Multimillion Dollar Residential Medical Center to be Dedicated
Submitted to: Health 
Posted: October 19 2006


19 October 2006 ( - In an effort to ease the nation's looming shortage of skilled nursing care facilities, the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging -- the largest single-source provider of senior residential care in the Western United States --will dedicate its new Joyce Eisenberg- Keefer Medical Center on October 29. A private brunch and dedication ceremony will take place at 10:00 a.m. on the Home's Grancell Village Campus at the corner of Tampa Avenue and Sherman Way. The public is invited to an open house featuring tours of the new Center beginning at 2:00 and concluding at 5:00 p.m.

The innovative Center will be one of the most comprehensive and sophisticated facilities of its kind found anywhere in the United States. "This is the only such building going up in the state and without question is one of the most important developments in care for the elderly in Los Angeles in the last decade," said Molly Forrest, chief executive officer and president of the Home. "Despite the need to care for the nation's growing elderly population, it is extremely rare that anyone in the last 20 years has built new facilities such as this." The Center will be home to a 10-bed acute psychiatric hospital with 239 beds dedicated to skilled nursing services.

The Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center is the manifestation of the Home's vision of breaking from the longstanding and outdated models of eldercare institutions. "Buildings from the '50s and '60s simply weren't designed to meet today's demands of senior care," Forrest said.

In that spirit, the Center will incorporate a host of breakthrough designs, such as distinctive groupings of individual rooms to create smaller and easily identifiable resident community "neighborhoods." A beauty salon and spa, computer centers, deli, and creative arts studios have all been integrated into the Center and are intended to reflect the Home's philosophy of offering unique programs to nurture and enhance the body, mind and spirit.

An interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals will support residents with medical, psychiatric, psychological and rehabilitative services. According to Rick Smith, M.D., the Jewish Home's medical director, combining medical with cognitive rehabilitation therapies, nutrition and support services will create a "special holistic healthy-aging center representing the way medicine should be -- doing our best to ensure quality of life and care now."

The Center will also be home to the Brandman Research Institute, which will encompass the 10-bed inpatient acute psychiatric hospital as well as innovative research, education, treatment programs, and activities to build and maintain a healthy body, mind and spirit of the elderly.

As part of the Brandman Research Institute, the Lisa and Ernest Auerbach Acute Psychiatric Treatment Center will provide short-term geriatric psychiatric and psychological care, an important dimension to the Home's belief in comprehensive quality treatment. "As more seniors add years to an expanding lifetime, many face new psychiatric or psychological challenges, which we will meet," Forrest said. "Our new Center will help seniors adjust well to life experiences, which directly impact their quality of life."

The Betty and Abe Klein Center will provide medical and professional staff a unique opportunity to learn directly from seniors what works best for them. Specialized research will identify and promote life-enhancing healthy-aging practices. Activities will include research projects and treatments for medical, social, psychiatric and psychological services. This pioneering approach will create "best-care" models of eldercare to be shared throughout the country.

The Joyce Eisenberg-Keefer Medical Center is, in large part, the result of a record capital campaign initiated by the Jewish Home. It is the largest building effort in the Home's near 100-year history and is the latest step in an ongoing plan to maintain the Home's pioneering efforts in eldercare. "There are few, if any, skilled nursing facilities that truly foster healthy living," said board chairman Robert Hirsch. "As a nonprofit organization with a strong mission and history of service, we firmly believe in investing in healthy- living programs and facilities that reinforce life and are focused on quality living each day."

Founded in 1912, the world-renowned Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging is one of the foremost continuing residential-care facilities for the elderly in the United States and is the largest single-source provider of senior housing in Los Angeles. Each year, nearly 1,000 women and men are sheltered on two village campuses (spanning 16 acres), which feature independent-living "Neighborhood Home" accommodations, residential care, skilled nursing care, Alzheimer's disease and dementia care, and hospice. Healthcare professionals from around the world consult with the Jewish Home in an effort to improve eldercare in their home countries. The Home is a nonprofit organization that relies upon donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to continue its remarkable work. Further information regarding the Home can be found at or at 818-757-4407.

CONTACT: Jim Yeager, +1-818-597-8453, for Los Angeles

Jewish Home for the Aging


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