Residence

 

A Montefiore’ Memory Care Assisted Living Community

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Click here for photos from our ribbon-cutting ceremony

 
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

 

NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS

MESSAGE FROM LAWRENCE MACK, MONTEFIORE BOARD CHAIR: LOOKING BACK & MOVING FORWARD

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…)

 

RABBI’S MESSAGE: LAND OF THE FREE; HOME OF THE IMMIGRANT

“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…)

 

MESSAGE FROM DEBBIE ROTHSCHILD, DIRECTOR, THE MONTEFIORE FOUNDATION: COMING TOGETHER FOR A GREAT CAUSE
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…) 

SHINING STAR CLE 2017 – A NORTHEAST OHIO SOLO-SINGING COMPETITION FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS!

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

 

NEWSLETTER HIGHLIGHTS

MESSAGE FROM SETH VILENSKY, MONTEFIORE PRESIDENT & CEO: COMMITTED TO CARING

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…)

RABBI’S MESSAGE: SAVING ONE LIFE: SAVING MANY, MANY 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…)

MESSAGE FROM DEBBIE ROTHSCHILD, DIRECTOR, THE MONTEFIORE FOUNDATION: HELP US MAKE OUR YOUTH AND MEMORY CARE PROGRAM SHINE BRIGHT!
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…)  

THE POSH NOSH CAFE – A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN EAT, VOLUNTEER AND PLAY!

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…)